Friday, 11 November 2011

A Day of 2 Halves

It was a gorgeous morning at Filey. We waited for an hour for the Glossy Ibis, but it failed to show. A pair of female type Goldeneye came very close to the L-shaped hide, but the only waders this time were a couple of Redshank. The female Sparrowhawk impressed with her aerial acrobatics, as she was mobbed by crows & then mobbed them back!

We went down on to the beach & had good views of Purple Sandpipers, Dunlin, Turnstones, more Redshank, Oystercatchers & Knot.

Just before the pm session started some sea fret came in, which put a real damper on the day. The Goldeneye were further off, but the Sparrowhawk flew in & panicked a Redshank & a group of Teal. There were Herring, Common & Black-headed Gulls having a bath, but the Glossy Ibis still failed to show. The tide was in, so we walked on the cliff top instead. From here we saw several Shag & Cormorants flying past, and then a Red-throated Diver on the sea & a Grey Seal came up for some air. It's just a shame we lost the sun!
Knot [centre] with Dunlin

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