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Sunday, 6 June 2010

North Yorkshire 29th May - 5th June 2010

Have you missed me?...............................No, I thought not!

Well, we have just had a "family" holiday in North Yorkshire, staying on Humble Bee Farm, about five miles west of Filey. I say a family holiday because we visited a number of the normal tourist attractions as my 14yr old daughter does not do "bird watching", "uncool" apparently!. However, I was allowed out with a pass for (?) good  behaviour, and of course, carried my camera at all times (just in case!).

The weather was mixed, with a combination of hot sunshine, rain and the inevitable sea mists that follow these two. Not good for images - the sea mist obviously clouded some opportunities and the hot, bright sunshine caused problems getting the exposure right (which I didn't!). Oh well, who said it would be easy (and I like a challenge - not!).

Worst part of the holiday for me was my RBA texting service informing me of a Woodchat Shrike for several days at Filey Old Tip. Well, I asked everyone with "bins" (optical & rubbish!) and many locals if they knew of its location, and drew a total blank, only to find out its location while talking to a guy on Bempton Cliffs, several days after the bird had gone! So still a "bogey" bird for me! (Still kicking myself for missing the Brandon bird last year!)

Still, not a bad week with 77 bird species (See list at end of post).


Walks around Humble Bee Farm


Brown Hare

Brown Hare

Yellow Wagtail

Corn Bunting

Lapwing

Corn Bunting

Tree Sparrow

Willow Warbler


Around the Harbours of Scarborough and Bridlington

Herring Gull

Herring Gull

Mr & (?) Mrs Herring Gull

Normally a Kingfisher on such a sign? - Sorry, Herring Gull

Herring Gull


The VERY touristy hotspots of Hutton Le Hole and Thornton Le Dale


Spotted Flycatcher - Hutton le Hole

Spotted Flycatcher - Hutton le Hole

Grey Wagtail - Thornton le Dale

Grey Wagtail - Thornton le Dale


Flamborough Head - North Landing




Fulmar

Razorbill

Intimate Kittiwakes with (voyeur?) Razorbill

Puffin

Kittiwake & Puffin

Puffin


Bempton Cliffs


Rock Dove

Puffin

Puffin

Puffin

Guillemot

Guillemot & Kittiwake - just to prove that it is not just NHS Staff that are s**t on from above!!!

Razorbill

Razorbill

Kittiwake

Kittiwake

Fulmar

Fulmar

Rock Dove, Kittiwake & Puffin

Meadow Pipit

Gannet

Gannet

Gannet

Gannet

Gannet

Gannet

Gannet


(Loads more images on my website - see link opposite, and even more not yet processed. Fill your boots!!!)



Sightings (29th May - 5th June 2010):

Kestrel; Pheasant; Lapwing; Curlew; Black Headed Gull; LBB Gull; Wood Pigeon; Collared Dove; Swift; Skylark; Swallow; House Martin; Tree Pipit; Blackbird; Great Tit; Blue Tit; Starling; Magpie; Jackdaw; Rook; Carrion Crow; House Sparrow; Tree Sparrow; Chaffinch; Goldfinch; Linnet; Corn Bunting; Yellowhammer; Mistle Thrush; Gannet; Cormorant; Herring Gull; Meadow Pipit; Pied Wagtail; Oystercatcher; Sand Martin; Fulmar; Guillemot; Song Thrush; Stock Dove; Red Legged Partridge; Wren; Yellow Wagtail; Mute Swan; Canada Goose; Grey Lag Goose; Kittiwake; Whitethroat; Mallard; Buzzard; Tufted Duck; Grey Wagtail; Greenfinch; Garden Warbler; Goldcrest; Blackcap; Moorhen; Chiffchaff; Robin; Grey Partridge; Coot; Teal; Dabchick; Reed Bunting; Willow Warbler; Shelduck; Sandwich Tern; Puffin; Razorbill; Rock Dove; Shag; GBB Gull; Marsh Harrier; Sedge Warbler; Cuckoo; Spotted Flycatcher; Red Grouse.

2 comments:

Max Silverman said...

Nice shots Kevin.I'm glad you got some Spotted Flycatcher shots as the pair I told you about haven't been seen lately.

Kevin Groocock said...

Thanks, Max. Problem with trips like this is sorting all of the images at the end - took me a whole day! Shame about the Spotted Flycatchers, hope they reappear soon.