Sunday, 23 September 2012

Fair Isle and Flamborough - Worlds apart today!!!

Wow, check out the stunning pictures of the MAGNOLIA WARBLER on Fair Isle! Talk about an impressive bird. 1981 the last one I think!  I'm tempted by a flight out of Elvington tomorrow morning!  Pictures here:

Also-rans today include Swainson's Thrush, Lanceolated Warbler, Sykes Warbler, Booted Warbler (not to mention Bailons Crake and Short-billed Dowitcher......)

Almost as good as my day at Flamborough....

Well, yesterday was awesome on the coast of Yorkshire, and much of the rest of the east coast of the UK so I decided to get up before dawn in order to be at Flamborough nice and early, and wow, was I rewarded... totals from today included:

3 Lesser Whitethroat
1 Common Whitethroat
4 Blackcap (3 male and 1 female)
3 Chiffchaff
5 Goldcrest
8 Long-tailed Tit
1 Common Crossbill
1 Song Thrush
3 Blackbird
2 Kestrel
1 Juv female Sparrowhawk
1 Arctic Skua
3 Red-throated Divers
17 Common Scoter

Plus the usual Skylark, Meadow Pipit, 'Alba' Wagtails, Linnet, Goldfinch, Starling, Tree Sparrow, Reed Bunting, Yellowhammer, Robin, Dunnock, Wren, Sandwich Tern and all the usual seabirds.

I didn't bother going to the southern side of the peninsula, rather I focussed on the northern side as I prefer the quieter bits!  Was good to catch up with Dave and Rich too.  Dave did substantially better than us (me and Rich) as he bothered to do a proper seawatch first which included lots of common stuff and 4/5 Sooty Shearwater, 4 Juvenile Long-tailed Skua, 1 adult Pomarine Skua, lots of Arctic Skua, Bonxies and Red-throated Divers...

Got the following pics on the camera...

Blackcap - interesting male with a bit of 'albino-ness' on forehead 

Canada Geese 

Canada Geese 





  1. why go all the way to elvington when you can get a vulcan bomber from breighton???

    zing :)

  2. Haha yeah that would be quick, though potentially unpopular when every bird on the island gets flushed!!

  3. Good point!

    Magnolia Warbler pictures are stunning!
    thanks for the link

  4. Yeah it looks like an absolutely stunning bird!