Sunday 30th April 2017

A very early start as I wanted to see two of the difficult Woodland Birds which are becoming harder each year to locate. Our local Woodlands no longer support Pied Flycatchers and so each year, in order to see these majestic birds you have to go West for any hope.
Fortunately a few Oak Woodlands still remain and thankfully within a few minutes of arriving at this site both ♂ Pied Flycatcher and Redstart were really vocal and very easy to see.
Moving on to the Coast and a visit to South Gare where unfortunately by now the wind had increased to Gale Force and it was impossible to hear any Migrant Bird species. At least a couple of Wheatears were on the Rocks and quite a few White Wagtails were on the beach.
Walking to the sea line as the tide was in, and a good number of Little Terns were feeding close in and some were resting on the sands. I’m assuming these birds are pretty common in this area as nobody else even bothered looking at them. For me, these delicate birds, which like many other species are becoming less and less, it was a pleasure to watch them. Also in the area were lots of Sandwich Terns and Comic Terns, far too distant to identify, but in good numbers.
Waders were plentiful with Sanderling, Bar Tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Ringed Plover and Knot, some of which were now into their Summer Plumage.
After lunch news of a Black Tern passage on most inland waters meant stopping off at Scaling Dam, however there were none present and apart from a Little Ringed Plover and Common Sandpiper it was pretty quiet as usual.

Pied Flycatcher (10)

♂ Pied Flycatcher in North Yorkshire Moors

Little Tern (10)

Little Tern at South Gare

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