Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Freezing Carrland.....30.12.2014.

An afternoon spare after being at work for a few hours a.m. saw me travelling the short journey over to Worlaby.
 I parked in the usual spot at the top of Carr Lane and planned to walk down to the Ancholme as i do on most visits.
 First goodie was a Merlin watched travelling at a rate of knots up over the village onto the wold top.It must have seen a prey target,but i couldn't see anything...a nice start.
Looking towards the village.

 More usual fare was seen after this and included 25 Fieldfare,52 Linnet and the first few of a total of 13 Common Buzzard seen during the visit.
 After reaching the railway crossing a mixed flock of Golden Plover and Lapwings gave some nice views in the lovely sun,the Goldies positively shining in the superb light conditions.
 I eventually arrived at the river and a nice surprise came in the form a flock of 4 Redhead Goosander as they flew rapidly west towards Brigg,the first i have seen down here for quite a while and were a welcome bonus to the days sightings.
 The return leg back towards the car saw more welcome Buzzard sightings and as the light began to go as the sun began to set,a nice flurry of sightings were noted.These included a lovely Barn Owl watched hunting along the banks of the Soak Drain and a good total of 7 Roe Deer watched browsing on the field edges nearby.These were joined by a stunning Fox watched crossing one of the fields and a single Brown Hare completed the mammal sightings for the day.
 So all in all not a bad visit,but it is a shadow of what it used to be down here sadly!.

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Donna Nook Bits....Saturday 26th December 2014.

With the prospect of it always being a good winter birding destination,i decided to have a day down the coast at the excellent NNR at Donna Nook.
 I arrived nice and early just as it was beginning to get light and made my way in the direction of Pye's Hall first,walking along the developing shore out from Stonebridge car park.There were several Grey Seal pups still present and i stopped to watch 11 pups playing in a large pool and they gave the usual fantastic and confiding views.
 As i neared Pye's a few scattered flocks of Dark-bellied Brents were feeding on the shore and more flocks began to arrive from the direction of Grainthorpe.Thoughts of the Black Brant seen earlier in the week had me thinking of having a look through the flock once they had settled down and sure enough i managed to find it,albeit a bit distant through the bins,but it was a well marked individual and stuck out like a sore thumb in the flock.I got a few record shots of the bird for posterity and then carried on my walk.
 While walking along the developing shore which reaches out toward Grainthorpe marsh,2 Lapland Buntings passed overhead and a nice surprise in the form of a Woodcock flying in off the sea kept the interesting sightings ticking over nicely.Other sightings added to the notebook included 61 Goldfinch and at least 15 Reed Bunting with a minimum of 25 Rock Pipit also being observed.
 The only raptors i managed to see over this area and Grainthorpe Marsh were singles of Sparrowhawk,Kestrel and Peregrine,the Perg being seen again later.Disappointingly no Hen Harriers were seen today.
 A walk around the perimeter of the re-alignment saw a few sightings of interest which included 7 Snipe,72 Fieldfare and a probable Water Pipit seen only in flight.
 As i reached Stonebridge again a single Lap Bunt Flew south and 2 Whooper Swans also followed in the same direction.
 After spending an enjoyable visit to Donna,i decided to give Covenham a look and hopefully watch the gull roost.But as the afternoon wore on the visibility started to deteriorate as well and i gave it up as a bad job as it became slightly misty and the light was terrible.A few notable sightings here included 46 Goldeneye,5 Little Grebe,47 Wigeon,22 Shoveler,95 Teal and 2 adult Lesser black-backed Gull.
 So after a decent days birding a headed back home after another good day out.
Record shot of the Black Brant.

Grey Seal pup.

Grey Seal pup.

Grey Seal pup.

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Potteric Carr.....Saturday 13th December 2014.

