Monday, 21 April 2014

Plugging away

Having recently missed out on quality patch birds in the form of OspreyRing Ouzel and Common Redstart I had high hopes for the long Easter bank holiday weekend, but unfortunately the weekend failed to live up to expectations.

With two early morning visits to Wanstead Flats squeezed in between family commitments I only added Common Whitethroat, House Martin and Yellow Wagtail to the patch year-list totals. Given the time of year you would hope the birding-gods might be smiling down on you, delivering a small patch gift of gold in the form of a CuckooTurtle Dove or even a just a Whinchat - something to lift the spirits and justify getting up and out early from that lovely warm bed!

Oh well, we all know how quickly things can change - but sometimes you need to find or see something a little out of the ordinary to give you that spur and resilience required in continuing to bash a local-patch without reward.

Female, Wanstead, London

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