Yesterday we went over the Humber Bridge to see our lovely grand-daughter, the day did not turn out as planned and therefore we did not manage any birding. So it made me think back to January when we visited Far Ings LWT. This reserve stands on the south bank of the Humber estuary and on the day I took a few snaps of the bridge, the green hide looks over the estuary. On the day one of my main pictures was of loads of Shovelers displaying (principally drakes).
On Saturday I went down to Burton Riggs YWT a Common Scoter was present early afternoon, no sign of the Scoter but I saw my first Willow Warbler of the year, at least three were present. the one I saw best was hiding in bright green foilage. A group of four or five youths were long casting a tin can, tents errected, fire burning, this cannot be right. I seldom go to this spot which is quite attractive but a dog walkers paradise, you can barely put a foot anywhere!
I then went on to Seamer Tip Pools created on an industrial estate, I had already got a thing in my mind about dogs, one had been growling at my camera lens! This area is on the edge of a large estate and it suffers a similar problem. as I walked down to the large pool a couple were getting their dogs out of the car for a walk.
The dogs were squabbling, barking right from the start. As Mr & Mrs started their enjoyable circuit of the lake the dogs launched themselves into the water after the water fowl which understandably scattered everywhere. Not once did they call them back. Round the far side the pool the dogs were back in the water chasing the geese.
I couldn't believe it guess what Mr & Mrs having such a nice time started a second circuit! Responsible dog owners get a bad name due to morons like this!