Potteric, car trouble, wasps and congratulations

On Thursday I had a trip to Potteric Carr, and got a lifer in the form of little stint, just in time too as it seems to have been the bird’s last day there. It was quite a good day for waders on Huxter Well, with a spotted redshank (apparently the first one at Potteric for over a decade), about 16 black-tailed godwits, and few dunlin, snipe and little egret dotted around. Sadly the rest of the reserve was very quiet indeed, and after the wader-fest we made our way home. No photos of any of the waders due to their distance away from us and the fact it was a glum day with a howling wind, but the gloom cleared for a few shots of some of the less interesting species on the Willow Pool birdfeeders.



The car seemed to fixed, and I was getting quietly excited about the osprey-finding jaunt to Rutland Water on Saturday, but sadly it juddered to a halt again on Friday, just as the garage closed for the weekend. So unless I’m lucky with a flyover in the next couple of weeks osprey may well be one for next year now… ah well!

Meanwhile in the garden we have an army of wasps feeding on the windfall plums we’ve been foolishly too lazy to clean up. We had to wait until after dark last night to clean them up from the steps and flower beds, as we daren’t incur their wrath during the day!


The plums are attracting more welcome visitors, however, in the form of red admirals that have been flitting around the garden all day…

Red Admiral

Finally, congratulations to RSPB Old Moor, that won the National Lotter Award for best environmental project last night. Very well deserved it is too!


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