Saturday, 9 July 2016

Last Weekend, First in July

Sunday July 3

Nowhere near our best first of the month day, early July is in the doldrums, to-day was no exception. The birds are not singing much, Spring migration is over and Autumn migration is yet to begin, waders will soon start appearing. Add dismal weather........all day. Still enjoyable, despite Pam not feeling too good.
We struggled to see 60 species with no real highlights. It stopped raining for Snettisham, where we spent time trying to photograph the bees on the colourful bank at the end of the first pit on the reserve. Despite the wind waving the plants about, I took a few, less than wonderful, shots with my bridge camera set on C2 for close-ups.

A better photo of the Viper's Bugloss than of the bee

Acres of mud again at low tide, a few Avocets the closest birds.

There was also a flock of 30+ Black-tailed Godwits, all in breeding plumage, always good to see. Non-breeders returning or Summer stayers ?
A bedraggled Oystercatcher sat tight, keeping a wary eye on our passing car.

I was hoping to visit Titchwell to see the summer plumaged Great Knot . Pam was feeling pretty rough by then, so we went home. No wonder, she had developed Shingles by Wednesday, saw a pharmacist on Thursday - who diagnosed the suspected insect bites around her waist - and the doctor on Friday, after meeting PW for coffee at Cley. By Saturday the blisters looked like this, stretching from navel to spine on her left, making wearing waist bands very painful. 
By Saturday July 9 the vesicles looked like this. Hence to-day's flowing caftan !!
Stop reading now if of a squeamish disposition.

side view
close-up of a patch
back view

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