26th April 2022 ff

May 11, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

I was standing at a bedroom window when suddenly...

Of which more later. First of all it's a look back to:-

April 26th: Saltholme roadside gave a very distant view of two sleeping Egyptian geese. It's a good year for photos of birds that are too far away!

Dorman's Pool had something a bit more recognizable.

April 30th: a long walk at Acaster Malbis. I don't think I went far enough or perhaps I went the wrong way and I saw few birds. Yellowhammers were very nice...

Eventually I reached a magical woodland with robins, tits and thousands of bluebells.

May 3rd: Fairburn Ings, Burlands Lane, Poppleton and North Duffield.

Cattle egret at Fairburn New Flash.

Wood sandpiper, Poppleton

From Geoff Smith hide at North Duffield: mute swan on nest and a male whinchat.

May 4th: Blacktoft Sands

Marsh harriers, shelducks

   May 6th: Seaton Carew beach for the little terns.

    May 9th:  Bank Island and Wheldrake Ings.   

First of all I walked in the direction of Cheesecake Hide. At one point I turned round and looked behind me. I don't know what made me do that but this is what I saw.

        In case you were wondering, it's a stoat.

From the hide I spotted a drake garganey.

Walking back I froze when a hare vanished just in front of me in long grass. Camera ready. It soon popped up really close and stared at me as I took these photos.

I said: 'Hello there!' and it ran for its life!

I decided to take the path to Wheldrake Ings - something I'd not done before. Several good views of the river. A whitethroat on a dead branch and lots of orange tip butterflies.

I never saw the cuckoo which teased me all morning - sometimes very close by, sometimes quite distant. At Wheldrake Ings car park a pied wagtail was looking for food.

 As for the opening title of this particular post: Swifts finally appeared over the garden this morning, 11th May - one day later than last year. They always make me feel happy as they screech across the sky.

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