Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Hume's Leaf Warbler @ Thornwick Country Park, Flamborough.

Hume's Leaf Warbler

Today did not start well! Firstly, the printer scanner would not work and secondly, the garage door jammed and would not budge! Both were eventually rectified by some rather colourful expletives and some brute force! I needed to cheer myself up so headed out to Thornwick Pool  where a Hume's Leaf Warbler had been showing well for a couple of days. With my luck today, I expected a third problem, such as the bird had gone! Thankfully, it was still in the willows of the country park area and within seconds it was at the end of my lens and showing rather well! Phew! Happy now! (I can even forgive the sun for being in the wrong place!).

Hume's Leaf Warbler

Having filled my boots with the Hume's Warbler, I headed down to Thornwick Pool which held about a dozen Common Snipe, two Jack Snipe, numerous Teal, a Dunlin, a Grey Heron and a Water Rail.

Common Snipe

Drake Teal

Duck Teal

Snipe with Dunlin

Record Shots of the Jack Snipe(s)

As I am writing this, news is coming in of another Hume's Leaf Warbler in bushes in the overflow carpark at RSPB Bempton Cliffs!

Monday, 24 October 2016

RSPB Bempton Cliffs - 23rd October 2016


A reasonable weather forecast gave us sunny intervals but the strong northerly blow did its best to chill! It is now rather quiet on the cliffs with most birds having departed, with the exception of one Guga on Staple Newk. Although the cliffs look "naked" without the birds, they still raise the "wow" factor and will continue to encourage visitors to enjoy an invigorating walk. Away from the cliffs, on the nature trail, Goldcrests, Brambling and other passerines continue to thrill.




Scarborough Castle in interesting light!

Staple Newk

From Bartlett Nab

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Spurned at Spurn! Dipping the Siberian Accentor!

Isabelline Wheatear

To be honest, I do not like crowds when I'm out birding so when the Siberian Accentor was reported at Easington, it was not top of the list to compete with hundreds of more eager "twitchers"! Although I only live 40 miles away from the venue, it was very difficult to go anyway. Today was the first opportunity to go and when it was reported as showing well at dusk last evening, preparations were made. Myself, Heather and Symphony headed south!  Encouraged by the birds presence at 0750hrs this morning, we entered the twilight zone of poor reception, happy we were guaranteed the bird. How wrong could we be? This morning report was erroneous and some glum faces eagerly searched but alas no Siberian Accentor.

NO Siberian Accentor for me!

However, an Isobelline Wheatear was showing well about a mile down the coast so off the three of us went. I have to say that Yorkshire miles are longer than English miles, but eventually we were at the site with only two Stonechats to entertain! After a few minutes, the Wheatear appeared giving excellent views and more than made up for our earlier disappointment!

Isobelline Wheatear

Leaving Easington, time was not on our side, so we headed back to Bempton but called in at Hornsea Mere on the way. This was productive with year ticks of White Fronted Geese, female Pintail and female Goldeneye. Also present were Pink Footed Geese, Pochard, Teal, Wigeon, Great Crested Grebe as well as the more common wildfowl.

White Fronted Goose

White Fronted Goose with Pink Footed Geese