Saturday, April 19, 2014

Morchells esculenta (Morel)


Bluebells - another week and they will be in full bloom 


Marsh Marigold 

 Pink Campion


 Herb Paris



Yellow Wagtails, Covenham Reservoir, Lincs

20+ yellow wagtails at Covenham Reservoir on Saturday, along with a trillion, billion flies !

White and Pied Wagtails, Covenham Reservoir

 Pied Wagtails

White Wagtail

Messingham Nature Reserve

Two common terns have returned  



Meadow Pipit

Alkborough Flats today


A magical place that we love to visit

Barton bits

 Long-tailed Duck

 Slav Grebe

and a very distant common scoter

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A fabulous day at Flamborough

Sat working away on Friday morning when the pager goes into 'mega' alert - a Crag Martin at Flamborough. Just 50 miles away and we are both still at work. Karen went to bed praying that it would still be there the following morning which it was up to about 8am and then it disappeared. Typical ! So, both mardy because work had got in the way yet again, we stayed local with the pager close by, just incase. There was a tawny pipit also at Flamborough so we decided to head there the following morning and hope for at least one decent bird this weekend. So, tawny pipit seen we headed off back to the car park for lunch and then thought we would finish the afternoon off at Bempton - wrong ! We met a couple of birders who had just come from Thornwick Bay and they told us they had just seen the Crag Martin. Off we headed, saw it before we had parked the car - YES ! A new UK first for us taking Karen's UK tally to 364. Watched it for a good 10 minutes, along with a couple of other birders, before it headed off further up the coast for about an hour. We sat and had lunch and enjoyed the tranquillity until the Crag Martin appeared again. We had to get it on the pager and soon the masses arrived and to be honest, ruined our afternoon. I don't know if it's just us, but it's  so rude to totally stand infront of you without any manners or thought, these weren't birders just people with cameras trying to photograph a rare bird. One man just played with his phone the whole time, yet he seemed to think he could do that infront of Karen and she wouldn't mind buggery ! A fabulous day with a couple of brilliant birds. Afraid no pics as the tawny pipit was just too far away even for digi-scoping and our pics of the crag martin are just a blur !

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Coue's Arctic Redpoll

What a fabulous way to spend a Sunday afternoon, and another brilliant find by GPC. Pity we had our usual grey, overcast weather.