With nothing really about in the way of rares,apart from the continued presence of the Blyth's Pipit near Wakefield,a change of scenery and a visit to Potteric Carr near to Doncaster was the order of the day.
 It was a pretty trouble free journey along the M18 and i arrived just as the visitor centre was opening it's doors.It was pretty cold with a ground frost,so plenty of layers was the order of the day.Pack up and drink in my pockets and camera set up and off i went to explore this extensive reserve.
 While walking along one of the paths i noticed a movement,when three Roe Deer quietly appeared feeding pretty unconcernedly.I was fairly close to them,but i stayed still and watched them from a distance,when all of a sudden a Fox appeared and startled them briefly.What a great scene to enjoy,with them all disappearing into a nearby copse.
 Very little was seen along the remainder of the reserve until i reached Huxter Well Marsh apart from a few roving Tit flocks which included a single Willow Tit.
 On Huxter itself there was a decent sized group of mixed wildfowl,as this was the only open area of water on the reserve.It included several Cormorants,Mute Swans,a large flock of Greylag,Shovelers,Teal,Gadwall,Mallard and a handful of Wigeon.There were also a few Lapwing feeding on the edge of the lake and in turn this area had also attracted a single Dunlin.
 At the back of the pools the best bird up to now was sat preening,a Juv. Marsh Harrier.It spent most of the time i watched it sat preening,but it did have a few bouts of activity half heartedly hunting.
 I continued on my journey around the reserve and sat in one of the other hides overlooking Huxter when all of a sudden a Bittern appeared distantly flying towards my viewpoint before it landed again.It then flew twice more and i didn't see it again afterwards.It's always great to see these cracking herons and i was pleased with my sighting of this rare heron.
 Other sightings observed during my visit included a couple of Little Egret,two Common Buzzard and a calling Green Woodpecker was heard.
 Not a bad visit at all today and it is always nice to visit somewhere different for a change and i travelled home a happy boy.
Displaying Robin,a great piece of behaviour to observe.


Roe Deer.

Distant shot of the Bittern on Huxter Well Marsh.

Greylag Geese.

Greylag Goose.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Blyth's Pipit.....Tuesday 9th December 2014.

After hearing on Monday that West Yorkshire local patcher Jonny Holiday had found a Blyth's Pipit on his local patch at Pugney's Country Park/Calder Wetlands,it was my destination bright and early today.
 I eventually found somewhere to park alongside birding friends Tim Cowley and Steve Lawton near the Swan and Cygnet pub before getting the gear together and making our way to the birds chosen field.
 To see where this bird had been found was even more unbelievable,a smallish water logged,rough grass field,surrounded by an industrial estate and the M1 motorway making it even more of an amazing find.
 We had organised to meet up at 07.45 while the local lads walked the field,the first sweep revealing nothing,apart from half a dozen Mips and a couple of Reed Bunts,but on the second,bingo there it was!.
 Unfortunately the views were only in flight,but it was clearly a pale,large Pipit with a shorter looking tail in flight than Richard's and once you got your eye in a distinct flight action when flying alongside the Mips.Fortunately it was heard to call on a few occasions with it's diagnostic flava wagtail like 'Pscheeoo'.
 It was flushed on a few occasions for the visiting birders to observe it and then left to rest.I would have loved to have better views but it was impossible in the field and beggars can't be choosers when it is a 'First' for Yorkshire and only my second sighting overall of the species after the showy bird at Gringley Carr in Notts in December 2002.
 So after a 2 or 3 hours on site Tim and myself travelled home happy with another Yorkshire Mega in the bag.

Cleethorpes...Monday 8th December 2014.

With the prospect of a decent,albeit cold forecast today,saw me heading out fairly locally to Cleethorpes after hearing the previous day had seen a couple of Shorelarks associating with the resident Snow Bunting flock.
 So as i arrived full winter birding kit was the order of the day and i made my way out to the beach and developing shoreline were the birds had been seen.
 It wasn't too long before i spotted the birds distantly and made my way over to them,but after a couple of scans through the flock there was no sign of the Larks unfortunately.
 On the plus side,the flock was a pretty good sized one,containing 89 birds and is currently the largest flock being reported in the country.Several adult males were contained in this group of lovely Buntings but the bulk were immatures,unfortunately they were not very photogenic being very jumpy
Partial albino Carrion Crow.

Drake Pochard.

1st calendar year Common Gull.

Black-headed Gulls.

Collared Dove.
 A walk back through the dune system revealed small numbers of Skylark,Reed Buntings and a few Rock Pipits,with an interesting partial albino Carrion Crow which looked striking in flight.
 I then decided to have a look on the boating lake to see if any Med Gulls were present,but not so today,instead at least 6 Drake Pochard were the main interest and are probably the tamest birds i have seen.
 So after a fairly quiet morning i made the short journey home Larkless,but there is the remainder of the winter to go and some more may turn up.A good few hours out and about in the lovely winter sun.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Atlantic Grey's.....Sunday 30.11.2014.

