Many thanks to Garry for arranging the trip and doing the driving (I was back home soon after 18:00 on 24th) , all transport cost me less than £100, a bargain if ever there was one.
|just under £40 for the over 60s, so there is some benefit for being old|
|very obscured Tengmalm's Owl at Tumblin, the sun reflecting off the top of its rounded head is visible towards the top of the image, a few white spots lower down|
|this shows the limitations of a bridge camera, or its operator, in not focusing on the bird deep in cover|
Tengmalm's Owl at Tumblin 19 February 2019 (Dave Cooper) - the image that got me wishing ...
|Eider off Lerwick Catch|
|great to see this wonderful duck so well, putting most South Coast sightings to shame|
|Long-tailed Ducks off Shetland Catch|
|another brilliant duck when seen well|
|adult Iceland Gull at Shetland Catch|
|with two Fulmars, my first adult since 1992|
Friday 22 February. Garry drove John Lees, Hugh and me to Aberdeen with a couple of stops. We saw about 500 geese (Barnacles?) in three skeins flying over the M6/M74 at Gretna, a Red Kite south of Perth and four Goosanders on the River Dee in Aberdeen. The owl had not been seen all day despite very intensive searching and much to our dismay did not appear at dusk. Hugh bailed out but Garry, John and I boarded at 18:30 joining Dave Holman, Phil Heath and Lee Evans, amongst others (most of who I didn't know but knew the names of) were on the boat. I had a decent nights sleep.
Thursday 21 February. A Peregrine on Southwick Power Station on my way to work where news the Tengmalm's Owl was back was not entirely a surprise. Thankfully Garry Bagnall was offering lifts on twitter and I quickly contacted him. He'd been as far as Preston on Tuesday night but turned around when it wasn't seen. We would leave his place at 23:00 and this time we would go over whatever. 5000 Starlings murmurating by the Palace Pier on my way home. I was at Garry's just before 11pm, having driven past a couple of times before realising where it was.
Wednesday 20 February. Shoreham Fort, Widewater and Brooklands produced little, the highlights being a Polish colour-ringed Black-headed Gull on the beach at Shoreham Sailing Club and two Sanderling on the beach opposite Brooklands. No sign of the Tengmalm's Owl on Shetland.
|Polish Black-headed Gull, ringed at Koronowo, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Poland on 21/05/17 and seen at nearby Shoreham Fort on 23/12/18|
Monday 18 February. 6000 Starlings murmurating by the Palace Pier on my way home.