No year ticks last weekend but connected again with all three mega's lingering in Yorkshire, with better views of the Green warbler and further views of the Albatross and White-tailed plover.
Today was yet another trip to Blacktoft, and after a bit of a wait in the...
Got a lift after work to head to Bempton/Buckton to try and see the Green warbler. Not my idea of fun with the amount of people present and all trying to see into a channel where the bird (apparently) kept being seen.
Mostly well behaved in the circumstances but a few irritatingly...
Had a go at the Syke's warbler on Saturday with a full car, but obviously to no avail and the day continued to frustrate, failing to connect with possible year ticks such as Wryneck and Barred warbler, and not really having the time or inclination to head round the wash to try for the...
A bit disappointed with the day, despite some good birds, there was not much for the year list when the weather conditions, and the birds around during the week had promised so much more.
238. Arctic skua
239. Little stint
Feels like a long time since I was at blacktoft. Some logistical challenges to get there this afternoon but we'll worth it for the obliging White tailed plover.
237. WHITE TAILED PLOVER
Very nice to get a world tick in Yorkshire.
Every newspaper I pick up has a two page section attributed to celebrity news. More recently, they have all had a 2 page feature on the latest Covid events - why the silence on what's happening to the planet. There should have been two page sections of information in every paper for the last two...
Very last minute trip to Ireland as one of the few places available with no Covid travel restrictions and a new country for me.
No targeted birding while there, although I did keep one eye on the sky in case of the Egyptian vulture passing over. Some birding from the ferry provided...
Having seen the weather outside and the forecast, almost aborted this trip but persuaded to give it a go and apart from a mild soaking early on, did manage to avoid the worst of the weather and get some nice year ticks.
231. American golden plover - That's all 4 Pluvialis in...
229. Pacific golden plover
Good selection of waders but neither of the two easier ones still needed for the year, Sanderling and Little stint. Seems the Western sandpiper has moved on too so no point pushing on around the Wash.
230. Cattle egret
Taken a bit of a break from year listing in the summer lull. Managed to connect with High Brown Fritillary last weekend and then a long weekend in Guernsey, one of the few places it seems you can come and go from without hassle if you are double vaccinated.
Just a relaxing trip with...
I thought it was July and I could start turning attention back to my butterfly list but the birds just keep coming. Saturday was a difficult day as plans in the evening meant I was a bit restricted. I had a failed attempt for the Oriental turtle dove in the morning, only for it to be...
Very stressful day at work with no chance of getting away early and no car. Had to make the commute home on public transport before I could even set off.
After a nice clear run, I got stuck at the railway crossing and I picked up a message that the bird had left the cliff...
Full team today for another long day out and several good birds close together.
221. Roller - 1st UK
222. Glossy ibis
223. Stone curlew
Some enjoyable birding between the highlights and finished with another year tick with another stop on...
Nice evening out, if slightly cold. Had to stay late for nightjars but the first time I've heard wing claps and saw what I guess was some courting with two birds landing on a branch and performing a kind of trembling tail shaking action.
Also tree pipit before dark, then...
No chance to go for yesterday's Pacific swift as booked in for my final Covid jab. Finally made it to Anglesey today though for the once annual trip which I've not managed to do for the last two years!
Expected to pick up 5 year ticks and it all went like clockwork, with bonus Hooded...
My most insane twitching day ever, after sorting a group to head down for the River warbler today and late news of the Northumberland Red necked stint, we decided to have a go at both birds - something around 750 miles round. Pleasingly, everything went according to the plan!
Couldn't resist 2 potential Yorkshire tick at Whitby so took a half day from work today. 50% success as the bee-eater flock had moved on again but connected with the Lesser grey shrike.
209. Lesser grey shrike - 1st Yorkshire
Plan to stay overnight in Scotland this weekend with 2 major targets. Firstly, with only a handful of species of UK butterflies still needed, to try and see Chequered skipper while they are out and with good weather forecast for the weekend; and secondly, through bad luck, bad weather...
Aborted plans for Anglesey based on the weather and headed east for a half hearted effort at Honey buzzard at Wykeham with a couple of other year species possible.
200. Grey partridge
201. Honey buzzard - one very distant but prolonged flight view was...