Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Friday, 26 May 2017

Glorious Gannets

Gannet "Sky Pointing"

What a fantastic day - blue sky, bright sunshine and hot, hot, hot! Today it was fantastic to meet up with midlands friend and birder/photographer Di Stone who is in the area for a few days and catch up after a couple of years!

The Gannets were, as usual, glorious and begged to be captured in photographic imagery!

Walking to meet Di at Jubilee viewpoint, I couldn't resist the colours of the Pink Campion, with RAF Bempton as a backdrop!



Glorious Gannets






Love Gannets and Gannet Love! (featuring "voyeur" Gannet!)





Gannet Portraits







Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Thornwick Pool, Flamborough

Avocet

Today, Symphony was due to be groomed in Flamborough and once dropped off gave me the opportunity to spend an hour at Thornwick Pools. Some good birds have been seen here lately, including Temminck's Stint, Greenshank and drake Garganey, but alas, all had departed. On the grassland between the car park and hide, a Skylark caught my eye.



At the hide, two Little Ringed Plovers scurried along the waters edge but seldom came together





Also, three Ringed Plovers were present




The male and female Shelduck seemed at peace with the world but got a little excited when a third bird arrived and that bird was soon seen off!

male Shelduck

fem Shelduck

True to form, the unexpected arrived on the pool in the form of two Avocets!




Also noted were Meadow Pipits, Willow Warblers, Reed warblers, Moorhens, Coots, Mallard, Goldfinches, Greenfinches, Linnets, Tree Sparrows, Swallows, Sand Martins, House Martins and on the fishing lake, Grey Lag Geese, Tufted Ducks.

Monday, 22 May 2017

RSPB Bempton Cliffs - 21st May 2017

Kittiwake

My call to the cliffs was loud and clear but a message from the Flamborough Bird Observatory impacted on my journey when a Red Breasted Flycatcher was caught and ringed at Buckton! A rather worn female was on show, my first flycatcher species this year. No image though as I do not photograph birds in the hand. Onward to the cliffs and a fine, sunny mild day, plus of course the sight, sound and smells of a 250,000+ birds in the seabird city!

I-spy with my little eye something beginning with P! The answer was, of course Puffin, but what a challenge (again) to see these birds on the cliffs!


Many of the puffins are probably on egg in their tunnels in the chalk with their partners "chilling" on the sea before exchanging duties. Puffins could be seen in flight and in the rafts on the sea, but being in the right place at the right time did give some fair views!






Kittiwakes are one of the prettiest birds on the cliffs!


And this one with eggs


Gannets continue to dominate the seabird city and gather "gifts" for their beloved and ultimately building the gift into their nests







Immature and non-breeding adults form "clubs" on the cliffs. Arguments frequently occur!




Razorbills

And streeeeeetch!


Razorbill love!

The Yorkshire Belle below Bartlett Nab with a RSPB Puffin cruise


And finally, todays sightings: