Guillemot in Sea Mist
Puffin in Sea Mist
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.
Damselfly eating lunch
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!
I was particularly excited when we were treated to marvellous views of a green hairstreak - my day was made!
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!
(I have now seen 127 bird species this year- watch out Dad, I am catching up!)
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!