Monday, 29 April 2019

St Aidan's

A couple of weekends back we spent the morning at St Aidan's (I might one day actually post about somewhere within a couple of days of going!), it was another glorious day. We had a look on the dragline for the Little Owls and Kestrels but spotted neither.


One patch of grass had lots of cobwebs, strange they were only in the one spot though?


Lots of posing from the Swans




I caught this Redshank on the main lagoon


First ducklings of the year


There was plenty of colour with the Gorse.....



and loads of Daisies too


We saw a few butterflies - Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock


There were Warblers everywhere, including a showy Grasshopper Warbler..........which we missed but my husband did hear. We did see/hear Whitethroat, Reed and Sedge Warbler, Cetti's, Blackcap and Chiffchaff too.

Whitethroat


Reed Bunting


We also saw Linnet in the gorse bushes, a couple of Common Tern on Astley lake. A couple of Mediterranean Gulls were on the main lake, which we saw thanks to some nice chaps with scopes! We heard Bittern booming a few times as we walked around and finally saw a Kestrel as we were on our way back to the car park.

A cuppa and a chat with the lovely folks at the visitor centre and we were off home.

Moorhen



10 comments:

  1. It doesn't matter that you don't post right away, Pam, it's just great that you get around to it, and share with all of us some of the wonderful places you visit. I had always thought that Mediterranean Gull was rather rare in Britain, but I seem to see posts about them quite frequently, so they are are perhaps more regular than I knew. It is an uncommonly handsome gull.

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    1. Thanks David. They aren't common but do seem to be turning up more often at the inland reserves, it is a beauty especially when they are in full summer plumage. There is a little car park in Scarborough on the coast where they are pretty much guaranteed all year round.

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  2. Love the ducklings, all the warblers, and the daisy flowers awesome photo!! Nice of those folks to let you view via their scopes.

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    1. Thanks Sondra, I love daisies, they bring back such nice childhood memories! It was, the people around the reserve are all quite nice :)

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  3. Great sightings Pam and don't worry about posting late - I seem to do it a lot too! :) I love the daisy flower photo :)

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    1. Thanks Caroline :) there's not enough time in a day sometimes!

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  4. I'm still trying to catch up with posts too. It looks like you had a good visit with lots of sightings, it's nice when people in the visitor centres are friendly and welcoming too:)

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    1. It is, it really makes a difference to a visit :)

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  5. Lovely collection of photos again :)

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