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Roller still present at lunch time. Absolute stonking bird!

Even little Riggers was impressed and hogged the scope

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looks like 2 rollers present between aldbrough and hornsea. one flew north over hull road towards hornsea mere 2.40pm whilst the "usual" one was still present and correct near bewick hall!!

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After a rather wet start in GM, Iain Johnson and myself decided to make a trip to see the Roller. It looked thoroughly fed up in the rain, perched on its favourite post, but eventually it decided to shake the rain off and flew into the field to feed, when we were able to see the spectacular mixture of colours.

A cracking bird!



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After our 2 hours of watching the fabulous Roller at Aldbrough, Alex Jones and myself decided to head off to Flamborough to try and find the Icterine Warbler, as Alex was particularly keen to see it as a UK first.

This was my second visit in 4 days there having already seen the Icterine Warbler on Tuesday via Hartlepool, and it certainly gave me a sense of "deja-vu" as we pulled up in the same parking spot.

Despite our efforts and those of other birders, the Icterine Warbler was not around.

We headed to the cliffs where a quick scan of the rocks and sea produced:

10 Puffins
100's of Guillemots on the sea (including one bridled individual with the distinct eye ring and stripe)
Also lots of Razorbill, Kittitwakes, Fulmars, Herring and Great Black-backed Gulls and some great views of Gannets close-in.

-- Edited by Phil Owen on Sunday 3rd of June 2012 09:29:44 AM

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Myself and the Manx birder also went over to Aldbrough today to look for the European Roller and as both Phil and Henry said, a really nice bird. Pity that Mr Barber couldn't have joined us.

I lived and worked in Oman in the middle east for many years and although not deeply into birding at the time could not help but be impressed with the Indain Rollers that visited our garden on a regular basis so it was nice to be reminded of these far off cousins by this colourful character in the UK. Interesting to see it coughing up the pellets as Henry mentioned.

We were lucky to see the bird at all this morning as in conversation with the farmers wife she mentioned that they were intending to put their pea crop into the field today but the ground was too wet. The lady and her young daughter were really happy to have a look through my scope at the "their" bird and she said she would let the local birding group know when the pea planting was going to take place so that details could be published.

Other birds present of interest: Corn Bunting, Yellow Wagtail and a Meadow Pipit that appeared to have taken exception to the Roller sitting on the white post.

Called in briefly to Blacktoft Sands in the afternoon on the way home but there was no sign of the Marsh Warbler as might be expected at that time of day but 4 Marsh Harriers were on view, one adult male and three females two of which appeared to be feeding young.

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Arrived at Aldbrough this morning at 4.30am with Alex Jones for the adult Roller.

On arrival at the site, just before sunrise, we saw a Jackdaw-size bird in silhouette perched on a telegraph pole and immediately identified it as our target bird.

We stayed over 2 hours at the site watching the Roller on it's favoured post, feeding in the ploughed field and also perched on wires, where at all times the bird showed really well. A lifer for us both!

A truly stunning bird and a lovely mixture of colours especially when the bird was in flight - well worth the early start.

A Barn Owl was also seen hunting the fields which made a nice double act.

From there we headed towards Blacktoft Sands later in the morning where good views of the Marsh Warbler were had, a lifer for Alex.

We headed back down the M62 very happy!


-- Edited by Phil Owen on Saturday 2nd of June 2012 08:30:53 PM

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01/06/2012 - An adult Roller put on quite a show just to the north of Aldbrough, East Yorks (presumably the bird from Spurn a few days ago). Spending much of it's time on a favoured white post, it eventually coughed up two pellets and resumed feeding across the ploughed fields for beetles and grubs. Vivid turquoise underparts gave way to a tan coloured back but in flight the bird shone with shades of royal blue on the flight feathers and rump, what a beauty. Also present were:

1 Grey Partridge
1 Lapwing
4 Skylarks
2 House Martins
10+ Swallows
3 Corn Buntings
2 Yellowhammers
4 Linnets

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29/05/2012 - Moving down the coast following the Orphean Warbler at Hartlepool, myself, Mike D and Phil O called in at Flamborough where a male Icterine Warbler showed in Old (New?) Fall Plantation. A captivating and loud song blasted from the bushes and trees but it took a while for it to finally pop out on top of the sycamores sporting shocking lemon-green underparts, nice pale wing panel, dark spindly legs and a chunky bill amongst other features. Also present during out visit were:

2 Greylag Geese
2 Grey Partridges
1 Yellow Wagtail
1 Spotted Flycatcher
2 Chiffchaffs
1 Willow Warbler
1 Blackcap
2 Whitethroats
skylarks, house martins, swallows and linnets also

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BOLTON ABBEY


Late post for sunday, pm.

Afternoon visit to Strid Woods, Bolton Abbey.

