19.5.16.

Thursday…Mainly Dull and Rainy.

Decided to go back to work this afternoon and take some photos of the Grey Wagtails before they fledge the hole in the wall nest.

I must explain how the birds are situated. At my work we have two large slopes with bright yellow hand rails running down either side. The slopes are actually for Fork Lift Trucks. At the bottom of the slope, there are numerous square holes. The 1st hole at the bottom of the slope is where the Grey Wagtails decided to nest.

I’m going to post my favourite photo first. Some of the chicks now can’t wait for Mum and Dad to get to the back of the hole where the nest is, and are waiting for food at the edge. With there being 7 chicks, I did wonder if this would cut the supply of food off, to the other 2 chicks at the back of the nest (more on that later). If you notice all the chicks are looking up. This is because Dad has just landed on the hand rail above (see 2nd photo for Dad looking down at chicks). For some reason, the adult female always walked up to the nest from below…

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It’s surprising what you can learn on closer examinations of photos at home. Like the different types of invertebrates which the adults feed their young. Also with it being rainy the speed the parents were catching food. Easily every 2 minutes there was a feeding session…

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I work with some really tough blokes, and its amazed me how some of them have help look after these young birds. Being such a full small nest, we have had a few of the young fall out the nest, The guys have helped and popped them back in, mainly to avoid about 10 Fork Lift Trucks. The guys have also had to slow down past the nest site, mainly for the female who walks right in front of the Fork Lift Trucks to get to the nest. Even while I was taking these photos below, one dropped out, and they can’t fly well enough yet. Thanks to Dave he popped it back in. We are all hoping they fledge over the weekend so no danger of  Fork Lift Truck accidents….

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The calling between the parents and the chicks never stops now…

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Grey Wagtail on an AMB Die…

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Over the weeks, we have seen both parents keep going into the nest, to sit on eggs, and feed their chicks. It seems strange now, that the parents have to act a bit like Hummingbirds to feed the chicks. Not great photos, mainly because it happens way to quick. But on examination of loads of photos taken, they do seem to feed every chick…

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Even the ones at the back. Both parents don’t seem to mind stepping on the chicks at the front…

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Fingers Crossed that these young turn into another beautiful Grey Wagtail, like this adult…

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18.5.16.

Wednesday..Dull and Rainy.

I’m only posting a couple of photos I took with my phone at work today.

We have had a pair of Grey Wagtails visit the works yards for a few years. This year some of my workmates found their nest. They nested about 3 feet off the ground, and in a hole, where two bricks have been removed.  Believe it or not, there is actually 7 chicks in this really small nest. Also they have used some of the shrink wrap plastic to make nest. I will try to get photos of adults, over the next few days, before they all move on…

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Even at work this year there is a lack of moths. At least there was a Poplar Kitten today…

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16.5.16.

Monday…Cool and Overcast in the Morning. Sunny Afternoon.

Ken checked out The Wardens Office. No Moths but he did see a Cockchafer, and sent me a photo…

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I did not go over HC. Instead I checked out Stourbridge Crematorium. I found out yesterday that it was a good place to see Holly Blue butterflies. This turned out to be accurate. In fact I saw 5 of them. I have not seen a Holly Blue for years. Also I had never bothered to take a photo of one…although they used to be common in my own garden….

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15.5.16.

Sunday…Lovely and sunny…16ºC

Highlight of the day was knowing the Green Hairstreaks had finally emerged on HC. It was Ken who told me he had seen and photographed one this morning. So thanks Ken for the photo….

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After the very tiring day in East Yorkshire yesterday, I was not going over HC today. But when Ken told me about seeing a Green Hairstreak, I decided to have a look. I did see one, but it flew high and over the top of the trees. But it was nice to have a relaxing walk with my wife and our dog Amy on such a nice afternoon…

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I found a unknown Micro Moth with gold spots…

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1st Red and Black Froghopper i’ve seen this year. Never noticed before how red their eyes are…

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7-Spot Ladyird…

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Sue my wife spotted a Green Tiger Beetle. Which amazed me, she hardly ever see’s anything when it comes to invertebrates…

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There was a Small Magpie moth on The Wardens Office lights…

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14.5.16.

