25th September 2023 ff

September 30, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

I wonder what will pop up next?

Spurn and Blacktoft: 25th September

Kilnsea was quiet in terms of rarities but there were plenty of birds. Among all the greylag geese I picked out some pinkfeet.

A juvenile spoonbill was trying to persuade its mother to feed it but she'd had enough and clearly thought it was time for the youngster to fend for itself.

Back-lit roe deer in the field behind the hide.

Wandering slowly north to Blacktoft was my next plan but a mega announcement on Bird Guides woke me up as the mega was at Blacktoft. I was short of time and the  world and his friend were at Blacktoft when I arrived. I headed for Singleton, knelt down and watched the sharp-tailed sandpiper before taking some shots. Then after brief chat with Ian who said he'd been trying to get in touch with Barry about the sandpiper I headed home.

Among my photos was a curlew sandpiper

The sharp-tailed sandpiper

Long Nab, Pipe Gully: 27th September

Longer walk than some of the reports suggested but it was a lovely morning near Long Nab north of Scarborough and I soon spotted the group of birders on the cliff top overlooking the gully.

Here's the eastern olivaceous warbler - first view. Someone said 'By the white flower!' I laughed as there were many white bindweed flowers to choose from but, I presume, looking through his scope the speaker could only see one white flower!

Zoomed in! Although very active we had excellent views of the bird in the shrubs just a little below us in the gully.

214 UK 2023


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