Saturday, 28 April 2012
Thursday, 26 April 2012
Common Terns. Coneries Pond, Attenborough.During a 3 hour walk along the Trent at the new gravel workings, Long eaton I saw many Swallows and Sand martins above the Windsurfing lake along with a few Terns. Heard an alarm call and saw a flurry of activity ahead which turned out to be a Hobby chasing a small bird, Sparrowhawk-like, among the bushes. Further along across the Trent in a bare field I had distant views of Yellow Wagtail among Pied Wagtails and Skylark. In this field were many nesting Lapwing and I caught sight of at least 2 broods of chicks. The river was full to capacity and flowed strongly, a Grebe swimming upstream was almost swept away and preferred to dive rather than battle against the current. Walking back huge swarms of flies gathered above bushes and brambles, one swarm so dense it was actually audible. Above these multitudes the Sand Martins, Swallows and Swifts hawked tirelessly.
Tuesday, 24 April 2012
A quick evening visit to Attenborough. A rather scruffy looking Ruff moulting into its spring plumage.
Two other residents of the spits - Common Sandpiper and Tufted Drake
By the 'Tower Hide' a Linnet posed as it sat atop a sapling for some minutes singing while in the vicinity sang a Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat and the explosive Cettis Warbler.
Sunday, 22 April 2012
Saturday, 21 April 2012
Tuesday, 17 April 2012
Friday, 13 April 2012
A pair of Bullfinches by the farm at Branshill. The Hen had a beakful of nesting material and as I watched seemed to gesture to the Cock, bowing her head in a deliberate way and making a faint buzzing noise as if to say 'Look what ive got, come and help me make a nest'. They then flew off together.
This Green Woodpecker played hide and seek as it crept up an Ash tree and never gave me clear views. Eventually it launched itself off the trunk and bounded across the moor to another tall tree where it gave good, if distant, views.
An immaculate Cock Reed Bunting posed beautifully at the top of a small Willow. It was constantly warning calling and I suspect its mate was on the nest close by.