The upper reaches of the valley we walked in during our trip to Mull last week was full of chirping Pied Flys. Lovely birds these so bold in colour and movement. Sweeping through the branches to perch motionless until a tasty morsel flying past temps them to sally out. Both Pied and Spotted Flycatchers entertained us – interestingly Redstarts were less common.
In Kent the Lady Orchids were so close to opening but not quite there! A couple of weeks and maybe they would be in their full spectacle. Some of the intricate patterns on the petals foretold of their future glory. Damn that cold spring!
Everyone knows Corncrakes are crepuscular; hard to get a glimpse of, difficult to see. So spending a little time with a Corncrake is something to be treasured. So what’s better than seeing a Corncrake? Seeing two together of course. Magic, a true rare occasion that couldn’t be bettered… could it? … only if they are mating!
The group on our Mull tour this week got a real special glimpse of something seen previously only by a select few.
If you’re interested in next year’s tour to Mull let me know – in fact come and see us at the Norfolk Bird and Wildlife Fair at Mannington this weekend and we can answer your questions.