Wednesday, 4 March 2009


Black-headed Gull
My alarm went off at 5.50am this morning. I peered through the blinds to be greeted by a dark and grimy looking day. Despite all my hopeful thinking last night you know, about finding a totally unusual Larid pacing around the football pitches at The Scrubs, I thought 'what the hell' and jumped back into bed. 'I'll find that weird gull tomorrow' I thought as I closed my eyes whilst snuggling up in my lovely warm bed.

Literally ten minutes later my little electric heater that I have had to employ recently to fend off the nippy evenings, suddenly switched itself on. I woke up with a start. You see, last night I switched the thing off but left it plugged in. So how did it turn itself on again? It was a spooky moment, but I saw it as a sign that I needed to get dressed, don my bins and head down to the patch. And so I did.

Unfortunately, I didn't find a Siberian Thrush (although one did show up at in Norfolk today). No, instead I had to make do with 4 Greylags flying over (rare here), 3 Stonechats, 350 Carrion Crows, c400 Black-headed Gulls and at least 57 Redwings. 

So much for the sign!


Alan Tilmouth said...

'Nippy evenings' didn't think they happened anymore in sub tropical London.

The Urban Birder said...

The sub-tropics are in my blood - which chills quite quickly!

I'm up in Gateshead on the 17th for a couple of days, do you fancy meeting for a cup of tea (schedule permitting)?

Alan Tilmouth said...

Only just seen this David, sorry, email me at the times you are available and I'll see if I can fit in with you as that would be great. If you have a couple of hours spare late afternoon on 18th we could even try and see some birds!