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  1. I don't want to turn this into a Blog but shall share something of today's outing which was in search of Raptors and ended rather sadly. First the good news. Strong winds during a half hours Sea Watch made life difficult while hoping for Skuas and Shearwaters but I did manage to tease out female Common Guillemot and her 'chick' from amongst the foaming brine. 177. Common Guillemot. And sadly whilst the rules don't seem to forbid it:- 00. A dead Hen Harrier. A sad end to a noble and endangered bird. No obvious gunshot, the head is there just lying back. Our local Wildlife Warden attended and an autopsy will be done. It was near a road and roadkill cannot be ruled out but a preliminary inspection showed no broken bones. He was a young bird of this year but very malnourished and may just have starved to death for some reason. There was 'growth inhibition' damage on the tail feathers indicating that food was short even when still in the nest. Maybe he was never going to make it! It does happen. He could also have been taken out by one of our local Peregrines. I will advise on the autopsy later but that is one tick still missing from my list..
  2. It's getting tougher with these overlooked locals. How hard IS it to get a Woodpigeon to sit still? However after a blank day yesterday (for photographs) two offered themselves today less than 800 yards from home. In fact is was really two for the price of one. Stopped for the goose and saw the cormorant. 175. Canada Goose. Ramsey Harbour. IOM. 176. Cormorant. Ramsey Harbour. IOM. Unless I get lucky with a few more regulars such as Wood Pigeon, Gold Crest, Hen Harrier, Kestrel and Peregrine etc., I am going to be stuck until our winter visitors arrive in November. It looks like I need a trip to Africa.
  3. @Dave Williams I have to agree that that is the most likely call. However I am not going to count it. I scraped in with the Sparrowhawk yesterday which I HAD Id first prior to the shot. This bird just appeared in the viewfinder whilst I was seeking something else and it was only apparent when I got home what I had 'probably' missed. Thanks for your understanding.
  4. A worthwhile day out. Envious of the Yaffle!" Yes, the funny duck is just one of the many odd looking ones that have descended from inter breeding with Indian Runners and Khaki Campbells etc.
  5. @michael-ibk Not a bird? Even I would not stoop that low. well maybe not?? @xelas A Kite? Black or Red or a kiddy's on a string? @Dave Williams NOT a BH or any other Gull. My take is on Peregrine too but I will not count it as it could just be another Raven. Motoring is the operative word. I did over twenty miles today to bag those two. Why is it that so called 'common' birds can be so damned hard to find when you are looking for them and Magpies so shy? Of course my real target (Hen Harrier) was even further out of usable range. Nice male too. A few more 'locals' to come I think.
  6. A couple more and another teaser. 173. Mistle Thrush. Sandygate. IOM. 174. Magpie. (Eurasian or Black-billed.) Sulby. IOM. So what is the soaring bird above the Raven? Not for a point just for your amusement.
  7. Er, not really Peter. The Brownish underparts and Rufous rear end suggest it is a Familiar Chat which also has brown ear coverts.. Sorry.
  8. I had it down as a sitting on the "Fence Pipit!!" A very good selection.
  9. @Towlersonsafari You type faster than I. but yes the trailing edge is often a give away (when they stick around long enough to see it!!)
  10. Too kind. But yes. It was a Sparrowhawk. You know how it is when driving and you see a bird. Brakes on, car coming the other way etc., Naked eye was quick but getting the camera out and working eats the margin. Fortunately it decided to soar with wings out so I gave it a go by focussing on the hillside and fired. Good luck with yours.
  11. Two more although one is dependent on you the Jury. 171. Shags. Maughold Head. IOM And I hardly dare show this:- 172. European Sparrowhawk. Soaring over Maughold Broughs. IOM. I DID have closer views as it crossed the road mobbed by Swallows..
  12. It's a Mountain Wheatear, fear not. My book says "Female is uniform sooty-brown except for white rump and outer tail feathers" That's the bird in your photo to a T and I have a match:- Go for it.
  13. Lovely photos.
  14. Looks like a bird a day might keep the blues away. First what I hope is an improvement on 165 Carrion Crow. 00-165 Carrion Crow. Ballaghennie, IOM. and 170. European Collared Dove. Ballaghennie, IOM
  15. I thought I would be too late in the year for this but a pair have decided to raise a late brood on Mfuwe Towers which was kind of them. 169. Northern House Martin.

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