Monday, 23 March 2009

Noughts & Crosses

Record shots of Crossbills

As yet Unidentified Moth

Reptiles = Nought ; Crossbills = c.5. On Saturday morning went looking for snakes with Hull birder and photographer John Sadler. (Check out his flickr site for his excellent recent pic of the Hornsea Garganey ). Unfortunately, we didn't see any Adders, Grass Snakes, Common Lizards or Slow-worms, although we did manage one amphibian - a Common Toad, plus plenty of frog spawn! The highlights were probably some very good views of a small group of confiding Crossbills, plus a Siskin performing a Greenfinch-like slow-motion 'butterfly' display, which I've never seen before. Also present were Redpoll, Willow Tit, Marsh Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Yellowhammer, Treecreeper, several Chiffchaffs & we also heard Jay & Green Woodpecker. As we hadn't met before, we kept each other entertained with the highs and lows of our birding exploits, so time passed very quickly. A brilliant morning was capped with my first Brimstone of the year, although John had already seen a brighter one!

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