Today was Good Friday and after a couple of weeks of dry sunny weather, obviously today was cold and damp.
The Spring Migration is still at a snails pace and so after a great deal of deliberation we decided on Wykeham South Lake.
The visit started well with 4 Pink Footed Geese and in the none spring vein 2 Barnacle Geese put in an appearance.
The first migrant of the day was a Wheatear and a few Sand Martins and Swallows were seen over the water.
However that was the best of it and after giving the area a really good search, that concluded the day.
A solitary Swallow was seen in Middleton this morning which started the day off well.
On to the North Yorkshire Moors and a walk along the normal area for locating Ring Ouzels produced 2 Males. As usual very little else up there with Golden Plover and loads of Mippits.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (Yellow)