The east coast…

Today I had a day off work and a trip to the East Coast with my long-suffering father, who occasionally doubles up as a birding buddy. It was quite a tight itinery, starting at the Holbeck car park at Scarborough, which is probably the most reliable site in Yorkshire for Mediterranean gulls. After a brief wait, luring the black-headed flock with a few slices of bread, up to four birds appeared, including the beauty below…

Mediterranean Gull

Then it was on to a site called Cayton Carrs for a small group of tundra bean geese that are hanging around with a group of pink-feet. After initial confusion with the wrong Carr Lane programmed into the satnav (how was I to know there two roads with the same name within 3 miles of one another!) we found them, lurking at the back of the flock. You can just about make some goose-like shapes in the photo below…

Tundra Bean Geese

We had a trip to Flamborough next, having a look for the black redstart and waxwings that have been there in recent days, but with no success. There were good views of the usual stuff, however, including fulmars and gannets.

Then the final stop of the day, Filey Brigg. We parked at the Country Park car park, the lawns of which were covered in waders, including bar-tailed godwit, knot, redshank and oystercatcher, giving great views.

Knots and Bar-tailed Godwit

On the Brigg there were many purple sandpipers among the aforementioned waders, and out to sea were many eiders, a few common scoter, and three long-tailed ducks. Shag kept flying past, and as the afternoon went on a red-throated diver showed up and, best of all, two Slavonian grebes made an appearance in the bay.

A great day, and three of my worst “bogey birds” – Med gull, Slav grebe and bean goose – were finally mopped up!


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  1. A nice set of sightings of 3 birds that are still lifer bogey birds for me – all 3 have been seen at Rainham RSPB but I’ve never seen them despite make special trips to see them! lol

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