Tapping into a little east coast magic...

It's not very often that you have a week where there's just too much going on to keep up, being that all we do is just swan around birding, obviously...

Sunday dawned pretty decent, it looked pretty promising for a few birds though again as with the previous few days things didn't pick up until the afternoon... Who said this was a morning Observatory! The top fields were given a proper smashing which provided a few Pied Fly, Whinchat, Redstart and Wheatear. I bumped into Brett Spencer, he casually mentioned that it was about time Portland had another Icterine Warbler, 15 minutes later I was legging it to the 8 Kings Quarry to see one he'd just found! However it didn't show for me until about 90 minutes later (after I'd gone back to the obs) but fortunately the bird porned it for a good 20 minutes before disappearing until later in the day.
Monday, again had the feel of rare about it, though again it took until just after midday for the first decent bird to show itself, a Wryneck was found in the Obs Quarry, which showed well after about 10 minutes, though it became elusive soon after.
Then very shortly after that man Brett struck again, this time in partnership with Julian Thomas, they'd had a rather dashing 1s male Ortolan Bunting on the East Cliff, unfortunately though my search for it drew a blank. Tuesday though brought me the hat trick, after not really getting much in the morning I headed up to the top fields and soon after was greeted by "plip plip plip... teuw" ORTOLAN! maybe Monday's bird, maybe another self found, I'll never know!

Ringing ticks have been coming thick and fast this week, although I don't keep an actual "list" I do know what I have and would like to ring, right up there was Wryneck...