Monday, 15 September 2014

Don't worry

It's always a good idea to not worry about what you will see on a day out as most things put in an appearance eventually. What was forecast as a clear day turned into a bit of a showery day which stopped us seeing Adders at the start of the tour. Cracking view of Skylark, Stonechat and then a Whitethroat were highlights. You don't see too may Yellowhammers so three birds perched on a wall were stunners. Black Guillemot, Eider, Kittiwake and Red-throated Diver were all seen before we pick up an Otter. Once again it was good views through the scope but just a bit too far for the camera.
A distant WT Eagle and Golden Eagle were seen in the afternoon. A good number of Golden Plover, Greenshank, Ringed Plover another 2 Golden Eagle and a superb sighting of 4 Crossbill. We had seen a couple of Hen Harrier but the best was saved for last as we got a fly past from a sub-adult WT Eagle.
Just a couple that escaped the camera on the day, so these were taken the day after, were the numerous Gannets...
...and plenty of Dragonflies, most of the large ones appear to be Common Hawker.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Having a paddle

The usual array of waders were seen outside the shop with Golden Plover, Knot and Greenshank being the picks. A large lump was spotted on the shore and on closer inspection it turned out to be a young WT Eagle having a paddle.
When the eagle eventually took off it caused a bit of a stir. Lots of gulls and quite a few Grey Heron. A particularly tatty looking heron flew overhead... the eagle dominated the sky.
A Buzzard that was hunting the roadside didn't seem too worried about the grass dangling from the talons but he did have a glance at me!
Golden Eagle was a bit of a struggle with nothing to show from our first effort but a change of location gave us a view of three very distant birds. A bit of a wait and one of the birds had come close enough for a decent view. A couple of Adder, Mountain Hare and a few Dunlin finished the day off nicely.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Sticking your neck out

Another pleasant run out started off quietly with a few of the common birds with Common Whitethroat, Golden Plover, Greenshank and plenty of Stonechat being the highlights.
A look for Otter was interrupted by a close view of an adult WT Eagle flying past.
While we watched it soaring away two Golden Eagle put in an appearance. They all managed to do all their circling right in front of the sun!
Only a mile or so down the road and we clapped eyes on another three WT Eagle. They were a bit distant but when they started interacting it became a lot more interesting. Quite a bit of touching talons went on and you can see how far they can stick their neck out!
You could also see that they were sub adult birds with similar wing moult going on.
A Slow Worm was a good find on the day. There were plenty of Swallows still to be seen, Linnets are gathering into flocks...
...plenty of Skylark...
...and the Adders are still showing but it looks like they may be thinking about hibernation soon.
We managed to catch up with a couple of Hen Harriers and when we thought one of them was sitting on a post we all jumped out to find it was a Buzzard. You win some, you lose some!