Another full mini-bus and a summer away-day with the Brandon Marsh team, this time with visits to a couple of RSPB reserves: Blacktoft Sands in Yorkshire's East Riding and Frampton Marsh, Lincolnshire.
|Record shot of ♀Montague's Harrier at Blacktoft Sands - Thanks to John Osbourne for his image!
A pretty painless drive to Blacktoft, arriving shortly after 9am and after checking in at the reserve centre to gather some information, off to the hides. One of the star attractions here are a pair of Montague's Harriers and during our stay the female showed well on occasions, unfortunately mostly at distance, but what a stunning bird to behold. The icing on the cake would have been the male of the pair, but it turned out to be one of those days we're he remained elusive!
|Tree Sparrows nesting in the Blacktoft Car park
|Painted Lady - Stunning example just outside the centre at Frampton
|Distant record of Mediterranean Gull taken with phone to scope!
Finally, as tradition has it a stop on route home for a fish & chip supper at Grantham was a great end to another brilliant day.