Wednesday, 30 March 2011


On the way up.

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

Same Tree. New Hole

Aythya Hybrid Duck

The first picture of is a Pochard x Tufted hybrid photographed on 4/4/2009 at Redcar Tarn (more pictures in archived posting). The following three pictures were taken this morning also at Redcar Tarn. Returning bird? (Note that whilst today's bird looks much darker the pictures were taken in less favourable light hence the apparent different colouration).

Stainburn Moor

Meadow pipit, one of many singing and displaying. Observed 24th and 27th March

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Wheaters Paul Clough today

My first sightings of the year.

Saturday, 26 March 2011


Male bird at Upper Coach Road this week.

Bempton Birding

Good numbers of very photogenic Tree Sparrows around the car park and visitor centre.

Very few Razorbills present on the cliffs at the beginning of the week but numbers had increased substantially by Thursday.

Gannets are back in huge numbers and were very active proclaiming territory and restoring old nest sites.
Couldn't omit the classic Puffin pose - just lacking the sandeels! Very few on the cliffs Monday but had started to return by Thursday.

Found this winter plumaged Guillemot amongst the thousands in breeding plumage (not many bridled birds seen though).

Fulmars - one of my favourite birds.

Stalling Gannet.
Huge numbers of Kittiwakes were as noisy as ever.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Washburn Valley butterflies

4 species observed over the past 2 days. Peacock not photographed but the Brimstone yesterday may be a very early observation!!

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Scarborough harbour today

Turnstones on harbour wall and Iceland gull end of south jetty today.

Monday, 21 March 2011

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Treecreepers/Bullfinch Shipley Glen

Treecreepers/Bullfinch Shipley Glen


Bad light but some came out. Saw the other chappie having a bath up the path.

Monday, 14 March 2011


Pair observed today at Kex Gill - my first for 2011!

Also a skylark from last week on Baildon moor.

Saturday, 12 March 2011

A Golden Oldie at Whetstone

Not sure who will remember this little gem that spent a couple of days at Whetstone. I found the clips whilst copying some old analogue tapes. Anybody remember the date?

Dunlin at Redcar Tarn 12th March

Present at 7.10a.m. until 7.40 when it was disturbed by the inevitable dog walkers. It seemed to have no difficulty in finding lots of worms to eat.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Great Grey Shrike

Located on the A59 on tree saplings near just west of Pace Gate (SE115547), 4 km WSW of Kex Gill.