Tuesday, 19 September 2017

A Change of Scene

A  visit to Fountains Abbey on a day off to admire the ruins.  There were plenty of Nuthatches, and Jackdaws, and I could hear a Grey Wagtail, but the wildlife camera was left at home...
 The Cellarium
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 Taken from an outside window
 Exterior of cellarium
 Galilee Porch and Tower [behind]
 Front of Church
 Huby's Tower from inside the church
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 Huby's Tower from top of Dormitory steps
 Huby's Tower from East

 Marmaduke Huby's Emblem
 Three Doors leading into Chapter House
 Chapel of Nine Altars

 Guest Houses
 Muniment Room
 Vaulted Passage
 Mill
 Mill
 Millstone - only 300 years old
 Ring used as a seal
 Fountains Abbey Tile
 Adjacent Private House
 Fountains Hall
 Extravagant Wooden Carving over Fireplace - Fountains Hall
 Late-Elizabethan Chest

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Autumn Term Starts

Against convention I'm going to start with Friday's session, as both morning AND(!) afternoon sessions had close encounters with a very charismatic and confiding pair of Bearded Tits.  In the morning it was a male and female.  In the afternoon it was a same-sex couple.  The afternoon was exceptional, as most of our sightings of these birds have been well before lunch, but the two males were near the new screen well after 3pm. The  sole reason for this behaviour was put down to the presence of 3 newcomers, so thanks Ian, Daniel & Lucy, you may come again!
All uncredited photos are my own
Bearded Tit - male
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 Female
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 Back to the Male Moustachioed Reedling!
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The morning Bearded tits were all taken from Reedy Hide, whilst the afternoon Beardies were taken at the new screen.
All the afternoon Bearded Tits (c) 2017 Mike Woods

 Looking Up

 Showing the pink flanks off to the best effect
Pat identified a Water Rail from the Reedy Hide
 Water Rail
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 Willow Tit
 Immature Great Crested Grebe
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 Immature Sedge Warbler
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 Pink-footed Geese
 Common Frog 
 Fruit on a Spindle Tree
Both Thursday's and Tuesday's sessions were altered from exposed locations on the estuary to the benign shelter of Tophill Low.  Here,  we enjoyed our closest ever views of Green Sandpipers, as well as views of more than 40 other species. The Grey Wagtail was in difficult light on the Tuesday only.  
Green Sandpiper
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 Grey Wagtail 
 Ruddy Darter
 Red Admiral
 Comma
 Underside of Comma
 Grasshopper Species
 Large White Caterpillars
On Wednesday despite the almost gale force winds we were able to go to RSPB Blacktoft Sands as planned.  Despite the weather we saw a pair of Bearded Tits feeding under the shelter of the reeds on a muddy hump.  They were missing in the afternoon, so a Kingfisher had to act as compensation.  The biggest news were 4 Spoonbills which flew in from Alkborough Flats.  The difference between adult birds and immatures were pointed out, but unfortunately, they didn't stay for the afternoon.
Spoonbill (c) 2017 Lynn Hall
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 Spoonbills (c) 2017 Aileen Urquhart
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Spoonbills [immature left] (c) 2017 Tony Robinson 
 Spoonbill (c) 2017 Tony Robinson
 Spoonbills in Flight (c) 2017 Tony Robinson
 Little Egret (c) 2017 Aileen Urquhart
 Little Egret (c) 2017 Tony Robinson
 Ruff
 Immature Ruff
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 Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit (c) 2017 Tony Robinson
Green Sandpiper (c) 2017 Tony Robinson
Male Kingfisher
Male Kingfisher (c) 2017 Tony Robinson
Roe Deer (c) 2017 Tony Robinson
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Shield Bug
 Chicory
The previous Friday the class went to North Cave Wetlands.  There were plenty of insects sheltering from the high winds in certain areas, but the birds were more distant.
Migrant Hawker? eating a Wasp!
 Close-up
 Brown Hawker
 Comma
 Underside of Comma
 Female Common Darter?
A week last Thursday, which was the first class of the whole term was at Alkborough Flats.  Only one Bearded Tit was seen, but there were more than 40 species including plenty of waders.    You may see some of these waders further down the page - photographed a few weeks earlier.
 Fungi
And now for some summer photos, I haven't had time to include before now. 
Holderness Sunflowers




 And now some more pictures from the Spurn Migration Festival.  
All these photos (c) 2017 Ben Coneyworth
Whinchat
 Immature Swallow 
 Immature Swallow 
 Little Egrets
 Little Stint and Dunlin
 Buck Roe Deer
 Female Roe Deer 
 Grey Seal
 Red Admiral
 Back to my own photos
Immature Willow Warbler in the garden
 Waders at Alkborough Flats
 Avocets and Black-tailed Godwits
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 Spotted Redshank
 Devil's Coach-Horse
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 Female Common Blue
 Common Tern at Ness End Farm
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 Little Egret
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 Speckled Wood