Thursday, April 08, 2010

Adders and Otters....

A trip out today with Dave to Laughton Forest and Messingham had us both enjoying a fantastic days wildlife watching and birding,with me seeing at last one of my most wanted animals and unbelievably 8 miles from home!.
 We first started at Owlet plantation where we unfortunately had to compete with far too many dogs,with some irresponsible owners to boot.The best birds here where all 3 Woodpecker species,a single singing male Woodlark over the woodland,2 Willow Warbler and a lovely Fox,with a Roe Deer barking in the background.
 After this it was onto Tuetoes to look for Adder's with us getting superb views of this stunning reptile and enjoying our first female's of the year,with 2 being seen along with 4 male's.Bird wise,we had at least 4 Willow Warbler and a couple of Chiffie's and a superb male Woodlark singing and displaying like the earlier bird at Owlet.A first of the year for me here was a single Common Groundhopper,see below photo.
 The final place we spent the remainder of the day at was wonderfull Messingham,which really did come up trumps today with me seeing my first Otter's ever!.They were watched catching fish,playing and porpoising on the Grebe lake and put on a fantastic show and where watched down to a range of 30 metres,stunning!.I have wanted too see this animal for a long time,but to see 2 together locally was a dream come true,i can't comprehend how happy i was.Other interesting observations today included a male Marsh Harrier,7 Avocet,2 male Blackcap and 3 Willow Warbler,with 4 species of butterfly being seen also,which included Peacock,Comma,(both firsts for the year for me),Small Tortoiseshell and several Brimstone.What a brilliant day out and a big thanks to Dave for picking me up.

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