Maybe something wonderful can still happen. In the improbable meantime I carry on birding. A trip to South Landing, Flamborough [November 11th] produced little more than a meadow pipit... ...and tree sparrows at Bempton... ...or perhaps my heart wasn't quite in it. However a determined drive back to St. Aidan's did get me brief and distant views of a dartford warbler. Rather good Yorkshire tick!
Not getting out so much lately - only because there's not a great deal tempting me - but on the 15th I went to Alkborough Flats hoping for bearded tits. Unusually, none seen. Place was full of chattering wrens. Seems like it is the season of the wren at the moment.
Spotted redshank outside the hide plus posing snipe. Distant marsh harrier in dead tree.
Carried on to Blacktoft to see a green-winged teal. Not a year tick [saw one January 11th at North Cave] but hoped for some photos. Sadly it was on the far side of Marshland hide. Here's the best of the crop. Crop being the appropriate word! Shovelers
Walked down to Singleton for the harriers. Really good scope views of a perched merlin.
Lots of waders including blackwits [I'm really good at pressing the shutter just as they all bury their heads in the water!] and about a dozen ruff.
Nothing flew close so I'll end with a couple of harriers waiting for the roost.