Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Chat on Wednesday

Wednesday saw me packing a picnic and collecting ADMc (or 'Uncle Andy' as the kids have adopted him) for a trip up to Alwninton. We drove and walked in various areas from Alwinton through to Barrowburn, Wedder's Leap and beyond. We were restricted a little as the Red Flags were flying and we had an audio accompaniment of tank fire off and on most of the day.

Birds were restricted to the resident breeders, two high Raven, several Common Buzzard with three together the high count. A single male Whinchat singing from a hillside were added to the self-found year list as ADMc graciously 'heard something singing' allowing me time to find it visually. A number of male Wheatear still singing and one performing a song-flight with tail spread. Oystercatcher sitting on a single egg and several Common Sandpiper along with a couple of juvenile Dipper on the Coquet.

I had hoped for some dragonflies and butterflies but we were a little disappointed that despite a warm day we encountered none of teh former and only Red Admiral, a few White and a couple of Small Heath butterflies.

A Green-orb Weaver appeared on Andy's bins as we ate lunch and began to spin a web between the eyepieces as we watched.

The warm sun and slow pace allowed us time to resolve many of the major issues and irritations of birding as we went and the kids loved the company. I'd like to think that in some future time when their asked 'How did your interest in birds/nature start?' that they can draw on days like this and the influence of a patient, friendly mentor like Uncle Andy, something all children would benefit from.

Small Heath

Green-orb Weaver Araniella cucurbitina

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