Saturday, 23 June 2012

Sweet Little Swift

Well thanks to a text at 4-30am telling me the Little Swift was still in the Wirral, New Brighton. So a quick text to Keith had us on the road by 5-30am. Trouble was once at Bassenthwaite flooding had closed the A66 and the smaller roads around it. So a 50 min at least major detour had us worried. We Arrived on site to have a great crack with a few good facebook friends and after only a handful of minutes superb views of a Little Swift, showing well too, WHAT A BIRD... never imagined id ever seen one of these in the UK and only 3 hours from home. After watching this bird for a while it disappeared and then reappeared but more distant. So Keith and i decided to have a bite to eat and then do some seawatching. Seawatching was slow with just a small trickle of Terns, so when we heard there were a small number of Storm Petrels of our local patch back home in Workington, we decided we just had to get back. We arrived about 3 o-clock and straight away spotted our first Stormies of the year and Keiths second lifer of the day. By 5pm we had seen 39 Storm Petrels as well as 5 Common Scoter and 35 Manxies. An amazing finish to our day and so unexpected....

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