I couldn't think of a good title so I have the above though it does sound like some fantasy adventure movie where the Chimney Sweeper saves the Damsel from the evil land of the Gulls ;)
Anyways, I thought I would have the whole day to get out somewhere but it turned out to be a few hours of work first (til 3pm) so had to think of somewhere nearby to pop into for a "wild" walk.
As we were near Lincoln we decided on the Whisby Nature Park.The first thing you hear once you get past the visitor centre is the deafening sound of the Black-headed Gull colony.I gave up counting Gulls once I got past 600 lol with around 50% of them chicks.
Some strange new species were being hatched like this Push-Me-Pull-You Gull ;)
A quick check of the feeding station only produced a couple of Great Tits but also this Brown Rat.I know some people don't like them but I think they're kind of cute :)
I stood watching and enjoying been serenaded by this Robin.
The hedgerows and ditch vegetation were alive with hundreds of Damselflies, Moths, Bees and Dragonflies.
Chimney Sweeper Moth
Common Blue Damselflies(photos by Majella Fox)
Large Red Damselfly(photo by Majella Fox)
Female Black-tailed Skimmer
Bee watching(photos by Majella Fox)
Somehow among the Gull colony that had pretty much taken over the islands and the rafts, Common Terns were still managing to breed among the mayhem.
I also saw Bullfinches, heard a Blackcap(even with my limited hearing) as it was that close but could still not see it through the foliage and a couple of Song Thrushes.
If you are ever around the Lincoln area then its a great place to check out.You can easily spend the whole day there with such a massive area to explore and it's a good place to see and hear Nightingales.We didn't see them this time but have done on previous visits.
Thanks for staying with us til Day 11 and reading and looking at the photos.Lots more to come.