Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Bempton Circular Walk - 22nd June 2018

Almost ready to fledge! Swallow family, Bempton Cliffs.

At this time of year, a circular door to door walk is always exciting as it covers village, farmland, seabirds and anything could turn up. Usually for me, I only see the expected birds! The morning was sunny but a strong cool wind was challenging, especially on the cliff tops!

In the village, a family of Rooks noisily went about their business. One of my favourite urban birds.


Buckton pond was quiet. The Canada Geese young are now very much "mini-me's" of their parents!


The "newish" scrape at the back of the pond is drying out but this Mallard family seem happy


Hoddy Cows Lane was a little more active than my last walk with Yellowhammer, Linnets, Whitethroats and Sedge Warblers but none prepared to allow my camera to capture them! This Goldfinch was a little more obliging.


Once on the cliffs at Buckton and Bempton, the challenging and cool north westerly wind really made itself known, but did cause the seabirds to rise high and hang in the wind.

Herring Gull


Razorbill


Gannet





It was a good day for Puffins. This one appeared to be showing off its garden!






Gannets



Some of the most photographed birds at the moment are not seabirds but the Swallow family that nest under the welcome area of the visitor centre. This brood is ready to fledge with one bird fledging as the images were being taken. The parent birds are not at all bothered by the crowds and return every year to raise their young!





Friday, 22 June 2018

Turrrrrrrrrr Turrrrrrrrrr Turtle Dove! 21st June 2018


Seeing Turtle Dove has been a bit of a challenge! Trips to a known area (Sutton Bank) have failed miserably! Then, some images of this elusive bird appeared on social media at a small village in North Yorkshire. It had to be done, so we headed out to Harwood Dale near Scarborough and located the Mill Inn where the birds are favouring the feeders. The Mill Inn is in a lovely quiet location but is not a pub that serves meals. It is a basic drinks pub with a few snacks. Sitting in the garden is a sheer delight ( insect repellent definitely required!). So many garden, woodland and farmland birds coming to the feeders. Then, turrrrrrrrrr turrrrrrrrrr! The Turtle Doves were here! Beautiful birds that will show well if you sit quietly in the pub garden. The sound is fantastic and one I have not heard since my Norfolk days, several years ago.




A great end to the day!

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Around Kilnsea - 18th June 2018



Whilst Bempton is a fantastic and beautiful area in which to live, bird and photograph, just occasionally, you need to move away and see birds in a totally different habitat. Today was one of those days and we headed down towards Spurn for a spot of birding and walking around Kilnsea. Nothing spectacular on the birding front other than a few year ticks with Avocet, Little Egret, Little Tern, Whimbrel and a year / Yorkshire tick of Brent Goose! As well as the above, Heathers year list increased with Yellow Wagtail, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat. Symphony couldn't have cared less but no doubt her list of interesting smells increased!

We started off at Kilnsea wetlands before moving on to the triangle and finally ending up at Sammy's Point. All dog friendly but one day I will get down to Spurn Point where dogs are not allowed.

Little Egret



Avocet



Yellow Wagtail



Pied Wagtail



Brent Goose



Little Terns


Far better than the world cup! First past the post!!


Sandwich Terns


Whimbrel


Trying to be inconspicuous!


And giving up!



Sunday, 17 June 2018

Bempton Cliffs - 17th June 2018

Kittiwake with Tarrocks

Once again my attendance on the cliffs was limited to the morning. The weather was bright with a light wind and pleasantly mild. It is good to see new lives emerging on the cliffs - Herring Gulls, Guillemots, Razorbills, Gannets, Kittiwakes and Puffins all have young, with many more on eggs!

New life on the ledges

Kittiwake with Tarrocks


Guillemot with Jumpling


Razorbill with Jumpling



I'm not sure what is happening with this Guillemot and egg


At first it looked like an egg with "poop" on it but closer inspection showed damage / cracking. It also appears to have a chick emerging but in several hours, very little progress was made.

It was also a good Puffin day with excellent views on all of the viewpoints





Away from the cliffs, I attempted to get a decent image of a Reed Bunting with this male fitting the bill!




And finally, todays sightings:


Hopefully, next week I should be on the cliffs for full days! Will I see you there?