Broomhill Flash

It was going to be quality today rather than quantity on a quick visit down to Broomhill which is near to the Old Moor RSPB site. I had a few jobs to do at home first so I didn’t arrive on site till 10:45pm, I had word earlier that the birds I was looking for were still on site, so in with the small crowd that had gathered. Birds started appearing but not the ones we were looking for, Sparrowhawk over, Goldcrests, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Dunnock, Chaffinch and Wren even a Mute Swan kept coming and going then after about 45 mins target species number one a Firecrest,  put in a brief appearance, brief put great views were had of this small bird before flying over to the other banking of the river, so one down two to go.

I walked up and down the road now looking for target two, another 30 mins later I came across it, right place right time, this one was a Yellow browed Warbler and again gave great views as it flitted around the bush, and again too quick for me for pictures.

On then for number three target, this one hopefully was near the hide but on arrival I could see a few people standing around, after parking up I joined them for the wait this time seeing Reed Buntings, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit , BullfinchRobin and even a Kingfisher thru the car park, then it’s here behind us, it must have been skulking in the bush, target three was a Hawfinch, I’d never seen one this close what a brute of a finch, but I wasn’t going to get to see it for long it flew off and out of sight. I waited around a little longer but no show, I had a quick view from the hide, birds from here Black headed Gulls, Herring Gulls, a pair of Goldeneye, Canada Geese, Greylag Goose, Lapwing, Great Crested Grebe, and Cormorant.

Back outside and I waited again for 30 mins in hope the Hawfinch might return but to no avail it was now time to draw a line under the day, Grandsons Birthday called stronger

The Day List : 26

Black headed Gull, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Canada Goose, Chaffinch, Cormorant, Dunnock, Firecrest, Goldcrest, Goldeneye, Goldfinch, Great Crested Grebe, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Hawfinch, Herring Gull, Kingfisher, Lapwing, Reed Bunting, Robin, Sparrowhawk, Starling, Tree Sparrow, Tufted Duck, Wren, Yellow browed Warbler


Fairburn and St Aidans

My first of call was down Lin Dike at Fairburn Ings, the plan was to find the Great White Egret  down here,  move on to the centre and take some photos but that changed when a guy told me it had moved onto St Aidians again, so the plan now was to enjoy sometime down here then onto said site.

Down Lin Dike were Canada, and Greylag Geese, and a Pink footed Goose, yaffle of a Green Woodpecker, Great Tit, Robin, ChaffinchBlue Tit and on the waters Teal, Pochard, Shelduck, Tufted Duck, Mallard, after all that I had eventually  made it to the hide.

From Lin Dike Hide were mainly Black headed Gulls but I also saw Teal , a couple of Little Egret, Shelduck, Pochard, Canada Geese, Moorhen, Coots, and a Common Buzzard over

On then to St Aidans where the Great White Egret hopefully was, after a brief encounter with a fellow birder on arrival I found the egret on the nearby pond near the visitor centre. The egret was at a distance slowly making its way around the edges, it was good to see this species again last time was back in the Gambia in March 2017.

Time for a walk around the place, it was very muddy underfoot wish I’d have put my wellies on, looking over towards the hill Common Buzzards could be seen, 5 in the air at once joined by a Red Kite, great to see a few birds of prey in the air at once. Onward then to one of the smaller ponds where I saw Great Crested Grebe, Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Mallard, and Pochard.

I then made my way down to the gorse bushes hoping to find some smaller birds, from a distance a Bittern was in flight before settling back amongst the reeds, down at the gorse a pair of Stonechat were playing around giving picture opportunities, with patience. A Ringed Plover was on the nearby pool along with a couple of Pied Wagtails, and a Oystercatcher, Redshank, and a Male Marsh Harrier on the way back to the car to finish off a splendid day

Todays List : Bittern, Blackbird, Black headed Gull, Blue Tit, Buzzard, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Coot, Cormorant, Curlew, Great Crested Grebe, Great Tit, Great White Egret, Green Woodpecker, Grey Heron, Greylag Goose, Herring Gull, Lapwing, Little Egret, Magpie, Mallard, Marsh Harrier, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Oystercatcher, Pheasant, Pied Wagtail, Pochard, Red Kite, Redshank, Ringed Plover, Shelduck, Shoveler, Skylark, Starling, Stonechat, Teal, Tufted Duck,Wigeon, Woodpigeon, Wren


Stonechat Male

Common Buzzard

Common Buzzard

Old Moor RSPB

Once again back at Old Moor, seemed like a good place to be today. Started at the Tree Sparrow Farm were plenty of Goldfinch and Greenfinch  were seen along with Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Reed Buntings, Blackbirds, Dunnock, Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Great Tit, blue Tit, Magpie and of course Tree Sparrows

