Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Great White Egret, Seamer Tip Pool - 15th August 2018

A Great White Egret has been reported for several days commuting between pools around Seamer tip. As usual, I decided to have a try for this bird fully expecting to arrive and be told it had moved on! No cars were parked nearby and it was with a "bet its gone" attitude that I walked the few hundred yards to Seamer Tip Pool. Arriving at the pool YES, it was still present and showing well (very well!), but I needed to walk around the pool in order to get the sun behind me. The bird remained in full view, with a few brief flights around the pool. Really pleased I went as the Egret was a Yorkshire tick and the first one I had seen in four years!

Monday, 13 August 2018

Mid August on Bempton Cliffs - 12th August 2018

Loving Gannet family!

An interesting morning on the cliffs, more so as the persistent rain forecast failed to last more than twenty minutes! Although most of the Auks have moved back out to sea, a few Puffins are still being seen in flight with some still bring small fish back to the cliffs. Today, I observed a very late Razorbill flying on to the cliffs below Bartlett Nab with a bill full of fish!! Harbour Porpoises continue to show well but my personal quest to see a Whale has not been fulfilled. Indeed, I'm beginning to think I stand more chance of observing Unicorns mating than seeing a Whale!

So, what is still being seen on the cliffs?

With the breeding season for Auks now over, attention is being turned to the largest UK seabird the Gannet.

You cannot fail to be impressed with these massive birds!

It takes five years for the Gannets to mature. Generally, the darker they are, the younger they are. As far as I know, none of this years Gugas have fledged at Bempton. However, it is possible to see immature Gannets around the cliffs.

Year 2 Gannet

Year 3 Gannet

Year 4 Gannet

Dinner is served! Although two siblings have already fledged and left the cliffs, this young Herring Gull is still receiving parental support! Burp!

 Fulmars continue to impress

 As do the juvenile Kittiwakes (Tarrocks)

On the rocks below Bartlett Nab, juvenile Shags being fed by their parents can be regularly seen!

 And finally, a Linnet!

Saturday, 11 August 2018

East Lea and Filey Dams - 11th August 2018

Little Egret on East Lea

I decided to have another look at East Lea and Filey Dams this morning in the hope of more migrant waders but only the usual suspects were on show. East Lea is a private reserve managed by the Filey Bird Observatory and Group and to gain access requires a key, available to members of the group. A Sparrowhawk flying through towards the Dams reserve made a bit of a mess of the waders, but once settled a Ruff kept company with eight Dunlin and a rather "tatty" Little egret preened on the island.

Little Egret

Mallard - Egret stand off!

Of note at Filey Dams were at least nine Snipe, a juvenile Redshank, three Green Sandpipers, nine Black Tailed Godwits, two juvenile Shelducks and two Grey Herons. Most of these were observed from the east hide.

Green Sandpiper

Common Snipe

Black Tailed Godwit

A "sleepy" juvenile Redshank


Juvenile Shelduck

Grey Heron