Sheila and I went up to Saltholme for the afternoon after working at home. We soon had an alert spoonbill in our scope, swishing its yellow-tipped spoon back and forth before lapsing back into sleep mode. Photographically things were very quiet but here are a few shots of a pair of great crested grebes from Dorman's Pool. It was very breezy and the sun was playing hard to get!
I went to Blacktoft just before lunchtime to see what was about. Six warblers heard [sedge, willow, blackcap, whitethroat, Cetti's and chiffchaff] but only sedge warbler seen. Must admit I didn't really bother looking for the willow warbler and chiffchaff as they were singing all around me as were a good number of Cetti's across the reserve. Again, few photos. A konik loomed out of the reedbed... ...and there were a few avocets chasing round Marshland.. Feeling Micawberish: something's bound to turn up soon!
I began the day at North Cave. Lots of sand martins, a few swallows. Buzzards; ruff x4; avocets and best of all a single yellow wagtail. Spent a long time getting these sedge warbler photos near the bus stop hide. I moved on to Blacktoft after circuiting the reserve. Twelve spotted redshank scoped from Reception flew off before I got to Xerox for a photo! So here's some avocets coming in to Marshland. I was aware that a red-rumped swallow was near The Cut at Fairburn so decided to try for it even though rain had now set in. In the rain and poor light the bird was difficult to:
a: pick out from the sand and house martins
b: hard to get a focus lock on the right bird
c: hard to then follow the right bird which seemed a black silhouette on a grey background
Here's a few which record the fact that I picked the right bird, as one book says, ''with its stuck on tail''.