After ironing and painting ( a woman's work is never done they say, So how come i end up doing it) a trip to Gosforth Park Nature Reserve was in order. As i walked into the reserve i met Paul the resident warden who informed me that the feeding station hide had been torched the previous Saturday. Probably only a matter of time before the others are as well i should think. Anyway, the skies were blue and the clouds were fluffy, ideal for photos.
The Sedge warblers were singing their hearts out and deep within the reeds a Water Rail was Sharming.
There wasn't much to see on the water. Just some Coot, Moorhens, Little Grebe, Mute Swans and a few Common Tern checking out the artificial island. But it was just glorious to sit in the sun and soak up the rays and watch the Swifts doing their aerobatics over the water.
As i continued around the reserve all the usual woodland species could be seen and heard. There was Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Nuthatch, Coal Tit, Great and Blue Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chaffinch and a Tree Creeper put in an appearance for me.
But best of all for me anyway was the majestic buck Roe Deer keeping a wary eye on me.
To finish of the morning this beautiful Orange Tip.