9th June - 18th June 2017

June 19, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Here, There & Everywhere!

June 9th - 18th

[omitting June 15th at Bowesfield Marsh as already featured in last entry.]

June 9th I called at Saltholme for birdseed and popped into Phil Stead's. An egret was among the equisetum [or similar] and another was inspecting the pylons. Little EgretLittle Egret Little EgretLittle Egret Little EgretLittle Egret Little EgretLittle Egret June 11th took me to Billingham in the afternoon on the off-chance of a rose-coloured starling at number 45 Cayton Drive. It was photographed from number 37 - many thanks to all the hospitable folk at both addresses! A very unusual twitch! Here's the bird.

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...and a pair of collared doves! Collared DovesCollared Doves Collared DoveCollared Dove Tame jackdaw - I like jackdaws - must be those blue eyes! JackdawJackdaw JackdawJackdaw

June 14th at Blacktoft. First bittern of the year seen. Main purpose was to try to get good photos of marsh harriers. Didn't quite achieve the level of detail I should like but some of these are ok. Marsh HarrierMarsh Harrier Marsh HarrierMarsh Harrier Marsh HarrierMarsh Harrier Marsh HarrierMarsh Harrier Marsh HarrierMarsh Harrier Marsh HarrierMarsh Harrier Marsh HarrierMarsh Harrier Marsh HarrierMarsh Harrier Marsh HarrierMarsh Harrier Marsh HarrierMarsh Harrier Marsh HarrierMarsh Harrier Marsh HarrierMarsh Harrier Marsh HarrierMarsh Harrier Marsh HarrierMarsh Harrier Marsh HarrierMarsh Harrier Marsh HarrierMarsh Harrier Later at Marshland I watched the avocets. AvocetAvocet AvocetAvocet AvocetAvocet AvocetAvocet AvocetAvocet AvocetAvocet AvocetAvocet

A heron was catching tiddlers. HeronHeron Konik pony.

Konik PonyKonik Pony First meadow brown of the year. Meadow BrownMeadow Brown 16th June: Scaling Dam. I went for a very distant scope-only spotted sandpiper. Afterwards I went for a stroll down Boghouse Lane. I wonder what this is? CurlewCurlew CurlewCurlew CurlewCurlew A small trainer aircraft zoomed low overhead... Trainer aircraftTrainer aircraft ...whilst meadow pipits kept a watchful eye on me. Meadow PipitMeadow Pipit Meadow PipitMeadow Pipit

I called at Fen Bog on the way home. Common spotted. Common Spotted OrchidCommon Spotted Orchid Train spotted. NYMR at Fen BogNYMR at Fen Bog BR Standard Class 4MT 2-6-0 number 76079. 60 years old this year. Now, where's my anorak?

Last lap: June 18th - Open Day at Tophill Low - and no admission charge. However that wasn't why I went...

There were orchids, common spotted and bee... Common Spotted OrchidCommon Spotted Orchid Common Spotted Orchid - white formCommon Spotted Orchid - white form Bee OrchidBee Orchid Bee OrchidBee Orchid

...and a pair of distant first summer little gulls on South Marsh East... Little GullsLittle Gulls ...and a ragged common blue butterfly. Common BlueCommon Blue But there was another reason for going. Tawny OwlTawny Owl

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236 UK 2017


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