A very pleasant lazy morning today until lunch time when we went to the Strickland Arms to meet some friends for lunch which was, as usual, excellent. Back at the site we went out for a potter around the area to take some lichen macro shots and walk out to 'The Tree'. An excellent day.
Friday 31 March 2023
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Thursday 23 March 2023
When Brian and I pulled into the car park at Far Ings NNR it was mild and sunny after early rain and 14C. There was a strong wind blowing from the SW, though, with high wind warnings on the Humber Bridge. The car par was full and we expected the hide to be crammed as well. It was busy in Ness Hide but there was plenty of room for us. We hadn't been settled in long before first one bitter appeared from the reeds and walked across the channel in a manner that only a bittern does. Highly delighted by this I was amazed when another appeared, I then became unsure whether I was watching tow birds or three. To add to the excitement was the appearance of at least two kingfishers but neither perched long enough of close enough for photography. Cetti's warblers were also singing so an excellent short session in the hide. We continued our circuit of the reserve and were pleased to hear several singing chiffchaff - spring has definitely arrived. We stopped off at the hide overlooking Target Lake hoping for some close views of displaying great crested grebes. They were there and displaying but a long way away. We were entertained briefly by warring mute swan couples. Just before completing our tour of the reserve We came across a comma butterfly, my first for the year. It was now time to head to the fleshpots of the Ropewalk cafe for lunch. An excellent morning.