Exciting and peculiar start to ‘spring’
Winds dropping from the persistent cold northerlies made way for a rash of birds. Not however the expected summer visitors to Britain. No, the day was marked by backed up returnees heading north and east to Scandinavia. Heading out on my early walk with Ebony, our family collie, a Goldcrest was calling outside the front door. A migrant! 60 Blackbirds in migrant habitat and an an obvious continental Robin gave more October than April feel.
These early morning suggestions of movement soon gave way to rash of good birding indeed quite a ball! Loads of thrushes (counts just quick add ups from shared info) 250 Blackbirds, 105 Redwing 20 Goldcrests and 7 Robins, 2 Waxwing (over my house) a Bittern, a Great Grey Shrike, Woodlark, Crane, 3 Red Kites and more Buzzards. See more from Mark at nearby Filey. Click here.
My first full overnight of sound recording last night (Flamborough village) inc plenty Blackbirds and Redwing, Wigeon, Curlew and some intriguing un- ID’s. To be explored further…
A Bue-crowned Bittern
Not a new species. Mega rare with only 2 previous records east of Danes Dyke. Found by day visitor to Bempton RSPB, who saw it in fight dropping in to Buckton Pond as they drove past. Peculiar to this bird though was a soft pastel blue-grey tone to the feathers on the crown (and even down the nape) and to less extent but still present in the malar regions. These are normally blackish (adults) or sometimes browner in younger birds. But not blue.
Can’t find any reference on a quick check to blue-grey tones on Eurasian Bittern head patterns. Any suggestions?
1st Black Redstart of the year, a bird at North Landing. On arriving Carolyn B. asked for a little help with the ID off the bird she was watching. before seeing it she described perfectly a Black Redstart- a new bird for her. Nice one!