Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Bridlington Harbour

Purple Sandpiper

It was a great pleasure this morning to meet up with two local photographers - Alan Flynn and Mike Smith and spend a couple of hours around Bridlington Harbour. As well as wildlife, the opportunity arose to capture more general images, some that visitors may not notice as they pass by.

Bird wise, it was high tide so most wading species had been displaced to the harbour walls or sandy beaches. Good numbers of Purple Sandpipers, Turnstone and Redshank huddled on the sea walls, with a handful of Dunlin. Best wader for me was a winter plumaged Grey Plover, displaced by a walker before it was in my camera lens! Kittiwakes, Herring Gulls, and Black Headed Gulls dominated the skies and the resident Barnacle Goose accompanied Mallard on the water.

Purple Sandpiper

(feral) Barnacle Goose

Herring Gulls

They said the Titanic was unsinkable so I'm taking no risks!

And some general photography!

Seaside Rust

High flying!

A bit of WD40 will get it moving (and maybe a big hammer!)

Anchorman photobombing the Yorkshire Belle!

Bridlington Harbour

Sunday, 19 March 2017

RSPB Bempton Cliffs

My gut feeling is that the Gannet on the right is female!

My call to the cliffs started well enough, weather-wise, although dull it was very mild with no rain forecast. Ha Ha! By the time the visitor centre was open, the rain (that wasn't forecast!) was falling heavily and determined to soak me without mercy! Even with "waterproofs", I ended up wetter than a wet thing on a wet Sunday! As if attempting to cheer me up a clump of daffodils brightened my morning!

I decided to walk out to the Staple Newk viewpoint where I was entertained by the many Gannets. It was a day for gathering materials destined as B&Q style enhancements for the Gannets nests.

Some collections needed a lot of physical effort!

Some wanted more "exotic" items!

Some got it wrong and were admonished without mercy!

Others, just looked on!

Staple Newk

The rain eased during the afternoon with a few bright spells so I spent some time on Bartlett Nab viewpoint and was privileged to view two Peregrines, one of which was carrying a very sparse packed lunch!

Pied Wagtail during a rare sunny spell!

Todays Sightings

Omitted from the list was a Red Throated Diver below Bartlett Nab.

And finally, we hope it will never have to be used in anger, but we are ready, willing and able! AED at RSPB Bempton Cliffs.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Forge Valley Feeders


A few days of being messed about by so called professionals! It started with a blocked sink that yours truly managed to FUBAR one of the pipes, resulting in the need to seek experts, who didn't really fill me with confidence! Maybe the repair will be ok, wont know until the morning that all is set. Then realised that the toilet cistern is leaking, so this time phoned around locally, only to be told that none of the plumbers could fit me in for at least a week! So, resorted to the "expensive yellow pages plumbers" and was assured I would get a visit this afternoon. Postponed todays plans until tomorrow only to receive a phone call at lunchtime advising that there were no plumbers in my area and I should have been allocated a Friday slot! I give up!

I needed to get out so we headed up to the Forge Valley feeding station and spent an hour attempting to capture images of  a few woodland birds!

I hope tomorrow is more successful! (Not holding my breath, though!)

Coal Tit


Marsh Tit

Long Tailed Tit

Blue Tit

Great Tit



At least these images have cheered me up! Please let tomorrow be a more successful day!