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It isn’t Spring, but …

… the sun shone for a few days recently, the winter birds are showing signs of breeding plumage and we have a new mobility scooter … so off we went to Frampton Marsh, Rutland Water and Rufford Abbey (ot all in one day!).
At Frampton, we saw literally tens of thousands of ducks and geese flying in off the Wash, redshanks, curlews, lapwings, dunlin and skylarks. (Below: a brent goose and a redshank).

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Rutland Water was quieter, but we did see shovellers, more curlew, pintails and a brief glimpse of a male smew as he flashed over the lagoon. (Below: male and female shoveler).

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And, finally, on a bitterly cold morning at Rufford Abbey, we saw lots of tthe thrush family – blackbirds, redwings and thrushes, – as well as pochard, goosander and thousands of gulls, not to mention the tons of robins, bluetits, nuthatches, longtailed tits etc etc. (Below: robin, blackbird and pochard).

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A really lovely week’s birding, after such a long, dreary few weeks.

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Gibraltar Point

On a gloriously sunny day – and with Nottingham clogged with marathon runners – what better than a trip to Gibraltar Point. Here we have a little grebe, a lapwing and a little egret. We saw a few spoonbills but they were camera-shy. Next time …Gib Point-0728Gib Point-0750Gib Point-0802

Bits and Bobs

A few bits and bobs from the summer which seems to have (temporarily, I hope) deserted us, for the moment. From the top: Mother of Pearl Moth, Common Lizard, Longhorn Beetle, Crambus Perlella (Micro Moth), Straw Dot Moth.Chambers-2614lizardMaid Marian Way-1787MothStraw Dot Moth

Last Days of July

With the rain easing and intermittent sunshine appearing, we managed to get to Chambers Farm Wood and Skylarks Nature Reserve in the last two days of the month.
From the top: mating gatekeepers, painted lady, small copper, brown argus.
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These little creatures are all from Chambers’ Farm Woods, in Lincolnshire. My favourite place to be in summer, because of the wide variety of butterflies, dragonflies, insects etc. Today, we saw the first White Admiral and the first Black Hairstreak of the season. Alas, no pictures, but I wasn’t disappointed with the rest of the day.

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Spring is Sprung

From the top: A little grebe from Cromford Canal; a male orange tip from Attenborough; little ringed plover, male ruff, male shelduck, curlew and avocet from Frampton Marsh; and chiffchaff and nightingale from Whisby.
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Frampton Marsh in Winter

At the end of a particularly mild November here in the East Midlands, a trip to Frampton Marsh in Lincolnshire provided us with sightings of quite a wide range of birds. As well as large numbers of ducks, geese and plovers there were a few waders and, of course, the glossy ibis was still there. We had hoped to see the lapland buntings, but it wasn’t to be.
From the top: common redshankglossy ibis flying overhead and black-tailed godwit.

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