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Sunday 12 December 2021
Wednesday 6 October 2021
September 2021 described by some as poor for birding in terms of migration, specifically for rarities and scarcities from the East. Is this a blip, is it due to the timing of the weather patterns, or should we now be expecting double digit Yellow-browed Warbler sightings per East Coast site at this time of the year? Only time will tell. I can't grumble, I enjoyed the birding on offer.First up the Isle of Wight White-tailed Eagle (G318) held on in the Peak District at the beginning of the month before heading off. Have a look at the Eagle's wanderings and of the work of the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation. Perhaps the onset of Grouse shooting persuaded it to seek pastures new. Nearby a Hobby or two lingered early on only before their journey south. Also on the moorlands a Peregrine annoyed Buzzards later in the month, as did Ravens. An Osprey moved slowly south over Ewden Heights late on a warm afternoon (21st). This was a nice surprise given the date, the distinctive flight profile as it carved a path across the sky was indelible. Ring Ouzel lingered in a clough, Stonechats kept watch from the tops of the heather and when the wind came from the West this would lead to Meadow Pipits moving through into the wind. A noticeable westerly movement of Chaffinches (26th), but perhaps too early for a "dweeze" of its northern cousin. Siskins started to gather but where were the Crossbills? A movement of Pink-footed Geese concentrated over 3 days (24th - 26th) with skeins heading towards Norfolk or Lancashire noted and mirrored to a degree elsewhere. Whilst watching one of the skeins a flock of hirundines flew through the field of view, summer hanging on.
A visit to Spurn before a set of heavy showers added a variety of species to the September trip list (19th). Waders on the Humber shore were impressive in terms of number and variety of type and plumage, where a party of 7 pale-bellied Brent Geese had taken up temporary residence by Kilnsea Triangle. A group of the usual wintering dark-bellied Brent Geese flew past nearby Sammy's Point where an impressive sight of 7 Short-eared Owls performed aerobatics. Teal were on the move offshore past Kilnsea alongside other wildfowl, terns and gulls. On the way back a stop off at Blacktoft Sands RSPB on this still evening, now the showery front had passed, produced the male Bluethroat feeding at the back of the pool from Marshland Hide, the White-tailed Plover on a pool closer to the reception centre. Finally, a Great White Egret showed near to Little Egrets from Singleton Hide where the eclipse plumaged Wigeon glowed in the late evening sunlight. All were showing clearly now the rain had gone. About 200 Barnacle Geese in flight towards the Humber/Alkborough, evidence in part of the ever growing GB feral population.
Tuesday 7 September 2021
Tuesday 24 August 2021 - Spurn, Yorkshire (Kilnsea Wetlands)
A yellow-ringed juvenile (probably X23M) present late afternoon.
Monday 6 September 2021
Sunday 1 August 2021
The Pacific Golden Plover at GB's wader headquarters, Frampton Marsh RSPB, Lincolnshire, showed nicely on the grassland and the wader spectacle on the pools enhanced when a Peregrine forced the shorebirds to take flight, though the masses of Spoonbills (26) were not all that impressed.
A moorland edge held the falcons, where a wandering Peregrine drew the ire of a Hobby, namely a brave bash to the head, and then Kestrels escorted it off site. With thanks to Swallows drawing our attention to a male Merlin, with another group alerting of the presence of a Sparrowhawk. Buzzards patrolled the skies, keeping an eye on a wandering Red Kite.