Friday 31st March 2017

Returned home after a few days away and 25 Waxwings were seen in Eastgate Pickering.  They were very mobile though and assume they are on their way back home.
A trip to Scarborough and first up were 2 ♂ Garganeys on Johnsons Marsh. A walk onto Long Nab and all the stubble fields have been ploughed up and sown with corn so the long Staying Shore Larks were at last visible. There were 7 birds present in total.

Shore Lark


Wednesday and Thursday 29th and 30th March 2017

Both these days were a total wash out with torrential rain and zero visibility. Tried Anglesey South Stack but unable to see anything as the cloud was down, rain was none stop and birds were no where to be seen. I wont be rushing back there in a hurry as it was a real pity not to see anything at this prestigious reserve.
On the Wednesday evening it did turn to drizzle and a quick look in the harbour produced Red Breasted Merganser and a Summer Plumage Black Guillemot.

Tuesday 28th March 2017

Day 2 and a visit to the RSPB’s newest Reserve which is RSPB Burton Mere. Plenty of Avocets and Black Tailed Godwit and a few migrants around with Sand Martin, Spotted Redshank, Cettis Warbler and Little Gull.
Peregrine and Common Buzzard were the only Raptors on the reserve.

Monday 27th March 2017

A few days holiday and started out at RSPB Leighton Moss, which on this occasion was probably the quietest I’ve ever known it. Apart from Chiff-Chaff no Migrants and no sign of the Reserve specialist. Cettis Warbler was the only bird singing in the Reed Beds and Great White Egret was seen from one of the Hides.

Sunday 26th March 2017

A gorgeous day and a little quiet on the birding front meant a chance to see Gagea lutea (Yellow Star of Bethlehem). This beautiful tiny flower is one of the first Spring Flowers seen in dappled light within Woodland.
This plant is locally rare and 5 Plants were seen on a steep sided wooded track.

Star of Bethlehem (16)

Star of Bethlehem (Yellow)

Sunday 12th March 2017

A very peaceful afternoon at the coast after a wet morning, was spent watching displaying Ravens in an area where hopefully they will breed once again. Ravens are much maligned and persecuted member of the Corvid family and is a bird you will generally hear long before you see. Ravens have not nested on the Yorkshire Coast since the 1860’s so it is hoped that this pair will successfully breed in the area.
The Birds are wonderful fliers and masters of the air and to watch these return was a pleasure. Also in the vicinity were 10 Purple Sandpiper and 80 Pink Feet flying back North.
A stop off at Hackness Lake produced 2 Mandarin Ducks, 2 Little Grebes and 4 Tufted Ducks.