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Monday, 10 December 2012

Waxwing fest

I joined the York Bird Club field outing today which had decided to go ahead despite the tragic news about losing Andy in the week, we thought it might be good to mull things over face to face, I think we all felt it did, it was a good day birdwise as well. The trip was supposed to be to Potteric Carr but no one fancied that so we did North Lincs instead, after a quick look at Reads Island where there was a good number of common waders, we carried on to Burton upon Stather where the Waxwings me and Andy had tried to find last week were still present but had just moved to a different part of the village, we had a good photographic session with these birds then around lunchtime we moved on to Alkborough where we spent a pleasant early afternoon watching the Lesser Yellowlegs and Long Billed Dowitcher plus a Spotted Redshank amongst the more common waders there although they remained distant, a Marsh Harrier hunted over the reeds. Mid afternoon we headed over to Worlaby Carrs taking another look at the Waxwings as we passed, there was quite a stiff breeze at Worlaby so only a couple of the Short Eared Owls were out and about but on the plus side a Merlin shot through and a male Hen Harrier showed well.

Accompanied by a few Thrushes

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