Thursday, December 12, 2013
An uncommon visitor to the the bay during the winter, Goldeneyes are rarely easy to get close to here in Filey, and so this female - which kindly spent half an hour with me back in January at East Lea, a small freshwater wetland on the edge of town - was a real treat.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
From the hallowed coastal turf of Carr Naze in the middle of May, a stunning male Red-spotted Bluethroat. After becoming increasingly rare in recent years, this bird was part of a small and welcome influx on the east coast, and (once left to settle) was a joy to watch, even singing loudly into the fog.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
One of the brightest and most uplifting harbingers of spring, Willow Warblers begin to arrive here in Filey by early April, the vast majority stopping off only briefly before heading further north, and these birds were photographed at the Dams on the 14th of that month.
The diagnostically colder and greyer bird below, meanwhile, is of the northern race Acredula, and stopped by (in the same location) about a month later:
Monday, December 9, 2013
Catching up now after that annoying distraction ..... Snipe are entertaining, stunningly beautiful and impossible to get bored with, and thanks to the east hide at the Dams, I've spent more time ogling them this year than probably every other birding year combined.
Another one from the windswept promontory of Carr Naze this year (and there'll be plenty more to come), this Sparrowhawk was one of many taking advantage of the passerine bounty this autumn; I got lucky with this one as it wheeled slowly above me and caught the early morning light beautifully.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Classic southern European overshoots don't come much better than Alpine Swifts, and after missing a long-staying bird down the road at Bempton last year by minutes (twitching rarely agrees with me, even if it's only a few miles away), a small influx in April this year offered fresh hope; much better to see one on the patch anyway.
Several arrived along the Yorkshire Coast, resulting in most waking hours being spent standing on cliff-tops in strong winds, but seemingly the chance had passed; until this bird chose the perfect setting of a dark, windy dusk on Carr Naze to give a lucky few of us a few minutes of its time.
Friday, December 6, 2013
Apologies for losing the thread there somewhat, a bit distracted for some reason..... anyway, back in the saddle with this Whimbrel, from the Dams back in May. It's been a great year for wader passage generally, and Whimbrels were especially numerous - over a hundred a day in the peak period, often in large flocks.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Having just about recovered* from the intoxicating effects of this unassuming little northern beauty, a few more photos from arguably the most exhilarating few minutes birding I've ever had the pleasure of. Magazines and websites will be carrying the story soon enough so I'll save duplicating it here, save to say, everything is just fine in this particular corner of town right now.
|An idea of initial views (uncropped with a 300 lens)|
* - not technically true, and in fact a recovery is far from imminent
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Hard to beat on all scores, Barn Owls are always a huge pleasure to watch, especially in bright sunshine (and well away from roads). This male hunted the Tip - a small grassland reserve here in Filey - around me, unconcerned by my presence, and carried prey high up into the sky, over part of the town and back to his family at the Dams.