Sunday, 30 June 2013

Blacktoft Sands RSPB 30-6-13

Today I decided on taking Jacqui to Blacktoft somewhere she had never been before just to see what we could find in general.But the thought of Purple Heron at Tophill Low did cross my mind but didn't fancy sitting around for what could be a long wait.
We arrived around 11.00 and made our way round the various hides missing a Bittern by minutes and no sign of Bearded tit either that had been seen earlier at Marshlands,but was told they have had a very good breeding year this year so hopefully their young might spread down towards Far Ings so we can get a resident population back.
Also the Marsh Harrier have had a good year along with Bitterns so where is Far Ings going wrong ?

Filey Brigg 29-6-13

With a male Surf Scoter turning up mid week I just had to hope that it would stay until the weekend now i'm back at work and only getting weekends off.
Luckily it stayed and Jacqui and myself set off after about a hours drive we arrived and quickly hurried down to the sailing club not thinking that the tide was still high and didn't realize that we couldn't go that way until it was a bit late,so we headed back to the car and drove up to the top car park and made our way down to the brigg on before a young Sand Martin sat on the gate allowing us very close up shots and views,we got down on to the brigg and soon picked out the Surf Scoter in with a small group of Common Scoter,nice views with the bins but not so good for the camera looking into the sun,but managed some record shots.
Other birds encountered was Fulmar,Kittiwake,Cormorant,Shag,Guillemot,Razorbill,Black-tailed Godwit,Common Redshank,Oystercatcher and a few Sandwich Tern.Our other plans was canceled due to a bit of car trouble so headed off home and got it sorted.
Another lifer in the bag taking me to 333 for Britain

Crowle Moore 16-6-13

Not much around in the way of birds,we decided on a trip to Crowle moore for a few hours for some macro photography.
Jacqui still managed to get 2 lifers in the form of Tree Pipit and Garden Warbler,it wasn't a bad day really for birds which included Barn Owl at the new car park several Cuckoo,Common and Lesser Whitethroat but a previous late trip produced Turtle Dove and 4-5 Nightjars.
I did manage a new Butterfly in the form of Large Heath.
A few photographs from the afternoon
Small Copper

Large Heath

Latticed Heath

Large Red Damselfly 

Cotton Grass

Four-spotted Chaser