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Monday, 4 April 2016

A helping hand

I met up with the Rochdale crew on Strensall Common on Sunday morning who had come over for the Wood Larks, I had said I would help locate them with them not knowing the area too well, it was quite dull first thing though and although the Skylarks were up and singing it was quite a while before a Wood Lark did, once singing though we soon located the bird atop a Silver Birch and got good views, I then joined them up at the Raptor Watchpoint at Wykeham where two or three Goshawks and several Buzzards duly obliged but as always remained fairly distant. Early afternoon we said our goodbyes as they headed into the Dales for Black Grouse etc and I eventually dropped down to a very busy Bempton Cliffs to year tick Kittiwake and Puffin, not many of the latter as yet just one or two sat on the sea.
Wood Lark

Robin singing at Wykeham

a hazy view

this Buzzard had just been having a tussle with a Goshawk, it drifted a bit closer while the Gos went the other way

down the road at the feeding station

this Jay was plucking up courage

but only stayed for one shot


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