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Sunday, May 23, 2021

Birding Discovery Days, May '21

An accommodating Hoopoe 

So that's all of my Yorkshire Coast Nature Birding Discovery Days wrapped up for this spring, and what a blast they were. Lots of lovely clients, all in teams of a maximum of four per tour (we like to keep it personal), and lots of great birding, despite the generally poor spring and the full spectrum of conditions...
Day-flying Barn Owls are always a hit, especially when they come this close.... 

 ...we've had warm sunshine, snow, perfectly stillness, bone-shaking northerlies, fog, and pretty much every other variable of the Yorkshire spring, and we've enjoyed unique birding experiences whatever the weather.
A pair of Dotterels were a rare treat last week 

As with all my coastal days we've the option of moving around according to where the action is on the day, but as is so often the case, the Great Flamborough Head ably provided for all our needs - the Outer Head, North and South Landings, Thornwick, Bempton and Buckton all featured on our May tours, providing a broad spectrum of habitats and species.
Sedge Warblers (and many other warblers) were still arriving / passing through mid-month 

A three day group tour at the end of the month and a Nightjar safari are still to come before May slips into June, but then we're into the Seabird and Whale season in July (see here), and then the Autumn Migration Specials (see here) - plenty going on!
Kestrel and Peregrine were both regulars on the tours