Sunday, 15 March 2015
Black Redstart by the Net posts
On Saturday 14th March, first thing in the morning it was pleasing to see 4 Greenfinches (2 males, 2 females) perched in the middle tree of the garden. At 3pm, I heard the "curlee" of a Curlew flying over the garden, not seen but another new species (albeit heard only on the garden list). On Sunday 15th March, I drove down to Links Road car park walked along the North demes, little seen there save for NE corner of the Oval wall has been demolished plus the old toilet/ changing block building and the area has temporary fencing all round. More concerning was that they taken out all the bushes in that corner too, so there is no cover for birds such as Ring Ouzel to dive into anyway within the pitch area which is a great shame. 12 Turnstone flew onto the rocks just north of Ness Point and first 1 flying Rock Pipit perched on the ledge and a second bird heard too. On the Ness at Ness Point, 5 Purple Sandpipers were feeding on the wet stretch of the finger. I couldn'tt see any birds out to sea. Walking back, I was delighted to see a female Black Redstart fly up to a vertical part of the net posts in the north section, and I saw regular correspondent Paul W, a few yards away and beckoned to him to where the bird was and we both watched the female Black Redstart hunting for insects and then finally she flew over to the southern fence of the Ting Dene permanently sited caravan park before she finally flew back to the north section of the Net posts again showing quite well.