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. 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.
June 13th at Bempton for a turtle dove that failed to show. So you'll have to make do with this fine fellow...
...and a pair of collared doves! Tame jackdaw - I like jackdaws - must be those blue eyes!
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. Later at Marshland I watched the avocets.
A heron was catching tiddlers. Konik pony.
First meadow brown of the year. 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? A small trainer aircraft zoomed low overhead... ...whilst meadow pipits kept a watchful eye on me.
I called at Fen Bog on the way home. Common spotted. Train spotted. 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...
...and a pair of distant first summer little gulls on South Marsh East... ...and a ragged common blue butterfly. But there was another reason for going.