Wednesday, 28 April 2010

One good tern

The Scrubs yesterday morning
Today promised so much. The forecast was for a sunny day with a light southerly. Instead, we received a largely cloudy, hazy day with very occasional short sunny moments. As a consequence we didn't see the anticipated drifting migrant Buzzards and Red Kites during our Tower 42 vigil, but we were treated to close views of Peregrines, a female Sparrowhawk and a male Kestrel. The latter bird is somewhat of a scarcity within inner London.

The best bird of the day and perhaps the best T42 bird of the campaign thus far was a distant tern that I picked up flying in a southwesterly direction well beyond Greenwich that banked our way and was eventually identified as an Arctic Tern. It was so high up it was virtually invisible with the naked eye. Check the Tower 42 blog for some great photos of the day's birds taken by Mark Pearson.

Other news included getting an invitation from the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust inviting me to a talk being given by The Don himself - the one and only Sir David Attenborough. The problem is I only received the letter today and I had to confirm by today and I had opened the letter after office hours!

Finally, after nearly a year in the making, my urban birding in Budapest film was finally put on youtube. It has elicited a great response. Take a look and see what you think.

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