and a nice White Wag.
2nd May- few more south moving birds including c 120 Swallows and other hirundines, Goldfinch, Linnets and a couple of flava wagtails. out in the Humber evidence of wind blown seabirds = several Guillemot, 4 Kittiwakes, Common Scoter, Red-throated Diver, Great Crested Grebe and the like. Greenshank and Spotted Redshank called off the Warren and those beautiful Garganey still, but very early morning is best. Later on Redstarts, Blue-headed Wagtail and Wood Warbler are found and I add a White Wagtail to seeming new grounded migrants.
A wacky pale looking Herring Gull type creates momentary (but limited!) distraction. More on that later.
Mick Sharpe waits patiently with his wife Kath in Canal Scape hide and it often pays off. He got a lovely shot of 2 of the 3 Spotted Redshank around Spurn plus this Blue-headed Wagtail dropped in last week. Hmmm. Its got some olive feathering in the blue crown and ear coverts. Perhaps its a ‘Calais Wagtail’ i.e. not 100% Blue-headed (ssp. flava) but with some Yellow (ssp flavissima) in it. Or perhaps is it just olive feather tips to which ave yet to wear off. Yellow Wagtails are fascinating.
see Mick’s stuff: http://thefitter.blogspot.com/
This male Redstart, one of several around was along the peninsula and Sharon has got Sparrowhawk ID cracked as she sees them when out Horse Riding. This being one of the local adult males- always a treat to see.