Tuesday, 31 May 2011
Monday, 30 May 2011
On the way back to Base Camp we had planned to bunk in to Kielder, a place we've not yet been, for a quick blimp round but bad weather put paid to that idea. On home we found out about a Terek Sandpiper on the Northumbrian coast which had we known about it before we left Temporary Base Camp we could probably have twitched it.
As soon as we arrived we were very kindly put on the bird (182) by a young lad who's name we ought to remember but embarrasingly don't - apologies to you if you're reading this.
The visitor village had some interesting interpretation including recordings of some of the birds found on site...however the Water Rail did sound more like a gang of Chimpanzees to us.
The reserve has been developed from a former gravel quarry and on of the exhibits explained very well the different rocks brought to the site by the last Ice Age.
Saturday, 28 May 2011
Our hour was up and we had to leave the Sand Martins and head back to temporary Base Camp. On the way we saw the first cuckoo spit of the year - hidden within the bubbles is the larva of a Froghopper sp. It is on Tansey, a plant we used to see on the nature reserve back home but which seems to have been lost due to being outcompeted by encroaching scrub - will have to check it out next week.
The castle appears to have been built in stages or at least added to over the centuries. Most of it is in bad ruins.
Almost home we nearly ran over a Robin which had flitted into the side of the road which as it lifted past the car window was a male Redstart (181)...Wow!!!
Where to next? Back to familiar territory tomorrow.
In the meantime let us know how much culture is to be found in your outback.
Friday, 27 May 2011
Further round the nature trail we saw these leaf mines on Hogweed - over to you Dean...