Friday, 24 April 2009

New Term, New Venue

Record shot of last year's Cuckoo in the same bush as today
Record shot of today's Cuckoo
Swallow (c) 2009 Vince Cowell
Swallows (c) 2009 Vince Cowell
Swallow (c) 2009 Vince Cowell
Record shot of Heron (c) 2009 Vince Cowell
Record shot of Wheatear
For those who like the "Ahhhh" factor (c) 2009 Vince Cowell
We had a tour of Holderness today to get great views of Yellow Wagtails, which is a bird we've never seen properly on any of the courses. Unfortunately, I hadn't bargained on the rather strong winds, which became stronger the nearer we got to the estuary. We did get a few glimpses of the target birds, but they were brief, though we did see one hovering for a few seconds in the pm, before it disappeared into the wheat. To compensate for the elusive Yellow beauties both sessions got good views (prolonged in the afternoon) of a Cuckoo, which was in exactly the same area as it was last year. The morning also had a Marsh Harrier, whilst the afternoon saw a Little Egret. Both sessions had Brent Geese and a lone Wheatear. There were some acrobatic Swallows at our final desination, and in the afternoon a Kestrel hovered in the same location. One of the most pleasant surprises was that we had a Grasshopper Warbler on both sessions. Only 2 of us heard it in the morning as it sang very briefly, but several on the afternoon group just about managed to hear it above the fierce winds, as it sang several times from a thick bramble bush. If we'd seen the Grasshopper Warbler it would have been bird of the day, but that honour has to go to the Cuckoo. Hope the wind will be a lot lighter next time we visit this location, and I must try & get better pictures of this reliable Cuckoo.

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