Thursday, 6 May 2010


Well, bowling season has started. I've re-joined Co-op Bowls Club who have two teams in the Scunthorpe TWS Printers League and one team in the Humberside Bowls Development Association triples league. Had my first game in the TWS League on Monday. It was the first time I'd played since taking a break from bowling 5 years ago!! And I must say I didn't do too bad, although the team lost the match, my rink won!

Not only have I started bowling again, flat green by the way, but in a moment of madness at the AGM, I volunteered to run the Triples Team. We played the first game yesterday and we won 6 - 2. Not a bad start.

Spotted a wasp entering my shed today. Was hoping it wasn't taking up residence, but unfortunately it is. Much as I would like to leave it and watch the development of the hive, I'm afraid it will have to go.

Common Wasp - Vespula vulgaris Common Wasp - Vespula vulgaris

Tuesday, 4 May 2010


Sunrise At Messingham NRHad a very early visit to MSQ on Saturday (1st May). Got there at 0500,well before sunrise, the idea being to a) enjoy the dawn chorus and b) to try to get some decent sunrise photo's. I thought the mist rising off the lakes would give the shots a nice 'atmosphere'. Whether I achieved this is open to judgement.

Moon set At Messingham NR
As the moon was showing really bright, I thought I'd try me hand at getting a shot of it, a 'Moonset', as it it were. The results weren't too bad, this being about the best of 'em.

Species seen during the morning Reed Bunting, Chaffinch, Willow Warbler, Wren, Longhorn Moth, Cucumber Spider, St Mark's Fly, Anthomyiid Fly, Chloropid Fly, a super Bee Fly, Bee Fly - Bombylius major></a>, a <a href=May Fly about to be a spiders lunch! and a Braconid Wasp ovipositing in a gorse bud.

The Bogbeans are flowering and there's a lot of Selfheal and Dog Violets around. Cowslips also abound on the reserve and I don't know why I didn't get a pic of one or the Lady's Smocks !!

I also saw a dragonfly (first I've seen this year), which I assumed would be a Hairy, but I didn't get a close enough look to positively ID it.

It was 11:30-ish when I decided to call it a day and head home, as the weather looked like it was gonna get a bit showery. I nearly missed my first Hobby of the year; it flew over the car park and I would have missed it, if Colin Pumfritt hadn't give me a shout. Thanks to Colin Pumfrett for pointing it out.

Thursday, 29 April 2010

Pensthorpe Nature Reserve

Had a trip to Pensthorpe Nature Reserve, Norfolk last Monday (26th) with two friends. Set off from home at 0715 and got there at 0930-ish. As it doesn't open until 10am, we had brekkies at the Morrison's near Fakenham. Jolly good it was too.

Entrance fee to the reserve is £9, which I thought was a bit steep; hosting the 2008 BBC Spring Watch may have something to do with this. But, having been round the joint, I suppose it was worth it, because it is indeed a good place. There is certainly lots to see. Species seen include:-
Barnacle Goose
Barrow's Goldeneye
Bearded Tit
Bearded Tit
Bewick's Swan
Black Stork
Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Black-tailed Godwit
Black-winged Stilt
Eurasian Crane
Falcated Duck
Hooded Merganser
Lady Amherst's Pheasant
Northern Bald Ibis
Oyster Catcher
Puna Teal
Red-breasted MerganserRed-breasted Merganser
Red-crested Pochard
Red Squirrel
Ross's Goose
Ruddy Shelduck
Scarlet Ibis
Swan Goose
Turtle Dove
White Stork
White-cheeked Pintail
White-headed Duck

Tuesday, 20 April 2010


Another early start this today. Got to MSQ by 0600hrs and left at 1200hrs. Lovely bright morning, but the wind was a bit on the chilly side. Heard my first Cuckoo of the year and saw my first Swallows this year. I can't believe they were warming up in sunshine, 'cause the wind coming across the lake was very keen!!

Spring is definitely in the air as there were plenty of coupled Shield Bugs on the Gorse.

As well as the Swallows there was lots of Martins (Sand ones I think) and I must have seen at least 4 Treecreepers. Willow Warblers also seem in abundance on the reserve this year. But I haven't had a decent view of any Blackcaps yet.

This Willow Warbler was singing its heart out

Friday, 16 April 2010


Was up bright & earlier this morning and headed for Messingham (my local nature reserve). Got there at 0615hrs and left at 1130hrs. It was a very good 5hrs seeing Barn Owl, Wrens, Willow Warbler & Chaffinch, as well as the usual ducks, geese etc.
Otter - Lutra lutraThe highlight was, once again, seeing one of the two otters that have taken up residence on the reserve. It's really magical watching these fine creatures.
Otter - Lutra lutra
Otter - Lutra lutra

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Bempton Cliffs

Went to Bempton Cliffs yesterday. Was hoping to get some good images of Puffins, but there wasn't many about. Did get some decent shots of Gannets, Kittiwakes, Fulmars and Razorbills.

The weather wasn't very kind though. The day was pretty good when we (two friends accompanied me), set off at 0630hrs. The further north we drove the cloudy it got and by the time we hit the Cliffs (not literally I hasten to add) at 0830, it was about 85% cloud cover and not looking good for the rest of the day. This proved to be the case as by 1130 it looked like we might get some rain, so decided to have an early lunch break, hoping that things might improve in the afternoon. However, whilst having our scoff, a mist started to roll in and by 1230 the visibility was dire. So we abandoned the trip and drove home.

All the photo's I got can be viewed HERE

Friday, 26 February 2010

What a miserable day. Nowt but rain, rain, rain. I think I'd rather have snow.

With the rotten weather over the last few days, nay, weeks, I think I'll have to read me camera's manual, it seems that long since I've been out with it.