Saturday, 31 May 2014

Spring Migrants

I usually have the last week in May off but unfortunately couldn't do it this year.Traditionally if the winds are right it can be one of the best weeks certainly of the Spring if not the year for rare and scarce migrants on the East Cast.
This year was no exception with the second half of this week being particularly good the highlight at Spurn being the white winged black tern,with plant of other good stuff as a supporting cast-I could only look on enviously as scarce bird after scarce bird came over the airwaves.
I did manage to get there yesterday and caught up with the red breasted flycatcher which showed quite well at times in the evening sunshine at Sammy's Point and then another at the canal bushes.
I thought there would be a clear out overnight so decided to wait on news before setting out this morning.
2 golden orioles reported at Sammy's Point was enough to get me on my way and after some reasonable flyby views and some very frustrating out of focus shots, I finally managed my first ever photos of a golden oriole.
The highlight at Spurn was a fly through pallid swift that unfortunately I missed but sealed another excellent week at the East Coast premier birding location.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

A night of contrasts

In light of comments recieved regarding the post about the terek sandpiper I have decided to remove the wording.
Hopefully my point has been made about giving everybody due consideration at the next big bird so we can all watch it, photograph it and enjoy it.
Thank you all for your comments.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Red N Black

After a very exciting weekend watching Hull City almost do the business against Arsenal, the excitement continued albeit in the more sedate form of scarce spring migrants.
News of a Red-Necked Phalarope came out whilst I was still in London but fortunately it stayed all day and allowed some photos in the late afternoon.
It stayed again today along with a black tern so I headed out again tonight and was fortunate enough for closer views of the RNP including a rather nice wing stretch and also quite close views of the black tern, quite challenging in the late evening sunshine.
Hopefully it might hang around for another crack tomorrow.