Monday, July 25, 2016

Cliff Riches

A few from yesterday's weekly Kittiwake productivity plot - above, adult and below, just fledged juvenile, plus Fulmar and a smart, fresh, local juvenile Peregrine.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Too much to Swallow

A joy to spend time with here on Carr Naze, Filey this morning, several Swallow families were quality entertainment, especially when the parents fed the young (successfully or otherwise - note last shot).

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Four-spotted Chasers & Black-tailed Skimmers

As avian action predictably ebbs, so Odonata flows - especially with the beautiful weather here on the North Yorkshire coast presently. Lots of dragonflies to enjoy here in Filey at the moment, and while I don't have a fancy macro lens or the like, it's good to be able to shoot the more co-operative types, which in this case are Four-spotted Chasers (above and below) and Black-tailed Skimmers (lower two).

Friday, July 15, 2016

Stormy nights

From the night before last: A killer sunset greeted us over the Rocket Pole Field as we descended the slope down to the Brigg, followed by another successful catch of six Stormies (including this bird) - it's going very well this year, with a tally of 26 over four attempts. Proceedings were rounded off by an unexpected and incredible light show out over the sea (see very poor and unrepresentative hand-held kit lens photo below) - the multi-coloured phenomena of noctilucent clouds. We got lucky, with a bright and kaliedoscopic performance to rival any aurora, shifting in shape and colour as we watched from the shore.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Rare breeders

As in, local rare breeders.... Mistle Thrushes are increasingly hard to come by as a local breeding species, and so this juvenile (one of a family party) was a pleasure to bump into this week. Better still, a tip-off from a local (thanks Andy) put me on the trail of a pair of Little Owls; a little sniffing around resulted in one bird giving itself up in a hedgerow close to what looks like a perfect breeding location. They've become so rare locally that they're recorded less than annually in the Obs area, and this bird was in fact a new species for my Filey list (if I had one).

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Midsummer miscellany

Roe Deer stag, Parish Wood
Grey Partridge, Rocket Pole Field
Seal pup on the beach
Painted Lady
Painted Lady
Ruff and Mallard ducklings, East Lea
Male Bullfinch, Top Scrub
Common Scoters from the Brigg (with Bempton Cliffs as a backdrop)
Gadwall and Teal off the Brigg
Bar-tailed Godwit

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Returning Dunlins

Among an increasing trickle of returning shorebirds over recent days, a couple of adult Dunlins on the Brigg.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Swift action

A few from this morning while counting the southbound throngs of Swifts at my favoured vismig spot of Muston Sands. We (with Keith at Hunmanby Gap) managed a minimum of 1,400, with birds moving at all heights (from practically invisible to waist-heigh) and on a fairly broad front (a good mile inland to over the bay itself).

Sweden, June 2016 - happy families

Barnacle Geese breeding pretty much next door
...of the human and avian kinds. After a fine five days with the Sonden-Cooks, the second half of the trip was spent with our dear friends the Johansson-Sadris (double-barreled or nothing for us) a little further up the coast. But for a while in Gothenburg at either end of the trip, we spent it all in the idyllic and blissful surrounds of St Varholmen, an island in the archipelago west of the city with summer houses scattered along its rocky paths and sheltered inlets.

Kestrel family in the box behind the house 
(the male returning with a vole)
Idyllic and blissful pretty much sums it up; we were there for Midsommar and so got to share this celebration with the whole island, which involved the making and wearing of flower crowns, singing traditional songs and dancing round the maypole in the warm Swedish sunshine (Edward Woodward beware) among other simple pleasures. But most enjoyably it involved quality time with this wonderful family - our old friends Houman and Susanne, and our new ones Xander, Aurora and Freja. What a blast we had.

The clan in front of the cottage
Eider creches - lots of females and young on and around the island
Yes, it was cold, yes, there were jellyfish, and no, we didn't care