Thursday, 19 March 2009

8th Time Lucky!

Grey Wagtail (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Yellowhammer (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Goldcrest (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Robin (c) 2009 Michael Flowers

It wasn't until the 8th & final visit to this site, that we eventually tracked down the Grey Wagtails. It's one of the few locations you can find Grey Wagtails in East Yorkshire during the breeding season - there are probably fewer than 10 breeding pairs in the whole county. We had a brief glimpse of a Red Kite in the morning, and at least 2 buzzards (possibly 3) in the afternoon. A morning highlight was the bluest-headed, most chestnut-backed, most beautifully buff Kestrel, I've ever seen. It's been in the vicinity for at least 3 years now, so I would like to try & get a picture of this stunning bird. It was so overcast this morning, I left the camera in the car! The inquisitive Yellowhammer was a charming addition to the birds at this site. Also present were Marsh Tit, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Goldcrest, Siskin, Sparrowhawk, and some commoner birds. We've been visiting this site during the last 4 weeks, and at last it was starting to come to life - previously it appeared to be almost sterile.

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