On Saturday the final YWT migrant event took place. Although the most exciting bird we saw was probably a Rough-legged Buzzard, the most personally satisfying bird for participants was the less hyped male Ring Ouzel, which we enjoyed all to ourselves.
Ring Ouzel - realising it had landed too close to us!
We followed the same route as last week. The tide was coming in & we saw some waders, but the only new species was a very vocal Greenshank, and a couple of Wood Sandpipers, but the latter were just silhouettes in the particular light conditions from where we were standing at that moment. There seemed to be more Grey Plovers than last week, and these showed a little better as they flew along the riverside. We also saw a Hare running towards us here, and just after Pallas's Pond a fairly smart male Linnet
Record Shots of Grey Plovers (mainly) over the Humber
There wasn't a lot more at Canal Scrape than last week, but it was here all the fuss about the Rough-legged Buzzard was overheard on the radio. It u-turned, but came back again. We left the hide to get a better view from it from the car park. The pale head was very noticeable as it attempted to come south the second time. it was a lot better candidate for Rough-legged Buzzard than one called exactly a fortnight earlier, which was finally categorised as a pale Common Buzzard. The Rough-legged Buzzard was a "lifer" for at least 3 participants, and possibly a 4th! In the bushes in the area was a singing Willow Warbler, a distant Chiffchaff, and on the path to the hide a Sedge Warbler was singing noisily from the depths of the thickest shrub.
The Canal Zone was taking the brunt of the wind, so was rather bleak, and the best birds seen here were the Brent Geese, Oystercatchers and Redshank. A pair of Avocets were seen heading towards the south bank. There was very little in the pub car park or along the road, or along Beacon Lane until we found a strange aberrant female Reed Bunting with which another obvious male Reed Bunting was attempting to mate! In the water at the end of Beacon Lane we saw Teal, Shelduck, Redshank, Greenshank and Gadwall, but the light was atrocious.
Aberrant female Reed Bunting [ID thanks to Adam Hutt]
Aberrant female Reed Bunting
Aberrant female Reed Bunting
On the return journey we walked along the sea "cliff." There were at least 5 Yellow Wagtails in the sheep compound, and 4 Wheatear, one of which was an obvious stunning male, but some other males hadn't yet obtained their bluish grey tint on their backs.
Record Shot of Two Yellow Wagtails
Male Yellow Wagtail
Male Ring Ouzel just landed too close to us!
Ring Ouzel - on the far side of the field
Ring Ouzel - note silver wings in flight
When we reached big hedge the only female participant spotted a Ring Ouzel on a fence ahead of us. It flew down and fed in the field, then disappeared into a thick hedge, but after we waited patiently it emerged again. This time it flew in a semi circle and landed in the hedge behind us. We turned to view it better when of course it flew across the field again and landed in the field to feed once more. This was a really fitting ending to the morning's birding and the end of these three events run by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.