A very pleasant day for the middle of November saw us in Scarborough, enjoying the day without the crowds. Of course, I felt obliged to explore the harbour area, and very glad I did, with Black Necked Grebe, Great Northern Diver and two Red Throated Divers challenging in the sunshine! It was also good to meet a number of friendly local birders enabling some local tips to be shared.
After a short "break", I'm back out with the camera, and for those who do not know, living in the village of Bempton, East Riding of Yorkshire. The problem with moving to this area is the total lack of birding sites!!! (I jest!). At the moment, we are "feeling our feet" and exploring the area in order to find the areas missed on our holiday ventures. Free parking areas are also top of our "must find" list! We set off in mild, calm and blue sky conditions along the north beach in Bridlington in order to give our dog Symphony a good walk. This account can be seen on my second blog "On the Dog Walk..." CLICK HERE
Along the way, large numbers of Sanderling graced the waters edge, and remain one of my favourite birds.
Turnstone were everywhere
Large amounts of lobster and crab remains enticed the corvids
Heading for the harbour we found dozens of Redshank on the harbour walls
And of course Gulls
Great Black Backed Gull
Then, the best birds of the day - Purple Sandpipers! My first of this year and the most I have ever seen, together in one place! There must have been c20 birds feeding below the harbour wall. The onle way I could get images was looking down on them (high tide), not ideal but hey-ho!