There's nothing like a bit of spontaneity we went up to Danby Beacon, North York Moors this morning but no Dotterel have been seen yet and it was cloudy and raining so we decided to travel on to Saltholme even though I only vaguely knew where it was , get over the river to the North Bank I thought.
We managed to find the reserve without to much trouble which today had a Great White Egret present.
First we went to the Wildlife Watch Point! No doubt named for the families the reserve is aiming to attract. I must say the facilities, visitor centre are great and staff welcoming and helpful, advising where the GW Egret was , etc. Food in the cafe looks good, next time we will not have a pack up, we had just a cappuccino today.
Oh yes, Wildlife Watch Point had three Little Ringed Plover nearby, flying around and coming close to the hide. It poured with rain whilst in there hence the rain on the birds back!
We then went to Paddy's Pool Hide and saw the GW Egret, distant but unusually stood out in the open. Great views of Common Tern on the spit.
Finally Saltholme Pools Hide, on the walk down Swallows and Swifts were very low over head due to the rain.
From the hide a Grey Heron was very close, it is an ill bird with I think a broken wing but as the picture shows managing to feed.
Out side the hide on the route back a pair of Wheatear, giving great close up views and a pair of Yellow Wagtail with a stonking bright yellow male.
This is an early posting as I cannot resist putting out more of each species in the forthcoming days.