I'm playing catch up again so it's photos from a couple of tours. The first day we didn't get Golden Eagle but it was one of those calm, humid days - not really the best weather to see big birds flying around. The rest of the day was fine with a good sighting of a Northern Wheatear and Common Sandpiper wandering around on the grass.
Wednesday, 31 July 2013
Tuesday, 30 July 2013
Before we even set off for the day we had a look at Golden Plover and Dunlin. A quick diversion resulted in a couple of fly over Red-throated Diver. There was no plan of attack so we just followed the road and stopped at a few locations - Common Seal, Common Tern, Black Guillemot, female Hen Harrier, Adder, Golden Eagle and another RT Diver were all seen. We checked a couple of places for waders and scored at one site with a small flock of Dunlin...
Sunday, 28 July 2013
A good showing of waders on this tour with Golden plover, Dunlin and Ringed Plover all seen but that was as good as it got. We saw the WT Eagle chick but no show from the adults and no sign of any Otters so a Meadow Pipit got the treatment instead!
Saturday, 27 July 2013
A bit of a mad dash at the start of the day for this tour as my first sighting was an Otter! I picked up the guests and headed back to where I had seen the Otter half an hour earlier - luckily it was still visible but it did the great disappearing trick and we had a bonus Crossbill at the top of a conifer. We moved on and found another, more obliging, Otter.
Thursday, 25 July 2013
It was another blistering day but the guests just wanted to get 'otter - see what I did there?! We started the day looking for the Adder but it wasn't playing - Common Crossbill was a decent replacement though.
Tuesday, 23 July 2013
With no additions to the year list last month it was nice to add a couple in the middle of July - a brief sighting of a Common Redstart and a Grey Wagtail on the patch. A tour in poor weather produced no photos despite seeing all the sought after species. Nice views of Crossbill were had but too far for photos but when I arrived home there was a flock of 20 birds in the conifers near the road.
Saturday, 20 July 2013
A bit of a selection from a couple of tours. The Eider ducks are hanging out on the shores but there doesn't seem to be many ducklings around so something is successfully hunting them out.
A small squad of Goosander were loafing on the shore...
Tuesday, 16 July 2013
The mating season might be over for some but this Common Snipe may well be on sentry duty for a second brood.