today went to north cave,tophill low and faxfleet in the heat north cave excelled itself with a YNU visit,who had permission to go were they want so i gave up on that,as the YNU consist of old people and not girls in strappy tops. now tophill low not been here for nearly 10 years,or should i say 'stalag tophill' far to many rules here to make it enjoyable plus you can walk round the res without seeing it now thats great and get harassed by wardens who think you have entered without paying,for fucks sake i paid my £2.50 just to have proof that i'd been, if the over the top number of speed bumps fucked my car up. yes tophill low is a shit reserve
faxfleet on the other hand is not reserve so it was the highlight of the day................
classic weather conditions up 'the with' this evening.south west wind, low cloud/mist on the tops with brighter skies to the east. very little on the walk to the res.at the res it was murky so i checked the south shore for any waders,alas non but a bird on res caught my eye,a fucking female RED BREASTED MERGANSER well it wasnt fucking as it was on its own but a fucking great bird for the 'with' and a good one locally. 4 black headed gulls came in from the east but headed back after a few minutes.
red breasted merganser
red breasted merganser 1 female black headed gull 4 little ringed plover 2 meadow pipit 14 reed bunting 1 canada goose nc carrion crow 1 kestrel 2 pied wagtail 2
i prefer flambourgh for seabirds but its summer so full of chavscum.but bempton was ok if only for the fact it was full of polish women who were stunning one even had a pair of swarovskis!!.after chatting about birds in broken english my day was complete.
sunday evening was very windy but still great views of the long eared owls(one adult and one juvenile)perched up,the juv was calling constantly,only gave it 20 mins cos of the wind
long eared owl
long eared owl juvenile
monday evening. back again lot less wind and bright evening sunlight
one long eared owl hunting on one side of the track and a short eared owl on the other side,fantastic stuff. really nice to see both species at the same time to compare size,shape and colour.
now 3 young LEO's calling at this site,another adult was seen going into another site from here and a quick scan of the other 2 site viewable from here produced nothing. also another short eared owl seen.
long eared owl darker,shorter bodied,wide rounded wings
short eared owl pale,longer bodied,slender longer winged
i must note that though this site is 'undisclosed' all my photos are taken from a public footpath/track