I was hoping for terrible weather over the Easter holiday in the hope that we would enjoy decent weather for the Spring/Summer term. of course the exact opposite happened. The weather was so bad for the first session that we had to relocate to Tophill low. This was a good move, as we clocked up 56 species!
Male Marsh Harrier
Record shot through double-glazing of a Yellow Wagtail - drat!
Record number of hirundines finding somewhere to feed. Yellow, Grey, White & Pied Wagtails, plenty of Blackcaps, Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs, 2 Red-crested Pochard, Pochard, Great Crested & Little Grebes, Shoveler, Shelduck, Teal, Treecreeper, Goldcrest, Great Spotted Woodpecker etc
Red-Crested Pochard (right)
Great Diving Beetle (c) 2017 Aileen Urquhart
ID: Barry Warrington
ID: Barry Warrington
Great Crested Grebe (c) 2017 Aileen Urquhart
Goldfinch (c) 2017 Aileen Urquhart
Orange-Tip Butterflies (c) 2017 Tony Robinson
On Thursday morning we went on a beautiful walk in a Bluebell Wood at North Cliffe Wood. Overcast and drizzle which kept birdsong down, but did hear/see: Willow Warbler, Blackcap (m&f), Marsh Tit, Chiffchaff, Linnet, Red-legged Partridge, GS & Green Woodpeckers, Lapwing. plants: Bluebell, Wood Sorrell, Primrose, Greater Stitchwort, Bugle, etc. In the afternoon we stayed at North Cave Wetlands and encountered 56 species. The camera stayed in the car.Swallow
On Friday we made our only trip of the year to Swine Moor. It was cool and a little breezy, and there was some drizzle at times. Those who hadn't been before were impressed with what we saw: 5 Whimbrel, 2 Ruff, 2 Yellow Wagtail, Willow Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Sand & House Martins, Swallows, Meadow Pipits, Reed Buntings, Cormorant, Linnet, Goldfinch, Greenfinch etcMistle Thrush (c) 2017 Jane Robinson
Ruff (c) 2017 Jane Robinson
Linnet (c) 2017 Jane Robinson
Willow Warbler (c) 2017 Jane Robinson
Wren (c) 2017 Jane Robinson
Errm... (c) 2017 Jane Robinson
Jane went to Blacktoft before the classes resumes, so here a few more holiday photos:Spotted Redshank (c) 2017 Jane Robinson
Shelduck (c) 2017 Jane Robinson
Reed Bunting (c) 2017 Jane Robinson
Bearded Tit (c) 2017 Jane Robinson
Meanwhile during the Easter break I found a flower on a nature reserve. it was in a very damp habitat, so was it a genuine rarity, or had someone planted it illegally?Fritillary - wild or planted?
Hoping for an improvement in the weather soon, and that we will lose these cold easterly winds. The figures for the first week of the new term were: Tuesday am - 56: Weds am - 30; Weds pm - 50; Thurs am - 28; Thurs pm - 56; Fri am - 46 & Fri pm N/A