Saturday, 17 September 2016

The main event

A nice sunny morning welcomed to the Skua and Shearwater Cruise at Bridlington Harbour. Leaving the harbour saw a small group of Kittiwakes with a few Redshanks waiting for the tide to go out and a few terns hunting on the harbours edge mainly Sandwich Terns but a few Common terns as well.

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Kittiwakes and Redshanks on the sea wall

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Sandwich Tern on the buoy
We then headed out into the bay seeing Cormorants and Shags and a few Razorbills and Guillemots passing Flamborough Head giving some nice views at which point a couple of Artic Skua Flew past and Shearwater species were seen.

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Dark Phase Artic Skua flying past the chalky cliffs

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Flamborough Head Lighthouse
The bait was there put which brought in the Gannets and the gulls mainly different age Herring Gullsbut a few Great backed Gulls and Black-head gulls were around and Fulmar were seen. After a little a Sooty Shearwater was seen and give a flyover  allowing everyone on board to see this super bird.

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Sooty Shearwater flying by


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Gannet flying through the sunlight
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Fulmar skimming the water
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Then headed back where we had a nice view of a Grey Seal and in the Harbour good numbers of Turnstones and a single Purple Sandpiper to end a good day

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Sunday, 11 September 2016

A little Detour

Last weekend had a little break up to Yorkshire with my local RSPB group for a boat around Bridlington  Bay but first stop was a evening visit to Frampton Marsh on route.

First thing that caught my eye was the impressive row of Sunflowers stetching from the vistor centre down to where the road ends an amazing sight.

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Next stopped at the view points where had a couple of Green Sandpipers and a few Black-tailed Godwits and Little Egrets before heading down to the 360 hide for a closer view of the waders but before i got to the hide had a super Goldfinch flock of over 50 birds feeding on the thistles.

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Goldfinch Flock

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Young Goldfinch
From the 360 Hide the waders numbers were just spellbinding with thousands of Godwits mainly Black-tailed, Hundreds of Dunlins and Ringed Plovers with good numbers of Curlew Sandpipers, Snipe and Ruffs showing really well.

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Feeding Snipe
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Snipe in flight

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Moulting Ruff

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Curlew Sandpiper in evening light 

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Dunlin in a flap

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Small selection of Godwit flock

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Small selection of Godwit flock in flight
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Small selection of the Dunlin and Ringed Plovers which is about a third of its actually size

Then ended the evening with a walk around the sea wall where I added two Yellow Wagtails and three Wheatears to end a lovely evening.

Friday, 19 August 2016

August visit to mismere

Last weekend with the weather reasonable decided to head to Minsmere first stop was the Sand Martin colony by the visitor centre very active with birds going in and out often in a few big flocks.

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Sand Martin in flight

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Then walked around and followed the path to the beach along the path a group of  at least 8 Little Egrets were hunting in the shallows and a Cetti Warbler showed it self nearby.

At the beach lots of butterflies were on the wing with Grayling, Common Blues and Painted Lady in with the huge numbers of Peacock and Red Admirals and a lone Emerald Damselfly was seen briefly

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Resting Grayling

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Brief stop of the Painted Lady

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One of many Common Blues in the dunes
Then headed to the East hide where had some good wader views with Black-tailed Godwit, Young Avocets with a few Ruffs and Dunlin and Spotted Redshank and a Common Sandpiper. Also on the scrape distance views of a few Little Gulls were seen as well as a the first signs of autum with yellow Wagtail and Wheatears around.

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Wheatear on the way south
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Then stopped at the Curlew watching point where a family of Stone Curlews and a Common Curlew in the heathland through the heat haze first time i managed to see the Stone Curlews here.Then stopped at the Bee Wasps a rare insect species but very intresting to watch them go about their business bring in the dead bees.

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Bee Wasp bringing in the bee

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Bee Wasp coming out the burrows

Then ended the day by spending quite a lot of time watching the butterflies on the buddleia

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Feeding Red Admiral



Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Butterflies at Ferymn Woods

A couple of weekend ago headed down to Ferymn Woods on a nice sunny morning quite a few butterflies around in the first wood a few Silver- Washed Fritillaries around and showing quite nicely and with Gatekeepers and Green-veined Whites in big number with a few Skippers around.

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Silver-washed Fritillary

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Green Veined White

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Large Skipper
Then walked through to the second world where I saw a few Purple Emperor including one going for a Spotted Flycatcher and a few Purple Hairstreaks and nice numbers of Silver- Washed Fritillaries but no sign of any White Admirals but a nice family group of Marsh Tits made up for that. On the way back a Meadow Brown was showing well.

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Meadow Brown Side view

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Wing Patterns

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Butterflies at Ferymn Woods

A couple of weekend ago headed down to Ferymn Woods on a nice sunny morning quite a few butterflies around in the first wood a few Silver- Washed Fritillaries around and showing quite nicely and with Gatekeepers and Green-veined Whites in big number with a few Skippers around.

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Silver-washed Fritillary

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Green Veined White

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Large Skipper
Then walked through to the second world where I saw a few Purple Emperor including one going for a Spotted Flycatcher and a few Purple Hairstreaks and nice numbers of Silver- Washed Fritillaries but no sign of any White Admirals but a nice family group of Marsh Tits made up for that. On the way back a Meadow Brown was showing well.

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Meadow Brown Side view

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Wing Patterns

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