Thursday, 7 April 2016

First Visit To Local Patch, MSQ for 2016

  Already a quarter of the year gone as we finally got back to checking out our local patch, Messingham Sand Quarry, North Lincolnshire.
  We arrived as the only other person there was leaving the reserve so we had the place to ourselves :) The feeders at the car park were mostly empty so we topped them up with a mixture of seed and suet pellets while placing more on the fallen trees near the feeders.It was instantly appreciated by the Dunnocks, Blackbirds, Chaffinches and Great Tits who all quickly descended from the nearby trees to take advantage of the food.
  The rafts in Grebe Lake were still empty as the Common Terns were yet to arrive but a Sparrowhawk zipped across the tree tops in front of us and out of sight.Chiffchaffs could be heard in various locations and we eventually ended the visit with 8 Chiffchaff sightings.
  6 Treecreepers were dotted about the Pine and Birch trees along with the acrobatic Long-tailed Tits and a pair of Goldcrests.

  Long-tailed Tit
  The second lake at MSQ (photo by Majella Fox)
  Most of the action was on the main lake, Goldeneye, Pochards, Shelducks and Tufted Ducks passed close to the hide.
  The clouds closed in and the weather turned for the worse.We were happy to stay in the hide away from the downpour while watching 40+ Sand Martins that had completed their journeys back from Africa and were now happily feeding over the water on the early insects.
 The rains coming in over the main lake.(photo by Majella Fox)
  Sand Martins feeding over main lake.
  During a break in the rain, we made our way around to the next hide.The Black-headed Gull colony,currently around 160-180 strong were their usual rambunctious selves.A Redshank and a pair of Oystercatchers were caught among the hive of activity.
  Oystercatchers among the Gull colony.
  The Gulls searched for nesting materials, fought and displayed, real life drama(much better than watching Eastenders ;))

  A Gulp of Cormorants kept to the far edge of the island along with some juvenile Gulls.
  The call of a Buzzard could just be heard as it circled the lake , inadvertently becoming mobbed by a couple of Crows.
Common Buzzard
  A walk through the woods brought more Chiffchaff and Long-tailed Tit sightings as well as Great Tits, Blue Tits and Wrens.
  Wren(photo by Majella Fox)
  On returning to the car another Buzzard appeared from behind the tree line, followed by a 2nd, then a 3rd, 4th and 5th. 5 Buzzards all drifting on the wind together over the adjacent field, a spectacular sight to end the 3 hour visit to Messingham Sand Quarry :)

  We will return again soon.Thanks for taking the time to read my blog.I thank all 6 of you ;)


Friday, 1 April 2016

Spring Returns to RSPB Bempton Cliffs

  Well you wait for ages for one and then two turn up straight after each other.My blogs I mean , not buses ;)
  I think this is going to be more of a quick photo blog rather than a lot of text as most of you know about RSPB Bempton Cliffs anyway on the coast of East Yorkshire, just North of Bridlington.
  So anyway I had my second visit of March to Bempton Cliffs this week.The weather couldn't have been more different than my last visit 3 weeks ago.
  Blizzards at Bempton Cliffs 3 weeks ago.

  Yesterdays weather was a bit better :) (photo by Majella Fox)

  Three weeks ago I saw Gannets and Fulmars through the snow along with Tree Sparrows at the feeders.
Gannet battling the wind and snow.

  Now there are an increased number of Gannets plus the arrival of Kittiwakes, Guillemots, Razorbills and Puffins on the cliffs and sea as well as Meadow Pipits in the fields.Also this week, the first Gannet eggs were laid :)


Puffins were among the Gannets, Guillemots and Razorbills on the cliffs.


  During our walk around I also bumped into award winning photographer Steve Race running one of his photography workshops :)

  I really do urge you to visit Bempton Cliffs within the next few months to witness one of the UK's most spectacular Wildlife experiences, especially if the Government do the unthinkable and do allow Fracking there in the future :( (Read about it below)

Please check out the BAWC website and sign the petition below against Driven grouse Shooting :)
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