when a bird goes from being common and widespread to near threatened in the course of your life's birding it is a truly sad reflection on the human race; shooting, farming, climate change its all humanity based -- in the late 70's I occasionally counted over 100 birds in a day moving west up the Humber in late May - I have not seen a bird on my local patch now for 5 years where up to 34 pairs used to nest -- was sound recording this coastal bird yesterday so I have a remembrance of the species
Friday, May 29, 2020
High overhead sun makes for very poor images but desperation demands! Sobering to think that in just two months time many of these delightful birds will be back on the Lincolnshire coast having flown to the high Arctic and attempted to breed -- also no real wonder that spring birds are often mis-identified as a range of other waders due t the variation in their moult and adoption of spring plumage.
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Sunday, May 24, 2020
in the wind and sun yesterday there were some big concentrations of Bluetails in sheltered corners of the pits - at least 200 were in this one spot - not all were making it to this stage though as the Reed Buntings were clearly taking their toll