Sunday, 27 June 2010

Home Sweet Home

Stayed local today - the Curlew Sandpiper at Hauxley was tempting but that would have been an hour's time and diesel and only an hour for the birds.

Beehive Flash was quiet for birds, mayhem for dragonflies and their cousins.  At least three Emperors and mnay more species.

Birdwise - three Lapwing. two Redshank, one Mute Swan and one Moorhen, with hirundines over.

Backworth Flash had three Redshank, corvids, seven Canada Geese (parents plus five), two Mute Swan, a Tree Sparrow, Pied Wagtails and a Green Sandpiper.

Arcot on the way home was very quiet, with Moorhens, Coots, two Mute Swans, Mallards, Teal, five Canadas (Dad, Mum and three), five Crows (parents plus three), one Common Tern and one Grey Heron and most interesting, a Red-eared Terrapin sunning itself on a log.  S/he's a cracker, 10' round with limbs like tennis rackets!


  1. Didnt realise there was a stray Terrapin down there!! Most strange occurences at Arcot usually involve people lurking in bushes!! :-D

  2. There were two terrapins on the the wood in the sw corner this morning. Both of these look as if they are new terrapins and not the one which has been seen at Arcot regularly since the early 90's.
    One theory as to why it was released there in the 90's is because people realised that they had no mutant ninja powers and kids soon got border with them.