Today saw the start of my witnessing this years spring passage. An afternoons jaunt up to the reservoir produced brilliant views of 4 beautiful Black Terns around the gull colony on Millfields island and after a couple of hours watching them a walk round Stones after the tourists had gone saw me see a couple of Sanderling and the now full summer plumaged Great Northern Diver. A single Yellow Wag was also new for the year.
Willow Warbler on Stones.
Title says it all really, an evening run over after the Waxwings were reported again, and no sign again for me.
A few commoner birds made up though with great views of Nuthatch, Song Thrush etc. pity the light was so bad.
Another trip to Ogston but this time a dip on the Waxwings which were still in the area (even if this Crow seemed to be saying “they went that-a-way”).
The day was chilly again but lovely and sunny and the highlight was a spanking summer plumaged Black-tailed Godwit on the west bank.
View from west bank.
I think this Black Swan was an Ogston tick too!
Spring in the air…
The Wildlife Centre Creek Buzzard.
Chiffchaff in WLC Creek.
Crappy shot of mating Kestrels!
Could this be False Oxlip? Looked wrong for pure Cowslip in field.
Cowslips in WLC Creek.
It was to my shame that I needed Little Ringed Plover for my once long term patch in Belper, I have not been a regular there despite it being so close to home for a long time, mostly visiting Ogston and Carsington on my patch days. So when a pair turned up I was delighted to see that at least one had stayed long enough to see. It wasn’t an arrive and see it straight away afternoon though, we had to search the muddy fringes of the pool for some time and had given up in fact when it finally materialized on the mud fairly near the lay by. The day was glorious if a little nippy and the lane was very spring like.
Whilst we where scanning the pool we kept looking through the gathered group of Black headed Gulls, these were mostly 1st summer birds with just a few adults. Suddenly one bird lept out having white primaries, of coause your mind flips to Med, or Little Gull, but this bird was actually a leucistic Black headed, the hood too was paler brown than usual.
Also present on the muddy edges were a few Lapwings and Snipe.
The first flowers were attracting a few insects in the sunny patches with my first 7 Spot Ladybird and Hairy footed Flower Bees for the year.
A quick visit saw us catch up with the Great Northern Diver off Stones island at Carsington…
Then a run up Beeley Moor saw some weird and fantastic light and texture….