Saturday, 12 May 2018

Almost Daily Cuckoos, but Others Still Missing

On Tuesday the weather was so good we were able to visit some private lakes near Burstwick.  The Cuckoo showed very well for Saturday's recce, but was only heard during Tuesday's visit.  Some summer visitors were still missing, but highlights included 3 Herons on nests, some Sand Martins, and a smattering of Warblers. There seemed to be a lot of summer visitors noticeable by their absence... The biggest surprise was an Avocet, which flew round south lake three times as we were finishing our meal, and then flew off east.  This was the first known record for the site.
 Cuckoo
 Ditto
 Being Mobbed
Whitethroat  - Saturday 
 Ditto
 Disappearing Stoat - Saturday
 Heron
 Ditto
 Ditto
 Ditto
 Great Crested Grebe
 Kestrel
 Fish Feeding Frenzy
 Roach/Rudd?
 Roach/Rudd?
Avocet
Ditto 
After the session I drove round Sunk Island, where there were a Skylark, a Wheatear and a few Yellow Wagtails on a muck heap.  
Skylark
 Ditto
 Female Yellow Wagtail
 Wheatear
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Ditto 
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 Yellow Wagtail
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On Wednesday we had our second trip of the summer to one of Lincolnshire's best reserves.  In the morning we were sat in Duck Hide when a brown female Cuckoo flew past silently.  We tracked it as it flew into the trees around wader hide.  We never saw it again.  However, after lunch en route to Wader Hide it bubbled from the reedbed to our right before flying in front of us.  It remained in this area the rest of the time while we were there.  Meanwhile, a male could be heard calling distantly apparently near the sand workings.  More photos of the Hepatic Cuckoo are on the previous blog entry. We saw the usual suspects, but two Red Kites heading south were the first of this species in Lincolnshire we've ever seen.  2 Hobbies were observed just before lunch and also during the afternoon session.  Another treat was a Garden Warbler posing for a few moments in the open - just long enough for everyone to appreciate its rather nondescript plumage.  
Hepatic Cuckoo (female)
Common Tern (c) 2018 Tony Robinson

 Hobby
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 Red-Crested Pochard
 Red Kite
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 Reed Warbler
Reed Warbler (c) 2018 Maggie Bruce
Ditto
 Garden Warbler
 Ditto
Garden Warbler (c) 2018 Maggie Bruce
Ditto
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 Red-Crested Pochard
Egyptian Geese (c) 2018 Tony Robinson
 Ditto
Egyptian Geese
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Cormorants
Buzzard with Gosling
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 Blue-tailed Damselfly
 Dragonfly Nymph about to Transform?
 Speckled Wood
Speckled Wood (c) 2018 Aileen Urquhart
Brimstone (c) 2018 Chris Lawson
Orange-Tip (c) Maggie Bruce
Damselfly Species
Exuvia on Bog Bean (c) 2018 Aileen Urquhart
 Hairy Dragonfly and Exuvia (c) 2018 Aileen Urquhart
Hairy Dragonfly? & exuvia (c) 2018 Chris Lawson

Hairy Dragonfly? (c) 2018 Aileen Urquhart
 4-Spotted Chaser (c) 2018 Aileen Urquhart
 Ditto
Dragonfly Exuvia (c) 2018 Chris Lawson
Bumblebee sp. on Bog Bean (c) 2018 Aileen Urquhart
Meadow Saxifrage
 Petty Whin
 Forget-Me-Not
The Weds am group (c) 2018 Aileen Urquhart
Bird Scarer on the edge of Nature Reserve
On Thursday we were able to make our first visit of the spring to the Yorkshire Wolds.  However, it was disappointing to find the Redstarts, Tree Pipits and even the Meadow Pipits completely absent.  There were a few compensations - namely, in the guise of Red Kites, Whitethroats, Yellowhammers, and Marsh Tits.  A surprise on the isolated pond were a pair of Gadwall, but last year's Little Grebes had also gone.  This was the one day of the week in which a Cuckoo was neither heard or seen.
Goldcrest
 Ditto
 Red Kite
 Red Kite mobbed by a Crow
 Ditto
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 Red Kite
 Whitethroat 
 Ditto
 Yellowhammer 
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 Kestrel
 Red-legged Partridge
 Gadwall
 Gadwall
 Ditto
 Marsh Tits just after congress
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 Marsh Tit
And a last minute Yellowhammer for the pm group too
Early Purple orchid
 Water Avens
 Woodruff
 Poppies
 Tadpoles
On Friday we went to Leven Canal as planned, only to find very high winds, which inhibited the singing of Sedge and Reed Warblers.  We did hear a Cuckoo again, and saw it distantly for a few seconds.  A couple of Swifts flew over, but there was no sign of a Hobby.
Willow Warbler
 Reed Bunting
 Ditto
 Record Shot of Sedge warbler
 Roe Deer
4-Spotted Chaser Exuvia? (c) 2018 Jeny Clarkson
 Two Spires - Scorborough & South Dalton?
During the morning the wind deteriorated, which adversely affected   the species being seen, so the afternoon session was changed to Tophill Low.  We certainly saw a lot more than we would have at Leven Canal, but again the wind was strong at times, but we were able to get out of it at times, and there were some pockets of calm.  We heard a Cuckoo, which appeared to be east of Watton Borrow Pits, but we couldn't see it.  A Yellow Wagtail was again seen on the approach road.  
Swallow
 Ditto
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 Little Ringed Plover
Little Ringed Plover (c) 2018 Mike Woods
 Ditto
 Willow Warbler (c) 2018 Mike Woods
Fighting Common Terns (c) 2018 Mike Woods
 Ditto
Linnet
Linnet (c) 2018 Mike Woods
Grass Snake due to slough its skin (c) 2018 Mike Woods
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4-Spotted Chaser
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4-Spotted Chaser (c) 2018 Mike Woods
Yellow Archangel
 Soapwort?




2 comments:

Wildish Thing said...

Lovelt lot of photos.What a great week.

Jane Robinson said...

Is the 'soapwort' growing in water?