Wednesday, 17 April 2013

From Snow Storms to Sand Storms!

Yesterday was a repeat of last Wednesday. Unfortunately, the strong winds meant that part of the sessions were obliterated by sandstorms. The topsoil which is almost sand in that area had completely dried out, and there were was a sand dune almost blocking the road at the reserve's western entrance. 

Willow Warbler (c) 2013 John Sparham
 Exiled Dog Walker with Invisible Dog & Sand Storm Behind Her
 Willow Warbler (c) 2013 Maggie Bruce
  Willow Warbler (c) 2013 Maggie Bruce
In the wood there were at least 4 singing Willow Warblers, but still only one Chiffchaff. The winds may have dampened down the songs of some other species. There were at least 3 pairs of Marsh Tits throughout the woods, but we didn't find the Willow Tit. Cliff found a silent Blackcap in the afternoon which I expected would turn out to be a Marsh Tit, but sure enough when I checked with my bins Cliff was right! Perhaps it had only just arrived, and was too exhausted to set up territory by singing. Alternatively, it may have been a late returning German bird on its way back too late to put its towel on the sun-lounger.
Marsh Tit (c) 2013 Maggie Bruce
  Marsh Tit (c) 2013 Maggie Bruce
Willow Warbler (c) 2013 Maggie Bruce
 Woodpecker Practice Tree (c) 2013 Maggie Bruce
 Record Shot of Green Woodpecker - photographer's name withheld at own request
 Record Shot of Young Grass Snake - photographer's name withheld at their own request
Other birds seen included: Treecreeper, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2+ Green Woodpeckers [on the heath], Red-legged Partridge, Buzzard, Pied Wagtail, Linnet, Sparrowhawk. Another interesting find was a very young Grass Snake under one of the metal sheets.
Many of the class went on to Crosslands hide to see the Yellow Wagtails, and some even went round the whole of North Cave Wetlands.  

And now some birds of North Cave Wetlands 
Yellow Wagtail (c) 2013 Maggie Bruce
 Yellow Wagtail (c) 2013 John Sparham
 Little Ringed Plover (c) 2013 Maggie Bruce
 Little Ringed Plover (c) 2013 John Sparham
 Swallow (c) 2013 Maggie Bruce
 Sand Martin (c) 2013 Maggie Bruce
 Little Grebes (c) 2013 John Sparham

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