Sunday, August 31, 2008

The Mystery of the Vanished Prince

Saturday 30th August

Heck. For the first time in 17 years I'm not using Zeiss bins. I feel as naked as those dreams where you're stainding in the buff in the school corridor and all the girls are looking at you. I'm currently trying out a review pair of Opticron Aurora 8x42. Will let you know how I got on. Of course, it might be coincidence, but since I started using them all the birds seem to have flown away. Not quite true. Walked down to the beach at Newtonhill with the family, and saw a Common Stonechat. Also 3 Ruddy Turnstones on the beach, a procession of Northern Fulmars and a young Guillemot whistling for its fish. Normally I wouldn't even mention that trip out except that we hada near-legendary haul of dead mammal on the track on the way back AND we were nearly crushed by a Range Rover. First this:

Bank Vole?

then this dried up specimenCommon Shrew

and then this
Pygmy Shrew

Sunday 31st August 08
Woke up to fog, with visibility out to sea less than 100 m. I wandered round thepatch and tried some phone-scoping - my new phone seems to manage marginally better than the old one. Only migrant-ish bird was a Great Spotted Woodpecker in the trees at the back gardens of St Michaels Rd. Ooh, and 3 Coal Tits. And a Goldcrest.

Juvenile Grey Heron, in the fog.

Hybrid Hoodie x Carrion Crow

Arty shot of stones on beach. if this were Stonehaven, they'd have been carted off for someone's rockery.

Santa, drunk in a ditch - a Newtonhill tradition.


Otis Bilious said...
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Otis Bilious said...

With the Autumn rapidly approaching perhaps the new binoculars with present you with some new patch birds or maybe find you a BB rare. Interested to see what you think of the new Auroras