Here are today's sightings from Bempton Cliffs ..
Today we had ...
Ahhhhaha ..!! bet I had you there !!!!
OK .. here is todays stuff from Old Moor ..
The 4 Med gulls are still on the Mere along with 3 chicks.
The Wader Scrape had 2 black-tailed godwits, 6 green sandpipers and a common sandpiper along with the common terns and their chicks.
A kingfisher was reported from the Field Pool West hide.
Little egrets were also reported but no locations offered. As these birds seem to like visiting various areas of the reserve you have a good chance of spotting one wherever you are.
Strangely there were no puffins though ..
I bet they were on Bempton Cliffs ....
Tomorrow I wont be doing my 'Trudge' but will still be in touch with Old Moor to get the sightings to bring to you..
A mixed bag today on Old Moor ..
Birdy stuff first ..
The Bittern hide had 2 little egrets, common terns and the marsh harrier was seen from here. If you are fortunate enough to be in this hide or the Reedbed hide when the marsh harrier pays a visit you should get great views of him.
2 kingfishers were seen from the Mere .. These guys are becoming a daily thing at the moment and long may it continue .. The Med gulls with their 3 chicks can also be seen from here although it has been reported that the better views are now from the Reedbed hide.
Insecty stuff ...
Butterflies as follows ;
Red admiral .. (how come there is always a 'nautical theme with insects?) .. peacock, small tortoiseshell, gatekeeper, meadow brown, small white, green veined white and common blue were all reported.
Michaelmas daisies and lucestrife were reported ..
Just to confuse matters there is also a plant named 'loosestrife' ..
Now I'm confused .. Are they the same plant or are they seperate species ?
Which came first .. the chicken or the egg ?
When is a door not a door ?
If you drive your car at the speed of light do your headlights still work ?
My brain has just fallen out ... Gotta go ...
It wasn't much use anyway .. Ali Says ..
Have a great weekend chaps and chapesses ..
Good Day to thee viewers ..
Here are Ye Sightings from Ye Olde Moore ..
A good sized flock of goldfinches numbering at least 60 birds is currently flitting around the reserve, great to see these beautiful birds doing so well.
The male marsh harrier is still hanging around and if it does drop in it can usually be spotted flying around over the reedbeds at the far side of the reserve.
Little egrets are still being seen in various areas and a total of 6 common terns were seen today.
The Wader Scrape had 2 black-tailed godwits, 3 oystercatchers and a greenshank.
A total of 10 snipe were reported, nice to see the numbers of these birds is starting to grow too.
The Mere had a common sandpiper, 3 green sandpipers, 2 lesser black-backed gulls and the Med gulls with their chicks.
The 'talking barn owl' was seen sunbathing in the doorway of his chalet .. Good views can be obtained from the end window of the Bittern hide.
The Reedbed hide had a kingfisher, its good to see that these birds are now being reported nearly every day following their hard times over the Winter.
2 species of dragonfly reported were .. black-tailed skimmer and emperor.
That concludes this evening's entertainment so its goodnight from me and its goodnight from .. errr .... me ...
Good evening .... as Dracula used to say ....
Old Moor today ..
Little egrets were again reported from the Reedbed hide and the male marsh harrier was reported (presumably in the same area.) He has been hanging around here on and off for some time now so there is every chance that you could catch up with him at some point during one of your visits.
The Mere still has the Med gulls along with a kingfisher (2 more were reported from other parts of the reserve too!).. 2 lesser black-backed gulls, 2 green sandpipers and a common sandpiper were also here.
The Wader Scrape had 2 snipe reported.
Wath Ings had a greenshank and a reed warbler.
A willow tit was seen in the garden feeder area and a juvenile green woodpecker was seen on the West Field Pool hide.
Wombwell Ings had a ruff and a hobby and Broomhill Flash had a black-tailed godwit.
And that folks, is your lot !!
'Katanga' my friends !!
Here are today's sightings from Old Moor ..
The Wader Scrape had black-tailed godwits and a greenshank .
The Mere had 4 adult 'Med' gulls and 3 chicks along with a common sandpiper. Incidentally I am now told that a better view of the Med gulls can be obtained from the Reedbed Hide.
A kingfisher was reported from Wath Ings (Sonia will be fed up) and also seen were little egrets (but no Edith Piafs). A great-crested grebe was photographed here carrying her youngsters on her back ..
Little egrets were also seen from the Reedbed Hide but there is every chance that these are the same birds mentioned before as they do like to get around a bit.
Also on the Reedbed were more great-crested grebes, little grebes and another nice sighting was of the barn owl.
So .. There you go .. Sorted .. A proper report ..
See .. I've been a good boy today and not poked fun at anyone !!
I must be ill ...