Sunday, June 22, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Aaaaarrgh! How was I going to enter this on the BTO Atlas website?!? Having got the dreaded "Unusually high count" taunt after I recently submittted a record of 'Spotted Flycatcher - 2' how the hell was the BTO going to react when I submitted 'Eurasian Jackdaw - 3,000,000 +'?!? "Bog off you crap birder" perhaps?
To make things worse these cawing corvids made such a cacophony of noise I couldn't hear any other birds. Even if I could get my concentration back I wouldn't be able to hear any other birds calling. Aaaargh . . . a misrepresentative count of ST18K!!!
Aaaaaargh - nobody told me atlassing would be like this!
I ran for the peace and quiet of the woods around Glamorgan Canal only to be aurally assaulted on both sides by the loudest Wrens and Song Thrushes I've ever heard. Then I was goaded by juvenile birds making unidentifiable little seeeping calls high up in the canopy - birds which, of course, refused to reveal themselves.
Moments later I nearly jumped out of my skin when something crashed through the branches landing with a dull thud on the ground behind a nearby bush. I never found out what it was but I'd like to think that it was Grey Squirrell that had lost his footing.
BTO Atlassing - it really screws you up.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
This is also good spot for butterflies, especially two fritillary species. I tracked down five Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries and a lone, strong-flying Dark Green Fritillary too. There'll probably be more of these around in a week or two.