Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Normanby Estate & Alkborough Flats

All photos for this post (c) 2009 Vince Cowell
Nuthatch ditto
Red Deer
Fallow Deer
An elusive Jay
Alkborough Flats
Golden Plover
Reed Bunting [female]
Distant Marsh Harrier below Golden Plover

We do occasionally venure outside East Yorkshire and yesterday was one of those times. I'm very grateful to Richard Hampshire (Tophill Low Reserve Manager) who gave up his free time to show the group round his old stamping ground. We had a good morning with the Nuthatch, Jays, Green Woodpecker and the Red & Fallow Deer feeding time being some of the main highlights. 5 of us went on to Alkborough Flats to enjoy really good views of Golden Plover, which were beautifully illuminated by the sun. The 10+ sunbathing Reed Buntings (or hot-cross buns, as someone calls the females!) were a surprise. A distant female Marsh Harrier caused a little extra drama. What looked like a Snow Goose flew over us with some Greylag Geese - also seen by Chris Cox at Blacktoft. Thanks to Vince Cowell for today's excellent pics!

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