Tuesday, 22 June 2010

By the Seaside

Little Tern - one from the archives

Sedge Warbler - very confiding

Above Greenfinch, Swallow, House Martin, Ringed Plover
Below: Meadow Pipit, Meadow Brown, 6-Spot Burnet Moth

Only listed building in the area! A World War 1 Accoustic Mirror

Yesterday we travelled to the threshhold of Spurn to try & find a few Little Terns. We saw some but it was unclear how well they are doing this year. A few noisy Sandwich Terns flew over the site. One of the highlights for both sessions was a female Cuckoo, and last week we witnessed displaying song-flights from both Skylark and Meadow Pipit. Other birds present were Reed Buntings, but fewer Linnets than normal. There were scores of Blue butterflies, and also Small Heaths and thefirst Meadow Browns of the summer. The afternoon group saw 3 Little Egrets and 2 Herons flying towards the Lagoons, but the Herons veered away at the last minute. Ringed Plovers, Oystercatchers and Dunlin in their breeding plumage were also present, but otherwise it was a little quiet. The weather was glorious, and the Hare moving towards us was a mammal highlight, but the extremely confiding Sedge Warbler at one of the hides was the overall best sighting. It must have been nesting nearby & it followed us all along a hedge as we made our way to the hide entrance. From this hide we saw Sand Martins, and Swallows, and Baby Coots, which were popular with course participants. 3 young Pied Wagtails disported themselves directly in front of the hide. Can the weather hold for the last few sessons?

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