Yorkshire Seabirds And Raptors Special July 2019 Part One

Spoonbills Cley 3

Spoonbills are always fun to watch, a bird with a kitchen utensil for a beak!

Our annual Birdwatching Trip to Yorkshire was again a huge success and a lot of fun! This year we made it a five day trip, adding an extra day to enjoy even more birds.

Day one of our tour we all met at RSPB Blacktoft Sands, on the south bank of the Humber Estuary. Unusual for everyone to meet at our first birding location, we usually pick folks up on the way at pre-arranged meeting points, but this time everyone drove over to Yorkshire. So we met Richard and Julie, Jane and Graham, Roger and Rita, and Malcom at the reserve car park at 1pm. We were soon enjoying close views of Tree Sparrows, great bird to kick-off the trip. We then spent the afternoon visiting the hides at the great reserve and enjoying lots of birds. A flock of ten Spoonbills was perhaps the highlight here, unusually for these large white birds they were awake and feeding, so often we see them asleep.

We enjoyed super views of juvenile Bearded Tits.

Another highlight was wonderful views of Bearded Tits from two of the hides and we had great looks through the Leica telescopes. These lovely long-tailed Reedlings were busy feeding at the base of the reeds and often coming out in to the open on the mud, not often you have such great clear views of Bearded Tits. A Green Sandpiper fed on the edge of one of the pools, Autumn wader passage underway already. Nearby a Common Snipe played hide and seek in a patch of reeds and we were lucky to see two Water Rails, one adult and a juvenile that swam across one of the pools. A Barn Owl could be seen in a nest-box while two Stock Doves perched on top of the box. Marsh Harriers were almost constantly on the wing over the reed-beds and we enjoyed comparing male, female and juvenile plumages. Plenty of wildfowl here to enjoy with Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Teal and Gadwall all showing well from the hides. Reed, Sedge and Cetti’s Warblers were singing and some even seen and a small group of Yellow Wagtails flew over calling. A roe deer with a fawn was lovely to see and a brown hare relaxed in front of the west hide.

Late afternoon we all drove over to Bucton and our lovely home for the next four nights, a beautiful barn conversion with all en-suite bathrooms. Having settled in we went out for a lovely meal at a nearby restaurant in Flambrough.

Please check back soon for more of our Yorkshire adventures. We will be running this tour again in July 2020 if you would like to join us, drop us a line.

Please email us here to arrange your very own Birdwatching Trip…..


We look forward to enjoying wonderful birds and great fun with you soon!

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