Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Bempton Circular!

Brown Hare

A lovely walk on a cool, breezy but sunny morning, starting from home in Bempton, walking through Buckton to Hoddy Cows Lane, up to Buckton Cliffs, along Bempton Cliffs and back home down Cliff Lane. Again, I had hoped to touch base with some summer migrants but yet again I was thwarted and I'm beginning to think that spring is passing me by! At Buckton pond I was attracted to the sound of Curlew with two in the adjoining field. Hoddy Cows Lane was very quiet with just Linnets, Goldfinches, Yellowhammers, Reed Buntings, all in small numbers. None were obliging enough to pose for images, but I did manage Robin and Blue Tit!

Robin


Blue Tit





Once the lane opened up into grassland, I spotted a little head in the bushes!


The Brown Hare then made a dash across open land, before pausing to survey its domain!




Onto RSPB Bempton Cliffs, Gannets, Kittiwakes and Fulmar were in good numbers, so I had a practice at taking some birds in flight images. As always, I got a lot of the sea, the cliffs and very blurred birds but eventually managed some that were acceptable!

Kittiwake



Fulmar



Gannets on a Mission!





The Auks were again playing hard to see with Razorbills being in the majority on the cliffs but large rafts of mixed Auks were on the water!

Razorbills





The feeding station area at RSPB Bempton finally gave up a summer migrant  - a calling Chiffchaff!

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