Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Monday, 27 March 2017

A brief visit to Johnsons Marsh, Scalby.

Drake Garganey

A planned visit to see the two drake Garganey on Johnsons Marsh, Scalby was put on hold this morning with dull, misty conditions. However, confirmation this afternoon of their continued presence made our minds up to visit, albeit briefly. We have driven past these ponds many times, without stopping, and will now look in when passing! We only spent fifteen minutes but touched base with two year ticks - Garganey and Curlew.


Practising for the "Easter Bonnet" parade!



Male Shelduck

Female Shelduck

Drake Wigeon


Canada Goose

Grey Heron

Not a bad fifteen minutes!

RSPB Bempton Cliffs - 26th March 2017

Puffin with something to "Puffin" about!

The cliffs didn't call me this morning - they positively shouted at me! The weather was fantastic, the birds were fantastic, the visitors were fantastic, the whole reserve oozed "fantastic"! March is not yet out but the famous "Bempton 8" (Puffin; Guillemot; Razorbill; Fulmar; Gannet; Kittiwake; Herring Gull and Shag) were all showing very well in the warm sunshine! Add to that "bonuses" such as a 1st winter Glaucous Gull (making two tours of the reserve), two Short-eared Owls; two White Wagtails and regular Peregrine sightings!

Todays Sightings

Seeing Puffins on the cliffs is always a pleasure but seeing them collecting materials for their nests, deep in the chalk is a pure delight!

Puffins being Puffins!


Guillemots are monomorphic in that they show little or no differences between sexes. However, this is a male Bridled Guillemot. The bridled Guillemot is however, a mutant, which apparently depends on a single gene difference and is distinguished by a white circle around the eye continuing backwards as a line towards the region of the nape. c2% of Guillemots at Bempton are bridled!

So, how do I know this bird is a male? Simple..........................!

Bridled Guillemot (left) with Common Guillemot


Love is definitely in the air!




Herring Gull

Shag below Bartlett Nab (c400feet!)

Friday, 24 March 2017

Filey Dams

Coot v Shoveler!

Spent an hour this morning at Filey Dams in spring sunshine hoping for some migrants but alas, failing to find any! Consoled myself with the "regulars"!

Territorial Coot!

Scanning the trees and bushes, Heather spotted this well camouflaged male Sparrowhawk giving me the task of photographing it. I did my best!



(drake) Teal

Herring Gull

Great Black Backed Gull (? 2nd winter)

Tufted Ducks