Sunday, 12 September 2010

RSPB Shearwater & Skua Cruise

Western Bonelli's Warbler (c) 2010 Jim Welford
Western Bonelli's Warbler (c) 2010 Paul Reed
Western Bonelli's Warbler (c) 2010 Paul Reed
Western Bonelli's Warbler (c) 2010 Paul Reed
Black Tern
Black Tern
Sandwich Tern
Red-throated Diver
Gannet - one of mine for a change!
Shag - another one of mine
Guillemot (c) 2010 Paul Reed
Record shot of Great Skua [Bonxie] (c) 2010 Paul Reed
Immature Gull
Immature Gulls fighting over the 'chum'
Barnacle Goose - not classed as a wild bird here!
My effort at Western Bonelli's Warbler
An even worse effort at Western Bonelli's Warbler
Lesser Whitethroat (c) 2010 Paul Reed
Lesser Whitethroat (c) 2010 Paul Reed
Spotted Flycatcher (c) 2010 Paul Reed
Yesterday was my annual pilgrimage to Bridlington to join the RSPB Shearwater & Skua cruise. They were nearly prosecuted under the Trades' Description Act as it was over 2 hours before the one and only Skua was sighted, and although there were a couple sightings of Manx Shearwaters, I didn't manage to see any of them. Highlights included: Black Tern (a 1st for me), Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Roseate Terns, Great Skua, plenty of Shags, Guillemot, 2 Kittiwake, Red-throated Divers. However, the most intriguing bird was waiting for us in the dell at Bempton. By the time I arrived there Graham had already self-found a Western Bonelli's Warbler, an amazing find. The closest way I can describe it is that it appeared like a cross between a dumpy Chiffchaff with the white underparts and greenish primaries & tail feathers of a Wood Warbler.
For better, more detailed reports of the day, please see Pete Mella's blog here:

Future RSPB Shearwater cruises from Bridlington include:
Saturday 18th Sept - 9.30am
Sunday 19th Sep - 9.00am
Sunday 26th Sep - 8.00am
Saturday 2nd Sep - 9.00am
Sunday 3rd Oct - 9.30 am
To book call 01262 850959

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