Pied Flycatcher's
Spotted Flycatcher
Wood Warbler 2
Siskin
Nuthatch
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Greylag Geese 4

On the river

Grey Wagtail lots
Dipper 2
Goosander
Swallows
Sand Martins

Great place as always when you get away from the crowds.


















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Peter

you did it then well done mate

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I walked the Yorkshire Three Peaks yesterday and despite it being very windy there were some excellent birds along the way to keep me going - highlights around Whernside were Dipper, Spotted Flycatcher [fly catching from a tree appropriately], Redstart, Willow Warblers all along the railway line. Around the route were plenty of Meadow Pipit, Wheatear, Curlew, Swallows, House Martins and some Lapwing.

A Kestrel was the only raptor of the day but I was surprised by the numbers of roving Herring Gulls. Had a quick look for Dotterel on the peaks but it was very windy on the top so if there were any I guess they'd have been on the lee of the hills. Almost makes me wish I'd carried bins or a camera!

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Got cracking views of the drake American Wigeon yesterday, but on Anglers CP Main Lake rather than Wintersett Reservoir. It was feeding on the banks and allowed pretty close approach by stalking slowly & keeping low giving fantastic photo opportunities. The Greenland White-fronted Goose was also showing very well on Main Lake where huge numbers of wildfowl took advantage of some open water (not iced up) including Goosander, Goldeneye, Gadwall, Wigeon, Pochard and Tufted Duck, to name just a few!

Over on Wintersett Reservoir we soon located the drake Smew and the Black-necked Grebe, both distant in small non-iced patches of water. Nearby a Willow Tit, a Yellowhammer and more than 30 tree Sparrows showed well in the sunshine.

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Late report from yesterday (29/01)

Spent an enjoyable morning at Wintersett Reservoir near Wakefield, tracking down the long-staying American Wigeon.
Typically it spent most of it's time skulking around the only part of the reservoir that is off-limits and gave only fleeting views. Thankfully, after a couple of hours it moved onot open water with the rest of the Wigeon flock, where we were able to get a much better look at it .

We also had cracking views of a drake Smew (apparently there were 2 on the reserve) and a Black-Necked Grebe.
Huge numbers of wildfowl on the water-
Gossander
Goldeneye
Pochard
Wigeon
Teal
Shoveler
Tufted Duck
Pink-Footed, Greylag and Canada Geese

Also had good numbers of smaller birds, with-
Siskin
Redpoll
Linnet
Goldfinch
Redwing & Fieldfare

We then pushed on to try and find Bean Geese, White Stork and Snow Buntings at various sites around Flamborough, but drew a blank on each occassion.

Large numbers of Sanderling on the beach at Fraisthorpe were a nice sight at the end of a very pleasant, but cold day.


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Spent Wed 28-Dec up at Ingleton Falls
http://www.ingletonwaterfallstrail.co.uk/

My  search for Dippers this year in Gloucestershire and Gtr Manchester has been unsuccessful and so I decided to visit this place as my brother and his wife recommended it following several visits when they had almost always seen the birds.

Unfortunately my run of bad luck continued and despite the weather not being too bad in the circumstances, the high winds and the fact that both of the streams were very full and fast flowing combined to thwart my search, once again.  Enroute the fields were full of crows, Jackdaws and Black-headed Gulls, with only a single Kestrel and Buzzard seen. At Ingleton Falls itself, the feeders in the carpark ensured that the were plenty of Tits, Chaffinches and Nuthatch around, but hardly anything other than a few corvids were seen during the course of the 4.5 mile walk. 

I must say that the location and the Falls themselves are delightful and well worth visiting. Its not too strenuous a walk either.

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You must have been looking at the other one

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Mike Chorley wrote:

and a Tundra Bean Goose with 3 Pinkfeet at Lebberston.

Trip Total 66 Species





Well me and Rayner saw a Taiga

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Male Desert Wheatear showed well, if distant (vertically) on and around the Gannet nests on the stack below Staple Newk at Bempton this a.m.

Best of the rest of a tour of N.E. Yorkshire with Messrs Rigby & Rayner were 3 Red-throated Divers close in at Filey Brig (with at least as many Harbour Porpoise showing well), a distant couple of Whooper Swans at Filey Dams and a Tundra Bean Goose with 3 Pinkfeet at Lebberston.

Trip Total 66 Species

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Driving up the A1 today just north of wetherby 2 Red Kites seen low over the road, excellent views. Also some big flocks of starlings and lapwings near Leeming.

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around 50 Pied Wagtails near York Railway station on Sat 22nd Oct - off to roost, I'd guess

On the way up the M1/A1 from London I was expecting the no. of Buzzards seen to exceed the Kestrels, but in fact the Kestrels won 6 - 2! Didn't see much else of interest though, mind you. :(

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biggrin.gif2 red kites near Bridlington yesterday

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