Sunday, 24 February 2013

LDV & Castle Howard

Had a very quick check from Bubwith Bridge this lunchtime, still good numbers of birds, more or less the same as yesterday species and numbers wise so see yesterdays report if interested (too some record shots of the waders on my phone (below)! The main difference was that there was a good 50+ Whooper Swans on Bubwith Ings, a dog walker then kindly flushed 2 previously unseen Bewick's Swans out onto the water for me!

I then headed over to Castle Howard to see if there was anything on the lake. Fairly quiet there to be honest, lots of Coots today, 3 Goosander and the female Scaup still present too. The gull roost was quite impressive, mainly Common and Black-headed Gulls with five Herring Gulls noted and one 1st winter Mediterranean Gull with a very smart 'zorro-mask'. There was also at least 52 Cormorant present.

'Normal' Ruff (phone-scoped)

'Funky' Ruff (phone-scoped through vegetation)

Lapwing (phone-scoped)

Redshank (phone-scoped)

Bewick's Swans (phone-scoped)

Sunset at Castle Howard

Nice Barn Owl on the drive home too.


  1. Hi Andy, your photos are beautiful.

    1. Hi Linda thank you, that's very kind. Glad you liked them.