Monday, 5 December 2011

Whoopers, Wolds and Wow!

So the long weekend continued with a tour of Tophill Low, East Yorkshire again on Saturday.

The 'Greenland' White-front remained with c60-69 Eurasian White-fronts, 3 Pink-footed Geese appeared close by and a Short-eared Owl was in North Marsh briefly before heading east of the river.

A couple of hours scanning the gull roost on D res turned up absolutely nothing, tho a drake Goosander appeared on last light.

Sunday afternoon was once again spent scouring D Res. Other than 5 Whooper Swans and the White-front flock flying around it was generally quiet. The gull numbers appear to have dropped a little since Friday.

A chilly Monday, complete with snow flurries, was spent touring the Yorkshire Wolds with Neil Hart in search of interesting BoPs.

The scenery was reasonable on the eye.

Although we failed to find any Rough-legged Buzzards, we did encounter one or two Peregrines, 3 Buzzards and we ended up at the Wolds Red Kite roost where a minimum of 10 birds appeared before we decided to depart.

The rarest sighting of the day was an unexpected surprise. In fact, I think I've seen it only once since I last photographed it at Warham Greens, Norfolk in 2003 during a Pallid Harrier twitch.

Secretive and elusive it did, at times, show well today...

Neil's Tripod... yes he does own one!!!

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