Finally got out and about today after all my hospital visits
for me and then my daughter but all ok now.
Anyway decided to venture down to Fairburn Ings after
hearing about the Spoonbills breeding there, I think it must
have been too hot for the birds as there wasn't much about really
or any that stood around long enough for a photograph apart from
a young Bittern that had been seen close up by a lot of people
including DP who I bumped into down there, but guess what I
missed it but I did get to see 3 Spoonbills from about a mile away
it was just one of those days especially after I ended up crashing
into the car in front on the way home, how there was no damage
to either car I'll never know.
Lots of Little Egrets were about on the reserve, 2 Buzzards were
seen and a Green Woodpecker in flight and a couple of Willow Tits
and all the regular birds that visit the reserve, it was nice to see a
Greenshank at Lin Dyke and two Kestrels dancing about over the
fields, I also bumped into Steve C and his wife who go on the Hudds
& Halifax bird trips both very keen birders and a lovely couple.
I then drove up to St Aidans at Swillington but it looked very quiet,
I asked a few birders if they'd seen owt but all said not much seen, so
with being roasted under the sun decided to have a coffee in the hut
and then set off home.
Garden has been fantastic for bird life the last couple of weeks, its
been really busy, Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Great Tits
and Linnet all visiting regular and a daily Sparrowhawk fly through, one
of which nearly hit my arm as it swooped past me. I find it kind of strange
with the Linnet visiting regular, one visited a few months ago for a couple
of days but now theres 2 a male and a female and they seem to be hanging
around with the Goldfinch all the time, also had Deer and a Frog in the
So bye for now, I think I'm gonna try Staveley tomorrow weather permitting.