Yorkshire Autumn Special 6-day Birdwatching Trip

Saturday 3rd – Thursday 8th October 2020


Please email us on info@birdwatchingtrips.co.uk for more information.



Lapland Bunting March 2015 4

Lapland Bunting, one of the migrant species that we may find on this exciting Birdwatching Trip



October is THE time to be out in the field looking for migrant birds. The Yorkshire coast is justifiably famous for attracting huge numbers of migrants and amongst them, rarities. The stretch of coastline between Filey Brigg in the north and Spurn Point to the south is perhaps the best area in the whole of the UK to find and see scarce migrant birds at this wonderful time of year.

Birds will be arriving from continental Europe and we hope to experience large arrivals of common migrants which could include Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps, Common Redstarts, thrushes, pipits and buntings. Amongst the waves of commoner species, we will be looking to pick out scarce migrants which could include such exciting birds as Wryneck, Bluethroat, Red-backed Shrike, Barred Warbler, and Lapland Bunting. The wetlands around Kilnsea also attract large numbers of waders and again, we will be checking the flocks of commoner species for unusual waders lurking amongst them, which may well include Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint, Ruff, Spotted Redshank and perhaps a rarity or two. On this short trip we will be sure to see lots of amazing birds as they touch down, and we know you will enjoy this autumn birdwatching adventure.

Red backed Shrike Blakeney

We may encounter a handsome Red-backed Shrike



Itinerary

Day 1:

The tour starts at RSPB Blacktoft Sands reserve at 1.30 pm on Saturday afternoon. However, if you would like to travel with us from our base in Llandudno on Saturday morning, we are very happy to pick you up from there or at a mutually convenient location en route. Please contact us for details. We spend the afternoon enjoying this great reserve before heading over to our lovely base for the trip, a comfortable B&B located within easy reach of all the main birding sites. Of course, if there has been a significant arrival of migrants or a major rarity in the area, we may well adapt plans on Day 1. Alternatively, we can meet you at our accommodation early evening (approximately 6pm). Evening meal in one of the lovely restaurants nearby. Please note that lunch is not included on Day 1.

Days 2, 3, 4 and 5:

After early breakfast, we will head out to look for exciting migrants along the Yorkshire coast. We will be in touch with the latest bird news so if any unusual species should arrive in the area, we have a chance to look for them. We will visit Spurn Bird Observatory and the surrounding area and also spend time at Flamborough Head. With more time we will also visit Filey Brigg and other birding locations in the area. Our exact itinerary on these days will depend on the latest bird news. Lunch will be taken at cafés or pubs along the way and our evening meals will be taken at different restaurants and inns close to our accommodation.

Day 6:

After early breakfast, we say goodbye to our lovely accommodation and spend our final morning in the area. Plans will remain flexible so we have the chance to mop up any migrants we may have yet caught up with, or we may decide to head west if there are some particularly good birds in that direction. Our Yorkshire tour concludes after lunch in a café, but of course some participants may be travelling back towards home with us. Expect to see over 120 species of birds on this exciting birdwatching trip.

Please note that our itinerary for Days 2 to 5 may be switched around depending on the latest bird news and weather conditions. With plenty of time in the area, we will have the opportunity to catch up with plenty of special birds that may arrive at this exciting time of year, and of course time to enjoy resident species too.

Our Birdwatching Trip includes:
five nights’ accommodation on a fully inclusive basis in comfortable ensuite bedrooms, ie all meals (breakfast, lunch, and evening meal) and soft drinks with meals from evening meal on Day 1 through to lunch on Day 6, guided birdwatching by Alan and Ruth throughout the trip, entrance fees to all reserves, use of our field guides, use of our top-of-the-range telescopes, free loan of binoculars for the trip if requested in advance, individual checklists of the birds we will be looking for.

Not included:
transport to/from agreed meeting points; alcoholic drinks; any additional meals, snacks and drinks not itemised above; excursions not mentioned in the itinerary; personal travel insurance; any personal items.

The price of the trip is £995 per person sharing an ensuite twin or double room. Sorry but have to pass on the single room supplement of £250 from the hotel for anyone wanting to have an individual room. This Birdwatching Trip will run with a minimum of four and a maximum of six participants with both Alan and Ruth guiding to ensure everyone has the highest levels of individual attention and the best possible chance of seeing all the birds.

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We will look for arriving Yellow-browed Warblers



During our trip we will be looking for:

Red-throated Diver, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Fulmar, Manx Shearwater, Gannet, Cormorant, Shag, Little Egret, Spoonbill, Brent Goose, Shelduck, Pintail, Garganey, Common Scoter, Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Merlin, Hobby, Peregrine, Red-legged Partridge, Avocet, Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Lapwing, Knot, Sanderling, Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Purple Sandpiper, Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Spotted Redshank, Green Sandpiper, Turnstone, Arctic Skua, Pomerine Skua, Great Skua, Mediterranean Gull, Little Gull, Little Tern, Black Tern, Barn Owl, Little Owl, Short-eared Owl, Wryneck, Skylark, Richard’s Pipit, Rock Pipit, Yellow Wagtail, Bluethroat, Black Redstart, Common Redstart, Whinchat, Stonechat, Wheatear, Ring Ouzel, Fieldfare, Redwing, Cetti’s Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Barred Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Yellow-browed Warbler, Firecrest, Spotted Flycatcher, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Pied Flycatcher, Bearded Tit, Red-backed Shrike, Brambling, Siskin, Crossbill, Lapland Bunting, Corn Bunting, and any other scarce or rare birds that we may encounter on this special tour.

To reserve your place on this tour or for more details, please email us on

info@birdwatchingtrips.co.uk

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