It's been a busy month, so in short and sweet fashion, here are a few sightings for you.
Wed 12th May
Stopped off in Thornham Harbour en route to a meeting at Titchwell, two Wheatear's whilst I drank my coffee were nice. A morning walk and talk around Titchwell was quiet but a single Little Gull was pleasant. Drove over to Frampton for another meeting, not much time for spotting but always good to see the Yellow Wagtails in the roadside fields here. Back at Titchwell I had a more leisurely look at the reserve and saw 2 Little gulls, heard Bittern and Bearded Tit and saw my first Sand and House Martins of the year along with a single Common Sandpiper.
|Crap digiscoping - Little Gulls at Titchwell|
An evening walk and talk around Strumpshaw Fen with friends was quiet but 3 rather smart Marsh Harriers were good to see.
A brief stop on the way south at NWT Weeting Heath, didn't see a Stone Curlew but did manage a Stoat and Buzzard.
A walk along the River Medway in Kent south of Hadlow produced to "purring" Turtle Dove's, a Bullfinch,
Grey wagtail and singing Blackcap, Chiff Chaff, Whitethroat, willow warbler, and my first Banded Demoisselle of the year. In the evening a Fox crossed the road in front of me in Hadlow.
Stopped on my way north at NWT Weeting Heath. Did see a Stone Curlew in the heat haze, notable how many Lapwings had chicks. A Firecrest in the pines by the hide was an added bonus.
Titchwell in the evening, the Red Necked Phalarope along with the Little Gulls which had been present all day were scared off the marsh by a bird scarer half an hour before I got there. But it was a lovely evening with a rising tide being fished by Little Terns as the sun set over the salt marsh. 11 Red Crested Pochard were, I guess, a sign of the times. Best bird was a distant Short Eared Owl.
A work visit to Minsmere the walk around produced Bittern 2, Hobby 3, lots of Garden warblers, a very distant Red Necked Phalarope but no Nightingales
|Crap digiscoping - Garden Warbler at Minsmere|
Sun 24th and Thursday 28th
Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire
Family visits as ever a great place to be and I managed to see Spotted and Pied Flycatchers, Dippers, Common Sandpiper, Mandarin, Common Buzzard, Willow Warbler, Chiff Chaff, Nuthatch, and the Bluebells, Wild Garlic and Water Avens were all out
|Crap digiscoping - Dipper at Bolton Abbey|
|Wild Garlic at Bolton Abbey|
Evening of the 28th
A walk down to Bronte Falls near Haworth
Curlews over moors and Red Grouse heard in the distance, willow warblers singing in the trees by the falls.
|Bronte Bridge near Haworth|
|Lapwing near Haworth|
Kilnsea Yorkshire Dales National Park
Visited the trout farm and walked up the hill to see the "captive" Lady's Slipper Orchids.
|"Captive" Lady's Slipper Orchid, Kilnsea|
|Blue and Rainbow Trout, Kilnsea|