Moving on then to the Family Hide where Black headed Gull, Common Gull and Cormorants were present along with plenty of wildfowl, especially Wigeon up on the grass bank with Canada Geese and Moorhens, and as always you’ll come across the friendly Robin here as I did when leaving the hide


On then I marched down to the Wader Scrap Hide flushing up a Green Woodpecker, not seen one that close for a long time, it dropped down on to the nearby banking so I decided to hang around in the vain hope of a picture, I managed a brief glimpse as it made its way along the banking in the hedgerow, if it just made its way a little bit more to the right into the little clearing  I’d have it, I was posed with camera…….it wasn’t to be off it flew over the banking and out of site, into the hide then.

From here I found Goldeneye ♂♀, Tufted Duck, and the Peregrine sat happily on one of the posts, a bit distant for a photo, also Cormorants, Lapwing, Goosander and Gadwall

On then to Wath ings hide Shovelers were encountered here along with Mute Swan, Common Snipes and Green Sandpiper

To finish the day off, after visiting the cafe of course was on to Broomhill Flash and maybe a Hawfinch which has been seen on and off in the car park for a few days now, it was on off whilst I was there, however good birds were seen. A Common Buzzard was lingering on the far side of the lake being harassed by Crows occasionally. Lots of Geese on show mainly Canadas with a few Greylag but looking thru them a smaller goose was on show a Barnacle Goose which was great to see. A covey of Red legged partridge on the far side also, an Oystercatcher on one of the Islands

The Day List :- Barnacle Goose, Blackbird, Black headed Gull, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Buzzard, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Collard Dove, Common Gull, Coot, Cormorant, Dunnock, Gadwall, Goldfinch, Goosander, Great Tit, Green Woodpecker, Greenfinch, Grey Heron, Greylag Goose, Kestrel, Lapwing, Lesser Black backed Gull, Linnet, Little Grebe, Long tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Oystercatcher, Peregrine, Pheasant, Pied Wagtail, Pochard, Red legged partridge, Redwing, Reed Bunting, Robin, Shoveler, Snipe, Song Thrush, Sparrowhawk, Starling, Stock Dove, Teal, Tree Sparrow, Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Woodpigeon

Grey Heron

Grey Heron

Frampton Marsh

A 2 1/2 hour journey from home to Frampton Marsh so I was going to be there all day, I wasn’t disappointed, a fantastic place with lots and lots of birds to see and also quality (Frampton Marsh Map).

Parked up at the visitor centre car park, made the toilet visit and checked on what was where, with information the plan was to walk down towards Marsh Farm Reservoir and circuit back round and back up to the centre for dinner then over to the reedbed side and finish down at the saltmarsh for raptors.

So off I went chalking up Goldfinch, Greenfinch and House Sparrows on the centre feeders, Ruff, Black tailed Godwit, Moorhen and Wigeon near the car park field. Down on to the now muddy path along the hedgerow and not finding much really the odd Blue and Great Tit, out onto the road again, where roads and paths met, at this junction I found Song Thrush, Blackbirds, Redwing, heard Fieldfares, and Chaffinch

I finally made it to Marsh Farm reservoir where I could see a good assortment of duck, but the sun made it difficult to see what was on the water, had to re position, then I found Goldeneye, Gadwall, Teal, mallard, Tufted Duck and after sorting thru the Tufties I picked up my first target of the day a Male Scaup, taking a nap at the time but I could clearly see the grey back. I decided then on walking back and down towards the farm barn, I think it was, and viewed the fields, from here I could see a single Little Egret along one of the ditches, a single Fieldfare, lots of Ringed Plover and Dunlin, Lapwings and Golden Plovers in thousands, the odd Curlew, and fly by Black tailed Godwits.

So down along the far bank heading now to the saltmarsh watching Whooper Swans in the nearby field and Skylark doing a short song flight as I made my way along the banking, I took a quick break time when I reached the marsh and here I watched Little Egrets, Curlew and Redshanks

Setting off again I was soon attracted to loud nosiness of the birds taking flight , a quick look around and I soon found the reason why they had taken flight, a female Peregrine hunting, she took a swoop down into the flock of teal now settling back on to the water but was out of luck, she settled down on to the marsh and waited, 5 minutes she was up again came back round and got the ducks back up she looked for height and then wings back took another swoop missed again, up and back round but this time come so close to my stand point I could her eyes without binoculars, she dissapeared flying out over the saltmarsh…..smiles worth coming over 100 miles just for that.

