May round up

Where to begin thinking back over this really busy month. On our return from our West country trip we began the month cheering Roo and Stu on in a race at Kings Lynn followed by a rather late family lunch, next day was our first Lincolnshire trip. We saw the lovely Black-winged stilt at Frampton Marshes a place we were to return to very soon! Another early May treat was the colony of Sand martins on the Norfolk coast.

Time for the Stints and Sandpipers to return to our marshes, we saw, Little, Temminck’s Stints and at Frampton we got a Broad-billed sandpiper a first for us both along with a Curlew sandpiper.

Now a strong contender for bird of the month must be this wonderful life tick that we went to Winterton to see, a Bee-eater, stunning! I have seen so many pictures and hoped to see one and it was not a let down, it was every bit as beautiful as I had hoped for. The very next day came along another contender at Overstrand, a Red-breasted flycatcher. Less dramatic than the Bee-eater but just as lovely!

We took a few quiet days getting ready for our Northern trip time too to reflect on the first part of May, off to a good start I reckon!

On our way to Northumberland we visited the WWT site at Washington where we at last added Willow tit to our list. It is a lovely site and we are enjoying visiting other WWT sites than Welney, our usual one. Seahouses was our first stop and we were pleased to find Eiders coming in close in the harbour.

One of the best days in May was 23rd when we had our trip to The Farne Islands, it was every bit as good as I had anticipated. The sky was blue and the sea was calm,  (just as I like it!) and the birds were there waiting for us, brilliant! Another contender for bird of the month must be the Puffin, what funny little birds they are but who doesn’t love them? Terns, Guilimots, Razorbills and Shags all added to the day, oh and I nearly forgot the Kittiwake!

IMG_3682 Kittiwakes

A day trip back to Lindisfarne to revisit places we had been before, we found this Garden tiger caterpillar, funny little thing! We enjoyed our time there and were again blessed with lovely weather.

Scotland brought us more than we could have hoped for in the last week of the month. We spent a few days in Blairgowrie and found delights in the local River Ericht in the form of Dippers and Grey wagtails.

Trips out from Blairgowrie brought more delights, some expected some certainly not!

One of the most amusing things was when Andy and Ian were in one car, Delia and I in the car behind them. Andy suddenly stopped, jumped out of the car, lay in the road, camera in hand shooting! He had seen Red grouse chicks, but how often could you stop like that? We saw the whole grouse family.

I have no doubt that the highlight of the month was not bird based but mammal based and so unexpected. Before travelling north I hadn’t given thought to any mammals we might see apart from hoping to see otters on Mull (still hoping for that). Conversations developed and the possibility of seeing Beavers surfaced. We arranged to go out with Bob from Nature Nuts and he threw in a huge bonus, Pine Marten. How unexpected and beautiful. Ian says up to today this is the favourite picture I have taken (I was certainly chuffed with it).IMG_2489 pine martin

We also saw Beavers but it was almost dark at that time so photos were all but impossible, a short video I took is okay though.imageThere has been a lot of of course and with that has come some beautiful views. Sadly when I photograph them they dont look half as dramatic as in real life. Of course,  I nearly forgot that we saw the Queen on our travels! Should I have her as my stranger of the month I wonder?

We have certainly met some good folk including Suzane our host in Seahouses, she was excellent at her job and made me laugh, I’ll tell you why. On our way up to Nethy Bridge we were considering visiting Edinburgh and thought we might use a park & ride, then we realised it would mean stopping before going over the Forth bridge. As I wasn’t looking forward to it we really wanted to get it over with before stopping. Chatting to Suzane she came out with the brilliant idea, she thought there was a park & ride across on the far side so we could drive over and get it over with first. Then the penny dropped we would have to go over it twice more on a bus! But stranger of the month goes to Bob form Nature Nuts, no longer a stranger but deffinitely a top bloke!!!

Moths are picking up and a deffinite moth of the month is the Emperor moth which we lured into our garden!IMG_2726 Emperor mothI can’t chose one bird of the month so I am picking two! The Bee-eater and the Puffin, both stunning birds that I would be happy to see any day of the week.

Now come the lists and they are getting long now! I am holding back on the moth list as I don’t have the full list with me at the moment.

Mammal list with some unexpected boost

  1. Rabbit.
  2. Stoat
  3. Hare
  4. Grey squirrel
  5. Roe deer
  6. Red deer
  7. Muntjak deer
  8. Sperm whale
  9. Otter
  10. Weasel
  11. Bank vole
  12. Fallow deer
  13. Red squirrel
  14. Pine marten
  15. Beaver
  16. Daubenton’s bat
  17. Common pipistrelle


