The weather here, at least, has been feeling more like summer just recently.
Time to put away the sweatshirts and dig out the t-shirts.
The birds have been pretty good too.
The first of May found me sitting on the edge of Incombe Hole, photographing a Red Kite as it soared around in the sun.
A stunning bird.
Further along the fields I found a bird that is on the 'red list'.
A couple of days ago I woke early. Very early.
I hadn't slept much that night and I was feeling wide awake.
I decided myself and Whisky would go out somewhere.
I decided on RSPB Frampton Marsh, in Lincolnshire.
Although it's an RSPB reserve and they are not happy having dogs on their reserves, (even on a lead), but quite happy to have screaming kids running around, Frampton Marsh has plenty of public footpaths, all around the reserve. With some planning, some luck, and maybe a scope, it's possible to see pretty much of all what's there.
The main part is off limits to dogs though; the part where the hides are, but who wants to sit in a stuffy hide on a hot day?
As I was getting myself sorted in the car park, and Whisky was having a good sniff round, another birder came over and asked, 'is the Stilt still here?'
Now this was early in the morning, and a couple of cars were already here, so I asked,
'Stilt? Didn't know there was one, I've only just got here.'
It turned out there had been a Black-winged Stilt on the reserve, a rarity, and it was just along one of the footpaths that we were heading too.
A lovely bird, and it certainly attracted a large crowd through the day.
Glad I saw it early on, and avoided the 'circus'.
A long walk in the sun gave us some cracking birds during our visit. Turtle Doves, Short-eared Owl, Corn Bunting, Yellowhammer ................... and even a pair of boxing Hares; all from the surrounding footpaths.
A very obliging Sedge Warbler gave me a few shots,
and at the side of the path,
And on the boggy bit,
A big group of breeding plumage Dunlin.
Always worth a visit here, even if I can't get onto the reserve 'proper'.
And finally, I must add this.
Recently a Black-headed Wagtail has been seen at RSPB Titchwell.
This prompted a post in the Bucks local bird group, which went ..........
Apparently the recent Black-headed Wagtail at Titchwell was found by a couple on holiday from Bucks. Anyone know who they might be? Dawn Balmer is trying to find their names per twitter.
I had to chuckle at this. I mean why would you need to know who they are?
Will they be getting a prize? Does it mean that because they came from Bucks, it counts as a half tick/record for Bucks?
For goodness sake, some birders are a strange lot.
It seems we have our fair share here in Bucks, because another message relayed today was
06/5 11:20 : Probable Wryneck : Little Marlow GP.
In the bushes opposite the small cottages on the approach path just before the gravel pit. A shape moving in the bushes and a strong clear peep peep peep ringing call.
Another birder arrived and heard the bird which had relocated in the bushes beside the last cottage on the right. He felt it was a young bird of an unknown species. I mentioned Wryneck but he was unsure. When I reached home I played recordings on Xeno-canto. Completley convinced it was this species.
Oh, so many probables and might bees.
Enjoy your weekend, and I hope the sun shines on you.