Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Summer Holiday

Due to the joys of school terms our usual Summer break in July had to be put back to last week, this year we headed off to Cumbria, heading up on Saturday (20th) we did wonder what we had let our selves into arriving in heavy rain with the odd patch of local flooding and black skies even at 3pm didn't fill us with hope for the week.
But things did buck up and we had a great time exploring the area around Silecroft on the Cumbrian coast, it was a great base and not far from the RSPB rserve at Hodbarrow and the near by beach of Haverigg which always held plenty of waders to watch and some of the largest groups of Ringed Plovers I have ever seen often in the mid to high twenties.
We also popped down to Leighton Moss which was rather quite in the main body of the reserve although there was plenty of wader activity down at the salt marsh. I was even allowed out to see a few trains including the nuclear flask workings that head along the coast coming out of Sellafield.



























Formby

Back in mid August we paid a visit to Formby we tend to visit latter in the year but its always a great spot to visit being a great place to take Gem she loves playing on the beach and seeing what shells she can find and to honest so do I.

On our visit we were quite lucky that although fairly busy there were still quite a few Sanderling knocking around running around the surf zone like little kids running in and out of the water, I do find these little waders very enjoyable to watch.






Thursday, 16 June 2016

Skua Seconds

Paid another visit today to see the Great Skua that had turned up the previous day at Westport Lake, I had pinned my hopes on the fact the rain would have probably caused the bird to stay the night.
My luck was in with a pre work raid proving very wise and lucky the Skua was much closer in and also near the car park meaning I didn't have to trudge around the lake.
I managed to rattle off a few shots before crawling down the "D" road to work.








Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Westport Lake

After finding out at the end of my lunch break of a Great Skua being found at Westport Lake my initial feeling was Oh Bugger followed shortly by I hope it rains all afternoon, and pretty much it did so I was hopeful the bird would have been pinned down.

After tea Lesley, Gem and me all headed down and our luck was in it was still there, plus we had a bonus of a couple of wagtail families were near the visitor centre fly catching one each of Grey and Pied.

I managed to grab a few record shots at one point a couple of Lesser Black Backed Gulls were mobbing the Skua.




Sunday, 15 May 2016

Attenborough

We had decided in the week to pop along for a day at Attenborough but the added chance of bagging a Purple Heron was a bonus, in the end no Purple Heron or Black Tern, but plenty of Warbler in total we saw 7 different species on only a short lazy stroll and picnic lunch these were Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Cetti's Warbler, Common White Throat, Garden Warbler, Sedge Warbler and finally Reed Warbler. Ok nothing fantastic but made for a wonderful day out and very pleasing on the ear hearing all of these song birds.