Thursday, December 21, 2006

Flamborough Head - 17th - 20th December 2006

Flamborough Head, 17th - 20th December 2006

A few days back home (for the first time in months), two of which were spent at least partly out in the field.

Thornwick Bay to South Landing (along the cliff-top), 18th December 2006

(North Landing)

The full circuit on a truly perfect mid-winter's day, from the village, via Thornwick Bay, North Landing, Breil Nook, Selwicks Bay, the Fog Station, south cliff and South Landing. Clear, blue skies, sunshine, little wind, a sharp frost thawing and barely anybody else encountered.

Highlights included a female Merlin and 50+ Skylarks at Northcliffe, a Short-eared Owl and several small, mixed groups of Linnet & Twite at Head Farm, a more accomadating party of 42 Twite feeding along Old Fall hedge set-aside, a male Pintail close in with Mallards on the sea, five Stonechats and four Hares scattered along the route.

(Selwicks Bay)

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(Twite flock, Old Fall)

(Short-eared Owl, Head Farm)

(Rock Pipits, South Landing)

(male Pintail with Mallards on the sea)

(South Landing)

Bridlington Harbour, 20th December 2006

half an hour on the southern edge of the harbour (by the Spa Royal Hall) watching several Purple Sandpipers and five (very relaxed) Red-throated Divers, plus Turnstones, Sanderlings, Redshanks etc.