Had 2 weeks off week which is good in itself but for me went to visit my cousin who lives in Carlisle so give me an excuse to stop off at a few places on the way. First stop was Welney as i missed out on the White-spotted bluethroat but he seemed to be back again this year so though i have another try even though it was a bit of a grey and windy day he did show up once he seemed to be singing for terriority though wonder how long before he realises he won't get a mate this maybe next year he bring a female with him !!. Also around was quite a few Whooper Swans still here, Avocets on nest and a few Black-tailed Godwits not so much out but can't blame though with the weather conditions.
Later on drove up to Yorkshires Dales and by then it was raining quite hard but could't resist a little walk round Strid Wood an excellent choice in the end as my 30 minute walk produced Kingfisher, Dipper and the start of the show for me Pied Flycatcher a bird i had't seen since my childhood, a worthy spot to come back in better weather.
|One of many Whooper swans|
|White-spotted bluethroat Hiding in the bushes|