Monday, September 30, 2013

Windy Flam.....Sunday 29.09.2013.

Chris and myself had pre-booked to go out of Bridlington today on an organised RSPB Skua and Shearwater cruise.On arrival at Brid and a look at the sea state,had me worried this was not going to go ahead.Sure enough after walking around to the quayside,the worries were confirmed and the event cancelled,i think i will be ringing for a refund.All was not lost as a superb fry up was enjoyed at the Harbour cafe and a couple of birds in the form of a drake Common Scoter and single Purp with the local Turnstones was noted.We had planned to visit nearby Flamborough after the cruise,so that is were we headed next.We arrived at the Lighthouse car park,paid our parking fee and made our way down towards Old Fall.A few birdwatchers were present,most of who wouldn't even know what a Yellow-browed Warbler or R.b.Fly sounded like or looked like and this was soon confirmed when the R.b.Fly appeared in some Willows next to where Chris and myself where stood,called a couple of times,flicked those white tail bases a few times and promptly disappeared again.Yellow-browed calls were constantly being heard,but seeing the little buggars in the blowy conditions was something else,but some brief views were gained,at least 3 birds being present.Also inside the plantation were singles of Redstart,Willow Warbler,Chiffchaff and Pied Flycatcher which showed nicely and our 'First' autumn records of both Brambling and Redwing were also logged.With a continuation of this theme we decided to walk around the outer head around to South Landing.After a quick refuelling stop at the new Living Seas visitor centre,we managed to find a few more migrants in the form of 3 Chiffchaff,male Blackcap,3 more Brambling and a handfull of Song Thrush.On the return leg of the journey back to Old Fall,a couple of Great-crested Grebe,Red-throated Diver and Shag were seen on the sea.Round two of attempting to see the Scarce migrants from earlier,fared much better this time with us gaining much better views of both the Yellow-browed's and the skulking little Red-breasted Fly,but getting a photo worthy of keeping was a waste of time.It was great to see these two species all the same and they always brighten an autumn day.On the walk back to the car,a couple of further additions to the day list included a juv. Whitethroat and a Peregrine.So all in all,not the best of days for viewing Sibe migrants,but still a good day out.

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