Thursday, 7 April 2016

A weekend in Yorkshire...

Spent a few days birding with a relative in Yorkshire and we managed to see a number of good birds...

On Sunday evening we headed to Nosterfield Quarry where a walk to Flasks Lake produced the smart Red-necked Grebe which was my first for over two years, 3 European White-fronted Geese, 2 Little Owls and 2 Avocets. The reserve centre allowed viewing of 5 Ruff, a Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Pintail and a Little Egret. 3 more Ruff and another Little Egret were at Pallet Hill.

Monday saw us heading to the east coast where we started at Filey. Once the weather eventually cleared we walked to the end of Filey Brigg and were able to locate the first-winter drake Surf Scoter. A Wheatear and 2 flyover Mediterranean Gulls were also seen here.

Next up was Bempton Cliffs where the usual impressive selection of seabirds were on the cliffs with my second-ever Corn Bunting singing on the clifftop.

The two Richard's Pipits were showing really well at Flamborough Head when we arrived and continued to over the next hour, providing me with my best ever views of the species.

A return to Filey Brigg to watch tp sunset also resulted in some more great scope views of the Surf Scoter.

Another site on Tuesday evening held 4 Avocets, 3 Little Ringed Plovers and 2 Ruff.

Sunset at Filey
Surf Scoter - taken after the sun had gone down!

Surf Scoter

Corn Bunting

Richard's Pipits - last photo copyright Steve Clifton

Richard's Pipit

Red-necked Grebe

Red-necked Grebe

Little Owl
Fulmars - Bempton Cliffs

 Looking south from Filey Brigg

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