Sunday, June 21, 2020

a 2cy Hobby

when you see a small falcon persistently hovering, albeit into a fresh breeze, Hobby is not the first species that comes to mind and I have never seen one hover like this bird before but it interspersed bouts with more typical dragon and insect hunting -the plumage looks to be mainly juvenile

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Blyth's Reed Warbler the story continues

 the singing male just hangs on a bit longer - a very wet day today but less people in the rain - failed to get much video of its full song but a snippet in the video below -- the images all taken in very dull light and the rain bring out the subtle tones to the bird's plumage that are lost in bright sunlight but even slight changes in light make the bird look different colours

My history of Blyth's Reed Warbler encounters was pretty poor before this bird; some very brief and untickable views of a bird in the the big hedge at Spurn in May 1984,  one studied at Flamborough in October 1997, 4 hours looking at some bushes for a few seconds view of a bird at Spurn in October 2007 and a lack of birds in Estonia in May 2015 as we were too early for their arrival so this bird has been a privilege and saved me the mossy attack of a late May Estonia trip


Monday, June 15, 2020

Little Tern

Saturday's bird from Alkborough Flats the first to stay there for more than a couple of minutes -- in the 70's and 80's Little Terns were regular on the Humber off Barton - Barrow Haven but in recent years they have become a very rare bird - a sadly repeated tale of so many species - they really are small though when you try and photograph them

Tree Pipit habitat

Blyth's Reed Warbler

getting more arboreal in its song perches singing up to 10m up now in the ash but still feeding down in the nettles and umbellifers as fellas up in the trees --

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Blyth's Reed Warbler still on the patch

a real chameleon in different lights but I prefer it in dull light! this morning in the rain with no-one else present it was singing constantly and sitting out in the open when people and noise increased it reverted to being less visible and less vocal - a motto there I fear - also new sound recordings from the 8th and 10th -- it feeds low down in the nettles and rank vegetation gleaning insects from the underside of nettle leaves amongst other spots

Marsh Warblers

two different singing males from the June influx. -- first six bird one with song at end and second bird with its song