The Safari and Frank were at the nature reserve before 05.00 and what a beautiful time it was. A thick summer mist was settled in the lowest dips and the sun was inching its way over the north eastern horizon.
For once the only sounds were from the birds and what a noise they were making..a cacophonous symphony of harmonious dischord. we sat for a while on our friend's memorial bench and drank in the serenity and atmosphere of our surroundings as the slowly rising sun burnt the mist from the water...what a way to start the day!
All too soon it was time to join CB and start the days proceedings, which included the first juvenile Sedge Warbler of the season and what a handsome little chap or chapess (s)he is.
Often overlooked as a dull LBJ we find Dunnocks excuisitely marked.
In between net rounds we scanned around for what wildlife we could find. A Curlew flew high over northwards and a male Sparrowhawk appeared, chased this week by a Swallow rather than an Oystercatcher.
The small stuff kept us occupied. This Brown Lipped Banded Snail had climbed high up the cabin door to sleep the day out until we rudely awakened him.
Three Heart & Darts and a Large Yellow Underwing were 'normal' fare but a Lychnis was new for Base Camp.
|It was a little more straw coloured than the camera has picked up - a right bonny little thing|
Oystercatchers were heard but not seen.
We went to the beach with Frank affter a trip to the shops and found a couple of shells we don't see very often on our regular beach, Wentle Trap and (we think) Dog Whelk.
Not a lot in the garden in the afternoon but another Blue Tailed Damselfly was a welcome find.
In the meantime let us know who was up early in your outback.