Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Chicks

It's the middle of July and the photographs have dried up - more a case of not getting the chance to point the camera as the guests always come first. All the regular stuff is showing as it should but the exciting thing for me is the return of the wading birds at this time of year. The Redshank, Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher and Curlew have had good breeding seasons. The Greenshank are starting to appear in reasonable numbers.
Golden Plover numbers are coming up nicely with about 50 birds out there with plenty of youngsters in there too. A few Dunlin have appeared and again there is youngsters there too. A superb sighting just outside the shop was a female RB Merg with 16 chicks! The chicks appear to be two different sizes so it's probably a creche but who knows...part of the flock of youngsters - notice the larger chicks at the back.
They don't take any looking after either as they have to catch their own fish.
This WT Eagle pays us a visit every day at the moment - nice to see.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Balance

The weather for this tour was particularly unpleasant but you just have to plough on. There was a bit of a struggle to see the WT Eagle youngster at the nest so we moved on from there with a promise to return later in the day. We watched a Cormorant attempting to swallow an Eel. It got there in the end but it's interesting to watch the fish try to escape after the Cormorant has closed the escape hatch! There are still quite a few Golden Plover around, Greenshank numbers can be different every day ( we saw one on this trip), and it was nice to see a fully fledged juvenile Curlew hiding in the sedge.
We were looking for somewhere to have lunch and to look for Otters when I had a hunch that we should look in another area first. We were just about to leave that area when two Otters appeared.
They were quite nervous, keeping a careful eye on all the traffic that went past, but they were fairly relaxed as we kept our distance.
The rest of the afternoon was just as exciting as we got good views of Skylark, Lapwing, Raven, Ringed Plover and a couple of Snipe. The top sighting of the day had to be the Mole that we rescued from the middle of the road! A return to the WT Eagle site was a real bonus from the day as we got good views of Sparrowhawk, two Golden Eagle and one of the adult WT Eagles.
After the balancing act, above, the bird finally settled down to give superb views. What a  finish to a miserable day!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Up to speed

This post should bring things up to speed with the sightings! A couple of immature WT Eagles caused havoc outside the shop as they drifted overhead - no doubt chuckling as they went!
On the same day there was a couple of Dark Green Fritillaries dancing about the Red Clover in the garden.
A few different things to seek out made for an interesting day even though it was red hot. An Adult WT Eagle flying to it's nest gave us a good start.
The usual suspects were along the shore so this Common Tern stood out well even though it was in poor light.
We had a look at the Pale Butterwort which was still in flower. An Otter gave us the runaround but at least we all saw the beast while this Curlew gave a superb fly past.
A couple of broods of RB Merg were seen - what a delight it was to watch them skittering across the water.
We managed to find a pair of Golden Eagle circling in the distance but we waited and we got our reward as they sailed overhead. Next up was Great Sundew and in flower too!
The earlier Otter sighting was trumped as one of the guests picked up another one just slipping into the water. Fabulous views with a bit of patience.
 A trio of Mountain Hare at the days end were good to see and that was just the topping on the cake - almost forgot the Eider family that we saw.