It was dinner, so back to the car , whilst having dinner I watched Black tailed Godwits and Ruff in the nearby field. Dinner over I did another loop this one taking in the reedbeds and again back down to the saltmarsh. Reed Buntings, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet and a yellowhammer was a lovely surprise, Little Egrets and again plenty of Teal, Wigeon, Lapwing and Golden Plover, down near the saltmarsh Greylag Geese, Brent Geese and Cormorants and more waders Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Redshank and a lovely Spotted Redshank. 

So now I had arrived back at the saltmarsh I settled in again on one of the seats and waited and at about 3:45pm in from the NE a single female Marsh Harrier, at about 4pm a Merlin came in and settled on one of the fence posts and remained for quite a while, about 4:15pm and again in from the NE, the star of the day a male Hen Harrier, drifting slowly over the marsh has he made his way down to the SW and was lost to sight, 10 mins later he was back again and went to ground. I hung on for another 15 mins hoping for an Owl to finish the day, but I suppose the Harrier was the END

A fantastic day and  if you’ve never been to Frampton  put it on your list to day to do so

List of the day :- Blackbird, Black headed Gull, Black tailed Godwit, Blue Tit, Brent Goose, Canada Goose, Crow, Chaffinch, Coot, Cormorant, Curlew, Dunlin, Dunnock, Fieldfare, Gadwall, Golden Plover, Goldeneye, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Hen Harrier, Herring Gull, House Sparrow, Kestrel, Lapwing, Linnet, Little Egret, Little Grebe, Magpie, Mallard, Marsh Harrier, Merlin, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Peregrine, Pheasant, Pochard, Redshank,Redwing, Reed Bunting, Ringed Plover, Robin, Ruff, Scaup, Shelduck, Shoveler, Skylark, Song Thrush, Spotted Redshank, Starling, Teal, Tufted Duck, Whooper Swan, Wigeon, Woodpigen, Yellowhammer

Overlooking the Saltmarsh

Frampton marsh

Rosy start to a New Year

Out to Easington (near Spurn) to the start the New Year and to try to locate a new bird species for me, a Rose coloured Starling, this one had been lingering for a number of weeks now, so I decided it was time to go a finding.

Arrived at Easington at about 9:30 to hear that the starling hadn’t been seen so far, then I heard a bird call that I was more familiar with in the Gambia and on looking up I caught the sight and sound of a Ring necked Parakeet flying thru, a nice surprise haven’t seen one in this country out of the London area. I strolled the streets looking for the Starling to no avail, chatted with someone who was also drawing a blank, they wondered off to try to find the waxwing that had been reported, I persevered for the Starling and focused on a group of Blackbirds feeding in a nearby garden and then there it was, perching in the nearby tree . The Rose coloured Starling, the bird was being active flying down into the garden, out of sight, and back up into the tree again, I spent a while with the Starling managing even to get a couple of pics.

Rose coloured Starling

Rose coloured Starling

Moved on the to find the Waxwing which turned out to be a lot easier to find, I spent a few moments with this bird taking a few snaps before moving on down to Kilnsea Wetlands



Turned up at Kilnsea to the news of a Green winged Teal which had moved on to the sea and was now distant, I didn’t bother and stopped off at the first hide to find, Male and Female Goldeneye, Teal, Lapwing, Brent Geese, Curlew, Little Egret, Redshank, and Shoveler. On then to the estuary around the Crown and Anchor for a quick scan here I found Black tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Knot, Redshank, Golden Plover,  and Sanderling.

The plan now was to go on to Blacktoft sands for the Harrier roost and a hopped for Hen Harrier, I stopped off first at along the way near Pasture Farm were in a nearby field were a group of Swans holding 7 Whooper and 2 Bewick. After viewing the birds then on to Blacktoft were I was greeted by a Robin as I parked up, on the reserve things were quiet but that broke when a flock of Greylag Geese went over as I walked up to Marshland Hide for the start, here was a single Redshank and Pied Wagtail, then I found a small raptor stood on a fence post, Merlin, that was an unexpected bonus. I picked up a Green Sandpiper, Mute Swan, Shelduck, Goldfinch as I made my way down to the Singleton hide ready for the Harriers, from here I saw about 9 Marsh Harrier from the a couple of these were Male birds but no Hen 😦




