Good to see my prophetic skills are still sharp (see here) and Russia have indeed invaded Europe while we are in the mid-Atlantic. However the invasion has been with Siberian Accentors, Pallas's Reed Buntings, Azure Tit etc and while the biggest Russian/Eastern invasion of birds in Europe in history unfolds we are without doubt in the worst possible place to be as this phenomenon occurs- at the western most extremity of the WP and furthest from the action. At times like this the words 'Sh#tting boll#xs' spring to mind.
Nonetheless it was rather pleasant sunny day here on the Western Front and a nice opportunity to have a walk. We walked round the crater discovering that most of yesterday's specialities had flown off in the clear star lit conditions.
Here's a few pretty pictures from today:
Snipe sp showing several features of Wilson's Snipe
A controversial Sandpiper- some saying Spotted, others going for Common. Seems to be a lot of white in the wing and on the deck looks like a degree of tail projection beyond the primary tips. Some more photos around so will investigate further. (Pics on Mika's blog shows it to be a classic Spotted Sandpiper HERE)
Highlight of the day was this Sperm Whale- about two miles out
Birding the caldera