Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Hoddy Cows Lane, Buckton

Yellowhammer

The walk up Hoddy Cows Lane, Buckton to Buckton Cliffs is always a pleasant opportunity to touch base with farmland birds! Today, the path was rather muddy with large puddles to negotiate after the recent rainfall. A Lesser Whitethroat singing near the large gates was too much of a challenge (again) and remained un-photographed! Interestingly, I had the lane to myself, maybe due to the large, deep puddles, only meeting the farmer on my way back. The upper lane fence posts gave opportunities to photograph Skylark, Corn Bunting and Common Whitethroat.

Sky Lark



Corn Bunting




Common Whitethroat




A well hidden Sedge Warbler


Buckton Cliffs gave views over to Filey


With an Immature Gannet in "stealth" mode, practising to be a missile!


Fulmar


Interestingly, an unattended Herring Gull chick and eggs!


The changing landscape around Hoddy Cows Lane also begs to be photographed! The naked furrows in earlier posts are now host to potato plants!



Arable farming is predominant along the lane and I could not help but try to remember some of the words from "Fields of Gold" [Sting]:

"You'll remember me when the west wind moves
Among the fields of barley...."





Even the posts can be made to look photogenic!





At the start of Hoddy Cows Lane is Buckton Pond. Here I was treated to an aerial conflict between a Grey Heron and two Carrion Crows!




Monday, 27 June 2016

RSPB Bempton Cliffs - 26th June 2016

Puffin

A mixed day weather wise on the cliffs with warm sunshine, blue skies but a cooling northerly breeze and some light rain showers in the afternoon. This did not deter the visitors and everyone managed excellent views of their chosen favourites! A great deal of activity on the ledges with some birds still on eggs, some with chicks, some jumplings and others as failed breeders. most visitors, of course, wanted to see Puffins and today they were rewarded with excellent close views! Happy visitors!!

Puffin




"My" Gannet chick is now about 4wks old!





The Kittiwake chicks continue to thrive!


Guillemot with egg



Life on the ledge!




Razorbill




Who can resist the Puffins? (Not me!)










Common Whitethroat


The Yorkshire Belle (this mornings RSPB cruise)


Grassland on Bempton Cliffs