Just to say a huge thank you for all the personal well wishes and very encouraging messages following this post. I have failed abysmally to respond to all of them, but I have been repeatedly moved by so much kindness.
So a little news. About four days ago I pushed my walking distance (only few hundred metres) and found I could do more than I thought. The next day, 25th March I tried a walk around Millennium Wood, Flamborough not sure how far I would get. Soon located the Northern Treecreeper ssp familiaris and even showed a visiting couple of birders who hadn’t seen it before. That kind of stuff spurs you on. Andy Hood followed our visit and got some lovely photos:
Northern Treecreeper ssp familiaris, Millennium Wood, Flamborough, 25th March 2014, all photos by Andy Hood
2 days ago on 26th March, early news from dear friend and RSPB warden Keith Clarkson had seen a male Lapland Bunting on the reserve (and possibly heard a Shore Lark). Spurred on to attempt more, Sharon and I headed off early. Staple Newk is a fair walk and the wind was blowing a hooley! Nevertheless we made it. Not especially optimistic we were stunned to find 3 Lapland Buntings including one of the males ‘singing its head off’. Well I fair hopped skipped and jumped my way back to the reserve centre!
So THANK YOU- for spurring on encouragements and messages and we (Sharon and I ) have taking them to heart and working on them 🙂
PS all photos below by me- wobbling about like a weeble while Sharon holds on to me- quite a comic sight.
Male Lapland Bunting in full song at Bempton RSPB, Flamborough
Silver Blacky… still
Silver Blacky- probably a colour aberration know as ‘BROWN’. Still an on/off visitor to our garden.