|A fine sight. The largest flock I've seen.|
Friday, 28 January 2022
Wednesday, 26 January 2022
A predictable return to Sunk Island this afternoon. Fortunately the Swans were still present with the Mutes totally accepted by the Whoopers...or is it the other way round? Anyway, I parked up on the verge and had a pleasant hour in their company. The "yellow-bills" were split into 2 groups but were still close to the road (c40yds). A group of 8 and another of 11...I possibly counted 2 Mute's yesterday...but I don't think so!?
Constant calling was enjoyed again amongst a mixture of activity and rest. A few images to hopefully give you a "feel"...
Tuesday, 25 January 2022
Louise had Monday's off...well earned! The forecast looked favourable, so off we went to Upper Teesdale..with our friend! Two targets and the promise of some wonderful scenery beckoned. A "wintering" Red-flanked Bluetail had been tempting me for a while and the prospect of seeing some long-overdue Black Grouse completed the scenario nicely.
We managed to leave home at the planned 6.30am. Three hours and 150 miles later we arrived at Langdon Beck...
The large field in the distance is the traditional area for Black Grouse but despite walking around the area for a couple of hours we couldn't find any...which was surprising! They had been seen here by Birders on previous days? We drove North over the tops into the next Valley and completed a circular route back to Langdon Beck. Still no joy, so time for lunch at the Pub. Maybe not, as it was being renovated!! It was now gone 1 and we were...er hungry. My plan was to have lunch here then try for the RFB. Plan B had to be hatched...a 45 minute drive to Tan Hill! After a confirming phone call we headed for the A66 and beyond arriving at 2.30...
|Whooper Swans (19 Adults, 2 Juveniles)|
|Taking a nap|
Saturday, 22 January 2022
Yet another cracking day here on the South Holderness Coast. The combination of saturated land and strong swells has taken its toll on our fragile Cliffs. Some significant "bites" have been taken! I still have access from the Runnel to the Sewage...but not for long. I won't be building a Jetty yet.
Still no sign of any Snow Buntings; they've probably all funneled down the road! On the return leg Bud helped locate a Snipe (P.77, H.62) in the rough stuff, shortly followed by a couple more. A tight flock of Skylarks (c20) flying North over the Runnel was...surprising.
Last stop before the Footy was on Snakey. I decided to have a "sit" in a pull-in, hoping for a Harrier...maybe? Just as I was about to leave I heard a familiar but unexpected sound...
|Pink-footed Geese (P.78, H.63)|
I counted 66. Always special for me...especially passing in mid-winter. I messaged Richard...then he appeared in the distance! He'd heard them but couldn't pick them up.
Friday, 21 January 2022
Long morning at the South End of the Village today...started early...
Tuesday, 18 January 2022
I checked out a few different spots around the Village today, on yet another idyllic Winter's Day...a few more to come hopefully? A January "High" always welcome, as long as the dreaded Fog doesn't appear. Fingers crossed.
Still plenty to "go at" as already listed. The sea is noisy but VERY quiet, at least for me. Snakey was slightly more productive with the large Fieldfare flock (c200) still in residence. An afternoon stroll produced my F.O.Y Mediterranean Gull (P.73, H.57) followed shortly after by c50 Lapwings (H.58) which was a record count. They were seen distantly over the "Bunker" on Rysome Lane. Maybe having a stretch from the Humber?
Monday, 17 January 2022
Friday, 14 January 2022
Thursday, 13 January 2022
...or is it, drags on!?
After Dale Midddleton's excellent find at Hornsea Mere on Sunday, the/a bird was seen at Top Hill Low yesterday afternoon. Just kiddin. I think we can safely say it's the same individual, can't we?
This morning I headed for a session at Duff as the forecast was for a clear, still, sunny day. I walked the lad North from Bubwith bridge along the River Derwent, always a fine sight...
On returning to the car, a message...
E.Yorks BAIKAL TEAL drk east of Beverley at Swine Moor
I wasn't far away (38 mins) and after checking access on the superb Google Maps, I decided to have a go, maybe I could get a pic? After driving over the River Hull and taking the minor road towards Weel I came across three cars at a pull in...and three Birders on the bank! Things looked promising. I wound the window down and asked them if it was showing...in the time honoured way. Turned out on e was Roy Lyon and another was Gary Taylor. I parked up and was getting my gear together when Gary shouted "better take a look in case it flies off". I obliged. The bird was unfortunately distant but clear to see through his scope...
|It's the little one in the middle!|
Not the pic I was hoping for!! Enough has been said about provenance (you'll be pleased to here). Let's just see what the panel decides. Maybe I'll get my Yorkshire Tick after all?
Wednesday, 12 January 2022
Tuesday, 11 January 2022
I added a couple of Year ticks while loading up the car...Moorhen and Jackdaw. No rush.
Time spent on Snakey Lane today didn't produce the hoped for Year additions, namely...Grey Partridge, Canada Goose, Mallard, Stock Dove, Lapwing, Golden Plover, Mediterranean Gull, Skylark, Mistle Thrush, Bullfinch, Corn Bunting. A few to "go at"!
I checked the Clifftop paddock on three occasions for the Little Egret with no joy BUT on my last attempt a quick detour to check the sea paid off when I picked out 4 Shelducks (P.70, H.52) at mid-distance...
|Just squeezed 'em in!|
Monday, 10 January 2022
Controversial also!!! It's just an opinion you understand.
Over the years I've dashed off to see some dodgy Ducks. Then it didn't matter because I was increasing my List. I didn't go with much conviction for some, even then. I have to say here and now this is STILL a pressure BUT I like to think I'm more selective these days? Let's face it there are some dubious records out there. Some of the species involved are listed below...