22nd July 2022 ff

August 05, 2022  •  1 Comment

Catch-up Part Two

22nd July: Alkborough Flats

Two visits to Prospect Hide in order to see the stilt sandpiper. The first time the hide was overloaded, I didn't linger and the bird could only be seen with difficulty and with a scope by managing to look north-west towards Trent Falls while standing on a bench. I gave up. One photo from the first visit [21/7].

I returned on the 22nd to an empty hide. Eventually another birder arrived and we saw the stilt sandpiper quite well. Here it is...

23rd July: Eccup Reservoir

Useless visit. You can do a walk round Eccup Reservoir but you rarely see the water for the tree growth. Saw a possible spotted flycatcher, an unidentified warbler and a young robin.

I gather now that the reservoir is best viewed from the dam wall [ I never got that far as I'd had enough of seeing so little] or with a scope from the path that heads North from the North-east corner of the reservoir. I'm in no hurry to try.

26th July: Blacktoft Sands

A much better day's birding. No year ticks but some really good birds. I'd seen a group of nine cranes on King's Causeway near Swinefleet in April but the 4 common cranes at Blacktoft were much closer. Also good shows from black-tailed godwits, greenshank, spotted redshank, snipe and other regulars.

I know they're miles away but...bearded tits!

And the stars of the show!

28th July: Denaby Ings

Report of a purple heron. I arrived to a full car park. Good sign. Birders walking back said: 'Carry on to the sluice.' So I did.

29th July: Redcar/Saltholme/Hartlepool

I started at the car park between Redcar and Marske hoping to see some common scoter. I counted 58 approx.

 Also in the car park

Dorman's pool for a little stint that failed to show. Great egrets, spoonbills, a woodsand, greenshanks, ringed plovers - all sorts. I called at Saltholme hoping for a young yellow wagtail but no luck.

Moorhen pair were keeping their youngster close.

Rowan berries and a great white egret at Phil Stead's.

Final call at the Lifeboat Station. I was surprised to see a common blue by the car park.

The kittiwakes seemed to be doing well. 

I do like juvenile kittiwakes.

189 UK 2022


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