24th September ff

October 01, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Araneus diadematus and the Umlaut bird!

Forgot to include this fellow in my last blog. Garden spider [aka araneus diadematus] in our garden 24th September. Garden SpiderGarden Spider

I had been hoping for a few days to find a gap in our family commitments to get away for a night and go to Anstruther in Fife to see the Brünnich’s Guillemot before it left. I managed it on Thursday but, unable to leave York before midday, it was 6 p.m when I arrived and the bird was hiding somewhere under the pontoons in the harbour. Eventually it came into view and I watched it for some time as it swam around, flapping its wings a few times. [Lifer 425!] By now it was fairly dark and I decided to leave photographing the bird till the morning - or more likely lunchtime when the tide would refill the harbour.

Next morning I snapped a few of the birds on the beach... CurlewCurlew CurlewCurlew EiderEider ...and decided to explore the local area whilst I waited for the bird to reappear. Imagine my shock when the pager announced the bird was dead. Bird Guides later said 'the corpse had been retained'! Good job I saw it the night before...

I returned via Roseden for the rose-coloured starling which failed to show whilst I was there. That, of course, is birding. For a radically different account read Nigel Stewart's version of events at http://cliftonbirding.blogspot.co.uk/

A sparrowhawk was flying about and probably didn't help my chances! SparrowhawkSparrowhawk SparrowhawkSparrowhawk Final break from driving at Newburn Bridge, Hartlepool. It was a very high tide - one giant wave took all the waders, me and this cormorant by surprise. I happened to point the camera at the cormorant as it broke over the short stone section of the jetty.  CormorantCormorant I soon spotted a med gull on the jetty. Mediterranean GullMediterranean Gull The waders were nice and close but seemed not bothered by the people watching from the promenade. DunlinDunlin

DunlinDunlin Ringed PloverRinged Plover

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The big wave was too much for the med gull. It returned to its favourite perch. Mediterranean GullMediterranean Gull



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