Sunday, May 3, 2009

The Long Day Is Over

Well, it was something of a marathon, commencing at 8:00am at Dimmingsdale and finishing at almost 6:00pm in the car park at Tittesworth Reservoir, but the bloggers' day out was a great success. We dipped on a few species, such as ring ouzel and cuckoo, but had more than our fair share of good spots.

Highlights included some very showy pied flycatchers and wood warblers at Dimmingsdale, redstart and tree pipit at Hawksmoor, and peregrine, red grouse, wheatear, golden plover and hobby on the moors.

Along the way we also had common buzzard, kestrel, common sandpiper, blackcap, whitethroat, willow warbler, curlew and little ringed plover, plus a host of the more common species.

Butterflies included orange-tip, large white, green-veined white, and a possible comma or two.

The M6 was typically productive for Eddie Stobart trucks, with five being added to the year and life lists. Thanks to Max for scribbling down the names as we drove along.

Hawksmoor - nearly as pretty as Katie Melua

The bloggers head off in pursuit of a vocal, but elusive tree pipit

A bit knackering, having had to get up at 5:45am, but well worth it.

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