Wednesday, 21 September 2011

More of the Same (almost...)

The day started well with a male Common Buzzard heading south along the peninsula being mobbed by crows. There were a lot more Wheatears around first thing this morning compared with yesterday. Plenty of Pipits were also heading south, as were numbers of Swallows and Martins. There were quite a few immature Gannets on the Humber, plus in the afternoon single Arctic Skuas, Guillemots & by the Chalk Bank car parking a juvenile Chiffchaff. Unlike yesterday neither group had to waste time looking for a non-existent beached Whale! The Whimbrels were harder to see today, but the Little Egrets were as prominent as ever. One of the best sightings of the day was a confiding group of Bar-tailed Godwits, and a single Sanderling near the Humber Lifeboat platform. There were also family parties of Linnets in this area feeding on seed-bearing plants on the beach, but these were a bit flighty as they flew backwards and forwards. Other birds reported but not seen by my groups were a couple of Lapland Buntings, a Merlin, a Sooty Shearwater and a disputed Hobby/Peregrine.

Why they Got Their Name!
Before Take-off
Willow Warbler
Immature Gannets with Gas Terminal as Backdrop
Sandstorm near the Old Lighthouse

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