Monday, 16 July 2012

Redcar Tarn

Monday July 16th p.m.
 I managed to persuade my dad to take me up to Redcar Tarn before tea this afternoon,we
didn't get any birding in at the weekend because he was catching up with a few gardening jobs.
As we approached the Tarn there were a number of birds in a field which had been recently
had the grass cut. At the Tarn we saw Gull numbers growing along with the usual birds as we
walked round there were Swifts and Swallows overhead. We decided to walk down to the
field where we saw all the birds first stopping to see if there were any birds on a pond in a
nearby field. There was none there today but we did see three Curlew at the far side of the
field.Moving across to where the other birds were we could see a mixture of BH Gulls,Rooks,
Jackdaws,Starlings and Lapwings. Our attention then switched to a small pool at the corner of
the field where there were a couple of Pied Wagtails, looking through the bins we then spotted
a couple of different birds using the cover of some long grass.My dad said they look like Snipe
and we started to take some snaps, one broke cover and walked along the edge of the pool
and confirmed they were Snipe.This was a first for us and I was really excited to see them and
how easily it would have been to miss them if the Pied Wagtails had not been there.They were
aware of us and soon took to the sky flying away,having another look we saw another one
which quickly broke cover and flew off to join the other two,what do they say about buses?
c50 - BH Gull
6 - Canadas
15 - Coots + chicks
3 -Curlew
c40- Lapwing
6 - LBB Gulls
c50 Mallards + chicks
2 - Moorhen + chicks
3 - Pied Wagtail
2 - Skylark
3 - Snipe
4 - Swallow
4 - Swift
8 - Tufted Duck
plus others

Snipe breaking cover

LBB Gull

LBB Gull with others flying over

Juvenile BH Gull

Pied Wagtail

Snipe on the move

Pied Wagtail pointing us in the right direction to the Snipe in the cover of the long grass.



  1. Well done with the Snipe Photos. New Camera?

  2. Thanks Nigel,my camera is still the same,I was a lucky that the pool where
    the Snipes were was fairly close to the edge of the field. Still they were
    well hidden so I was pleased to be able to confirm what we saw with the snaps.

  3. Great photos on one of the hardest birds to find,let alone snap.

  4. Thanks Brian I was really pleased to see the Snipe for the first time and get a couple of snaps.