Bird list includes new this month in bold, life ticks are in Italics with an *


List end May

  1. Mute Swan
  2. Bewick Swan
  3. Whooper Swan
  4. Pink-footed Goose
  5. White-fronted Goose
  6. Greylag Goose
  7. Canada Goose
  8. Barnacle Goose
  9. Brent Goose
  10. Egyptian Goose
  11. Common Shelduck
  12. Muscovy duck
  13. Mandarin Duck
  14. Eurasian Wigeon
  15. Gadwall
  16. Eurasian Teal
  17. Mallard
  18. Pintail
  19. Garganey
  20. Shoveler
  21. Red-crested Pochard
  22. Common Pochard
  23. Ferruginous Duck *
  24. Tufted duck
  25. Greater Scaup
  26. Common Eider
  27. Long-tailed Duck
  28. Common Scoter
  29. Velvet Scoter
  30. Goldeneye
  31. Smew
  32. Hooded merganser *
  33. Red-breasted Merganser
  34. Red Grouse
  35. Black Grouse
  36. Goosander
  37. Red-legged Partridge
  38. Grey Partridge
  39. Common Pheasant
  40. Golden Pheasant
  41. Little Grebe
  42. Great Crested Grebe
  43. Red-necked Grebe *
  44. Slavonian Grebe
  45. Black-necked Grebe
  46. Fulmar
  47. Manx Shearwater
  48. Gannet
  49. Cormorant
  50. Shag
  51. Bittern
  52. Little Egret
  53. Great Egret
  54. Grey Heron
  55. White Stork
  56. Glossy Ibis
  57. Red Kite
  58. Marsh Harrier
  59. Hen Harrier
  60. Pallid Harrier *
  61. Goshawk *
  62. Eurasian Sparrowhawk
  63. Common Buzzard
  64. Rough-legged Buzzard
  65. Osprey
  66. Kestrel
  67. Merlin
  68. Hobby
  69. Peregrine Falcon
  70. Water Rail
  71. Moorhen
  72. Coot
  73. Common Crane
  74. Great bustard *
  75. Oystercatcher
  76. Black-winged Stilt
  77. Pied Avocet
  78. Stone-curlew
  79. Little ringed Plover
  80. Ringed Plover
  81. Dotterel
  82. European Golden Plover
  83. Grey Plover
  84. Lapwing
  85. Knot
  86. Sanderling
  87. Little Stint
  88. Temminck’s Stint
  89. Curlew Sandpiper
  90. Purple Sandpiper
  91. Dunlin
  92. Broad-billed Sandpiper *
  93. Ruff
  94. Jack Snipe
  95. Common Snipe
  96. Long-billed Dowitcher *
  97. Black-tailed Godwit
  98. Bar-tailed Godwit
  99. Whimbrel
  100. Curlew
  101. Spotted Redshank
  102. Common Redshank
  103. Common Greenshank
  104. Lesser Yellowlegs
  105. Wood Sandpiper
  106. Common Sandpiper
  107. Ruddy Turnstone
  108. Grey Phalarope
  109. Mediterranean Gull
  110. Little Gull
  111. Black-headed Gull
  112. Common Gull
  113. Lesser Black-backed Gull
  114. Herring Gull
  115. Iceland Gull
  116. Glaucous Gull *
  117. Great Black-backed Gull
  118. Kittiwake
  119. Sandwich Tern
  120. Common Tern
  121. Arctic Tern
  122. Common Guillemot
  123. Razorbill
  124. Puffin
  125. Rock Pigeon
  126. Stock Pigeon
  127. Wood Pigeon
  128. Collared Dove
  129. Turtle Dove
  130. Rose-ringed Parakeet *
  131. Cuckoo
  132. Barn Owl
  133. Tawny Owl
  134. Short-eared Owl
  135. Common Swift
  136. Common Kingfisher
  137. European Bee-eater *
  138. Hoopoe
  139. Green Woodpecker
  140. Great Spotted Woodpecker
  141. Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
  142. Wood Lark
  143. Sky Lark
  144. Shore Lark (horned lark)
  145. Sand Martin
  146. Swallow
  147. Red-rumped Swallow *
  148. House Martin
  149. Tree Pipit
  150. Meadow Pipit
  151. Rock Pipit
  152. Water Pipit
  153. Yellow Wagtail (Grey-headed)
  154. Grey Wagtail
  155. Pied Wagtail
  156. Dipper
  157. Wren
  158. Dunnock
  159. Robin
  160. Common Nightingale *
  161. Black Redstart
  162. Common Redstart
  163. Whinchat
  164. Stonechat
  165. Wheatear
  166. Ring Ouzel
  167. Blackbird
  168. Fieldfare
  169. Song Thrush
  170. Redwing
  171. Mistle Thrush
  172. Cetti’s Warbler
  173. Sedge Warbler
  174. Dartford Warbler
  175. Lesser Whitethroat
  176. Whitethroat
  177. Blackcap
  178. Wood Warbler
  179. Common Chiffchaff
  180. Willow Warbler
  181. Goldcrest
  182. Firecrest
  183. Spotted Flycatcher
  184. Red-breasted Flycatcher
  185. Pied Flycatcher
  186. Bearded Tit
  187. Long-tailed Tit
  188. Marsh Tit
  189. Willow Tit
  190. Crested Tit *
  191. Coal Tit
  192. Blue Tit
  193. Great Tit
  194. Nuthatch
  195. Treecreeper
  196. Penduline tit *
  197. Great Grey Shrike
  198. Jay
  199. Magpie
  200. Jackdaw
  201. Rook
  202. Crow
  203. Common Raven
  204. Starling
  205. House Sparrow
  206. Tree Sparrow
  207. Chaffinch
  208. Brambling
  209. Serin *
  210. Greenfinch
  211. Goldfinch
  212. Siskin
  213. Linnet
  214. Twite
  215. Lesser Redpoll
  216. Mealy Redpoll
  217. Bullfinch
  218. Hawfinch
  219. Lapland Longspur
  220. Snow Bunting
  221. Yellowhammer
  222. Cirl Bunting
  223. Reed Bunting
  224. Corn Bunting





Red admiral



Speckled wood

Green-vein white

Orange tip

Small white

Holly blue

Small copper

Small heath


What June will bring is ukown but I bet it will be good!








4 thoughts on “May round up

  1. I think your May sounds the best month yet, but then every one gets better than the last! So many sites and sights packed into a few golden weeks! Your blogs have been wonderfully inclusive and I am enjoying them very much. I am happy that your are enjoying splendid Scottish weather. Here in Norfolk winter has returned and the last couple of days I have been in homes with roaring fires. Carry on having fun and carry on telling us of your marvellous experiences.

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