Friday 24 May 2024

Tuesday 21st May – Club outing to Strumpshaw Fen.

Nine members met up at Strumpshaw Fen, where the weather, chilly at first, soon picked up and it wasn’t long before we were shedding layers.

Birds seen from the Fen Hide, included Marsh Harrier, Cuckoo, Heron and even a Bittern. Beardies were heard everywhere, but spotting them, so low in the reeds, was tricky.

Insect numbers are rising and Rachael and Robin made us extremely jealous by getting shots of the one and only Swallow Tail to put in an appearance.

A convivial picnic lunch, with plenty of banter, was enjoyed outside in the sun. 

Here are some of the day’s images.

Swallow Tail  by Rachael Trivett

Swallowtail 2 by Rachael Trivett

Cuckoo by Rachael Trivett

Green Lizard by Diana Graham

Azure Damselfly by Jan Murphy

Banded Demoiselle by Jan Murphy

Buttercup Path by Christine Alcock

Cuckoo by Robin Orrow

Scarce Chaser by Maureen Cambell

Grey Heron by John Laing

Heron on the move by Jack Mitchell

Heron taking off by Jan Murphy

Northern Shoveler by John Laing

Orange Tip butterfly by Maureen Cambell

Reed Bunting by John Laing

Reed Warbler by Jack Mitchell

Swallowtail Butterfly by Robin Orrow

Tangled web and seeds by Christine Alcock

Variable Damselfly by Christine Alcock

Bee on Lily by Diana Graham

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