Bempton Cliffs with Ellis Lucas

On 21 June I went with Ellis Lucas and his dad Mark, to Bempton Cliffs to see what we could find hopefully to see my first Bee Orchid, I met Ellis at the Young Conservationist Workshop back in April and wanted to meet up also my Dad and I had been trying to go for 2 years.

I woke up at 5:00am and left at 6:00am hopefully getting to Bempton for 9am, we arrived at 8:45am but weren't supposed to meet Ellis and his Dad till 9:30am! So we waited in the car park and got Tree Sparrow (about 35), Woodpigeon, Jackdaws which were very tame and a ironic Swallow nest, the wardens their had put a camera up to film a Swallow nest, but the Swallows decided to build on top of the camera LOL. 

Ironic Swallow Nest


Just before Ellis and his Dad arrived I asked one of the members of staff, 'is their any Bee Orchids around?', and yes they were right in the car park they had taped off an area where two lovely Bee Orchids were.

Bee Orchid
Almost straight after Ellis and Mark arrive, and head straight to the cliffs, which we were greeted with Gannets, Guillemots, Razorbill, Puffin, Kittwake, Feral Pigeon and more Jackdaws.





We have lift off

After that we got some amazing views of Gannets, i'm not joking only about 2 meters above us!! So here are some of my favourite pictures of the Gannets






My Favourite picture of a Gannet
You can see Ellis's picture and his write up at http://elliswildlife.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/brilliant-bempton.html


Hummingbird Hawkmoth!!!!!!

This afternoon, amongst the Lavender in the back garden, this 'thing' was zitting around really fast at first it looked like a big bee!!
But then I noticed the reddish tinge to the wings it was a Hummingbird Hawkmoth, the second one I have ever seen and the first for the Garden !!!
Here are some of my favourite pictures

Long time no Blog

Sorry about not blogging in a while been very busy with different things going on, including passing my Bronze DofE. Which was very hot especially on my Qualifying Expedition , but was walking some lovely area's mainly Charnwood, and heard a Cuckoo plus a Osprey at Cropston Reservoir.

Also many of you who follow me on Twitter (@TobyWarbler) have noticed that I've been going crazy as new species have been trickling through the garden, those birds are; Jay, Bullfinch and Nuthatch.



Jay in the Garden