Walking up the hill Skylarks sung as the flew around and a few Reed buntings sat in the bushes, no Ring Ouzel but lots of Corvids, Walking back to the visitors centre we spotted a Sparrowhawk soaring above the pond, after a cup of tea we had a look around the farm with only Blue tits and Robin to be found.
A look at the pond found lots of the usual "suspects" as well as a Heron and a single little Grebe, we had a close encounter with the Red Stag earlier on in the day but as we walked past and photographed a pair of Blackcap we got a very close encounter with this very impressive best, I managed to get a lot of photographs of him that I am very happy with but I can't put all of them on! A Song thrush then showed up and let us photograph him, the sounds of seemingly "hundreds" of chiffchaff s filled the air and I still find it a very nice song and if anything easy to identify,
I've also added a few pictures I took in the first week of the Chiffchaffs return to Killy and some of a quick trip to Tynemouth pier which brought Rock pipit, 2 Purple Sandpiper, many Fulmars and Kittiewakes and a very brief glimpse of the Black Redstart.
|According to some passers by he is a reindeer|
|Still hard to believe he is wild|
|Chiffchaff taken a few weeks ago|
|Singing dunnock (Back garden)|
|Great White Butterfly|