Thursday, 26 April 2012

Little Gull & Black Tern: York

Had  a few decent local birds again today and a few nice year ticks too.

Highlights (more decent local year birds for my non-year-list-year-list):

Black Tern - Cracking adult bird found by Russ this morning hung around for most of the day, showing really well on the floods at Thorganby, again I managed a couple of record shots on my phone.

Black Tern (Phone-scoped)

 Black Tern (Phone-scoped)

Little Gull - 1st summer bird I found at Bubwith Ings this morning. The bird dropped in briefly before clearing off with a group of Black-headed Gulls. I managed to get a couple of record shots on my phone below.
Little Gull (Phone-scoped) 

Little Gull (Phone-scoped) 

Little Gull (Phone-scoped)
Garganey - drake seen again.

Garganey (Phone-scoped)

Other Migrants included:

Cuckoo: 1 Thorganby
Swift (4): 1 over Bubwith Bridge and 3 over Thorganby
Greenshank: 1 (of 2 present) at Thorganby
Whimbrel: 15+ at Thorganby
Black-tailed Godwit: 11 at North Duffield and 94 at Thorganby
Lesser Whitethroat: 1 singing male North Duffield
Common Whitethroat: 2 singing males North Duffield
House Martin: 5/6 at Bubwith Bridge (+ my 2 birds in North Duffield that have been present for ages!)
Swallow: 50+ at Bubwith Bridge
Sand Martin: 2/3 Bubwith Bridge
Yellow Wagtail: 1 Bubwith Bridge
Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Blackcap: low numbers throughout valley
(Arctic Tern 3 seen by others in the north of the valley)

(Bar-tailed Godwit: I had a distant bird at North Duffield with the 11 Black-tailed Godwits that I thought could have been Bar-tailed Godwit however in the time it took me to get to a better location to view the bird it had been flushed by a Sparrowhawk and had disappeared. A Bar-tailed Godwit was seen flying through the north of the valley in the early evening...)

Best of the rest: Tawny Owl seen, Little Owl seen, Tufted Duck at Bubwith up to 70 birds with others at North Duffield and Thorganby, Shoveler, Gadwall, several Ruff, Lapwing, Curlew, Redshank, Snipe and the usual farmland passerines e.g. Tree Sparrow, Yellowhammer, Corn Bunting etc.

It was a stormy day today with thunder etc. This was the view from Bubwith.

Storm passing Bubwith

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