Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Back to Strumpshaw

The back end of the reserve provided better views of the marsh harriers, and a hare. Then we went to Lakenheath and it rained. When the rain stopped, the bittern flew around.

Monday, 30 May 2011

Strumpshaw Day Two

Plenty of sunshine brought out the swallowtail butterflies, and we had two view of flying bitterns. The Harriers seemed to be helping themselves to wader chicks, and the shelduck looked very smart.

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Dropping in for Lunch

A male marsh harrier at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB this morning.

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Lakenheath RSPB

I finally got my jay, had a go at swifts, a marsh harrier and Miles and his amazing equipment.

Monday, 23 May 2011

Half Past Eight

This evening, there was quite a sky, while the white horses were still lit by the setting sun.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Our Day Out

We all went to Greenwich Park, visited the Observatory and had a picnic. Sadie sat on the Meridian and was photographed by Japanese tourists after we had taken ours!

Saturday, 21 May 2011


Peter and Holly announced their engagement at Sadie's barbecue this afternoon. Everyone thinks they are well suited to each other.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

The Bells, The Bells!

Sadimodo loved the tuned, coloured bells she was given as a prezzie and even took them with her when crawling.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Sadie is One Year Old Today

She had a cold but enjoyed her prezzies and party.

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Aircraft and Birds

The Storch and the Stork, the Blackburn and the Owl at Old Warden on Saturday.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Barton Wildlife

A walk in Barton last night looking for barn owls turned up whitethroats, skylarks, cormorants homeward bound and a half moon.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Hornet Insurgency

This Very Large Stinger flew in today. It was four centimetres long, with an equal wingspan. (The outside diameter of the vase is six and a half centimetres.) The hornet had vivid red parts on its abdomen.

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Yellow Day

Yellow aircraft and yellow fields at Old Warden last Sunday.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Shuttleworth Reprise

Reports of the emigration of the F-86 Sabre were premature - the little jet is still with us. The dH 60 Hermes Moth was out this year, and the Sea Hurricane purred around the sky.

Monday, 2 May 2011

Paxton Pits

The nightingales were being elusive at the Pits, and whitethroats were noisy. The terns came a bit closer than usual.

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Red Wind

There was a 20 knot crosswind at Old Warden for the first airshow of the year, and this meant that few of the biplanes were able to fly. There was a Russian theme to the show,and the Russian air attache was a guest to see the first flight of the Polikarpov Po-2 (top and bottom) along with the Antonov An-2 and the aerobatic Yak 50.