This month I saw 89 species, bringing my year list to 132. I've had exams for most of the month so I haven't had a chance to do much birding, but I managed to get out to Attenborough Nature Reserve after an exam one day, and had a very pleasant walk with a Cetti's Warbler singing just a metre away from me!
For the first time ever I saw fox cubs in my garden this month, on 2 occasions. As I watched the 4 cubs playing at the back of my garden I thought I would have a go at filming them, just on a phone attached to a mini telescope. Here's a still from the video of a cub playing with a plant! Unfortunately I can't upload the video to my blog but please click on the photo to take you to my Facebook page where you should find the video.
In May half term I spent a great day on the East coast, at RSPB Titchwell and Frampton Marshes.
After dipping on the Dotterel at Choseley Barns, we headed to Titchwell, and as I was scanning from the first hide and marvelling at the 11 Little Gulls - there were almost as many Little Gulls as Black-headeds! - I picked up a Little Tern, lifer! I wasn't expecting to get Little Tern there at all, having never seen one before despite numerous visits to Titchwell over the years. It offered nice views, if a little distant, but I managed to get a decent phone-scoped shot. A single Sandwich Tern and Siskin were nice additions to the year list, and other good birds included a Cuckoo (heard only), Little Ringed Plover, and around 5 pairs of Red-crested Pochards.
In the afternoon we decided to stop at Frampton Marsh on the way back to try for the pair of Black-Winged Stilts that had been reported, but as we didn't arrive until about 5:45, we couldn't spend too long there. The stilts weren't hard to find, and I even saw them mating, although due to the wind it was hard to get decent phone-scoped shot. Not a lifer but a great British tick. A short walk around part of the reserve produced some close views of Common Terns, a Tree Sparrow, a few Brent Geese, a pair of Yellowhammers and a very noisy Little Ringed Plover chasing a Skylark!
The overall list for the day was 80 species, with 3 year ticks, 1 lifer and 1 British tick.
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.