Thursday, 27 September 2012

At long last......................

Red-breasted Flycatcher, Kilnsea - Ron Marshall

 As predicted the easterlies that finally arrived at the weekend ‘did the bizzo’. A crisp clear sunny day on 22nd saw a mass arrival of Yellow-browed Warblers and thereafter many drift migrants were deposited along the Yorkshire coast making for some great birding. Red-breasted Flys’, Barred Warblers, Red-backed Shrikes, Common Rosefinches, Wrynecks, a couple of Corncrakes, Rose-coloured Starling and both Little and Ortolan Buntings all featured in a wet but wonderful period and although there was no major rarity found, Filey, Flamborough and Spurn all managed to pull in a Greenish Warbler a piece. And for those birders who found time to take their eyes off the bushes a host of seabirds were passing too, with multi-sightings of Long-tailed and Pom’ Skuas, Leach’s Petrels, Sabines Gulls Corys Shearwater and Grey Phals’ to name but a few of the species recorded. Below is a selection of photos from what has been a wonderful week.
Juvenile Long-tailed Skua, Spurn - Andy Deighton

Juvenile Long-tailed Skua, Spurn - Andy Deighton

Grey Phalarope, Old Moor RSPB, - Keith Pickering

Greenish Warbler, Kilnsea - Ron Marshall

Friday, 21 September 2012

Mostly seabirds in last couple of days including 2 Sabs' at Flamborough and a good spread of Long-tailed Skuas. New Pec' Sands at Swinemoor and Fairburn. The easterlies are coming at last and the first drift migrans are already arriving on the coast. Prepare for action!

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Two birds much sought after by many Yorkshire listers made brief appearances today: A first-winter Gull-billed Tern was reported flying north at Flamborough at 09.15 and an almost as brief juvenile Black Kite alighted briefly at Spurn late morning before flying off north.

Monday, 17 September 2012

A rather uninspiring westerly wind has kept excitement to a minimum in the County during the last few days. Seabirds dominated and although the sea wasn't brilliant it did produce a couple of Leach's Petrels at Spurn and provided many headland birders with sightings of Long-tailed Skua. Perhaps the biggest (or smallest?) surprise was an extremely early Little Auk that flew down the Humber at Spurn. Also over the Humber there, were several Manx Shearwaters and huge numbers of Gannets, a couple of juvs of which even had the audacity to land in the bushes! A Pec' Sand also made a couple of brief appearnaces at Spurn when it flew over the Warren. Maybe the Pec' at Newington floods on the South Yorkshire / Notts border should have copied that birds elusive behaviour, as it sadly bird fell prey to a Sparrowhawk today. Lastly a Barred Warbler was at North Landing, Flamborough this afternoon.

Friday, 14 September 2012

No sign of American Golden Plover in Dearne Valley by mid-day. Ring n Duck still at Orgreave and of interest a Long-tailed Duck at Pugneys.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Today's main bird was an adult American Golden Plover that spent much of the day at Edderthorpe Flash (Barnsley) although it also made a brief visit to nearby Wath Ings. It was present at Edderthorpe until about 6.30 pm before flying off with a small group of Golden Plovers but may hopefully reappear tomorrow.

Adult American Golden Plover, Edderthorpe Flash - Kev Denny
Adult American Golden Plover, Edderthorpe Flash - Kieth Pickering
Adult American Golden Plover, Edderthorpe Flash, showing underwing - Kieth Pickering
Meanwhile, the Pec' Sand was still at Filey Dams (am at least), the Ring-necked Duck still at Orgreave and the photogenic Osprey still at Spotbrough Flash.

The juvenile Osprey at Sprotbrough today - Ron Marshall

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Two Common Cranes at Hatfield today. Filey Dams Pec' still pres and likewise Ring-n Duck at Orgreave.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Ring-necked Duck still @ Orgreave. Pec Sand, Filey Dams.

Monday, 10 September 2012

An eclipse drake Ring-necked Duck at Orgreave Lagoon today. Pec' Sand/s at Spurn and Blacktoft.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

A quiet weekend in the County with the best birds at sea, somewhat surprisingly in view of the conditions. A Black Guillemot was seen from the Bridlington Bell saturday, though only by the chosen few! Filey scored well with Cory's Shearwater, Balearic Shearwater,  Long-tailed and Pom' Skua. Flamborough managed all the same bar Cory's. The Osprey continues to perform at Sprotbrough Flash. Time to let the Baillon's news out soon?

Thursday, 6 September 2012

5 Roseate Tern (2 juvs) south past Spurn this evening.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Still fairly quiet in the County although a  Leach's Petrel past Grimston must have been quite a surprise to the observer. The Sprotbrough Osprey continues to perform and footage showing it clipping overhead power lines is proof that it is living dangerously.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Very quiet today - adult Long-tailed Skua south at Spurn.

Monday, 3 September 2012

No sign of Arctic Warbler, Flamborough.
Barred Warbler still at Spurn.
Osprey still at Sprorbrough Flash - photographers dream?

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Arctic Warbler Flamborough, Old Fall til dusk.
Barred Warbler, Spurn.
Osprey still at Sprotbrough.

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Flamborough hogs the limelight

Best bird in the County today is an Arctic Warbler at Old Fall Flamborough, still present this evening. Flamborough also scored with a Lesser Yellowlegs on the beach at South Landing but that flew off west early morning. Several coastal sites logged Long-tailed Skuas passing again today. A couple of Quail near Scarborough were noteworthy. Inland, the most popular bird is the Osprey which continues to show well at Sprotbrough Flash.
The obliging Osprey at Sprotbrough Flash - Ron Marshall
This juvenile Red-necked Phalarope spent much of the day at Old Moor RSPB  Thursday but despite remaining til dusk was not seen next day. - John Hewitt