Friday, 20 September 2019

Local catch up...

I've had a busy few weeks with lots of birding, a trip to North Ronaldsay and preparation for university. The birding has been decent around county so here are a few of my highlights...


Common Rosefinch on Holy Island - nice to finally connect with my county bogey bird!

Pomarine Skua - one of 11 which passed Newbiggin on 17th. It was a good seawatch and also included a good number of Sooty Shearwaters and a superb Leach's Petrel close inshore.

Lapland Bunting at Beacon Point
Pale-bellied Brent Geese

Saturday, 31 August 2019

Black-winged Stilt!

A manic twitch for the juvenile Black-winged Stilt at Druridge Pools earlier. With it having been very mobile for most of the morning I was a bit worried about missing this county mega, but in the end, I didn't need to worry as it spent the rest of the day showing nicely around the Budge Fields...


Hopefully it'll stick around for some better light!

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Monday, 12 August 2019

Images from Spurn...

Thanks to the Cameron Bespolka Trust, last week I attended the BTO Young Leaders course at Spurn Bird Observatory. It was a great four days with a mix of talks, activities, and of course some birding. A full write up will appear elsewhere on the web in due course, but for now here's a few of my bird photos from the trip...



White-rumped Sandpiper

Wood Sandpiper


Juvenile Caspian Gull
Knot - the wader numbers at Kilnsea Wetlands were seriously impressive!

Red-veined Darter

At Woodhorn Flashes on 3rd of August...

Saturday, 3 August 2019

Bempton Cliffs...

A few of my favourite photos from a visit to to the cliffs during the week...










Gannets
Fulmar

Kittiwakes

Friday, 2 August 2019

Demoiselles in North Yorkshire...

One of the highlights of my stay in Yorkshire over the last week was getting the chance to finally see male Beautiful Demoiselle for the first time. We found at least two males and a female, as well as a single male Banded Demoiselle, at Forge Valley nature reserve near Scarborough...




Beautiful Demoiselles
Banded Demoiselle

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Honey Buzzard

Nice few hours spent at Wykeham Forest raptor viewpoint in Yorkshire yesterday with the highlight being these views of a Honey Buzzard overhead. Lots of Goshawks too...




Honey Buzzard