Thursday, 31 May 2012

Garden Visitors

Thursday May 31st
 I was sat out in the garden earlier this week when I noticed a Greenfinch on the bird feeder
which suddenly flew towards me landing under a bush just in front of me.This seemed odd,then
I saw a young Great Spotted Woodpecker was in the Plum tree near the feeders, it probably saw
me and was soon on its way.This left the Greenfinch in front of me, it went onto a branch of the bush
and then a small tree just a couple of meters away.This gave me a great view of it and fortunately I
had my camera and so got some close up snaps.It stayed for a couple of minuets, probably waiting
for the GSW to move out of the area before it moved on.
 Elsewhere in the garden our Peonys and Aquilegias are flowering well.





Wednesday, 30 May 2012

More from Bempton cliffs

From Sat May 26th
 A final look at our trip to Bempton where I had a great morning and took loads of snaps.
My favorite bird was the Puffin which I was really pleased to see.

Gannet,Puffin,Guillemot & Razorbill



Gannets & Kittiwake

Bempton Cliffs 1

Bempton Cliffs 2

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Bempton Cliffs Gannets

From Sat May 26th
 Another look at our trip to Bempton Cliffs on Saturday concentrating on the Gannets which
nest on the cliffs.The Gannet is our largest sea bird with a wing span of 1.7 m, we got really
close views of them on the top of the cliffs and flying around so here are my snaps.

Monday, 28 May 2012

Bridlington Herring Gulls

From Sat May 26th
 After our visit to Bempton Cliffs on Saturday we moved down the East coast of Yorkshire
to Bridlington where we had our lunch and spent the afternoon.This is where we saw Herring
Gulls everywhere on roofs,on top of street lights,walls,walking round the roads and on the beach.
This meant I had a good chance to take a few snaps,the Gulls can be aggressive you need to keep
a close eye on your fish & chips or the're liable to nick them from you.


Sunday, 27 May 2012

Harold Park & Park Dam

Sunday May 27th a.m.
 Another warm day with cloudless blue skies,the temperature starting at 13°C this morning
which rose quickly through the day.At Harold Park we saw Canadas,Coots (some with chicks),
Moorhen,Mallard,Tufted Duck,Wren,Mute Swan and a Great Crested Grebe. We didn't see the
chicks which may have been in the undergrowth near the island.
We moved to Park Dam a short distance away where there were Canadas (with a chick),Coot,
Mallards,Tufted Duck,Swift,Swallow,Moorhen,Gt. Crested Grebe and a Little Grebe which we
haven't seen locally before this year.There was also a pair of Mute Swans with eight young Cygnets.
Coot Chick

Great Crested Grebe at Park Dam

Park Dam,Bradford again

Mute Swan with Cygnets

Harold Park, Bradford

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Bempton Cliffs

Saturday May 26th
 We had a trip to Bempton Cliffs on the coast of East Yorkshire just North of Bridlington
today where it was 15°C with plenty of sunshine but a bit windy.We came here last year to
see the thousands of sea birds which nest and breed on the sheer cliff faces and a return visit was
a bit overdue.Its a wonderful sight, and a bonus for me this year was to get some better views of
the Puffins.We saw Gannets,Guillemots,Razorbills,Kittiwakes and Herring Gulls the numbers of
these birds peaks around 200,000 and I think that would be a good reflection of what we saw.
I have had chance to sort out some of the many snaps we took so here we go...
Puffin 1

Puffin 2





Herring Gull

Spot the Puffin among the other sea birds on the cliff

Bempton Cliffs