Again I have only managed a few short local trips this last week, the weather has been the usual almost gale force winds.
A trip to the levels, sunny but a strong wind keeping most things out of sight except one buzzard, cetti's, a family group of four kestrels but little else. It depressed me so I packed up and not out again until the ...........
Plenty of gatekeepers on the plots plus a peacock, common blue (not so common now), s.skippers, whites m.browns. Birds seen were blue tits, goldfinch and a greenfinch (not common), marsh harrier and the usual common stuff. From the beach; curlew, oystercatchers, g.c.grebe, 1 barwit and a lesser b.b.gull.
Rosele's Bush Cricket on the garage door when I got home - forgive the paint runs!
Oare; seeing little stint, 3 LRPs, 2 grey plovers, 1 golden plover plus the godwit crowd along with dunlin, ruff, redshank etc..
Just a walk along the LNR to get some sunset photos but I managed to see the barn owl over the back fields. The field opposite the Sportsman PH seems to have attracted a roost of gulls lately and I watched 3 Sandwich terns fly in and land amongst them and there were two common gulls on the breakwaters.
Hardly any different
I thought, sunny and little wind, could be a good day but no, the wind was soon back up to full strength keeping everything out of sight. I stopped at the roost and counted 14 cormorants, 1 lesser b.b.gull, 1 gbb gull, 1 curlew, 1 whimbrel, 54 oystercatchers, 1 Med gull flew west then one man and his dog walked out onto the 'roost'.
The two hay fields were cut today on the plots
The plots were quiet, I was hoping for butterflies but only found plenty of gatekeepers, skippers a few s.whites and a peacock and just one common blue. Birds were also keeping out of sight but a close encounter with a reed warbler took us both by surprise. I walked along the wall to the Sportsman, the field opposite held 101 cormorants, a flock of 49 bh gulls plus 2 common gulls.
8 miles offshore another 15 turbines being installed, totaling 30 - they are 140 metres high and weigh 600 tonnes.
BEST OF ALL
IN MY GARDEN, 9 FEET AWAY AS I SAT INSIDE NEXT TO THE PATIO DOORS!!