Sunday, 31 January 2010

Filey Brigg

I had a trip to Filey Brigg this morning, despite being very cold it was a pleasant day.
The waders in the bay corner were most obliging and the light was very good first thing.
Further round on the brigg there were 3 long tailed ducks that were quite skittish, plus an obliging eider and a couple of shag.
I was in a rush to get back to at Haven for the raptors but it was very disappointing with only a kestrel seen.
In hindsight I would have been better off staying at Filey.
Ah well there's always next week.

Monday, 18 January 2010

Black Throated Thrush

I had a trip up to North Yorkshire for the black throated thrush yesterday.
The trip wasn't too bad but the amount of snow still on the Moors made for some dramatic scenery.
I got to Newholme for about 8.20 and there was already a small crowd which was growing by the minute.
The bird was showing staright away and was quite confiding although the light was poor for photography.
As it brightened up the bird appeared to get more mobile and spent some considerable time away from the gardens.
A nice bird and a well behaved bunch ensured a nice day out, I was back in Hull for about 1.30

Saturday, 2 January 2010

2010 List

I had an absolutely cracking day's birding around East Yorkshire today.
I went with my mate Sam with a plan to record as many species as we could during the full day.
The list started with a sparrowhawk on Hedon Rd and a barn owl and kestrel on the way up to Filey.
Carr Naze didn't yeild much apart from a stonechat and skylark.
It was then down to the Brigg where we found purple sandpiper, common scoter, velvet scoter, long tailed duck, red throated diver, great northern diver, shag, rock pipit and eider.Also a nice bonus in the form of a woodcock flushed from the side of the cliff along with close views of common waders.
next it was on to Flamborough (North Landing) where almost immediately we had a fantastic view of a corn bunting. Further along we found lots of small birds in the subbole fields including some superb lapland buntings, snow buntings, twite another woodcock and more corn buntings.
Then off to Tophill Low where we found a smew (plus lots of common wildfowl)willow tit,siskin and bullfinch.
Finally we called in at Paull and added black tailed godwit (plus a couple more common species) to the list.
In total we finished with 89 species with notable exceptions being grey heron, little grebe,kingfisher,sanderling, brambling and pink footed goose.
All in all a superb day and a good marker set for a similar event next new year.