Thursday, 30 April 2009

Holderness Humdingers

Short-eared Owl (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Yellow Wagtail (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Couldn't get a decent picture of one today, so here's last year's again!
Cuckoo (c) 2009 Vince Cowell
Heron (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Swallow (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Swallow (c) Jackie Dawson
Wheatear (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Sedge Warbler (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Shelduck (c) 2009 Jackie Dawson
Mallard Ducklings (c) 2009 Jackie Dawson
We saw a great variety of species today. There was no doubt in the morning that the birds of the day were the 2 Short-eared Owls hunting over the saltmarsh - I didn't expect them this late into the spring. They also saw Yellow Wagtails (brief views) and Corn Buntings (in bad light) and a Marsh Harrier. George spotted a Kingfisher, which quickly disappeared and there were plenty of Linnets, Meadow Pipits, Swallows and Skylarks. The day was a game of 2 halves as there were no owls in the pm, but Peter spotted a Cuckoo at the same time as a Whimbrel was flying over us; whilst the Yellow Wagtails gave much better views including several fights. This was the 1st time the Thurs pm crowd had actually seen Yellow Wagtails; whilst we had the best views of this owl species in 5 years of the classes. Also saw a Black-tailed Godwit, Brent Geese, Shelduck, Sedge Warblers and a Whitethroat. Everyone went home happy - has to happen some time, I suppose!

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