Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Guiding for Yorkshire Coast Nature

Yellowhammer, Flamborough
 
Part of the group enjoying lunch on the North Yorks moors
 
As alluded to in the last post, to say things are full-on at the moment would be a huge understatement, but it's all good stuff (and all bird/wildlife-related, so no complaints from me) - including guiding for Yorkshire Coast Nature, which is always a blast. Rich and I had the pleasure of showing the Cambridge U3A Bird Group the best our area has to offer over the course of three very enjoyable days last week, and happily the birds played ball.

Male Ring Ouzel on territory
 
Golden Plovers on the moors
 
A 17-strong group (with a 90% female majority) made for a highly entertaining three days, spent in the forests and on the moors (day one), on the coast (day two) and at freshwater wetlands (day three). It's always a thrill to show off how much we have up here in such a small area, and we were able to share everything from Goshawks, Redstarts and Crossbills in the forests, to Ring Ouzels, Golden Plovers, Red Grouse and Wheatears on the moors, to seabird colonies heaving with Gannets and auks, to wetlands adorned with various wildfowl and waders and much more besides.

 
The clowns performed admirably at Bempton RSPB
 
Bar-tailed Godwit, South Landing
 
Not the first or last shoelace tied for our clients last week - where else do you get that kind of treatment?