Sunday, 19 October 2014

Coastal & Estuarine Birds

Wednesday was spent on the coast.  There were Oystercatchers in the car park.  We shared cars to a nearby reserve, where we saw a new bird for the classes: a Grey Phalarope.  After checking for other birds we went back to the cliffs.  Here, a Redstart was the most unexpected bird.
 Grey Phalarope
 Grey Partridges
 Birds about to be Ringed
 Checking the Marks on a Goldfinch wing
 Joan Releasing a Goldcrest
 Different Sizes of Rings
 Checking the Fat on a Robin
 Song Thrush
 Female Brambling
 Record Shot of a Redstart
On Thursday we caught up with last week's postponed location, which we visited again on Friday.  The Bearded Tits are getting harder to find, especially in Friday's breezy conditions.    
Female Bearded Tits
 Male Bearded Tit
 A Pair of Bearded Tits
 Bearded Tits
 Black-tailed Godwit
A  Golden Plover among Lapwing
 Reed Bunting
 Immature Female Peregrine
 Water Rail
 Ruff in Flight
 Small Copper

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Another Tophill Detour

Today saw our final visit to Tophill low for a while.  The wait for the Kingfisher was fruitless, but we saw a buck Roe Deer munching away.  The 5 Water Voles were still active in North Pond. We saw a few Redwing, and our first Short-eared Owl of the Autumn.  There were 7 Little Egrets at the new Hempholme Meadows hide, which were all flushed, as were 3 Wigeon when a Buzzard flew over.  On the way back we had a very confiding Goldcrest
 Roe Deer Buck
 Great Crested Grebe
 Record Shot of Short-eared Owl

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Good Sightings Despite the Wind

Wednesday afternoon's Pectoral Sandpiper at Blacktoft
(c) 2014 Michael Booth

It was quite a bad week weather-wise, so hardly any session went as originally planned.  However the wildlife did us proud.  The confiding Water Voles and Kingfisher at North Marsh, Tophill Low were particularly appreciated.

On Tuesday we relocated to North Cave Wetlands.  On a very grey day we still saw more than 40 species.  All North Cave pictures (c) 2014 Chris Cox: 
Little Grebe
 Highland Cattle
 Mainly Greylag with some Canada Geese
 Spider's web
On Wednesday we were able to go to Blacktoft Sands as planned, but found the site destitute of welcoming reception staff.  The amazing close views of a Pectoral Sandpiper happened in the afternoon when there were no cameras to hand.  Luckily, someone in the hide took pity on us, so that's why Mike Booth's photo appears at the head of this blog!
 Female Stonechat (c) 2014 Aileen Urquhart 
 Phonescoped Stonechat (c) 2014 John Dowson
 Male Stonechat
 Female Stonechat
 Red Fox (c) 2014 Aileen Urquhart
On Thursday it was too windy for Alkborough Flats, so we switched to Tophill Low, and we weren't disappointed, especially when we headed north.
Goldcrest D Woods or South Scrub
 Kingfisher - North Marsh
 Showing the Effects of the Wind
 Migrant Hawker
 Red Admiral - border of O Reservoir
 Treecreeper D Woods
 Record Shot of Water Rail - S. Marsh West
 Water Vole - North Pond
 Long-tailed Tit - D Woods
 Pink-footed Geese heading south over D Reservoir
 Red-crested Pochard on D Reservoir
 Water Vole