Friday, 17 February 2012

Mellow Yellow - Donovan

Country/Region number 164, Martinique, joins the readership today to a very warm welcome, not only 164 but also the 19th Caribbean Island on the list to date. Considered a good time to become part of the Blog given the upcoming travel plans starting this Tuesday. We hope you continue to enjoy the read and

pass on the link to your friends and family please.

On a day when 'rain' never seemed to be far away, the only word on most keen Birders lips would have been

More correctly Common Yellowthroat, one of which has turned up at Rhiwderin, Newport, Wales and not surprisingly already making an impact. Chances of getting to see it for me would best be described as not at all likely, but to entertain the readership here are a few photographs taken in the USA during 2010 and 2011.

Common Yellowthroat

Some light rain did arrive mid-morning which coupled with an overcast sky plus a breeze made for a dull day. Good call then to have decided to stay in and firm up on a few more plans and get things together for the upcoming trip.

Certainties, now booked, include a flight from London Heathrow on Tuesday 21 February 2012 to Beijing, China then transfer onward to Incheon,

Republic of Korea

From what I remember of a previous trip in 2007 it is a land of friendly people with, particularly at this time of year, not a massive number of birds but lots else of interest. A full 2 weeks will be spent on the ground here with the main trust being Relict Gull, while others of interest would include Black-faced Spoonbill, Baikal Teal and Scaly-sided Merganser.

From South Korea a short flight to Taiwan for a further 2 weeks before heading to the Philippines. Here onward things remain a little more flexible and undecided, but it is hoped that Hanoi, Laos, Thailand and Malaysia may feature in the mix. Indonesia remains a bit of an unknown quantity with varying reports received, but a highly likely destination before carrying on to various locations in Australia. High on the agenda there will be a visit to my daughter Lisa, husband Bernard and the 2 great delights, my grandsons Frederick and Alexander. It is also possible that the third grandson will have arrived by that time, so I could well have my hands full.

Yellow-footed Gull - Baja California, Mexico 2011

In addition to the arrival of Martinique, it will be noticed from the Stat Counter that Mexico have also reached the Treble Figure Zone, great to know that so many people took up the invitation to visit the Blog while twitching Yellow-footed Gull there last year.

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