Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Out and About

Half term meant little birding other than on day trips out but managed the regular Grey Wagtail at Welton duck pond while feeding the ducks.

A flyover Yellowhammer on a trip to Rand Farm in Lincolnshire was a welcome bonus.

Next up was an afternoon drive to Spurn for the lingering Tundra Bean Goose in the Triangle. Also managed Knot, Golden Plover, Whooper Swans for the year as well as Dunlin, Pink Footed Goose, Little Egret and Brent Goose for the Yorkshire Year list.

 Tundra Bean Goose (right) and Pink footed Goose

Tuesday 23rd February
With the kids back at school, I took a trip up to Scalby Mills as the American Wigeon had returned from Castle Howard, the second I've seen at this site. On the way down to Wykeham, I stopped off at Hackness and had a drake Mandarin on the lake. Up at Wykeham a pair of Goshawks displayed in the cold afternoon sunshine. Heading home I stopped off at Wykeham Fishing Lakes where a single Barnacle Goose was amongst the goose flock.
American Wigeon

Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint

Friday 26th February
Today was a trip up to the Lower Derwent Valley, a place I hadn't visited before but was really impressed by the amount of birds about. Three new year ticks included Skylark at Bubwith Ings, 4 White fronted Geese at Ellerton Ings and a single Scaup at Aughton from the churchyard.

Monday 29th February
With the relocation of the Long-eared Owl at Blacktoft RSPB, I had a quick drive out, close views were had as it roosted in the bushes to Ousefleet Hide.

Long-eared Owl

Very little else on the reserve as yet but a single brief Bearded Tit out in the reedbed kept the yearlist moving along.

Tuesday 1st March
Today saw another new site for me, Potteric Carr. A great place with so much fantastic habitat spread over a huge area. The main target of the day was Bittern but despite spending a couple of hours in Piper Marsh hide, there was no sign, although a squeaking Water Rail was some compensation. Stonechat was seen flycatching out in the reedbed from Beeston hide, Willow Tit from Willow hide and a Kingfisher along Mother drain

Monday 7th March
No sign of the previous days Kittiwake at North Cave but a Green Woodpecker and the first returning Avocets of the year were nice, also seen was the drake Mandarin which was new for me for the reserve and a Mediterranean Gull was seen from South hide.

Tuesday 8th March
Today saw the longest "twitch" of the year so far for a year tick, Long-billed Dowitcher at Egleton Nature Reserve at Rutland Water, Leics.

 Long-billed Dowtcher

Heading round to the North Arm, I soon managed to pick out the wintering mixture of grebes, Slavonian, Red necked and 3 Black necked. Also seen were 2 Red Kites driving between the reserve and the A1.

British Year List: 128
Yorkshire Year List: 122
North Cave Year List: 69  

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