The Safari was late out today but at least the weather was better, even saw that unusual orange round thing in the sky a few times.
We set off to the nature reserve on the hope that news of the Garganey might break and we could nip off down to the marsh. No news broke so we ended up staying put all afternoon.
Frank came with us and had a good run round on his gammy legs, finding puddle after puddle, think he was glad to be out after being cooped up all week with only very short walks...hope he's OK tomorrow.
He even played like a puppy with a boisterous Staffy...also called Frank!!! After which he was quite pooped.
Wee had a look for butterflies but didn't find many, singles of Large White, Large Skipper, Common Blue but lots of Common Blue and Azure Damselflies...and a Horse Fly :-(
Most of the orchids are now going over but there's still a couple yet to open.
Then we met up with PL and spent the next hour or so chewing the fat of the natural world whilst watching Swifts buzz by and pairs of Dunnock and Reed Buntings flitting past provisioning hidden nests. Bumping into AM and Mollie the dog as well.
A Cetti's Warbler gave us plenty of volume to our left. Later we learnt that one was being watched dumping foecal sacs a little further to our right and a third was singing by the viewing platform. So that's at least three on site.
We mosied on down to the Fylde Bird Club hide and had another half our or so in there - not a lot happening but we pointed the camera at some Coots and a Mute Swan.
|Couldn't get them to strike the same pose - like a pair bookends|
A lovely day out in very pleasant sunshine for a very refreshing change.
Where to next? Back to work tomorrow...dolphins again?..doubt it!
In the meantime let us know what's diving in to the puddles in your outback.