Trip reports

Strumpshaw RSPB Reserve 29 June 2017

Strumpshaw RSPB Reserve 29 June 2017

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Unfortunately Flaming June can mean two weather types. We had the cold version-at least until early afternoon. The Fen hide was being repaired so no access. We had to rely on bird calls rather than sightings but managed a decent total of 36 including blackcap, marsh tit, swift, common tern, common whitethroat, gadwall, buzzard and marsh harrier. Some of us had our lunch in Tower Hide looking at lots of mallard and a pair of shoveler in eclipse A female tufted duck took her minute ducklings to practise dive for food and two swan families had young. A kingfisher gave us good views as it dashed across the water and a bit later came back over the reeds .As it was a bit chilly, we didn't see any swallowtail butterflies but Pat showed us a caterpillar eating milk parsley. Two common lizards were sunning themselves on the boardwalk and one was heavily pregnant. On the walk back we had lots of butterflies and crickets .One emerald damselfly was resting on a reed but most dragonflies didn't stop long enough to get a good view of them. It became warm as we were leaving (how often that happens) but it had been a pleasant walk.
Daphne Hayward