We walked along the riverbank to find Grey Plovers, which were new. There were many more Turnstones than a fortnight ago, and as we reached the furthest extent of our walk a massive flock of Black-tailed Godwits. There were a few solitary Curlews, plus plenty of Teal and Shelduck.
On the return journey two dark Roe Deer were spotted, and in the same field a smart male Stonechat hunted for insects.
Long-tailed Tit (c) 2019 Tony Robinson
Heron (c) 2019 Tony Robinson
Robin (c) 2019 Aileen Urquhart
Cormorant (c) 2019 Aileen Urquhart
Black-headed Gulls (c) 2019 Aileen Urquhart
Greylag Geese (c) 2019 Aileen Urquhart
Highland Cow (c) 2019 Aileen Urquhart
(c) 2019 Symon Fraser
Record short of distant Snipe (c) 2019 Symon Fraser
Record shot of distant Mandarin (c) 2019 Symon Fraser
Mandarin (c) 2019 Aileen Urquhart
Mandarin (c) 2019 Tony Robinson
We walked round the whole reserve, but the Redwings just wouldn’t sit and pose. There had been a big clear out of Chiffchaffs since last week. Just before the end Louise spotted the Mandarin, which was seen even better at lunch time. Apparently, we saw just over 50 species
A distant Pink-footed Goose
2 distant Kestrels
Island of Knot
Great White Egret (c) 2019 Paul Green
Grey Plover (c) 2019 Margaret Richardson
Little Egret (c) 2019 Margaret Richardson
Starlings (c) 2019 Margaret Richardson
Gordon and Birthday Nuthatch (c) 2019 Margaret Richardson
Record shot of Flying Redwing
On Friday we caught up with Alkborough despite the chance of a shower and predicted winds of over 10 mph. Bearded Tits could soon be heard above the wind, and a group of 4 came down on to the path for grit ahead of us. Another group of 4 flew south over our heads, and yet another quarter dropped into the reeds ahead of us, and again came out to munch on some grit.
Female/Immature Bearded Tit
Bearded Tits Lining Up (c) 2019 Paul Green
Male Bearded Tit
Collecting Grit (c) 2019 Jane Robinson
Craning to Check (c) 2019 Jane Robinson
Female/Immature Bearded Tit (c) 2019 Jane Robinson
There was a lot more water in front of the hide than is customary. There were waders but they were all huddled up and the reeds meant that the whole bodies couldn’t be seen. It was possible to discern that most of them were Black-tailed Godwits and a few Redshanks. At one point they were flushed and 2 Greenshanks were seen, but rather surprisingly they were silent. Some Snipe were close to the hide with more flying past at various times. A drake Pintail in eclipse was the pick of the wildfowl.
Snipe (c) 2019 Jane Robinson
Drake Pintail in eclipse
On Tuesday afternoon I went looking in Beverley Westwood's woodland to search for interesting fungi.
Shaggy Pholiota from above
Fresh Turkey Tails