On Wednesday we switched to Tophill low because of the morning rain and the afternoon wind. The morning group encountered 53 species including: a female Red-Crested Pochard, Goosander, Marsh Harrier, Fieldfare, Redwing, Treecreeper, Goldcrest, Bullfinch, GS Woodpecker, Goldeneye, Pochard, Shoveler, Teal, Gadwall, L.Egret. The afternoon session added a Sparrowhawk, but both groups searched for a Kingfisher, Barn Owl and Great Grey Shrike in vain!
Record Shot of Female Goosander (c) 2018 Tony Robinson
Marsh Harrier (c) 2018 Tony Robinson
Female Kestrel (c) 2018 Tony Robinson
Female Red-Crested Pochard
Bog Standard Female Pochard, for comparison purposes (c) 2018 Tony Robinson
Little Egrets & Cormorants
Verdigris Agaric (c) 2018 Aileen Urquhart
Unidentified Plant (c) 2018 Aileen Urquhart
Fly (c) 2018 Aileen Urquhart
On Thursday the weather forecast allowed us to go to Ness End as planned. We saw the two best birds within the first 20 minutes. While a couple of the attendees were talking a distant peep-peep could just be discerned before a Kingfisher flashed in front of the hide and flew to the right until it disappeared. A few minutes later Elaine spotted a Bittern to the right of the hide, but it was very distant flying above the reeds. It landed in roughly the same area we had last seen the Kingfisher.
Record shot of Bittern
In addition to those we also saw: Goosander, Goldeneye, Bullfinch, Curlew, Wigeon, Gadwall, Redwing, Long-tailed Tit, GC & L Grebe, Teal, H & T Sparrow, Water Rail (heard only). In the afternoon we added a Marsh Harrier and a Sparrowhawk.
Scarlet Wax Cap
On a windy Friday we were able to go to Tophill Low instead of the bleak occasion planned. The afternoon group saw more than 50 species - most of these were similar to those from Wednesday.
Wigeon (c) 2018 Mike Woods
Redshank (c) 2018 Mike Woods
Record shot of courting Great Crested Grebes (c) 2018 Mike Woods
Fleeing Roe Deer
Clean Pair of Heels
2 different-sized Wasps
Cormorants Festooning a Guano Tree
Splashes of Colour (c) 2018 Mike Woods