Saturday, 11 October 2014

Good Sightings Despite the Wind

Wednesday afternoon's Pectoral Sandpiper at Blacktoft
(c) 2014 Michael Booth

It was quite a bad week weather-wise, so hardly any session went as originally planned.  However the wildlife did us proud.  The confiding Water Voles and Kingfisher at North Marsh, Tophill Low were particularly appreciated.

On Tuesday we relocated to North Cave Wetlands.  On a very grey day we still saw more than 40 species.  All North Cave pictures (c) 2014 Chris Cox: 
Little Grebe
 Highland Cattle
 Mainly Greylag with some Canada Geese
 Spider's web
On Wednesday we were able to go to Blacktoft Sands as planned, but found the site destitute of welcoming reception staff.  The amazing close views of a Pectoral Sandpiper happened in the afternoon when there were no cameras to hand.  Luckily, someone in the hide took pity on us, so that's why Mike Booth's photo appears at the head of this blog!
 Female Stonechat (c) 2014 Aileen Urquhart 
 Phonescoped Stonechat (c) 2014 John Dowson
 Male Stonechat
 Female Stonechat
 Red Fox (c) 2014 Aileen Urquhart
On Thursday it was too windy for Alkborough Flats, so we switched to Tophill Low, and we weren't disappointed, especially when we headed north.
Goldcrest D Woods or South Scrub
 Kingfisher - North Marsh
 Showing the Effects of the Wind
 Migrant Hawker
 Red Admiral - border of O Reservoir
 Treecreeper D Woods
 Record Shot of Water Rail - S. Marsh West
 Water Vole - North Pond
 Long-tailed Tit - D Woods
 Pink-footed Geese heading south over D Reservoir
 Red-crested Pochard on D Reservoir
 Water Vole

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