21.12.16

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. Eastern Black RedstartEastern Black Redstart Some fluffing up of feathers today in the strengthening wind. Eastern Black RedstartEastern Black Redstart Eastern Black RedstartEastern Black Redstart Eastern Black RedstartEastern Black Redstart Eastern Black RedstartEastern Black Redstart Eastern Black RedstartEastern Black Redstart Eastern Black RedstartEastern Black Redstart Eastern Black RedstartEastern Black Redstart Eastern Black RedstartEastern Black Redstart Eastern Black RedstartEastern Black Redstart Eastern Black RedstartEastern Black Redstart Fulmars were still on the cliffs. FulmarFulmar Stonechat seen too. Eastern Black RedstartEastern Black Redstart Eastern Black RedstartEastern Black Redstart Barry spotted a nice group of waders I had completely missed. SanderlingsSanderlings SanderlingsSanderlings

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

Long-eared OwlLong-eared Owl

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 Chris at SalthilmeChris at Salthilme

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


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