A days holiday and focusing on local birding. We started off at Thornwick Pool at Flamborough and on arrival thick fog and rain, which kind of summed recent birding trips up. Thankfully the rain stopped and the fog dispersed and the distinctive call of a Bearded Tit from within the reed beds was heard. It was never seen whilst we remained there but a Common Snipe, Grey Wagtail and a Water Rail were seen well.
After lunch we headed back to Ellerburn and had an afternoon watching the Immature Osprey. It flew all around the valley but never really tried fishing. It appears to have been seen for at least a week and hopefully it will remain in the area for a few days yet, until it returns to warmer climes for Winter.
Very Late Osprey at Ellerburn
For the past few weeks the prevailing winds have been predominantly Westerly, something as a birder is increasingly frustrating as the Migration period has the potential to bring in a “Goodie” into the area. This year it has been extremely quiet.
A circular walk around Ravenscar to Robin Hood Bay and back produced very little on the birding front. A strong Westerly wind ensured most birds skulked in the bushes, however at Boggle Hole we heard 2 Yellow Browed Warblers, either side of the stream. Also flying south were 2 Swallows.
At home 74 Pink Footed Geese flew West towards Pickering, and a walk up Ellerburn on a very warm afternoon, produced a very late Osprey.
A days local birding and we started out at Wykeham Lakes, which was extremely quiet even by its own standards. So moving quickly onto Seamer Pools and the first bird seen was a Snipe. Lots of other waders had been reported there yesterday, but the birds must have moved on.
After lunch a visit to Filey Dams and only a couple of Snipe were present, however the distant call of a Kingfisher and brief sightings at least livened up proceedings. After a while the Kingfisher returned to one of its favourite perches, which is right in front of the hide and stayed there for a good 10 minutes, randomly diving to catch tiny fish.
Wader wise 4 Ruff flew in and stayed a couple of minutes and then flew off North again. But it was the Kingfisher who was the star and stayed around all the time we were there.
It appeared that some of the Seamer birds had re-appeared and so we returned via the Pools and saw 6 Ruff and a very flighty Wood Sandpiper.
Kingfisher at Filey Dams
A days holiday, and so the idea was to visit Spurn and catch up with hoards of migrants. However, like most well laid plans it never really came to fruition.
We started of at Easington Church were an Arctic Warbler had been seen briefly yesterday, but no sign today. Off then to Kilnsea Wetlands for a look at what waders were on display. Ringed Plover, Grey Plover, Ruff, Dunlin, Curlew and the 2 stars which were Little Stint and Curlew Sandpiper. The latter proving difficult to see.
After lunch and a walk down various Hedgerows, produced absolutely nothing and the subsequent Sea Watch was just as fruitless.
We decided on a walk down the Canal Hedge row and finally caught up with a Spotted Flycatcher (turned out to be the best passerine of the day) in the end garden near the Crown and Anchor and large numbers of Little Egret moving on the sea.
Finally we called in at Welwick Marsh and saw a couple of Marsh Harriers, Common Buzzard and a late Swift.
Overall a disappointing day considering Arctic, Yellow Browed, Barred and Marsh Warbler plus Red Breasted Flycatcher were in the vicinity.
With the promise of a fine day we set off to South Gare, and on arriving the tide was out and so we made straight for the rocks where the Terns were.
Common, Arctic and Sandwich Terns were in good numbers with plenty of juvenile birds being fed by their parents. We searched throughout the Terns, but as expected, and becoming an unfortunate event this year, after we left 3 Roseate Terns were reported from the area.
On the sea plenty of Eider and Guillemots and best of the day were 2 Arctic Skuas who harried the Terns all day. One of the Skuas was a very dark phase bird.
Common Waders were in good numbers with Sanderling, Turnstone, Curlew and Ringed Plovers, including some of this years youngsters.
Caught up this morning with a ♀ Red Backed Shrike along the Long Hedge at Filey. Also close by was a Barn Owl in the Totem Pole field, lots and lots of Sand Martins and a Little Egret dropped onto the tiny pond. On the sea were Gannets, Sandwich Terns and 12 Common Scoter in the bay.
Called in at Filey Dams and a few Common Waders were present, including Dunlin, Redshank and Black Tailed Godwit.
In the afternoon a look at Holbeck Car Park in Scarborough for the easiest bird to find in Yorkshire and sure enough 2 Mediterranean Gulls were exactly were you expect them.
♀ Red Backed Shrike
Finally a solitary Osprey in Ellerburn this evening, the first one for the year. It was very elusive and only did one fly over, added to that it was a very gloomy dull evening.