Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Flamborough Head

Yellow Browed Warbler

A couple of hours spent on Flamborough Head this afternoon with the aim of getting Heather a life tick of Yellow Browed Warbler and a year tick of Wheatear. Yesterday on Flamborough c132 Yellow Browed Warblers were reported, so I was confident that we should succeed. Within the golf course willows, we had the pleasure of viewing c10 YBW's, zipping about a great speed! I of course suffered the frustration of trying to get one in my camera lens, with a sweet choice of comments being uttered under my breath! The "record" image above was the only one that was "usable"! Elsewhere, several Wheatear were observed in the short stubble field, so our aim had been fulfilled!


The Bath! Pied Wagtail

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Bridlington Harbour

Drake Velvet Scoter

Today is Bridlington Market and after assisting Heather to set up our greetings card stall, I took Symphony for a walk around the harbour. The tide was nearly at it's highest and we walked out along the north jetty. There was a bit of a sea fret and the morning was rather dull and grey. Approaching the harbour mouth, I noticed a black bird among the many juvenile Gulls - it was a drake Velvet Scoter! Although it was distant for my 400mm, and the light poor, I grabbed a few record shots!

Velvet Scoter

There were a few Kittiwake on the fish dock, several Sandwich Terns, a dozen Redshank and some obliging Turnstone. I didn't have time to check the walls by the Spa Centre for Purple Sandpiper.


Yorkshire Belle at Anchor

Monday, 19 September 2016

Bridlington Harbour on a Dull, Damp Day!


In a "roundabout" way, I heard that a Velvet Scoter had been seen this morning in Bridlington Harbour, about an hour before I discovered the fact! Knowing that by now the tide would be low, I didn't hold out much hope, but I had a look anyway. The harbour area was just a puddle so I walked out to the entrance in the hope that the Scoter was still nearby. I was in luck but it had drifted south into Bridlington Bay so my hoped for images were not to be! The harbour mud had good numbers of Turnstone and Redshank and at least ten Sandwich Terns patrolled the shore waters. Quite a few Kittiwake were on the fish dock wall and Gulls included Great Black Backed, Lesser Black Backed, Herrin and Black Headed. Also of interest was a Guillemot at the harbour entrance. Not a bad 30minutes birding!


Oh no! Not a photographer!

Oh no! Not a photographer!

Greater Black Backed Gull

Herring Gull

  1. The tide is high [low] but I'm holding on
    I'm gonna be your number one
    I'm not the kind of girl who gives up just like that
    Oh, no
    (I’ll be sailing again on Wednesday)
  2. Yorkshire Belle at low tide, Brid Harbour.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

RSPB Bempton Cliffs


Having suffered a week of sea frets, rain and cold winds, today on the cliffs was very pleasant! Warm sunshine and wall to wall blue skies made me wish I was wearing shorts! Certainly not complaining though! The day started well with a Spotted Flycatcher in a dead Willow near the visitor centre and c7 Whinchat in the hedge close to Mosey Downgate viewpoint. The cliffs held good numbers of Gannets, many still with Gugas of varying ages and Fulmar were very active. It was a good to be alive with nature day!




Whinchat (record shot)


A "Different" View of the Cliffs!


Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Thornwick Pool, Flamborough

Green Sandpiper

For some reason, my left leg was painful while walking the dog this morning, so I aborted my planned four mile walk around Buckton in favour of a leisurely hour at Thornwick Pool, Flamborough. At first, all seemed quiet but I soon had four Dunlin in my lens followed by two Green Sandpipers. The silence was shattered with the arrival of c40 Grey Lag Geese with c3 Pink Footed Geese (hybrid, X?). Eleven Teal lazily dozed but very little else of not.


Green Sandpiper


Moorhen (still busily nest building!)

Pink Footed Goose / Hybrid / X?