Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Tophill Low - 20th July 2018

Little Egret

I had only visited Tophill Low once before and that was several years ago! Today, a window of opportunity arose and a pleasant, if very warm afternoon was spent wandering around the "O" reservoir and adjoining hides. July is traditionally a quiet month with autumn migration not quite happening, and very few birds in song. The pools held good numbers of Lapwings, Coots, Tufted Ducks, Mallards, Cormorants, common Geese. Common Terns, Little Egrets, Grey Herons, Pochard, Wigeon, Great Crested Grebes and Little Grebes were present in lesser numbers. A summer plumaged Black Tailed Godwit was on the south marsh and a (my first for the year) Red Kite flew high over the "O" reservoir.

This Little Egret obviously felt a need to move the Black Tailed Godwit!





A graceful Little Egret





Black Tailed Godwit




Lapwing



And finally, a record shot of my first Red Kite this year


Monday, 9 July 2018

Another great day on Bempton Cliffs - 8th July 2018

Gannets with Gugas

Wow! Another great day on Bempton Cliffs with long sunny periods, warm temperatures of c21 and a light / moderate wind to pleasantly cool us! Of course, attraction of the day was, again, my magnificent legs with Puffins coming in at a close second! The birds continued to show well on the cliffs but it is noticeable that the Razorbills and Guillemots are already heading back out to sea with their young. It is expected that all of the Auks (Puffins, Razorbills and Guillemots) will have left the cliffs by the end of this month.

What could be seen today?


Whilst the birds on the cliff are beautiful in their own right, some today, did their utmost to embellish themselves with wild flowers!

Puffin





Kittiwake


Razorbill



New lives continue to appear on the ledges,

Razorbill



Guillemot





Kittiwake


Gannet




Herring Gull




Swallows preparing collecting nest material for their second brood




And who can resist more Puffins?




Some of the birds on the cliff top grassland

Reed Bunting



Meadow Pipit


And on the sea, sailing by!


Monday, 2 July 2018

Midsummer on Bempton Cliffs - 1st July 2018

Grasshopper Warbler

Wow! What a day! The weather was fantastic with blue sky, wall to wall sunshine and a light breeze. The birds were showing well with many chicks now easily viewable, including, on occasions the Puffling in the Puffin nest near Grandstand viewpoint. But it was not the birds that wowed visitors at Bempton today, it was ME, in my shorts and T-shirt, leaving them in awe having seen my legs!

So, what was about today? Todays sightings:


Please remember that the sightings board is made up from sightings from varied sources - staff, volunteers and visitors. Nature is nature and there can never be a guarantee that the birds will be showing at all times.

Much to the delight of some visitors, a Grasshopper Warbler reeled out its song in the hedgerow next to the path leading down to Grandstand viewpoint. This now uncommon bird also showed well (with patience). Unfortunately for me, it showed well with the sun at its back, but I'm happy with my images!

Grasshopper Warbler




Nearby, a male Reed Bunting also called


Together with Whitethroats, Linnets, Tree Sparrows, Goldfinches and Skylarks.

Puffins can be hard to spot at this time of year with one adult in the nest with its Puffling and the other hunting sand eels / small fish. With patience, they can be seen well


Even though some can be shy


And some quite showy and ready to show off their new bonnet!


Many people only have eyes for the Puffins, but the other seabirds are just as attractive in their own right!

Kittiwake



Guillemots



Gannet


And Razorbill


And finally, action is not just confined to the cliffs! The Filey lifeboats were under the cliffs on a training exercise - full respect to these guys and gals!