Sunday morning and one of our visitors popped in to tell us the site was covered with 'thousands of turds' - questioningly Derrick and myself asked again:- 'Turds - everywhere'. Thinking we were in for a good poo event that afternoon we had a look at the back of his camera - TOADS!. Anyone familiar with the Hull accent will appreciate vowels are often pronounced 'eughh'. As one of Michael Flowers course members pointed out perhaps Philip Larkin had a totally different meaning in his poem! (see here). Anyhow toads certainly were everywhere and considerably later than usual as with most things this year - thanks to Roy Vincent for these shots:
here. Sunday saw John Wilkinson get the first sedge warbler of the year at the north and, with Michael Flowers getting more today. John also managed an unseasonal Jay too. The latest arrival was again by Brian today - common whitethroat near D reservoir this afternoon.
A nice passage bird was picked up by John Leason on Saturday as we'd hoped on the drained Southern Marshes; an alpina race dunlin which display longer bill, chestnut on the black and extensive black on the chest. Further details here. Also visiting the marshes again are four avocets today - unfortunate as we have now drained them. As stated last time though their chances of success were limited with the fox situation as was, and hopefully the habitat will be improved for them in future. Thanks to Chris Bell for these images of grass snakes also on the go around site:
here and also Paul Ashton's excellent blog too which features many of the summery invertebrates also on the go. The ring necked duck was still about on D res yesterday and looking smart - thanks to Roy L for this: