16th May 2013 – Completely Cuckoo…

That is probably the best way to describe the drake Long-tailed Duck currently residing on Wedholme Flow – it really is about the last species of bird you’d expect to see there in mid-May when there’s barely any water left in the lagoons. It looked totally out of place as it snorkelled it’s way around the shallow water whilst Redshanks walked past it! Crappy record shot through the heat haze…

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Loads of warblers were seen and heard today, a Lesser Whitethroat was seen at Drumburgh, and Garden Warblers were at Bowness Common and Wedholme. And Sedge Warblers were singing from pretty much every area of suitable habitat…

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This Wheatear near the car park at Wedholme was the only one I saw today…

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After a bit of a yomp on Bowness Common I finally had superb views of a couple of Cuckoos today, with one giving a superb close fly-past. Just a shame I wasn’t ready with the camera, I had to make do with a badly digiscoped effort of a distant perched bird…

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The first youngsters of the year have appeared in the garden…

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Sunshine and showers today

Sunshine and showers today on the Solway

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