Spurn List : Blackbird, Black headed Gull, Black tailed Godwit, Blue Tit, Brent Goose, Buzzard, Crow, Chaffinch, Collard dove, Curlew, Dunlin, Dunnock, Golden Plover, Goldeneye, Great Black backed Gull, Great Tit, Herring Gull, House sparrow, Knot, Lapwing, Little egret, Little Grebe, Magpie, Redshank, Ring necked Parakeet, Robin, Rose coloured Starling, Sanderling, Shelduck, Shoveler, Starling, Teal, Waxwing, Woodpigeon,

Blacktoft Sands : Bewick Swan, Blackbird, Crow, Goldfinch, Green Sandpiper, Greylag Goose, Little Egret, Magpie, Marsh Harrier, Merlin, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Pheasant, Pied Wagtail, Redshank, Robin, Shelduck, Shoveler, Tree Sparrow, Whooper Swan, Woodpigeon

Hawfinch and Desert Wheatear

Had to finish the year on a day out and the last day of the year was the chosen day, the first bird of the day to try and find was the Hawfinch, there were plenty about after the influx in to the country but were we destined to find any.

Fountains Abbey was the place we were going to look for a few birds had been reported over the last few days in Yew tress near the Hall, just by the bridge near Westgate Car Park, (Westgate Car Park). On arrival we soon picked up on Blackbirds, Mistle Thrush and Greenfinch and then a fly over Hawfinch, I hoped that was going to be todays few, I needn’t have worried it wasn’t long after that a few Hawfinch started to settle in the nearby trees giving excellent views, other highlights a pair of Grey Wagtail and Redwing

On again to Danby Beacon for Snow Buntings, I wasnt holding out on these due to the high winds, after much looking only came up with a Male Stonechat and a few Red Grouse

Back in the car and down to Whitby for my second ever Desert Wheatear, obliging bird found on the farm track near the Abbey but keeping low down to the ground due to high winds, difficult to get a decent photo as well

Back in the car again and down to Scarborough stopping at Marine drive where we picked up Fulmars on the Rocks and a few Red throated Divers off shore, around the harbour were Turnstones, CormorantsHerring Gulls and on the defence wall 5 Purple Sandpipers, were keeping low trying to keep out of the wind, and to finish the day off a Starling Murmuration along the seafront

Day List :

Blackbird, Black headed Gull, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Buzzard, Crow, Chaffinch, Common Gull, Cormorant, Desert Wheatear, Fulmar, Greenfinch, Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail, Hawfinch, Herring Gull, Jackdaw, Kestrel, Kittiwake, Lapwing, Magpie, Meadow Pipit, Mistle Thrush, Pheasant, Purple Sandpiper, Red Grouse, Red Kite, Red throated Diver, Redwing, Feral Pigeon, Sparrowhawk, Starling, Stonechat, Turnstone, Woodpigeon



Desert Wheatear

Desert Wheatear 2

Red throated Diver

Red throated Diver

Old Moor

Good to be out again alas not venturing far, blowing a few cobwebs off, but to a place that has become one of my favourite places, Old Moor [Map of Old Moor]

Arriving on site at about 11am it was plain to see many birds along the hedgerow, Blackbirds, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch were readily picked up.

Thru and into the visiter centre to check in before venturing on to site, after this the first port of call was the garden hide were Grey Squirrels were being very active on birdtables and hanging on feeders. Birds on the garden feeders were Great Tit, Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Long tailed Tit and Wren was flitting about. Around the base of the feeders were Moorhens.

A a first visit over to the Tree Sparrow farm produced Collard Dove, Bullfinch, Reed Buntings, and a Great Spotted Woodpecker alarm calling from a tree as I made my way down to the family hide.

A view over the Mere from the hide, plenty of Wildfowl about Teal, Gadwall, Wigeon, Mallard, Pochard, Shovelers, Tufted Duck and I even managed to pick out a Male Pintail. A few Geese on the mere the usual Canadas and Greylags, along with plenty of Cormorants, Black headed Gulls and a few Lesser Black backed and Herring Gulls.

Down at Wath Ings Hide a Green Sandpiper was a nice addition to the day list, also at Wath Ings I managed to add Little Egret and Grey Heron,

On my way out thru into the car park I picked up 7 Redwing flying over

Day List :- Blackbird, Black headed Gull, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Collard Dove, Common Gull, Coot, Cormorant, Gadwall, Goldfinch, Great Crested Grebe, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Green Sandpiper, Greenfinch, Grey Heron, Greylag Goose, Herring Gull, Jackdaw, Lapwing, Lesser Black backed Gull, Little Egret, Little Grebe, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Pheasant, Pintail ♂, Pochard, Redwing, Reed Bunting, Robin, Shoveler, Song Thrush, Teal, Tufted Duck, Wigeon

Squirrel raiding the feeders

Squirrel...Mission Possible