July 9th- redstart and another grey, cold July day

Jonathan Pomroy

On a very dull, cold July morning I drove to the Post Office via a couple of decent local birding spots. Newburgh Priory lake was looking quite dramatic as I arrived with very heavy cloud and just a hint of brightness in the Ampleforth direction. The scene was almost monotone, just hints of dark summer green in the trees. The water was steely grey. An oystercatcher was resting on the far bank and a single juvenile shelduck swam around the north side of the lake. When I scanned the lake with binoculars I picked up a small group of swallows and house martins feeding in the shelter of the trees at the east end of the lake. They were feeding so low over the water I think they were touching the surface at times. If you look closely at my watercolour you can see a few of them.

Moving on…

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