Sunday, 20 September 2015

Success and failure in Yorkshire

Our first stop today was at Nosterfield nature reserve in North Yorkshire to look for a juvenile woodchat shrike which has been present for about six days. We got onto the bird straight away, but it was a bit distant, miles too far for photography. However after about half an hour it landed on a fence which ran perpendicular from where we were standing, and gradually it made it's way down the fence until it was reasonably close and a good view through the telescope.

Year: 255 (Woodchat shrike)

This was about the best photo I could manage today.

The shrike was joined on the fence by a couple of willows / chiffchaffs which were not happy by it's presence and mobbed the bird.

I keep having a go at digiscoping but I can never get it right.

News of an eastern subalpine warbler at Flamborough Head had us heading east, but unfortunately we didn't manage to see this very elusive bird. Still, a nice location on a lovely day, and we did manage to see a little owl which was a year tick (Year: 256) and a late swift.

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