Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Scarborough.....Sunday 6th October 2013.

A pre-organised trip out on the ocean waves with the Scarborough lads today,saw us heading up to sunny North Yorkshire this morning.On arrival it was a tad nippy to start and we paid the extortionate 5 quid to park all day before heading to the quayside to join the other intrepid seabirders and photographers waiting to set off on round two of pelagics off this stunning coastline.We didn't expect to see a great deal today as the wind direction was totally wrong,but a few highlights were seen and included a 1st winter Little Gull,single Bonxie,several Red-throated Diver and Common Scoter and 500 plus Pinks moving south to their Norfolk winter home.Also a bit of a surprise was an adult male Peregrine out here,no doubt hunting.Interesting sightings apart from the highlights included 2 Norwegian colour-ringed Great black-backed Gulls,1 a 1st calendar year bird and the second a 4th winter type,but apart from this it was just great to see so many birds at close quarters,some close enough to touch.After making our way back to the harbour we all went for something to eat and then went our seperate ways,Chris and myself deciding to search Castle hill for the previous days Y.browed Warbler,when after much searching Chris heard something call and it was a Y.browed,unfortunately it was some tit in the bushes playing it on his phone!!.We continued looking but didn't get a sniff of anything.Another refuelling stop at the 'Teapot' cafe then saw us head to Holbeck to finish the day looking at the winter resident Med Gulls.We managed an impressive 9 birds today and this consisted of 7 adults and 2 2nd winters,1 of the adults being colour-ringed in Poland.They gave their usual excellent close views,thanks to my pack of mini cheddars.So another trip to this cracking area of the country drew to a close,but iam certainly sure we will be back before long.
1st calendar year Gannet.

1st calendar year Great black-backed Gulls.

1st calendar year Great black-backed Gull.

2nd calendar year Gannet.

2nd calendar year Herring Gull.

Adult Great black-backed Gull.

Adult male Peregrine.

Norwegian colour ringed 1st calendar year Great black-backed Gull.


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