3rd-4th March 2017

March 05, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Two days in my life!

Woke up, fell out of bed, 
Dragged a comb across my head 
Found my way downstairs and drank a cup, 
And looking up I noticed I was late...

Day 1: Family Fun Day

...just managed to get to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park near Doncaster on time where Sheila and I had been invited to help celebrate my son's and my elder granddaughter's birthdays: one born on March 2nd and the other on March 3rd but some years apart!!

Obviously I took a camera so, slightly different to my normal fare, here are a few zoo snaps. I was impressed by the sense of space - very large enclosures - but not by the weather it was cold and wet. Still, we all had a good time.

Meerkat above; painted dog below. Best of all for me were the tigers - and they stuck it out in the rain for us!

Day 2: Back to the day job!

Headed north again to my beloved Hartlepool region and in particular to Redcar beach. First of all I parked up near the beach cinema to go look for velvet scoter. I could soon see eider but the scoter were diving and coming up somewhere else or disappearing in the waves... That's better!

Walking back to the promenade I noticed a few common gulls among the herrings. Two allowed a close approach.

A mile or so further brought me to Foxglove Covert yet again, Marske, hoping for either corn bunting or lapland. Ready for disapppointment I bumped into Martyn Sidwell and we homed in on the preferred 'lump' in the middle of the stubble field.

Foxglove Covert delivers!

Double vision! I then headed back to Redcar Stray to call on the snow buntings. Three were present and seemed well used to the people, dogs and ice-cream throwing children. The conditions were brighter and calmer than previously and it shows!

I finished my day in the life with a walk along Greatham Creek just with my bins. I hoped to find my first avocets of the year out on Seal Sands and I wasn't disappointed. Five seen but there are more present as I write this.

Found my coat and grabbed my hat 
Made it to Tiggy in seconds flat 
Found my way inside and had a coke, 
Somebody spoke and I went into a dream....

166 UK 2017

 


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