It is only on a very rare occasion that i specifically travel out to just photograph a subject,but today i decided to visit the Seal colony at Donna Nook on the Lincolnshire coast.
 The forecast had been good and it wasn't that long before it was bright sunshine.The following images are some of the best i gained during my visit,enjoying as always,the close encounters with these lovely,enigmatic mammals.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

A Damp Tophill Day.....23.11.2014.

A change of scenery today and a visit to Tophill Low near to Watton in East Yorkshire,saw some pretty crap weather to be fair and i had to work damn hard for my sightings today.
 Because of the weather i spent the first few hours watching D-res,but the notable sightings were few and far between due to the poor visibility.There was certainly no sign of the Grey Phalorope that had made 'D' it's temporary home.
 The best i could manage was 22 Goldeneye and a Weasel watched along the bank outside the hide carrying a caught Vole in it's mouth.
 After putting up with the rain for so long i decided to stretch my legs and walk around to North Marsh.Sightings here included some cracking views of a pair of Water Rail which were nice to see,a lovely Marsh Tit close to the hide along with a foraging Tit flock and a Cetti's was heard calling at the far end of the marsh.
 Back through D-Woods towards the car had a Tawny Owl calling in its tree top roost site.
 After a quick refuel stop at the car,it was on to Watton nature reserve and 'O' res.Watton saw some decent numbers of wildfowl and a good sized flock of 34 Curlew fed and loafed on the grass banks surrounding the reserve and 14 Cormorant fished and dried their wings.
 As i walked around the side of 'O' a Dunlin flew over calling and was quickly followed by a Juv Perg.The Falcon spent several minutes chasing the Dunlin,but the Falcons potential prey's evasive action worked and the Perg broke off it's chase.
 A quick look on South Marsh saw very little birds being seen,but a couple of bursts of Cetti's song brightened the gloom and 67 Pink-footed Geese flew over high north east.
 Back to D-res as the time was getting on and the roosting gulls had began to slowly trickle in.The best sighting here was a female Scaup and it showed fairly well amongst the Tufties,Pochard,Coot and Goldeneye.
 Eventually the front of weather finally begin to clear and the last hour or so of the daylight saw some sunshine at last....better late than never!.
 Gull numbers were pretty low and included 4000 small gulls,39 Great black-backed Gulls,45 Herring Gulls and a single 2nd calendar year Leeb.
 A tough day with regards to the weather,but great to get out again.
D-res as the weather front began to clear.


Monday, 17 November 2014

Dovekies,Oceanic Waders And Stunning Cetacean......Sunday November 17th 2014.

After hearing on Saturday that there was a decent movement of seabirds on the Yorkshire coast and that there were at least 2 Grey Phalorope still present at Filey,this is the direction i headed in today. I began my journey out bright and early across the heart of the Yorkshire Wolds,with the only highlight seen on the drive being a lovely Barn Owl hunting a grass verge between Langtoft and Foxholes.
 On arrival at Filey it was pretty cold,so plenty of layers and lots of pack up was the order of the day before making my way to the Brigg.
 On the way down to the Brigg there were a few waders feeding along the shore which included a couple of Sanderling and a single Purple Sand amongst the larger numbers of Oyks and Turnstones.
 After finally reaching the seawatch hide and having a quick chat with Filey regulars John Sanderson and Brian Pinning i settled down to watch the sea.
 It wasn't long before i was watching my first Little Auk and this was quickly followed by brief views of a Grey Phalorope as it flew past relatively close in to the north.
 There was lots of activity on and over the sea with a handfull of Razorbills,larger numbers of Guillies and a single Juvenile Puffin from the Alcid family and a smaller number of Shags and Red-throated Diver watched diving for food.All these birds were mostly feeding in the rough water on the northern side of the Brigg with a couple of Common Scoter,2 Eider and the odd Little Auk on the sheltered side of the Brigg.
 I was just scanning the sea when all of a sudden a dolphin burst into view through the waves,at first i was pretty gob smacked to be fair and it gave some pretty impressive views over the next 20 plus minutes as it broke the surface hunting for prey.It was identified by it's tall dorsal fin,large size and white markings on its back as a White-beaked Dolphin,a new species for myself and a most welcome one.It was last seen heading in a southerley direction,i could have watched this stunning animal all day!.Other marine mammals observed through the day included a single Harbour Porpoise and 2 Grey Seals.
 Back to the birds,the first of 14 Pomarine Skuas flew south but most of the birds were distant,but thankfully 3 Juv's flew south relatively close together giving some nice views of this superb Skua species.
 While scanning the bay for the umpteenth time,i picked up one,then two Grey Phals together and they spent a short time in close proximity together before separating again,with one bird flying right across the bay towards Reighton and the other being seen on a few more occasions on the sea off the northern side of the Brigg.It was really great to see these tiny oceanic waders actually in some stormy seas,showing how they perfectly deal with these conditions,bobbing about like little corks,fantastic to watch.
 More Little Auk sightings included 1 flying right past us were we were watching from,what cracking little birds they are and i always feel sorry for these diminutive Auks.
 More notable sightings included a Great-northern Diver which flew south and then doubled back,flying back north,giving some good views of its steady goose-like flight action,a flock of 22 Shag flying south high up above the sea,on first views being reminiscent of a flock of Pinks,but as they neared our position it became apparent what they were.This is the first time i have seen a large flock like this migrating together so high up,both impressive and educational to witness.
 A real surprise came in the form of my latest record of Sandwich Tern as a single bird flew in from the north and into the bay and just goes to show that anything can turn up,particularly when you think all the summer migrants have passed south.
 Other sightings seen included 2 Bonxie south,6 Little Gull feeding off the Brigg end,a flock of 5 male Eider additional to the earlier birds,2 Snow Buntings which flew in off the sea and 9 Purple Sandpiper.
 So what a cracking day out with plenty of great sightings with the stonking Dolphin stealing the show for me,another great day out in the home county.
Stormy seas off the Brigg today.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Citrine Wag And Arboreal Stunner......Sunday 09.11.2014.

After hearing earlier in the week that a 1st winter Citrine Wagtail had been found at South Landing at Flamborough,i prayed it would stop until i could pay the site a visit today.
 I had missed the opportunity on several occasions in the past to add this eastern Wagtail sp. to me life list and when you don't twitch much outside of York's or Linc's it certainly cuts your options.
1st winter Citrine Wagtail,South Dykes.

1st winter Citrine Wagtail,South Dykes.

1st winter Citrine Wagtail,South Dykes.

1st winter Citrine Wagtail,South Dykes.

Woodcock,South Dykes.

Woodcock,South Dykes.

Woodcock,South Dykes.

 So as i arrived at Danes Dyke car park the pressure was on a bit.After paying the very reasonable 2.50 for all day parking i made my way down to the beach area.There were a few others also looking for the wagtail and after a few false calls,i managed to find the bird feeding under the cliff base.
 At first it was a right pain in the proverbial to get near,but with plenty of patience it eventually showed very well,the best way to locate it was by the birds buzzy call.This bird was an interesting individual and showed an orangy bill base which isn't a feature usually found on Citrine,or as far as the literature suggests,but there maybe a population somewhere in the far east that shows this regularly.Some excellent identification work was done on this bird by Martin Garner to confirm the ID,with sonograms taken and the ID clinched.
 After watching the Wagtail for some time myself along with Andy Kinghorn,decided to walk up to South Landing and look for the Water Pipit.En route the only highlights we managed was a flock of 8 Common Scoter.At South Landing the Pipit was found pretty much straight away,loosely associating with a flock of 5 Rock Pipits and showed not too bad for a Water Pipit,but it was soon flying off again,so we left it alone.
 Back to more views of the Wagtail,a small group of us were watching it when all of a sudden a bird flew in off the sea and plonked itself right next to the Wag,promptly flushing it.It soon became clear what the culprit was....a stunning Woodcock.The bird gave amazing,point blank views and for those present a great chance to study the species out in the open and in daylight...what a beauty!!.
 After taking a stack of photos of the stunning arboreal visitor,i had another go at getting some more images of the wagtail and this time it showed much better.
 Other birds seen while on site included a single Brambling near the car and at least 15 Rock Pipits and 2 Grey Wagtail on the beach near the Wagtail.
 Another superb day out today in the home county.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Eastern-crowned etc.....Saturday 1st - Monday 3rd November 2014.

A pre-booked weekend away with Trace staying at Scarborough,proved very fruitfull with a great few days sight seeing and birding. Saturday morning saw us heading towards Whitby,checking the bird news in hope that the Eastern-crowned Warbler would still be present at Brotton near Saltburn.
 Thankfully it was and we made our way to this Cleveland village,got the car parked and made our way to the birds chosen little copse.There was about 100 birders present and it wasn't long before i was watching my 'First' Eastern-crowned Warbler as it flitted about in a nearby sycamore....Yessss!.This was great compensation after dipping Britains first record,at Trow Quarry near to South Shields in October 2009 and since then i had hoped another would be found,hopefully a bit nearer home.
 The bird was as stunning as i had hoped,with its striking head pattern,green mantle(Slightly paler green than Arctic),striking silky white underparts,lemon yellow undertail coverts and double wing bars,how this species could ever be mis-id'd i don't know,as it was distinctly different to both Arctic and Yellow-browed Warblers and its feeding habits reminded me of Barred or Icterine Warbler,being quite sluggish and not as hyperactive as the other Phylloscs and it often sat still for long periods allowing for some opportunities to gain some images of the bird providing you were in the right area,as the trees still had quite a lot of leaves.The distinct crown stripe could at times be difficult to see,but the other ID features confirmed it's identity without seeing this feature.
 This constitutes my first sighting of this cracking Phyllosc and is only the 7th record for the Western Palearctic and 3rd for Britain with earlier records from Trow Quarry as mentioned above and the unbelievable record of one trapped inland in Hertfordshire in October 2011.More importantly,it was also the first record for the 'Old' county of Yorkshire.The only other sightings while present on site were a single Yellow-browed Warbler and a south bound flock of Pinks.
 After seeing this asian beauty it was time to relax and we visited beautiful Staithes to the north of Whitby,no notable birds were seen here,but it is a lovely picturesque seaside town.
 Next day after a lovely brekkie at the B&B,saw us travelling over to Whitby and the lovely Ravenscar,with more fantastic scenery and a few sightings of note which included a colour-ringed adult Herring Gull,6 Purple Sandpiper and a Harbour Porpoise at Whitby and at least 15 Grey Seal at Ravenscar.
 Monday saw us reluctantly travelling home,but a quick visit to Holbeck car park at Scarborough saw at least 6 Med Gulls present,with 5 adults and a 2nd winter giving the usual stunning views expected from these cracking gulls.While watching them a flock of 15 Siskin flew south and earlier one of the adult Peregrines had been seen along Marine Drive.
 With the super tame Rough-legged Buzzard still present along the Wolds at Grindale,we paid this stunning raptor a visit also.It was seen straight away on arrival sat hunting from it's perch along a nearby hedgerow and then began to hunt along the roadside verges.Unfortunately an inconsiderate idiot in a car chased it up and down the road pushing the bird further away while i was present,but it was still great to see this beautiful bird.
 Well what a cracking weekend was had and we travelled home after another great weekend away.
First views of the Eastern-crowned Warbler,Brotton,North Yorkshire.

Eastern-crowned Warbler,Brotton,North Yorkshire.

Eastern-crowned Warbler,Brotton,North Yorkshire.

Staithes,North Yorkshire.

Staithes,North Yorkshire.

Whitby,North Yorkshire.

Colour-ringed adult Herring Gull,ringed at Scarborough,Whitby,North Yorkshire.

Watery sun,Ravenscar,North Yorkshire.

Adult Mediterranean Gull,Scarborough,North Yorkshire.

Adult Mediterranean Gull,Scarborough,North Yorkshire.

Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard,Grindale,East Yorkshire.

Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard,Grindale,East Yorkshire.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

The Moors.....Sunday 26th October.

With the prospect of a full day out today and the attraction of a couple of good birds i headed over to the superb Crowle and Thorne Moors NNR.
 I arrived at the car park bright and early,got the gear together and headed onto the NNR.
 It was a tad breezy,but fairly mild for the time of the year and as i headed towards the bailey bridge over to the Thorne side of the NNR,i added the first of several flocks of Pink-footed Geese,2 Willow Tit,4 Redpoll and 4 Redwing.
 After crossing over the bailey bridge,the welcome sight of a patrolling male Common Hawker was a nice late record,but better was to come later as i recorded a further three species including 6 Black Darter,7 Common Darter and a personal best,regarding my latest record of Southern Hawker,with a female being seen hunting and then perching along one of the paths,superb stuff.
 Back to birding and as i walked along the network of pathways,raptors began to feature well in my sightings with 3 Sparrowhawk,5 Marsh Harrier,a single Peregrine and 3 Kestrel providing plenty of entertainment.
 A passing flock of Golden Plover,contained a small wader which was identified later as a Ruff from my distant record shots.
 A few mammals were recorded as i walked,with a single Weasel and unbelievably only two Roe Deer.There was also still plenty of signs around the reserve that the Red Deer are still present in good numbers,with lots of tracks and wallows were the Deer had been gathering,but i didn't manage to see any today sadly.
 It seems this winter is going to be a good one for Stonechats and today was no exception,with at least 5 birds being seen which included 2 pairs and a single male.They always brighten a days birding and are usually confiding,hopefully their numbers will build back up again after the winter of 2010/11 hit them pretty badly.
 As well as the previously mentioned Dragonflies,two species of Butterflies were recorded with singles of Peacock and Small Copper,the Peacock was watched looking for a hibernation site.
 Back again to the birds and as the afternoon wore on a very impressive pre-roost count of 72 Carrion Crow were seen and as i walked along the final stretch back to the car,6 Bullfinch and 32 Redwing were seen to bring this excellent days birding and wildlife watching to an end.
Doe Roe Deer.

Lovely autumn colours from this Dogwood.

Male Stonechat.

One of the many paths.

Record shot of the female Southern Hawker.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Worlaby Bits And Big White Heron......Saturday 25th October 2014.

After finishing my 12 hour night shift i travelled home,caught a few hours sleep and then decided to do the patch at Worlaby.
 It was a fairly bright morning and after parking at the top of Carr Lane,i began my two mile walk down to the Ancholme.
 After leaving the car,the sound of an approaching flock of Canada Geese had me seeing a single Pink-footed Goose in amongst the flock of 29 Canadas.
 The section between the car and the Soak Drain,saw a few notable sightings in the form of 7 Grey Partridge and a couple of Common Buzzard catching earth worms.
 The first of 3 Marsh Harriers was seen shortly after this,an adult male,which showed nicely before heading off towards Bonby,a further 2(Juv and adult female) being seen near to the river later.
 After reaching the river itself,a nice flock of 1500 Golden Plover was watched on a field just over the river on the opposite bank and put on a great spectacle as they occasionally flew around after being flushed by passing Buzzards etc.
 On the return leg of my walk and after just crossing over the railway,a Merlin was seen dashing over the nearby fields before perching briefly and then continuing on its hunting sorties,possibly the same bird from my last visit.
 After seeing several flocks of Pinks passing in the distance towards the Humber a flock of 98 birds passed overhead in the same direction.I love to hear these Icelandic breeders and it is a big feature of our local winter scene here in North Lincs,just superb.
 A flock of mixed gulls on the fields back towards the car,saw me at last adding Med. Gull to my patch list,when i found a cracking adult feeding and loafing with the mixed flock of Black-headed and Common Gulls.I know this is a regularly recorded species  nowadays,but they are still a cracking species for me.
 Some impressive totals for the visit included 14 Common Buzzard and at least 10 Kestrel being seen and a flock of 11 Long-tailed Tit was a notable record.
 Non bird sightings on today's visit included 5 Common Darter,including a pair in cop and a male and female Roe Deer.
Rooks,Worlaby village.

Grey Partridges.

Sentinel of the Carrs.

Male and female Roe Deer.

Distant Merlin.

Adult Med Gull.

Adult Med Gull.

Great-white Egret.

Great-white Egret.

 After visiting the patch and hearing on twitter that birding friend Chaz Adland had found a Great-white Egret near to Thornton Abbey,that is where i visited next.
 After arriving at the pond at the back of Thornton Abbey,the Egret was seen straight away,but it was soon apparent it was very nervy and took to flight on a couple of occasions before settling each time back to its fishing.The only other notable sighting here was 3 Little Egret.
 It was really nice to see this bird,as it was only a stones throw from my old patch at Goxhill/East Halton and wasn't that far from home.
 A cracking day out and about in the local area today.