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Neill makes me a very happy man.

Posted by on May 16, 2014 8:17 PM | 


The steaming plate of lovingly prepared mashed tatties, perfectly cooked salmon fillet and pile of juicy peas was just going on the table when Neill rang this evening.
"I've got two Dotterel - where are you?"
My steaming plate of lovingly prepared mashed tatties, perfectly cooked salmon fillet and pile of juicy peas was hastily wrapped in foil and went back in the oven, while an understanding Mrs D tucked into her tea alone and I hit the road and hurtled down to the fields behind Town Lane, Kew.
Got there mighty fast (but safely officer, honest) and found Neill Hunt at the side of the road looking out onto a ploughed field, at the back of which were two gorgeous female Dotterels!
Happy, happy, happy.


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Sure they were distant, but just so entrancing in the warm evening sun as they ran up and down the furrows, popping in and out of sight, wonderful birds.
Invisible, then bang! a blaze of orange and black belly and lightning strike supercilium as they crested the top of another furrow...incredible.
Great 'scope views.
Even better, Neill had found them while standing on his local patch, the now-fabled KBO, and what does a dedicated patch birder look like when he finds two Dotterel on his site?
He looks like this:


Many thanks for the call buddy, you know how unhealthy my Dotterel obsession is.
Watched the birds for 40 minutes or so, then left Neill watching the Dotterel in the evening sun with Pete Allen, returning home to the still warm fishy fishy in the oven....marvellous.
Not Plex, but not that far away, and a whole lot better than a hill beginning with "P".
Thanks again Neill.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...




Dotterels flew high west at 1955.

Hi John,
Had 2 Temminck's Stints at Lunt Meadows early this morning. Unfortunately they had both left before 8:00am. Also 2 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ring Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper, Barn Owl, Little Owl and various common warblers.
Ian H

So pleased about the Dotterels, John; it seems an age since any appeared near us. Respec' to Neill...

But just as a matter of interest, where is Town Lane, Kew?
JD: The road between Southport's District General Hospital and the back of Birkdale Jim...Dobbie's Gdn Centre is on it.

Visited Aber Falls today (17th May) which is a really great place.
Had 2 male Redstarts, 1 of which was just by the falls.
Also 1 Cuckoo, which was being mobbed by a small bird.
At least 2 Buzzard and 1 Kestrel.
1 each of Willow and Garden Warblers, Chiffchaff and 2 Blackcap.
4 Grey Wagtails, 1 of which was feeding a young bird by the stream near the car park.

Fantastic finding the Dotterels.
We had a great day out with Liverpool RSPB today at Aber Falls, and thanks to your directions we got to see a superb male Ring Ouzel.
Also seen.....Goshawk, Red Kite, Redstart, Pied Flycatcher, Dipper, Cuckoo.

Hi John
2 Temminck's Stints again on Lunt Meadows at 06.30 and still there at 09.15 this morning.

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