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Spurn

Posted Sunday 28th September 2008 at 20:45 by Pete Mella
I hadn’t been to the coast since May, and now I’ve been two weekends in a row… Today I’ve been on a daytrip to Spurn with the Sheffield Bird Study Group, and a great day it was too. The day started with a flyover V of pink-footed geese, the first of literally thousands to arrive over the course of the day, and just got better from then on.

Walking towards the Point, we were greeted fantastic views of a very obliging great grey shrike, and continuing round “The Triangle” we soon caught...
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Skuas, falcons and mysterious whales…

Posted Monday 22nd September 2008 at 14:05 by Pete Mella
Well, I’m back from my weekend exploring the Bridlington area, and a great weekend I had too. Although the falls of rarities of recent weeks weren’t there, I still got some cracking birds that more than made up for it.

My challenge to myself was also to get a weekend list of at least 75 species, from the moment I got off the train on Saturday to the moment I got on it again on Sunday. The birds I saw will now be listed in full anorak-stylee…

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Blacktoft Sands and a stork!

Posted Saturday 12th July 2008 at 20:18 by Pete Mella
Today I had a fantastic day out at Blacktoft Sands near Goole. It’s always a brilliant place to find birds, and today it really came up trumps.

Things started very well, with several ruff showing well, and an avocet (the first of many) flying over. From the Marshland Hide (by far the best hide on the whole reserve), we got black-tailed godwit, spotted redshank (still resplendent in summer plumage), redshank, dunlin, oystercatcher and lapwing. By far the best spots were a barn owl...
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Nightjars and woodcocks

Posted Thursday 3rd July 2008 at 09:40 by Pete Mella
Call me a wuss, or call me sensible, but nocturnal birding has never been my strongpoint as I've never been one for wandering round lonely areas in the pitch dark on foot. So last night I siezed my chance to catch up with a couple of night-dwelling birds on a SBSG guided walk at Wharncliffe Heath.

The target birds for the evening were nightjar and woodcock, and it proved to be a very popular event, with over fifty people joining the walk. We got on to the heath about 9.40pm, and before...
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Raptors!

Posted Saturday 8th March 2008 at 18:15 by Pete Mella
Today I went on the SBSG raptor-watching field trip to Windy Corner near Howden Dams. Despite the weather forecast, and my fear of a total drenching, it was actually fine for most of the morning, with only a few showers which didn’t last very long. And, despite its name, Windy Corner proved to actually be quite sheltered.

The main lure today was goshawks, a lifer that I actually got very early in the morning. They were tantalisingly brief views of a hunting bird, which sent a massive...
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