December 22, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Can you have too much of a good thing?

55 days ago I first saw this bird...

Barry and I headed north early to Skinningrove hoping to make contact again with the eastern black redstart or to see for the first time for Barry. Not to disappoint, the bird was preening from the stone wall. Some fluffing up of feathers today in the strengthening wind. Fulmars were still on the cliffs. Stonechat seen too. Barry spotted a nice group of waders I had completely missed.

Eventually the rising tide caught my shoes and drove the waders to seek another place. We moved on to Saltholme to walk to Haverton for the long-eared owl. Very distant but we saw it!

On the walk back we were surrounded by some friendly sheep. One in particular stood his ground while I chatted to it! Picture title: the Sheep Whisperer!

Picture © Barry Bishop

Part One of my album of my best bits of 2016 will appear spontaneously at 7a.m. on Christmas Day!


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