Last Sunday I went to RSPB Blacktoft Sands in the hope of life-ticking Montagu's Harrier, and I wasn't disappointed! The male showed well all morning, but it was really quite distant, so the only photos I managed to get were digiscoped grey blobs! The female joined him a couple of times, and it was great to see the Monty's interacting with the much bulkier Marsh Harriers, providing a good size comparison, and really showing just how slim and elegant the Monty's are. The Marshies showed quite close as well, and there were a few young birds flying about too. The Tree Sparrows are always a joy to see, and there were plenty of insects about to have a go at photographing.
The reserve was also good on the wader front, with around 20 Spotted Redshanks, some Black-tailed Godwits and 4 male Ruffs all in stunning summer plumage. A couple of Green Sandpipers were a year tick, as well as a Yellow Wagtail. This lovely female Roe Deer also appeared out of the reeds and gave great views as it came right in front of the hide.
Also in my grandparents garden, which I forgot to add to my last blog post, there are at least 2 Hedgehogs that feed from the pot of mealworms my granddad puts out for them every night. They're very approachable, so I had a go at photographing 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.