Sunday, 5 March 2017

A Surprise Hoodie!

After half term we went to a series of places for the first time this year.  On Tuesday we visited a site on the Wolds.  the highlight was a flock of over 1,000 finches, which included a good number of Bramblings, and some of those dropped from the sky in front of us and alighted in some Hawthorn bushes.  Other highlights included: Red Kites, Buzzards, Green & G S Woodpecker, Kestrel, Goldcrest, Skylark, Song Thrushes singing etc.  A less pleasant site were some yobs in bright colours bellowing in the woodland and frightening the secretive birds.
Hooded Crow (c) 2017 Aileen Urquhart
Female Brambling 
Male Brambling
Unwanted Visitors
"Tally Ho!"
A Hound in the form of a Dog
On Wednesday we travelled on the very slow roads to Sewerby.  On the beach a surprise was waiting for us - the course's very first Hooded Crow.  Other wildlife included: Grey Wagtail, Rock Pipit, Ringed Plover, Turnstone, Redshank, Goldcrest, Redwing, Song Thrush, Stock Dove, Cormorant, GS Woodpecker drumming, Great Black, Lesser Black, Herring, Common & Black-headed Gulls etc
Redwing (c) 2017 Aileen Urquhart
 Robin (c) 2017 Aileen Urquhart
Song Thrush (c) 2017 Tony Robinson
Song Thrush
Song Thrush (c) 2017 Aileen Urquhart
Hooded Crow
In Flight 
Hooded Crow (c) 2017 Tony Robinson
Rock Pipit
Goldcrest (c) 2017 Tony Robinson
Goldcrest (c) 2017 Aileen Urquhart
On Thursday we visited a different site on the Wolds.  We saw both Marsh and Willow Tits in the afternoon, when the cameras were locked firmly in the vehicles.  But other highlights included: Red Kite, Buzzard, Willow Tit & Marsh Tit, Yellowhammers, Lapwing, Kestrel, Red-legged Partridge, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Long-tailed Tit, Common Gull, Black-headed Gull, Moorhen, Scarlet Elf Cups etc
 Marsh Tit
 Scarlet Elf Cups
 Little Owl
 On Friday we had our second visit to Hornsea Mere.  The weather was OK at first, but it did deteriorate throughout the day.  The dark conditions could have brought out the Otter, but unless Mike and Glenys saw it after we left, we failed to sight it on this occasion.  Other wildlife encountered incl: brilliant views of Marsh Harriers and a Cetti's Warbler, plus Goldeneye, 24 Barnacle Geese, Treecreepers going crazy with each other, Tufted Duck, Heron, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, many drumming Great Spotted Woodpeckers, etc
Male Marsh Harrier (c) 2017 Jane Robinson
 Record Shot of Female Marsh Harrier
 Female Marsh Harrier
 Drake Goldeneyes
 Male Great Spotted Woodpecker
 Record Shot of Pochard
 Singing Treecreeper (c) 2017 Jane Robinson
 During half-term Tony Robinson returned to Scarborough in better light, and obtained some good views of the Great Northern Diver with a crab, and 2 Black-necked Grebes.
All remaining photos (c) 2017 Tony Robinson
Great Northern Diver and Crab
 Black-necked Grebe
 Black-necked Grebes

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