Wednesday, 31 July 2013
Sunday, 28 July 2013
The better half was left seated on the pier with the dog as I clambered over the rocks to get a better count and a few shots, something she's used to this time of the year with the dog ban being in place. Mind this wasn't too bad for her as we could hear the Christians playing in Bents park on the pier, a bit better than listening to Rick Astley me thinks.
Sunday, 14 July 2013
The newly formed pond created here had 2 male Broad-bodied chasers battling almost constantly over this small area of open water, and they hardly settled at all in the time of this visit. A female showed twice here and one of the males quickly latched onto her in the 'wheel position', she later went into 'dipping mode'.
Tuesday, 9 July 2013
One Reed warbler male was heard calling before me and Bob had even entered the pools site, a second male joined in whilst we were here calling from a section of the reed beds not too far from the first bird. ( as in a previous visit). But no Sedge warbler heard or seen again on this visit as like the last.
Today's visit highlights belong to the insect world and Dragonflies in particular.
The first male Emperor seen was spooked as we walked into the pools on the western edge of the reed bed, then another 3 hawking the Reeded pool with many a scrap going off here!. At one stage all 3 males patrolling separate patches on this pool battled in flight, excellent to watch!. One of the males was observed bringing in a prey item, something I've never seen before. Another male Emperor was flying around the north pool. So I estimate 5 males on this visit...
Monday, 8 July 2013
Its not the first non- summer plumaged tern I've seen around this area at this time of year and nearly all have behaved in this way.
8 Curlews went over heading north with a Bar-tailed Godwit in this group, these being the only waders seen today here.