May 2017

Bempton Cliffs for Seabirds!

I could never get tired of visiting Bempton Cliffs and Flamborough. Even when sea mist is obscuring the view or rain is soaking me to the skin, I always leave with a smile on my face! The sound of the seabird coloney; the glimpse of a puffin scurrying into its burrow; gannets gliding effortlessly past with beaks filled with green; the views of kittiwakes, guillemots and razorbills precariously perched on the edge of the cliffs; even the smell, leads to an unforgettable experience!


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Puffin


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Gannet

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Kittiwakes

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Razorbills

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Tree Sparrow



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Guillemot in Sea Mist

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Puffin in Sea Mist

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Gannets Nesting

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Puffin

Evening Acrobatics

A lovely hour was spent watching this agile tern twisting and tumbling through the air, searching for food in the river. Eventually it caught a fish and flew off, to its mate, before returning to continue fishing.

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Evening Stroll at Thrapston GP

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Great Tit

With SATs finally over, Dave and I decided to get a breath of fresh air at Thrapston GP. We stood listening to the gorgeous song of a nightingale which was tantalisingly close, yet well hidden in the undergrowth. Damselflies were enjoying the sunshine and lots of iridescent beetles were pairing up everywhere we looked.

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Greylag Goose


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Damselfly eating lunch


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Beautiful Day For Butterflies at Fermyn Country Park



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Sunshine at last… We hadn't visited Fermyn Country Park for such a long time; what a treat it turned out to be! We soon found a friendly group of photographers, who already had their eyes on dingy and grizzled skippers. A pleasant hour or so was then had, watching these butterflies flitting around. Although quite drab from a distance and very well camouflaged once landed, on closer inspection, they were really quite beautiful!

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Grizzled Skipper



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Dingy Skipper




I was particularly excited when we were treated to marvellous views of a green hairstreak - my day was made!

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Green Hairstreak



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Green Hairstreak

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Green Hairstreak



Summer Leys: Grey but Rewarding!

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Jackdaw

The lack of sunshine was a little disappointing today however Summer Leys did not disappoint! From the first hide, I had views of a lovely avocet and grey plover; unfortunately, everything was a little far away and gloomy for photos. I was also chuffed to see a male garganey - even though it kept its head hidden! Watching terns and swifts wheeling about St Mary's Lake and having all my cobwebs blown away by the bracing wind was fabulous! I also heard my first cuckoo of the year!

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Common Tern

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Mute Swan

(I have now seen 127 bird species this year- watch out Dad, I am catching up!)

Fermyn Stroll

Although overcast and grey, we enjoyed a stroll into Fermyn Woods. We added two new birds to our year list: jay and whitethroat :)

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We sat quietly on a fallen tree trunk for a while, deep within the woods listening to the birds singing and flitting about high above us - so relaxing!
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