Wednesday, 9 September 2009

South of Humber Again

Little Egret
Record shot of Spotted Flycatcher
Common Darter
Common Blue Damselfly

All remaining pics for this post (c) 2009 Maurice Gordon
Brown Hairstreak
Yesterday in near gale-force winds, John and I tried out the high tide at Alkborough Flats. We did find the Spoonbill, and a bloke from Derbyshire kindly pointed out the sleeping Ruddy Shelduck through his telescope. We also identified Peregrine (young male), Marsh Harrier & a sparring Kestrel & Sparrowhawk. There were a few Black-tailed Godwits, and at least 5 Ruff flew in. A Greenshank called, but we failed to track it down. Most of the sightings were of distant birds. At least we learned that it's best to visit this location when the high tide is receeding. On to Normanby Hall to see the Little Owl, which we failed to spot - the Red & Fallow Deer were the best species at this location. Finally, on to Far Ings, but the strong winds kept the best of the wildlife out of sight. However, in a sheltered area at the back of the site a pair of Spotted Flycatcher were busy catching insects.
Meanwhile, Maurice has also been in Lincolnshire looking for Brown Hairstreaks. Despite several visits he didn't manage to connect with them until today when they were looking a bit worn. The "tails" had rubbed off & the colours are a little faded. Hopefully, he'll have better luck next year.

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