The sun definitely had her hat on this morning, beaming her beautiful rays down on me as I left the house, only she also had her scarf, gloves and a bloody great coat on, the wind that was with her, whipping away across the patch was filled with ice, ice that has come straight out of the Arctic circle.
After missing out on three great local birds on the patch over the last few weeks - 2 Little Tern, 3 Avocet and 1 Wood Sandpiper - (damn you work!) and having today off I headed out to Manor Farm to see what goodies were out there waiting for me.
It's been an age since I have managed to write an update here (to be honest it's been a while since I managed to sort through my photos and I like to post lots with each new post here), so today I will update you on all that has happened since my last post, there are new patch birds, lots of summer migrants and a few butterflies.
After nearly a month of not having he energy, will or inclination to head out onto the patch (Tendonitis in my shoulder and neck is causing me to not want to carry gear around), I finally decided that I would make the effort and venture out once more, spring is most definitely in the air, blossom is appearing on the trees and the migrants have already started to make an appearance at Manor Farm (well according to emails anyway).
While visiting my dad in Margate I decided to spend some time looking at and photographing the birds found in his humble urban garden, he gets a lot more birds, in physical numbers, than I do (years more feeding), and a heck of a lot more species.
This is just a brief post to highlight the species and offer up a few of the photos I took there. The below is the list I saw (not in any particular order), followed by the photos (mainly parrots as I don't get them near me).
While visiting Margate over half term, Toby and I joined Nana and Granddad in a trip to the Isle of Sheppy (and Elmley Nature reserve you'll already have seen my picture of the week yesterday which was from this trip).
It was to be a day of birding and looking for Owls and raptors (we left the girls to go to the cinema, bubs doesn't do well in cars, a bit like her older brother).lareg
Arriving around 11 we were due to stay as late as possible (dark, although Elmley now closes at 5!) in the great hope that the wintering short-eared owls would put in an appearance.