Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Rainy Day......

I made the daft decision to visit Bempton on Sunday for the stunning male Desert Wheatear and spent the whole time i watched this cracking bird getting a proper soaking.Thankfully my newly aquired Sprayway jacket and Craghoppers trousers stood up admirably against the rainy blast.The Wheatear was watched as i he fed in relative shelter around the deserted Gannet colony at the Staple Newk viewpoint and was finding plenty of insect food to eat around the nests and little hollows in the cliff.This is the birds 3rd week in residence after an inexperienced member of the public had stumbled across this desert waif,nice find!.This is my 5th sighting of this lovely species of Wheatear,with 3,all males in Yorkshire and 2 females in Lincolnshire.After my visit to the Bempton,i made a brief stop off at Hornsea Mere and managed to find the 1st winter male Long-tailed Duck that had been reported along with a distant Red-breasted Merg,but after another band of rain came in off the sea i called it a day.The only other sightings of note had been provided by at least 10 Harbour Porpoise off Bempton while watching the Whitearse.Some nice birds today,but dire weather conditions,so much for the forecast.

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