Saturday, 2 July 2011

Thursday and Friday

Thursday off to Castle Island where 3 Spoonbills were actually awake and feeding.  Also a Greenshank and a Common Sandpiper were both seen although they were quite mobile flitting from the island up to the bridge and back again.  No sign of the Ruff though it was reported later in the day.  Lots of Butterflies around including Ringlets, Meadow Brown (male), Large White and Small White.   On up to Cresswell where several Little Gulls were spotted and a quick drop into Druridge where a Common Sandpiper and several Linnets paraded up and down right outside the North facing hide.  A quick look at Killingworth Lake turned into a good 30mins as the Great Crested Grebe were out and about taking their youngsters for a "walk"

On return to the house the garden seemed to be absolutely chocker full of Sparrows and Starlings

Friday up to Big Waters and although we only walked round the Public End watching the Common Terns fishing it was exceptionally entertaining especially with the water so still providing some really good opportunities for reflection shooting

This shot is a bit weird as it shows the Tern in normal flight mode but the head is twisted through 180 degrees looking skywards.

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