Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Change is in the Air

As we leave May and enter June, the Point has taken on an entirely different feeling as the spring migration comes to an end and the suspense and excitement that it brings has settled into a wonderful sense of awe for the amazing array of nesting birds here at Blakeney.


The most exciting news of the past few weeks is that the terns have started nesting all around the point, with more and more seen sitting each day. The highlight of my day is watching these dazzling birds diving and displaying as they fly over head, such as this stunning Arctic Tern soaring over the dunes.


                                                               (Photo: Ryan Doggart)


After a couple of weeks of absence from the point, several pairs of striking Mediterranean Gulls have been seen amongst the large flock of Black-Headed Gulls at the Marrams - listen out for their unusual call!


                                                                (Photo: Ryan Doggart)


Although the spring migration seems to have come to an end, boy did it end with a bang! On the 29th of May we where treated to a beautiful Greenish Warbler at the Hood, only the 4th ever spring record for Blakeney Point. This rarity, which normally spend their summers in Russia, was pretty flighty but patience rewarded those who saw it to lovely views as it perched up on Sueda bushes. Small flocks of migrating wading birds can still be seen on the beach, including these Sanderling in their intricate mottled summer colours.

 
                                                              (Photo: Ryan Doggart)

The recent sunny weather has also meant lots of lovely insects have been spotted including the first Red-Tailed Bumblebee and Yellow Shell moths of the year plus plenty of Painted Lady and Common Blue butterflies.

Hope to see you out on the Point!
Ryan
Assistant Ranger