Yes you have probably guessed that this is another post of a visit up the coast taking in Cresswell Pond , Druridge Pools , and East Chevington this was a reasonable day with some sunny spells and I spent a long day looking for subjects to photograph , Cresswell still had about 10 little Gulls and 3 Avocets, but little else of note ,Tree Sparrows are nesting in the roof of the barns in the adjacent farm, I remember as a child when when most boys used to go bird nesting that Tree Sparrows where very hard to get they used to build a large untidy dried grass nest way up high in a Hawthorn now they seem to either only use nest boxes or buildings.
Druridge Pools in the am held nothing out the ordinary so I checked for insects etc
; Ringlet ,Meadow Brown , and Speckled Wood on the wing .
East Chevington 2 Marsh Harriers on show and by now it was warm and sunny and I had now swapped my rain hat for a sun hat and headed off in search of flowers, plenty of Common Spotted , and Northern Marsh Orchids , Birds Foot Trefoil very common , Rest Harrow, Milkwort, and carpets of Bloody Cranesbill , hundreds of Twayblade a rather bland looking Orchid till you get a good look at it , also some very nice Marsh Helleborine and I even found a new flower to me in the form of Lesser Meadow Rue . Back at the car the Marsh harriers showing well I videoed one sitting on a small bush a Barn Owl came over and quartered the site eventually flying off with prey.
Headed back to Druridge and encountered another Barn Owl , plus a M/F Marsh Harrier, the only sign of Long Eared Owl was one bird sitting on a fence post , the light failing I headed home but was surprised to find another Barn Owl hunting near Cresswell , turned out to be one fantastic day .