Thursday 11th May 2017

Local Scarborough news of a Hoopoe at Cloughton today meant the chance of catching up with a bird I’ve not seen in the UK for a few years. Thankfully the bird still remained there till this evening so it was a very brief view of the bird, as the field in which it was located was full of horses and the owners with dogs came to feed them, hence the bird was never seen again.
Also in the same field were good numbers of Wheatears and a single Whinchat.
On the way home yet another Yellow Wagtail, which thankfully I’ve seen lots of this species so far this year.

Hoopoe (10)

Hoopoe, Whinchat and Pied Wagtail

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Thursday 4th May 2017

A quick stop off at Nosterfield early evening and 2 Arctic Terns were on the Main Reserve.
4 Avocets, 3 Ringed Plovers and 2 Dunlin were also present.
Earlier this morning I witnessed a ♀ Merlin attack a Starling and she was unable to carry the bird off, so the Starling had a very lucky escape.

Monday 1st May 2017

A pleasant afternoon and a walk around Star Carr towards the River Hertford.
Rather strangely the first bird seen was a Barnacle Goose in the mixture of Canada and Greylag Geese.
Lots of new Warbler arrivals with Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiff-Chaff and at least 5 Sedge Warbler.
Hearing Whimbrel calling as they were flying over is always a sign of Spring and at least 54 birds were seen with one individual displaying a Russet Brown chest (Probably a Black Tailed Godwit). The birds were resting up and feeding on the rough pasture before making their way north.