Saturday, October 16, 2010

Flamborough Head

I've been on holiday in East Yorkshire for a week. We stayed in glamorous Flamborough, on the sticky-out bit halfway up on the right-hand side.

The birds were alright, though. There were tons of migrants early on - Goldcrests and Redwings were in every bush and every scrap of hedge - but they all cleared off by Wednesday. But not before we'd seen two Pallas's Warblers (Darren found one of them) and a Yellow-browed on Flamborough Head.

However, I won't dwell on our two failed attempts to see the Dusky Warbler at Scarborough, or the way things went really rather quiet after midweek.

There were other compensations, however... watching two Roe Deer jump a barbed wire fence; seeing the last Gannet chick of the year still sitting fluffily on the sheer cliff at Bempton; a skein of Pink-footed Geese arriving from over the sea; a handful of Ring Ouzels (including one picked up dead near the lighthouse); watching a Jack Snipe try to land in a gorse bush, a Redstart and a small flock of Bramblings in the hedge right outside our window.

Wheatear
Migrant Wheatear at North Landing

Male Redstart
This first-winter male Redstart appeared in the hedge outside our luxury accommodation. The chalet, I mean

Male Brambling
And this was the first Brambling I'd ringed!

Lesser Whitethroat
Here's one Mark caught earlier... a Lesser Whitethroat, possibly of the central Asian race halimodendri

Flamborough Lighthouse
Here's the lighthouse

South Landing
And the cobble beach at South Landing

Flowers on the bench
Flowers on a bench at t'North

Thornwick Bay
Thornwick Bay

Dawn at Flamborough
Dawn

Nuthatch
Revisited Forge Valley Woods, where I saw my first-ever Nuthatches 20 years ago!

Humour is subjective...
Somehow, these jokes have raised a lot of money for charity...

Kittens in a basket
Lovely decor in the chalet

Spot the typos...
You'd think they could at least spell YORKSHIRE correctly

photos taken with Canon EOS 30D, EF 300mm f/4L IS USM or Canon Powershot A640