Thursday, 12 May 2016

Today provided clear blue skies and warm sunshine, in which it felt very pleasant in the light NE wind.

By way of a change for today, instead of walking my patch, I took up a friends offer of a visit to Stodmarsh, a change is as good as a rest as they say  :-)

We walked a full circuit of the reserve, recording mostly common species, but of those, things like Reed Warbler, Sedge warbler, Cettis Warbler, Garden warbler, Reed Bunting, Bearded Tit, Marsh harrier and Common Tern are very rarely seen on my patch - if ever, so it was a treat for me to see them.

A spectacular sight was seeing at least 20 Hobbies feeding over the area, but birds of the day were the 5 - 6 Black terns that were seen over the lake, just beating into second place the Gargany that was seen from the viewing Ramp.

Thanks to my friend Grant for taking me along with him  :-)

Not many photo's were taken, the light was harsh and most birds were distant, but a few record shots of the Hobbies were obtained, plus one of the Black Terns - just about!.

Hobby catching prey

Black Tern


Marc Heath said...

My neck of the woods today. Despite Nethergong being just over the road from Stod, i'm still waiting for a Hobby.

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Derek Faulkner said...

I'm also still waiting for Hobby, seen everything else I want to see. Warren, what browser do you use for your blog.

Warren Baker said...

I use ''Firefox'' changed it from ''explorer'' that gave me issues!

Warren Baker said...

Keep watching the sky mate!

Derek Faulkner said...

Thanks Warren, that's helpful.

Gravel Pit Birder said...

sounds like a nice day out...must get over to hobby at whetsted...will have to do my own migration!!
good pics as usual Warren.... :)

as for those Nightingales....bah humbug!!