Sunday, May 06, 2012

Good days birding today, got a patch tick in the form of a flyover Whimbrel, which was promptly eclipsed by a fly through Red-rumped Swalllow! Seen by a local dog walker Andy Walker the bird shot through north east and didn't return! Oh well a Red Kite moments before was also picked out by the sharp eyed dog walker! Good numbers of Wheatear on site with 13+ noted including some nice upright peachy birds.

soon to be appearing on a much more popular blog than this one!

Video of the Red Kite here

Being in active wing moult apparently makes it an Adult Female which is pretty cool!

A quick blast up to Castle Howard where the highlight was everyone else getting tipex thrown over them by some Rooks above. 3 Mandarins present probably mean that there taking up residence on site now!

Rest of day was spent in the valley with Cuckoo taking me onto 141 for my York Area Year List, still plenty of water around! Common Tern through Ellerton, 2 Wheatear, 3+ Yellow Wagtails down Hagg Lane with 100's of swallow-like-creatures, none with Red-rumps though. 

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