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Thursday, 29 September 2016

Mid-week twitching

Twitch up to Anstruther in Fife, Scotland yesterday with Mark, Darren and Pete for a Brünnich’s Guillemot that had been found late Sunday, it transpired the bird is in heavy wing moult and probably won’t be going anywhere soon but we didn’t want to tempt fate, we stopped off at Roseden just off the A167 in Northumberland, one for a break and two to catch up with a juvenile Rose Coloured Starling that was attending some feeders in a garden there, it was about 10-15 mins before it turned up but then showed well. Pleased with that early success we carried on arriving at Anstruther Harbour late morning where the Brünnich’s Guillemot was showing from the off and very well at times, we filled our boots, and memory cards before heading along the coast to Leven for lunch, there were a few Sanderling on a little bit of beach there and a fair bit of stuff out in the Bay but nothing out of the ordinary. As the forecast rain set in we headed for home having another session with the Rose Coloured Starling on the way back, an excellent day everything just fell right for us for a change. 
juv Rose Coloured Starling in the top of a tree at first

with one of its more common cousins

it dropped down into a hedge but was a bit obscured
Anstruther Harbour

The Brunnich's 

called a couple of times

but generally didn't look in the best of health

its fishing technique involved swimming along looking underwater

before diving

its wings were a bit of a mess, probably due to moulting but maybe damaged as well

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it came reasonably close at times

Lesser Black Back at Leven

plus a few Sanderling

including some smart juvs

the Starling on the way back home showed a bit more in the open

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