Didn't intend to do any birding today, as I had my mother visiting. So, whilst my wife Karen sorted out the house a little, I was given dog walking duty. Now, sometimes I take some bins with me and sometimes I don't. On this occasion I didn't. So, as I'm walking down the road, on the very boundary of The Fleet recording area, what should I happen to look up and see? Not 1, but a group of 5, yes 5, White Storks. I could, in hindsight, have taken a record shot with my mobile phone, but my first instinct was to get the news out. The next person to see them was my wife, who watched them from the bedroom window. She's now seen 6 White Storks from the house. How annoying is that, one of the best birds seen from my house and I have yet to see one of these beasts from there, grrrr. I then got a call from Paul to say he had connected with them and despite me searching for them after he called, I soon learned that the beastly things then decided to pay Portland a visit. Still, a Fleet tick for me and an especially satisfying one too, as the last and only White Storks I had found previously on The Fleet, 2 together in 1990, had escaped from Whipsnade Zoo, so were uncountable. These, of course had arrived elsewhere in the country and have been extremely mobile subsequently and have been seen to be unringed. Also, they seem to have coincided with a bit of an influx of this species into the country, so no doubt about these birds credentials in my mind.
Check out a pic of 3 of the White Storks here. There you go, I'm even giving the Portland Bird Observatory some free advertising. How good is that?
The Fleet Vs Portland Update
The Fleet = 37 points, with Kentish Plover and 5 White Storks adding to the score.
Portland = 16 points, with the 5 White Storks that they stole from, I mean shared with us, adding to the score.