Responsible Birding Diary: Saturday 5.9.20

Today was a great day for nice, scarce, photogenic birds! I started the day by checking to see if a reported Whinchat was still present a bit south of Spalding (but still in the Peterborough area part of south Lincolnshire). I saw two lovely Whinchats ...


Today was a great day for nice, scarce, photogenic birds! I started the day by checking to see if a reported Whinchat was still present a bit south of Spalding (but still in the Peterborough area part of south Lincolnshire). I saw two lovely Whinchats in the thistly field [later there was a third reported].


Whinchats, south of Spalding, Lincs, 5.9.20

Later, I bumped into the Great White Egret reported previously, which was fishing along the Welland. Never have we had such a bold and photogenic Great White Egret in these ‘ere parts!

Great White Egret, River Welland, between Spalding and Crowland, Lincs, 5.9.20

And finally, I went to ‘twitch’ a first-winter male Redstart which had been found just north of the village of Etton (north Cambs). It turned out to be a most obliging and vocal bird, offering really good scope views. A drain, two barbed wire fences and narrow field probably helped it from being disturbed! It was doin gthe classic thing of coming out to the fence beside row of hedge-trees and feeding on the sheep-cropped ground beside the the fence, before whizzing back up, shimmering its tail and repeating! The call is a very Willow Warbler-like ‘hooeet’, arguably purer in tone than the warbler.

First-winter male Redstart, Etton, Cambs, 5.9.20