Friday, 10 September 2021

High Summer Term Ends in Heat

After a pretty nondescript summer the final week of the Summer term was rather warm.
Jay
On Wednesday it was rather quiet wildlife-wise at Danes' Dyke, but because of the nice weather it was rather too busy humanly-speaking.
Dead Men’s Fingers
Roe Deer
On Thursday morning we found c.6000 Black-tailed Godwits, and then we followed the advice of 3 Wednesday afternooners, and examined a new area, only to find it was far superior and the Whinchat and Sedge Warblers (and a possible Redstart) were a bonus.
Black-tailed Godwit
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Knot 
Immature Lapwing
Little Egret
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Immature Pied Wagtail
Cormorant 
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Curlew
Whinchat & Sedge Warbler
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Whinchat
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Still present in the afternoon
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Sedge Warbler
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Red Admiral
Painted Lady
Old Man’s Beard (Sorry, John)
Thorn Apple
Caper Spurge [Thanks, Sonia] 
At Fairburn on Friday a Nuthatch was calling in the car park at first, and then we headed off to the screen.  Here, the best bird was a Jay, which came fairly close.  I tried to take a few photos, but it was partially concealed by vegetation.  Only on examining the photos when I got home did it become clear what it was devouring - a pleasant surprise.  The morning group failed to locate the Cattle Egrets, but we did spot one of them after lunch.  However, in the morning Elizabeth spotted an incoming Great White Egret, which stayed in place for a maximum of 10 minutes.  
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Pecking at a Bramble
Jay
Magpie
Sparrowhawk
Elizabeth's Great White Egret
During the lunch hour I visited Lin Dyke area.  I went to the metal hide, only to discover it seemed to be permanently closed.  I managed to look through one of the wooden screens instead.  There was a roosting Great White Egret and a couple of Green Sandpipers, and then receding into the distance most of the usual suspects.
Great White Egret
Green Sandpiper
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I wish I could say this was the afternoon's Cattle Egret, but it was the first one we ever encountered nine years ago now...
Chickory

Wednesday, 8 September 2021

2022 Calendars Ready!

 My new 2022 Yorkshire Wildlife Calendar is ready!

Puffins

A unique feature of the calendar is that it includes 300+  lines of info of what wildlife to see, & when & where to see it.
Barn Owl

Yellow Wagtail

My new 2020 Yorkshire Wildlife Calendar is hot off the press. It features photos of Barn Owls, Yellow Wagtail, Pochard, Water Rail, Cuckoo, Puffins, Spoonbill, Red Grouse, Sparrowhawk, Golden Plover, Lesser Redpoll,  Kingfisher, Long-tailed Tit and an Adder.    
  Cuckoo

All photos were taken in Yorkshire, quite a few of them during my birdwatching classes by myself.   Cost £9 if collecting in person.     
Price for 1 in the post is £10.55
Price for 2 in the post is £20.00
Price for 3 in the post is £29.70