Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Weekend Wanderings Part 2

A trip down to South Gare on Sunday unfortunately dipped the Firecrest and Black Redstart but did get a cracking very obliging Black-necked Grebe. The photographers didn’t phase it as it fed quite close to the small bit of sand on which we were kneeling. After filling my boots it was then on to Saltholme. The car park was nearly full so instead of going into the reserve I paid a visit to Saltholme East where 17 Little Gull were showing well I did however dip the Garganey.

Black-necked Grebe

The fish is apparently a Butterfish also known as a Rock Gunnell

The one that got away

Little Gull

Avocet. Hilda Ogden would be proud to have these on her wall

Pochard. I could be wrong but the lower bird behind the female appears to have some sort identification tag on its bill

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Weekend Wanderings Part 1

Hares were abundant at Burdon Moor yesterday (Saturday) with eight not far from the car park. Meadow Pipit and Sky Lark were in the air singing and fighting to hold onto territory. Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler were in the trees singing to proclaim their territories. A Kestrel was on the roof of the farm on the way to Lamesley (it was still there on the way back). Two Buzzards were flying over the pond just as I arrived at Lamesley. On the pond, there were Canada, Greylag and Barnacle Geese as well as Shelduck and Teal. Back in our garden a pair of Blackbirds have built a nest in one of the bushes and have been feeding young for the past few days.

Eight Hares most having a good clean

One of them came running towards me

Fighting Meadow Pipit

Meadow Pipit



One of the two Buzzards at Lamesley

Barnacle Goose

Barnacle Goose about to land on the pond

Male Blackbird with youngsters lunch

Female Blackbird with lunch


Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Sunday on the Moors

A cracking day out on Sunday up on the Moors with six year ticks. Great crack with Paul (nice to put a face to a name) and Chris. Finished the day off at Derwent Reservoir with great views but poor pictures of an Osprey.

Ring Ouzel



Singing Wren

And another

Song Thrush

Drumming Snipe


Displaying Lapwing

Black Grouse

This one was so close I had to back up to get a picture and it still filled the frame (did not have time to change the lens)

It looks to be a young bird

Female Black Grouse

I saw at least three females and around six males


Record shot of Osprey

Too far away for anything decent


Pied Wagtail

Great Crested Grebe

Redshank in flight

Female Wigeon