Sunday, November 22, 2015

2cy male Marsh Harrier

another distinctive bird with these oddly barred grey primary coverts -- rusty tones somewhat exaggerated by the late afternoon sun

local Peregrine

the local pair had a go at a Redshank this afternoon; put it down in the Humber but it kept diving and got away -- the only Little Auk of the day had the good sense to turn back east before attracting their attention

Short-eared Owl battling in

two Short-eared Owls in off yesterday during the gales -- so vulnerable in the weather and waves

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


At Alkborough Pintail are mainly passage birds in October-November with few staying for long but this autumn seems to be different with a small flock regular for the last 4-5 weeks; usually only about 10 but 23 today - normally always the furthest birds from the hide the wind and the harriers today moved them closer and luckily the sun was out when they did a quick fly by -- not seeing Pintail well that often I had failed to appreciate the differences in upper wing pattern of 1cy males and females - fantastic ducks

a few from Alkborough

Teal starting to look stunning and plenty to look through; 3200 still present -- 275 Black-tails today and a good selection of other bods

2cy male Marsh Harrier

always thought birds like this were older but recent communication with the main man on the subject reveals that this bird could be just 16 months old