The week started well with a pleasant Tuesday morning at Kilns Wetlands. The highlights included: Little Terns, Avocet, Dunlin, Knot, Little Egret, Yellow Wagtail, Wigeon, Tufted Duck, Cormorant, Linnet, House & Sand Martin, Swallow, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting etc.
Puffin (c) 2017 Jane Robinson
Knot (& Oystercatcher)
Sedge Warbler in Flight
Wildebeest or was it a Swan?
The Start of a Dive
After a Failed Dive
Wednesday didn't seem to hold any surprises, as Flamborough is one of those places where everything is present on its allocated shelf. However, this year was a little different. The results of that are already on display in the previous post. Despite this, it is somewhere where you can get better and closer photos of wildlife than most other places. Highlights included: Peregrine, Puffin, Razorbill, Guillemot, Fulmar, Linnet, Yellowhammer, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Kittiwake, Kestrel, Tufted Duck, etc
Skylark (c) 2017 Jane Robinson
Skylark (c) 2017 Tony Robinson
Puffin (c) 2017 Jane Robinson
Record Shot of "Mirror Image" (c) 2017 Jane Robinson
Thursday was a little disappointing at first
Thursday was a little disappointing because the Redstart tree and the two trees nearest to it had been severely butchered. There was no sign of the potential star bird, which should have been incubating its second brood by now. However, the surprising Yellow Wagtail in the car park was definitely a plus point. I don't remember ever seeing one here before, or even anywhere in thenlocality.
Long tailed Tit after a bath
Wildlife encountered included: Marsh Tit, Yellowhammer, Linnet, Goldcrests, Treecreeper, Garden & Willow Warblers, Kestrel, Swift, House Martin, Swallow, Blackcap etc
Song Thrush (c) 2017 Dick Watson
Chaffinch (c) 2017 Dick Watson
Thistle Broomrape (Yorkshire Broomrape)
Female Common Blue
Copulating Common Blues
Blackcap (c) 2017 Dick Watson
Kestrel (c) 2017 Dick Watson
Small Tortoiseshell (c) 2017 Dick Watson
Record shot of ichneumon Fly
In the afternoon for about 10 seconds some of the members were lucky enough to catch sight of a distant male Redstart catching insects. However, it was in an area where we've never seen them before, and is soon disappeared and was never relocated.
Friday was a day of two halves. In the morning we went to Barlow Common and had good sightings of Green Woodpeckers, Linnets and a stunning male broad Bodied Chaser. Plus: a Great Spotted Woodpecker family, Bullfinch, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Linnet, and Kestrel.
Linnet (c) 2017 Jane Robinson
Male Broad-bodied Chaser
Vipers Bugloss (c) 2017 Jane Robinson
Northern Marsh Orchid (c) 2017 Jane Robinson
The afternoon group caught up with Oakhill Ponds, which had bad weather the last time they visited. We did see a Turtle Dove, Reed Warblers, Reed Buntings, and a few other species, but the insects and flowers were always easier to photograph!
Recently-emerged Black-tailed Skimmer
Mullein Moth caterpillar
Biting Fly on MAS Baseball Cap