Saturday… Mainly sunny day, with Gale Force Winds in East Yorkshire…9ºC but felt much colder, although sunny…kept coat and gloves on most of the day.

Bempton Cliffs RSPB…Me and Ken arrived a 6:30am, and quickly made for the cliffs. It soon came apparent, that this was not going to be easy getting photos. The wind time after time whip lashed the lens from side to side. Also the birds seemed to be enjoying the strong winds as they zoomed by. Add to that watering eyes, and at times it seemed impossible. One of my main goals today was to get better photos of Fulmar. Must admit this proved very frustrating, with the speed and agility of the Fulmar.

Just going to post names of birds with the odd comment.

Guillemot…Plus a White Bridled variety…

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I over heard someone say that there seemed very low numbers of Puffin at Bempton today. I actually thought there was good numbers. In fact took loads of photos…

Ready For Take Off…

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Gannets…

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Razorbills…

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Kittiwakes… Really great to see them battle for a landing place . Also one with egg…

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Rock Doves…

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Arriving early had its benefits, with a Barn Owl hunting at the back of the Visitors centre…

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This male Linnet looked stunning in it’s breeding plumage…

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Plenty of Tree Sparrows were nesting in the Visitors Centre roof. This one was close to feeding station…

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Me and Ken thought we were back at HC when we heard this Tree Pipit singing on a fence post…

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The next 3 photos have left me with a Bitter-Sweet moment. Although I was pleased to at least manage a few photos of these Turbo Charged Fulmers. I know if the wind had not been so strong I would have managed my main goal for the day….

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Jackdaw with an itchy leg…

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For the afternoon part of the day, we decided to head off to Flamborough Head. Also a caravan park, with its own bird hides…

Redshank…

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Sand Martin…

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Little-Ringed Plover…

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At the Head itself, we came across the slowest Pay and Display Car Park machine I have ever come across. We decided to have 3 hours to look for possible rarities blown in with the strong wind. Only problem, I had only just took the below photo, and the winds blew in a mass of dark clouds, which quickly emptied their contents. With no end to the clouds in the distance, we decided to cut the day short, and head home….

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Must say although cold and very windy, it was still a fantastic day!!!!

 

 

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12.5.16.

Thursday…Blue Skies and Sunny…20ºC.

The Cuckoo did a lot of searching, and calling from either side of Whitehouse Lane this morning. Shame I only got one photo of him flying into the sun…

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Spotted my 1st Large-red Damselfly emerging on the Island Pool…

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Also at the Island pool was this young Common Frog, sitting in the rain soaked grass from last night…

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Willow Warbler…

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Tree Pipit…

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Long-tailed Tit with the cast of Bugslife in it’s beak…

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Gorse Shieldbug on a flowering Broom…

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At last a few moths to photograph. There must have been a hatch of Common Heath. Like this Male and Female. Male with the feathery antennae….

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Mistle Thrush waiting for a drink at the Dog Pool. It did finally get down and have a drink..

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My 1st Speckled Woods of the year…

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Green Tiger Beetles keeping HC’s population going…

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I’m going to use my new book to see if I can work out which species of Nomad Bees these are. Noticed they love the Forget-Me-Knots behind the Wardens Office…

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9.5.16.

Monday…Sunny and Muggy…20ºC.

Finally got closer views of the Male Cuckoo. In the 1st photo, I actually managed to capture it calling. It also allowed about 6 people to get really close… 2nd photo. Can I just make it clear, I wouldn’t chase the birds around HC just for a photo. I take what’s on my route.  This Cuckoo was only 50 metre’s off the path. In fact some dog walkers got even nearer, and the Cuckoo stayed in the tree. Chasing birds around, only tires them out, at this important time of the year for all birds…..

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Willow Warbler…

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This is the 1st Black-headed Cardinal Beetle I’ve seen this year…..

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I think there seems more Garden Warblers on HC this year. Here’s one warbling away..

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Some areas of the woodland look lovely with it’s carpet of Bluebells…

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There are plenty of Green Longhorn Moths around the Oak trees at the moment…

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One confused Robin…It’s obviously an invertebrate sign….

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