I had booked to take a trip out with local Scarborough birders Nick Addey and chief chummer Micky Mcnaghten and others to attempt to see what seabirds we could attract in and find off this cracking coastline,with a lovely concoction of rotting fish,fish ice pops and bread.....i can still smell it now as i write!.
To be fair we didn't see anything out of the unusual on the 4 hour trip,but it was certainly an enjoyable one all the same with superb views of the local Fulmars,a couple of Puffins,Razorbills,Guillemots,Kittiwakes,Gannets and loads of Gulls which included an adult Herring Gull ringed near York earlier in June.
A few land based migrants were also seen which included a couple of hundred Swift south along the cliffs,a Peregrine and a juvenile Kestrel which was seen flying in off the sea 2 miles off the land.The latter sighting was an interesting one and who knows were it originated.
As we sailed back along the coast past Long Nab,the lads beloved local patch,it was great to see what a lovely untouched coastline there is,with some cracking habitat,who knows what was lurking along there last autumn!.
After arriving back on dry land i picked the car up and headed the short distance over to Wykeham Forest where i spent the next couple of hours with Chris and James looking for raptors.
To be honest,it was a bit later in the day than i normally like to visit but we still managed to see several Common Buzzard,at least 2 Goshawk and the cracking pale male Honey Buzzard briefly also.This latter bird was only seen for a couple of minutes as it displayed high over the viewpoint before disappearing out of view,but what a great sight to see again.
This place and area is such a favourite of mine and i have enjoyed fantastic views over the years of the special species that call it their homes.
So,sadly it was time to head back through the Sunday traffic after another excellent day out in this superb part of the world.
|A Sunny Scarborough Harbour.|
|Marine Drive As We Headed Out On The Boat.|
|Hide And Seek Amongst The Waves.|
|2nd Calendar Year Puffin.|
|Surfing Puffin Style.|
|A Stunning Immature Lesser black-back attracted into the melee.|
|Fulmar...Words Can't Describe How Much I love These Birds.|
|Fulmar,What A Bird!.|
|Fulmar Close Up.|
|Colour-Ringed Adult Herring Gull,Ringed Near York In June Of This Year.|
|One Of The Local Herring Gulls,Wanting More Fish.|