Zenfolio | Chris Downes' Focus on Birds | 9th May ff 2018

9th May ff 2018

May 21, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Quiet times...

It seems somehow I can't stir myself to go out birding. Everything seems such a long way from here that I keep changing my mind about going out. Anyway, here's a few photos from not very far away...

A couple of visits to North Duffield to listen to the corncrake. Eight hours in total over two mornings. Heard only. View from Geoff Smith hide - corncrake off to the right somewhere!

May 13th I started at Skipwith Common. Tiger beetles... ...and a four-spotted chaser dragonfly.

Visited Tophill Low to see the reed warblers. They were very active but also very tricky to photograph as they kept low in the reeds which, maybe, aren't yet tall enough to hide the birds fully. Orange tip on its food plant, cuckoo flower. Another four-spot at Tophill Low. North Marsh.

May 16th in our garden - Sheila spotted a mouse coming to drink at our bird bath. I grabbed the camera [Always keep one handy!] Later that day I watched distant hobbies at Wheldrake Ings.

View from the Pool hide at Wheldrake Ings plus the old wind pump.

A pair of common terns were on a raft

May 18th: Blacktoft Sands RSPB

Marsh harriers and a tricky blackcap that kept eluding me!

Quiet times, I said. Maybe I was wrong! Juliet turned up. I spoke loudly in Townend hide: 'There she is!' 'Where?' the other 3 birders asked. I tried to explain without taking my eye off her. 

Now the purists will tell me I can't call her Juliet because she was a Capulet and the Montagues had an 'e' at the end. Who cares! I'd spotted Juliet over Blacktoft. Here she is...my 200th bird of 2018 There was a nice drake garganey at Ousefleet. Worth the walk! May 20th: last minute decision to go to Broomhill with Sheila to see if the red-necked phalarope was still around. Judging by the number of cars in the car park we guessed it was. Room downstairs only. Always distant, as Juliet was, but these shots didn't turn out too badly.

201 UK 2018



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