Out and about

A morning at Selsey Bill and Pagham Harbour yielded a few birds, but nothing spectacular.  One interesting bird was a Reed Warbler going through its repertoire of British bird songs.  The clip below has Great Tit and Blackbird alarm call, but there were several other species being imitated as well.

Later on inland we had a walk in a bluebell wood and my first Orange Tips of the year

Patio Moorhen

It’s not rare, even for home, but we’ve never had one running around the patio before.  By the time I got to the camera it had escaped onto the lawn, before giving the pond a try out.

It doesn’t make a summer…

… but the first Swallow of the year at home is always special.  As well as that, there were loads of butterflies, bumblebees, including our first Red-tailed Bumblebees of the year.  Pride of place goes to the smart male Redstart, that eventually gave itself up.

Garden Wildlife

Our first moth trap of the year yielded only four species, but one of them was new on the house list.

Bluethroat

On the way down south from Harrogate, the lure of the Lincolnshire Bluethroat was too much.  It kept us waiting for nearly an hour, but eventually turned up and put on a show.

God’s Own Country

A superb afternoon up in the Yorkshire Dales, starting off at Strid Woods (no summer migrants yet, but the usual Goosander, Dipper and Grey Wagtail performed well).  Then further north for both Red and Black Grouse.  Red performed very well indeed.

East Head

A twitch to East Head for a couple of Snow Buntings.  How many photos of a Snow Bunting does a man need?  Well, thousands and more, it seems.

Back at the car a Mediterranean Gull was hanging in the wind.