Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Black-winged Stilts, Blacktoft Sands RSPB


Fabulous to have two black-winged stilts locally, but they were so distant and in the hour that we were there, they didn't move from that far reedbed edge. 
They seemed to be totally at home, feeding, sleeping, preening and mating. 

The lone female montagues harrier still patrols the reedbed, looking and hoping for a mate this year.


Whitethroat 



These swallows were busy collecting mud from a puddle at the side of the road on our home journey but a local dog walker soon put paid to our birding. 
But what a fantastic morning. Now home to pack for Georgia and Armenia, we fly out tomorrow for 2 weeks birding. It looks wonderful, looking forward to it. 

Grasshopper Warbler














Sunny pochard



Everything looks so much better when the sun shines, and it certainly hasn't shone for some considerable time !

Monday, May 8, 2017

Toft Newton Reservoir





Wheatears 

Yellow Wagtail 

Starling - flies for tea yummy !






Dunlin

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Tornado at Retford Station







LNER Peppercorn Class A1 60106 Tornado
Retford Station

Early Purple Orchids




We just caught these just right this year. A field full and they look wonderful !

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Whisby Nightingale



After hearing 1000's of nightingales last week in Bulgaria, a visit to Whisby brought us back down to earth with a bump. The numbers returning have plumeted this year and although the sightings board said 4 were present, there was just one male singing. Lovely to hear but so sad that we are, in the not too distant future,  going to loose these lovely birds from yet another site.  It was good to see notices had been put up informing the public of the importance of protecting our nightingales and every dog walker we saw did have their dogs on leads. 
As you can see the pictures have been lightened considerably !