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Thursday, 4 May 2017

Sunday April 30th and Monday May 1st

Just out for the morning and I thought I'd go back to Blacktoft Sands to see if I could do any better with the female Montagu’s Harrier, she was certainly more showy that morning appearing regularly all the time I was there although still a bit distant, also a lot more Warblers in including Whitethroats and still one or two showy Cetti’s plus the sleepy Garganey pair was still present and the Bittern was booming well. Also that morning there had been a good movement of Black Terns throughout the region (except for Blacktoft) so when news came through of one on the Lake at Hes East I thought I would call off on the way home, still present when I got there flying around and resting on the Tern raft with a load of Common Terns, a nice bonus.
female Monty's performed well if a little distant

lots of Sedge Warblers singing

and Whitethroats

sleepy Garganey

Black Tern at Hes East

resting up with the Common Terns

Out with Paz today and we thought we'd try our luck at the Flamborough Headland, we started at Bempton first thing while it was quiet, the usual array of Seabirds were present plus a hunting Peregrine and a Short Eared Owl, later after a little look around Buckton Pond for a reported Wryneck, not seen, we moved on to Thornwick Pools at Flamborough, no sign of Sundays Bar Tailed Godwits but several Dunlin, Ringed and Little Ringed Plovers and a Common Sandpiper posed nice, also a White Wagtail present. After lunch we had a look at South Landing beach, it was fairly quiet but a few Oystercatchers accompanied by a winter plumaged Bar Tailed Godwit dropped in, a little walk around the Head also proved quiet birdwise but an Oil Beetle was an impressive find. We returned to Bempton in a failed attempt to find the earlier reported Redstarts and Ring Ouzel then headed for home calling off at Bank Island in the hope a Hobby might be seen, several Red Kites and a couple of Buzzards were flying around but no Hobbies that evening.

Short Eared Owl out hunting

Waders at Thornwick Pools

Oil Beetle was an impressive find

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