Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Three Nice Birds! RSPB Bempton Cliffs - 22nd September 2017

Lesser Whitethroat

A very pleasant day with blue skies and sunshine and with a morning of chores completed, I headed up to Bempton to see what was about. I did not venture onto the cliffs but stayed around the visitor centre, nature trail and dell. I was hoping for Yellow Browed Warbler but despite being seen and heard in various locations, they eluded me! I was, however, satisfied to see the Red Backed Shrike, Lesser Whitethroat and Pied Flycatcher.

Lesser Whitethroat in the Dell

The Red Backed Shrike remained loyal to the fragmented hedgerow at the back of the visitor centre near the owl box. However, it remained distant!

While searching for a Yellow Browed Warbler (and not locating one!) this Pied Flycatcher flitted in the bushes at the back of the feeding station on the public footpath.

Not a bad couple of hours!

Monday, 18 September 2017

A Change from Gannets!

Little Stints

Yesterday, two Little Stints were reported from Thornwick Pools, Flamborough but I was otherwise engaged, so decided to give the pools a look this morning. Initially I was concerned as the pool held very little - Moorhens, Mallard, Teal and a Dunlin.



I decided to move on but as I walked towards the car park, an approaching birder informed me he had just seen two small waders fly low towards the pools. Returning to the hide -YES - Two Little Stints! Unfortunately, they did not stay long and were seen to fly high over the old farmhouse.

Little Stint(s)

Reports were coming in of some good birds in the Dell at Bempton Cliffs - Pied Flycatcher and Lesser Whitethroat and a Red Backed Shrike frequenting the hedge near the Owl box. It would be rude not to head that way! The Pied Flycatcher (my first in Yorkshire and a 3year tick) was showing well, as was the Lesser Whitethroat!

Pied Flycatcher

Lesser Whitethroat

The Red Backed Shrike, however, kept it's distance!

Nice to see but only "record shots"!

Some great birds, and much as I love Gannets, it was nice to have a change!

It was also good to meet up with Nick and Helen (from Rugby) for coffee and a chat as they enjoyed a brief break. Good luck in your future ventures!

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Filey Dams - 16th September 2017

"Somewhere over the rainbow skies are blue And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true" 

Popped in to Filey Dams for a brief visit this morning. I had a feeling in my water that something exciting would be there and when I arrived, a rainbow uplifted my hopes! Instead of a pot of gold, I would have settled for a Dowitcher, Black Winged Stilt, Willet or anything similar! Instead, I had to settle for common "duck ablutions"! The feeling in my water will probably turn out to be a urinary tract infection, my feeling of faintness was not excitement but probably compression of my carotid arteries as I stretched my neck to look upwards to the sky in hope, but alas, somewhere, a dog barked! I was suddenly awakened from my dreams as a heavy squally shower penetrated the hide flaps! 

Duck Ablutions - exciting or what?!

I should've gone round to East Lea, but unusually, I hadn't got my gate key! Ah well, there's always manana!

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Bempton Circuit - 12th September 2017

You said next time I was in the area, drop in for tea!

A glorious sunny morning called me to engage in a good, fresh walk and none better than the "Bempton circuit" (Bempton, Buckton, Hoddy Cows Lane, Buckton Cliffs, Bempton Cliffs and back to Bempton village). The SW wind was a challenge but birds in flight zipped by before bins could be raised. Buckton pond held only Moorhens and indeed Hoddy Cows Lane was very quiet. A few Yellowhammers, Linnets, Goldfinches, Blackbirds were seen distantly and good numbers of Hirundines overhead. Just past the dell, Meadow Pipits and Skylarks took refuge in the harvested fields. I was beginning to think the only action my camera would see was the on/off switch! Things improved on Buckton Cliffs with an in flight group of six Whinchat, a Peregrine and a Buzzard. On the cliffs many Hirundines were flying through including a Sand Martin. Towards Bempton Cliffs, a couple of Swifts flew through. At this stage, with no camera activity, I thought "thank goodness for Gannets!".

Glorious Gannets

I decided to walk around the Bempton Cliffs nature trail, but all was quiet here. The dell was a little more productive with Spotted Flycatcher and Common Whitethroat.

Spotted Flycatcher

Common Whitethroat