In August I saw 102 species, and got 4 lifers and 27 year ticks, so in terms of lifers it was my best month this year.
At the start of the month I had a short visit to Ogston Reservoir in Derbyshire, where I year-ticked Osprey. The bird showed well, but a little too distant for decent photography, I did get a couple of record shots though.
When staying with family in Leeds we went to Golden Acre Park, where my 5-year-old cousin kept asking to use my binoculars! A Red Kite circled low over us, and there were plenty of butterflies and a couple of moths around to photograph:
I stayed in Warrington for a few days with my granddad in the middle of the month, and since I was only half an hour from the long-staying Sabine's Gull at Pennington Flash, Greater Manchester, I thought it'd be rude not to go and see it. It's an incredible bird, flying within a metre of our heads a few times, showing off it's stunning upper-wing and making it's beautiful call - a superb bird, and a lifer! I also visited nearby Moore Nature Reserve a couple of times, where I there were lots of Gatekeepers and I saw my first Small Copper of the year.
I had an exciting end to the month, with Birdfair and the NGB Bardsey trip, so please have a look at my last two blog posts to find out about them.
I'm Sorrel, a young birder and wildlife artist based in the East Midlands - this is my blog all about my birding and wildlife adventures.