Thursday, 11 June 2009


Water Vole
Can just make out the teeth
Enjoying a meal
Grass Snake - milky eye may indicate it's about to slough its skin
Sedge Warbler
Reed Warbler
Grey Wagtail
Pochard & brood
Pheasant chick
Record shot of Spotted Flycatcher
Bee Orchid
Small Copper
Common Blue
Today's venue was changed again because of the unpredicatable weather, which this time was warranted. If we had stayed with Plan A we may have been sucked up by a tornado & been hit by giant hailstones! Instead we had a great day at Tophill Low with lengthy sightings of a Water Vole (pm) and a fairly good look at a Grass Snake (am). There were plenty of birds with the highlight being 3 Little Gulls (one in summer plumage), Common Terns with 5 newly-hatched chicks, & family of Grey Wagtails. We also had close views of Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Wigeon, Teal, Shelduck, Oystercatcher, Little Ringed Plover; and ducks going into eclipse: Shoveler, Mallard, Gadwall etc. A few interesting butterflies managed to sneak out between the showers. When's this fantastic hot summer turning up?

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