Nine members were well rewarded on the annual trip to Blacktoft with good weather and excellent birding. Immediately sightings of Bearded Tits were had from the visitors centre before we’d even had a chance to get properly started. Juveniles or females were then seen from a number of the hides throughout the day. Excitement rose when two Barn Owl chicks were spotted in the owl box. A closer inspection however, revealed them to be juvenile Kestrels. Of the 43 species of bird identified, the stars (other than the Bearded Tits) were undoubtedly the Green Sandpipers, Ruff in a variety of plumages, Spotted Redshank still with considerable remnants of their summer plumage, a juvenile Water Rail spotted skulking in the reeds by Mr Conroy, three Greenshank and finally a flock of 6 Spoonbills which definitely didn’t skulk. The Marsh Harriers put on a grand display with both male and female birds flying by at closish quarters. A thoroughly excellent trip – Blacktoft never seems to let us down at this time of year.
- 18 August 2018
A quiet morning but an adult Hobby, ad Yellow-l-Gull and a flighty Yellow Wagtail.
- 17 August 2018
3 Mute Swans, 23 Mandarins in Chapel Bay, Little Egret, Osprey early morning at least, present for it’s eighth day now, ad Yellow-l-Gull, ad Common Tern, 25 Swifts & c15 Sand Martins flew S/SW early morning, single Spotted Flycatcher and further vis-mig with 2 Yellow Wagtails and a Tree Pipit through.
- News 14/8/2018
Thanks to Rod key for the following:- WILLINGTON GP An eclipse drake Ring Necked Duck was found by Mike Blaver and Richard James first thing on 11th Aug and was still present this am-13th Aug. At one stage yesterday morning it did appear to fly off to the East but was later found on The […]