Monday, 12 November 2018

Not the Best Week for Photo opps

On Wednesday we switched to Tophill low because of the morning rain and the afternoon wind.  The morning group encountered 53 species including: a female Red-Crested Pochard, Goosander, Marsh Harrier, Fieldfare, Redwing, Treecreeper, Goldcrest, Bullfinch, GS Woodpecker, Goldeneye, Pochard, Shoveler, Teal, Gadwall, L.Egret.  The afternoon session added a Sparrowhawk, but both groups searched for a Kingfisher, Barn Owl and Great Grey Shrike in vain!
Male Kestrel
Record Shot of Female Goosander (c) 2018 Tony Robinson
 Marsh Harrier (c) 2018 Tony Robinson
 Female Kestrel (c) 2018 Tony Robinson
Female Red-Crested Pochard 
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Bog Standard Female Pochard, for comparison purposes (c) 2018 Tony Robinson 
Little Egrets & Cormorants
Verdigris Agaric (c) 2018 Aileen Urquhart
 Unidentified Plant (c) 2018 Aileen Urquhart
 Fly (c) 2018 Aileen Urquhart


On Thursday the weather forecast allowed us to go to Ness End as planned.  We saw the two best birds within the first 20 minutes.      While a couple of the attendees were talking a distant peep-peep could just be discerned before a Kingfisher flashed in front of the hide and flew to the right until it disappeared.  A few minutes later Elaine spotted a Bittern to the right of the hide, but it was very distant flying above the reeds.  It landed in roughly the same area we had last seen the Kingfisher.  
Record shot of Bittern
 Goosander
In addition to those we also saw: Goosander, Goldeneye, Bullfinch, Curlew, Wigeon, Gadwall, Redwing, Long-tailed Tit, GC & L Grebe, Teal, H & T Sparrow, Water Rail (heard only).  In the afternoon we added a Marsh Harrier and a Sparrowhawk.
Redshank
 Wigeon
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 Scarlet Wax Cap
On a windy Friday we were able to go to Tophill Low instead of the bleak occasion planned.  The afternoon group saw more than 50 species - most of these were similar to those from Wednesday.   
Wigeon (c) 2018 Mike Woods 
 Redshank (c) 2018 Mike Woods
 Record shot of courting Great Crested Grebes (c) 2018 Mike Woods
 Fleeing Roe Deer
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 Clean Pair of Heels
 Verdigris Agaric
 2 different-sized Wasps
 Cormorants Festooning a Guano Tree
 Splashes of Colour (c) 2018 Mike Woods
 Unidentified Plant


Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Rough-legged Buzzard

It was too misty in Thixendale this morning to take many photos, but on getting home I decided to travel to Kilnsea Wetlands in the hope of connecting with the juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard, which was allegedly showing well.
Rough-Legged Buzzard
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 Landing
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Yesterday at Easington looking for Shore Larks, the only birds of interest were eiders.
 Eiders
Back at home a female Pied Wagtail was very confiding on the cemetery wall.
 Pied Wagtail
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 Putting best foot forward
 Calling 
 Pied Wagtail
After the Rough-legged Buzzard, the Black-tailed Godwits at Canal Scrape were a welcome sight.
Black-tailed Godwits
 Black-tailed Godwit
At the weekend we had good views of a Brambling in the garden.   
Brambling
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