Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Pechora Pipit just the fillip we needed

29th Sept 2015
Of course we started today with another dip. This time a Grey-cheeked Thrush. Wester Quarff was our next stop where 2 Red-breasted Flycatcher, 6+ Yellow-browed Warbler and a single Pied Flycatcher gave us all a bit of a lift. Then a "mega" on the pager. Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler at Quendale. We headed to Quendale and "twitchy walked" along the track towards the quarry, however, as we got nearer to the birders already on site it became obvious by their body language that we were going to be disappointed yet again. No Pallas's just a Gropper. Trudging back to the car some information came our way of a Pechora Pipit at Loch of Norby. This was quite a distance from where we were but we decided to head off all the same. A more leisurely drive and we even stopped for some lunch on route. We arrived at Loch of Norby and joined about 30 other birders. Frustratingly we had lots and lots of flight views of the Pechora Pipit but could not get any on the ground. We stuck it out and were eventually rewarded with some nice views of the Pechora Pipit feeding on a narrow pathway between the Iris's. A Jack Snipe was seen in flight and a Scaup on the Loch.

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