Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Filey Dams - 27th July 2017

Little Egret

"There's not much about" - words that often greet you when arriving at a hide! Really? There is always something about, often common and expected species, but they are there and often provide excellent photographic opportunities as opposed to a distant rarity! Today was one of those days!

Opening the flaps in the carpark hide, we met some of the locals!


On the board walk, a Comma Butterfly posed but did not allow sight of its comma!



"Do you think he saw us? Grey Lag Geese.


A Little Egret did it's best to cover every part of the "Dams", giving excellent views at times!






Whilst at times, competing with a Grey Heron!



Who can resist a Grey Heron?





A Green Sandpiper was difficult to capture, always remaining distant!




It was nice to see Lapwings (c22)



I don't think this Magpie will hit it as a fashion mogul!



Stock Doves are always a pleasure to see!



And finally, a juvenile Dunnock



Overall, a lovely couple of hours at a delightful reserve!

Monday, 24 July 2017

Another Good Day at RSPB Bempton Cliffs - 23rd July 2017

juv Kittiwake (Tarrock)

My call to the cliffs today promised to be a fine morning but rain, possibly heavy, during the afternoon. Luckily the rain failed to arrive, but mid afternoon, a sea fret rolled in from the sea, obliterating the views, a bit like the scenes from the horror movie "The Fog". Luckily, it did not contain any pirates with a desire to hack us all to death!

The sea fret arrives!





The morning was bright and sunny but an increasingly chilly blow challenged. Bird wise, all of the breeding birds were present and giving good views but numbers had obviously reduced since last week. There are never guarantees in nature but the Auks (Puffins, Guillemots and Razorbills) will probably be gone within the next week or two.

The Puffins showed well




That difficult itch!



The shy Puffin!

The shy Puffin


Gannets with their Gugas are showing particularly well, with some already as large as their parents! It is nice to see the differences in their developing plumage.





Gathering a "gift"!


Delivering a "gift" to the family!

Some of the Herring Gull chicks are getting quite large - here we have "lunch" being delivered!





Kittiwakes are pretty birds but the young (Tarrocks) are "dressed" to impress!





Hidden in a small hole was this Fulmar chick


Guillemots bringing in fish




And finally, Todays Sightings: