Staying Local

Over to Sands Lane mainly to play with the new camera (Sony RX10iv) and to practice my in flight shots, Sands Lane being a good place to get close to Gulls, I wasn’t hoping for any year birds from this visit but Goosander and surprisingly Canada Goose was added to 2021.

Plenty of Black headed and Common Gulls to practice on, also here today was a nice pair of Pied Wagtails which came close for good photos, must remember to tidy some of the litter before taking photos next time here.

A little walk around also gave me Cormorant, House Sparrows, and Mallards not a big list but it was mainly to be out in nature

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Pied Wagtail โ™€
Black headed Gull

Staying Local

Another ramble in the local area taking the same route as previously and once again seeing the local Robin singing from his favourite hedge with the local Hedge Sparrows close by, but I then found a different bird for the year along wth the Blackbirds, a single Redwing. In the field were Jackdaws and Black headed Gulls.

Birdlife was quiet today on my walk hopefully next month will bring a change

Bird Species :- Blackbird, Black headed Gull, Blue Tit, Crow, Common Gull, Great Tit, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Magpie, Mallard, Redwing, Robin, Woodpigeon

Staying Local

So the lockdown continues and movement is still down to staying in the local area, so it was that the local pond came in to its own again.

Still very muddy underfoot as I made may down thru the field picking up on plenty of Woodpigeon, Jackdaws, a few Blackbirds (Male and Female), House Sparrows, Black headed Gulls, and Common Gulls.

Around at the ponds life was a bit quite with very little movement, life here will be picking up in a couple of months when insect life begins again and warmer days. All was not lost as a Grey Heron flew in but didn’t stay long and was soon off agin high over the wood.

A dog barking prompted me to look around and to see a handful of Roe Deer rushing across the path and into the quarry area and eventually out the other side, coming out more gracefully than going in.

I wondered into another area of the ponds and flushed up a Jack Snipe but it was never relocated classic flight as I flushed it up straight up, quick and straight back down again

Birds Seen :- Blackbird, Black headed Gull, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Crow, Grey Heron, House Sparrow, Jack Snipe, Jackdaw, Magpie, Pheasant, Robin, Woodpigeon

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Roe Deer
Robin
Pond

Staying Local

Another local trip out, again very muddy and slippy underfoot. My first bird encounter was with the Common Gulls, Black headed Gulls and Blackbirds in the horse field which they and other bird species take a shine to. Moving off I had planned a different route this time going along the side and top of the quarry encountering hardly any bird life as I did so only the occasional Crow, Magpie and lots of Woodpigeon as they flew over.

More towards the wooded area I caught Bullfinch, Mistle Thrush and Jay the later giving themselves away by the harsh calls. It wasn’t till I got back near my start point that I picked up on more bird life mainly in the hedges House Sparrows, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Bullfinch, Robin and a Male Pheasant.

Bird List :- Blackbird, Black headed Gull, Blue Tit, Crow, Common Gull, Great Tit, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Jay, Magpie, Mistle Thrush, Pheasant, Robin, Woodpigeon

Short Video of the Walk can be seen HERE

Staying Local

Out and about on another nature walk, staying within parameters of course, very local.

Planned route was down across the fields, skirting the cemetery and pond area up onto the hill down thru the wood which brings me back to the start.

Setting off the going was difficult with ice about and more into the route very muddy and slippy in areas, good to be out though the snow made it very picturesque, the birds were harder to find at the start with mainly Blackbirds, Magpies and Crows. Out by the ponds were Bullfinch which was a nice to find along with Blue Tit, Great Tit, Dunnock, Robin and a calling Green Woodpecker which was calling all around the walk and never giving itself up, Kestrel flew thru close by and I scared up a Pheasant.

It was quiet on the second half of the walk with no birds seen or heard in the wood, things brightened up near the end of the walk with one field, where the horses are kept showing a few bird species, a group of about fifteen Lapwings along with twenty Fieldfares mixed in with these were a few Starling, a pair of Pied Wagtails, Woodpigeons, Black headed Gulls a couple of Common Gulls, and a flock of smaller birds of which I managed to pick out a couple of Greenfinch.

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Bird List : Blackbird, Black headed Gull, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Crow, Common Gull, Dunnock, Fieldfare, Great Tit, Green Woodpecker, Greenfinch, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Kestrel, Lapwing, Long tailed Tit, Magpie, Pheasant, Pied wagtail, Robin, Starling, Woodpigeon (22)

Staying Local

Well here were go again another lockdown with this one coming with tighter travel restrictions, so “stay local” if your using the car your going too far.

Bearing that in mind I had a local walk seeing lots of common species taking in the ponds area, very muddy underfoot wellies would have been a good idea, I wasn’t expecting any insect life at this time of year. The birds seen Common Buzzard was around, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Crow, Black headed Gulls, Common Gull, plenty of Woodpigeon, Blackbirds, House Sparrows, Robin, Starlings, the highlight today thou were a pair of Coal Tit….nice to see

Enjoy the nature and keep safe ๐Ÿ˜ท

A Snowy Day

The weather was good and there was a local Great Northern Diver available at Pugneys Country Park. Took me about 25mins to arrive on site and it was already busy with walkers, runners, dog walkers, children and a few birders. Pugneys is a large open area with two lakes, the largest for recreational purposes with the smaller being the nature reserve, the diver was on the larger which was about 50% frozen. Keeping at a safe distance I hooked up with another birder to locate the diver which was surprisingly proving difficult to find.
Scanning through the various ducks, Mallard, Pochard, Wigeon, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, Great Crested and Little Grebes the diver was still eluding us, Cormorant in the distance gave us a short rush. It eventually gave it self up to the right side of the lake and seeing the size difference, being much larger than the wildfowl makes you wonder how it wad overlooked.  A lifer for the other birder so a good start to the day, onwards then to Potteric Carr.

Wasn’t long at Potteric due to heavy snow so had to cancel after about 30mins so few species were seen, most of the water was frozen too, I was hoping for more woodland species from the visit so only managed to pick up on Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Redwing, Blue Tit, Blackbird, Great Tit, Moorhen, Robin and Sparrowhawk

Fairburn Ings

A trip out was long overdue but with the covid restrictions places were few as travel out of a tier 3 into a lower tier was a no no, so I decided on RSPB Fairburn Ings mainly for the starling murmaration which should kick off at about 3ish so I decided on exploring other parts of the reserve and I started down at the cut lane/village bay area.

On my walk down the lane I came across a few Goldfinch, Chaffinch and House Sparrows to get things moving. Lower down the lane I could see there was various thrush about Redwing, Blackbirds, and Fieldfares in the berry ladened bushes. The Robins were around here very friendly and came fairly close. Great Tit, Blue Tit and Long tailed Tits added to the day tally.Out on the main bay were plenty of Goosander, Mute Swan, Cormorants, a few Little Egret, Tufted Duck, Pochard, and a pair of Goldeneye, several Grey Herons were flying about, a king fisher was seen at the end of the lane flying across the river.

Out then onto the visitor centre area where I picked up on Dunnock, Tree Sparrow, Pheasant and Nuthatch around the feeders, this is where I got a tip off that the Kingfishers were showing at the screen, not hesitating I headed off quickly that way. Ten in looking and I found two birds, distant and amongst the trees. An hour later and patience paid off with the Kingfisher coming closer and perching up mid-stream really made my day (see video).

Well it was nearly dusk so I headed off for the final event off the day the Starling murmaration along the coal tip trail and I wasn’t to be disappointed. Only happening during the winter months when UK and Continental birds come together to form a safe communal roost, a sight to behold as they form various shapes in the sky before settling into the roost (see video)

Birds Day List :- Blackbird, Black headed Gull, Blue Tit, Crow, Chaffinch, Coot, Cormorant, Dunnock, Fieldfare, Goldeneye, Goldfinch, Goosander, Great Tit, Grey Heron, Herring Gull, House Sparrow, Kingfisher, Little Egret, Long tailed Tit, Magpie, mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Nuthatch, Pheasant, Pochard, Redwing, Robin, Starling, Tufted Duck, Woodpigeon, Wren (32)

Video of the Day Press HERE

Broadstone Reservoir

Todays journey was out to the Broadstones area above Ingbirchworth for a look around the Heath area. The first 20 minutes were difficult with nothing around the heath but there were plenty of Black headed Gulls and Lapwings about, a single Herring Gull got my attention as it drifted overhead. Soon after a Kestrel came into view busy hunting over the heath, poor thing wasn’t having much luck in catching anything as it made numerous dives and was coming back up with nothing.

