Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Local Murmuration

"The Whale"
The view across the Humber before anything happened
Here's a short video of nearly one minute of the same murmuration.  
Blogger has undergone some changes recently, which has resulted in a few hitches.  The following photos are actually in reverse order.  So, the first is the last one taken, whilst the final "speech bubble" was actually the first one taken.
Final Flourish 
Pointing Finger
Pinocchio lying again
Hill & plume
A Mass

Twisting on the left
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End of the whale
Whale Forming
Rag being twisted
Turtler's Head
Face of a Fish
Fish forming
Speech Bubble
Pinkies before the Starlings Began

Last week a Wednesday afternoon stalwart took some photos of the same location from a slightly different angle.  
Murmuration (c) 2020 Hugh Wood
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Note raptor on the left
Yesterday, I inadvertently forgot these photos from our final trip to the wolds
Red Kite (c) 2020 Tony Robinson
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Buzzard (c) 2020 Tony Robinson
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Meanwhile, back on the local Nafferton pond.  This was just before the lockdown started.
Goosander (c) 2020 Tony Robinson
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Mandarin (c) 2020 Tony Robinson
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Roe Deer at THL (c) 2020 Tony Robinson
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Monday, 23 November 2020

Before and After Lockdown 2

Redwing (c) 2020 Jane Robinson
The final Tuesday before Lockdown2 featured a visit to Ness End.  We had good views of Redwings, a Cetti's warbler and a pair of Stonechats.   
Redwing
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Cetti's Warbler
Song Thrush
Stonechat
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Bullfinch
Skylark
Shaggy Ink Cap
The final Wednesday sessions included a visit to the Wolds.  The Tawny Owl posed for both groups, as did the Kites 
Red Kites
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Red Kites
Red Kite
Red Kite (c) 2020 Aileen Urquhart
Being Mobbed (c) 2020 Aileen Urquhart
Red-legged Partridges
Siskin
Tawny Owl
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Tawny Owl (c) 2020 Aileen Urquhart
Pheasant (c) 2020 Aileen Urquhart
Treecreeper
Buzzard
Male House Sparrow
Yellow Wax Cap
One afternoon at high tide I tried out Skeffling, and walked towards Welwick Saltings.  The Kestrel was very close to the car park.  I believe there were at least 7 Short-eared Owls flying around, possibly more!  2 Hen harriers were present, although they had similar coloration one was noticeably larger than the other, so was a female.  The other must have been an immature a male.  Later, a Kestrel was dive-bombing a smaller raptor - the highlight was a Merlin.  
Kestrel
Short-eared Owl 
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Kestrel Mobbing a Buzzard
Buzzard
Hen Harrier
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Merlin
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Reed Bunting
Redshank & Waders
Immature Heron
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Meanwhile a Friday stalwart was photographing winter thrushes in her local area.
Redwing (c) 2020 Jane Robinson
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Fieldfare (c) 2020 Jane Robinson
Meadow Pipit (c) 2020 Jane Robinson
Blackbird (c) 2020 Jane Robinson
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A Walk from Fraisthorpe to Barmston brought in quite a decent tally of species.  
Oystercatchers
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Peregrine with Prey
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Pied Wagtail
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Stonechat 
Twite bathing
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Twite
Twite in Flight
You can't get more local than your own garden
Great Spotted Woodpecker (c) 2020 Hugh Wood
Redwing in my garden
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Brambling
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Buzzard - getting nearer to home
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Shaggy Pholiota