Winter Birding Discovery Days I'm guiding for Yorkshire Coast Nature over the next couple of months, and we got off to a flier... Blessed with decent weather (including sunshine!), we focused - as I'm sure I will throughout - on Scarborough and Filey.
Scarborough instantly provided with a close-up, personal show from the local Peregrines, squabbling, displaying and generally showing off beautifully for us; a ridiculously close Great Northern Diver at the harbour mouth, plus Turnstones around our feet, Common Scoters, Red-throated Divers, lots of auks and more made for a great morning session.
A lunch break en route at Holbeck meant sharing our sandwiches with pristine Mediterranean Gulls, before heading the fifteen minutes back to Filey for a session in the bay and Brigg area.
A fine afternoon ensued, with close-up Purple Sandpipers and Black Redstart along the bay side, another close Great Northern Diver by the Brigg, Eiders, Common Scoters, a pair of Long-tailed Ducks, various other winter specialities, and a killer rainbow to end the day.