Slowly on towards the reservoir disturbing Blackbirds as I went giving off their alarm calls as they flew off, on getting closer to the reservoir I did notice a huge flock of lapwing as I approached it wasn’t all Lapwing as I looked thru the flock, numerous Golden Plover and Starlings were with them making their way into the fields away from the reservoir.

Out on the reservoir were numerous ducks mainly Wigeon, Mallard, Gadwall, Pochard, Cormorant and a single Swan which turned out to be a young Whooper, nice surprise. Moving back towards the heath Blackbirds and a Mistle Thrush were in a nearby tree, back on the heath I finally found the bird I was looking for today, there wasn’t one but a pair of Stonechat flitting about the gorse bushes and doing that typical position on top of the bushes, a nice ending to a couple of hours

Video of the walk can be seen HERE

List of Birds seen :- Blackbird, Cormorant, Gadwall, Golden Plover, Kestrel, Lapwing, Mallard, Mistle Thrush, Pochard, Starling, Stonechat โ™‚โ™€, Whooper Swan, Wigeon

Filey

We were away for a weekend in Filey, one of our favourite places and a found myself with a few hours to myself. I set off from the apartment and headed towards the Brigg, on the beach as I walked down were a lot of Black headed Gulls, Herring Gulls and the odd Common Gull. At the start of the Brigg a few waders were hunting amongst the seaweed, these were mainly Turnstones, Oystercatchers and Redshank.

Along the Brigg a few Rock Pipits joined me on my walk with a pair of Kestrels hunting the step slopes of the Brigg riding into the now windy conditions and occasionally dropping down into the grass. At the Brigg end a few Cormorants were hanging out, a few auk species on the sea and a handful of Gannets flying past.

The walk back consisted of going up the path on the side of the Brigg, along carr naze catching the coast path going past the rocket pole and down the long lane hedge,ย  finally down Arndale ravine with little reward.

Stopped off then in Filey for dinner after which I grapped the car and ended up at Filey Dams. My first stop was to the small hide to the right of the car park, but there was someone in, so keeping my distance I headed slowly back hoping to catch maybe a Common Darter in the late sun, it wasn’t too be, I did find however picked up on its distintive “tsu-weet” call and then finally seen. The pale yellowish eyebrow easily picked up along with the paler long wingbar the smaller wingbar a bit harder to pick up the sure signs ofย  the Yellow browed Warbler. A very active warbler about the size of a Goldcrest this one being in a party of Long tailed Tits a migratory species at this time of year with a few records yearly and always a nice find.

After that excitement I decided on going onto Bempton Cliffs in the vain hope of owls. The viewing platforms were the first port of call with me constantly scanning the fields only picking up Linnets and Goldfinch. On the cliffs could still be seen a few Gannets and Kittiwakes but very little else.ย  I then headed back towards the visitor centre when I suddenly stopped near the Mosey Downgate viewpoint as a bird had landed on the fencing, it was a Black Redstart another nice surprise for the day, I did try for a photo but I wasn’t quick enough it was soon away.
Back at the visitor centre a few people were hanging out around the back where views of a Short eared Owl had just being seen but had now flown over the hill, I gave it 45 mins but it didn’t reappear, neither did the Barn Owl.
The day was over not lots to see but two nice surprises for the day, and good to be out.

List for the Day :- Black Redstart, Blackbird, Black headed Gull, Blue Tit, Crow, Common Gull, Coot, Cormorant, Fieldfare, Gadwall, Gannet, Goldfinch, Great Black backed Gull, Grey Heron, Yellow browed warbler, Herring Gull, Jackdaw, Kestrel, Kittiwake, Lesser Black backed Gull, Linnet, Long tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Oystercatcher, Redshank, Redwing, Robin, Rock Dove/Feral Pigeon, Rock Pipit, Shag, Shoveler, Starling, Stock Dove, Teal, Tree Sparrow, Turnstone, Wigeon, Woodpigen, Wren (41)