Nightingale, common tern, hobby and orchids at Whisby.
RSPB York Local Group trip to Whisby today. It was our first coach trip of the year, in fact it is a couple of years or more since we last had enough people to fill a coach. We left York in glorious sunshine and about 90 minutes later we were getting out of the coach at Whisby.
As is usual the first bird we saw and heard on the reserve was a black headed gull,lots of them were nesting on the island and a brave med.gull and an oystercatcher were also nesting on the island.
After a cup of coffee we set of for the part of the reserve where nightingales had been seen.
We stood at a crossroads with other birders waiting for a female to pop down onto the path and pick up some nesting material. She made regular appearances but her visits to the path were quick flicks so my pictures are far from good.
After a while we slowly walked around other parts of the reserve. From one hide we saw common terns,
great crested grebes
We also saw swifts, a hobby, heard two cuckoos, lots of blackcaps, chiffchaffs and willow warblers.
Brimstone butterflies, red admirals and orange tips butterflies were on the wing but difficult to photograph.