Thursday, May 10, 2012

Recent Birding

Showed really well from the 'Garganey' hide at North Duff whilst dipping Sanderling, but my battery died pretty quickly!

Right since getting back from Tenerife have been doing some local birding. In summary

LDV is flooded so is getting most coverage. Year list has moved onto 143 with a push of Spring migrants moving into the area.

End of April produced

2 Arctic Skuas! Dark morph and a pale morph birds flying east over Sutton-on-Derwent, my first inland Skuas and an awesome moment!
1w Little Gull at North Duffield
A mad dash in the evening to Flamborough for the flycatcher, felt rather smug after seeing it thinking it would clear off that night, its still present today...

Year ticks in May have been
Arctic Tern
Egyptian Goose

Chris had a flyover Hooded Crow at East Cottingwith today! Had a good look this afternoon and found a few large corvid flocks but no Hoodie! Mega area bird the last record being in 2002 and the last twitchable being in 1983! Here's hoping its re-located in the next few days.

Still a few common migrants that I haven't caught up with, mainly because I'm revising! 
Tree Pipit
Common Sand
Reed Warbler
Garden Warbler

In a field along Hagg Lane this afternoon, tundrae at a guess but tricky with single bird in a heat hazy field!

Plus Redstart, Wood Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher and Turtle Dove should be gettable shortly if not already.

Still haven't heard of any Stonechat in the area so that might have to worringly wait until late summer! First Whinchat found by Andy Walker this evening where I'd been all afternoon!

Few Black Tern being reported in Yorkshire today as well as a few Wood Sand, Sanderling and Turnstone. Red-necked Phalarope at Old Moor, only 1 previous area record, due for a second?

Need to head up north and listen out for Nightjar and Long-eared Owl but I guess they will have to wait till after exams.

Migrant Pied Fly would be a nice bird as would a Ring Ouzel but are both outside chances in the area.

All in all, year list going pretty good, however a bit of local competition has arose which should make proceeding a bit more interesting from now on!

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