Monday, 4 May 2015

Hudwit games

A couple of little games coming up...

Game 1 - Can you guess what all these people are looking at?

  • A. The Royal baby
  • B. Canal Boats
  • C. An American shorebird

Meare Heath, Somerse

If you answered C - An American shorebird, then you are correct - well done.


Game 2 - Can you spot the American shorebird in the photo below?

Meare Heath, Somerset

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Here's the answer.

Meare Heath, Somerset

Did you guess right, if so - well done. No prizes unfortunately but how much fun was that? Almost as much fun as twitching this American shorebird.

To be fair, as twitches go it was all perfectly executed. Pick up was arranged for 7.30am once we'd received confirmation that the Hudsonian Godwit was back at Meare Heath, then a little over 3 hours in the car - with thankfully no hold ups for traffic, our assembled team (Bradders, Jono, Monkey, Crofty and yours truly) were on site and watching the bird - all be it a sleeping bird, apart from a bit of preening and a couple of wings flaps, exposing those beautifully dark underwings. Excitement levels were briefly raised when the bird decided to go on a walkabout from the back of the flock to a prime 2nd row position, but that was about as exciting as it got - not the performance and views I had hoped for but still, good enough scope views were had. We also saw BitternGarganeyHobbyMarsh Harrier and a couple of Great White Egrets in the hour or so we were on site.

A quick lunchtime pit stop in a local inn for a refreshing west country pint and a bite to eat - the choice of the breakfast baguette (sausage, egg and bacon) clearly won that lunch battle, then onto Greylake RSPB for the Green-winged Teal which was on view as soon as we walked into the hide. Hitting the road again and we were back at our original pick up point by 5pm - if twitching was always this straight forward, I could be persuaded to go on a few more.




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