Friday, 11 April 2008


Yup, finally caught up with a Chiffy or 3 today. Spent late afternoon down at Wheldrake and had a ball. A patch tick in the form of Kingfisher to take me to 105 for the site. 2 'seconds' were Jay and Marsh Harrier - a real beast of a female, possible 3rd calender year as the cream crown was restricted.

Also saw quite a few migrants, a small party of Blackwits (12-15) flew across the reserve. Along with the Chiffchaff I saw, there were c200 Hirundines on the reserve about 60:40 Sand Martins: Swallows with a couple of House Martins chucked in for good measure. Heard at least 3 Willow Warblers but couldn't get any views as they were along the sides of the pool.

Kept trying to turn the Curlew into Whimbrel but no luck. A few Song Thrushes were singing (but still no Mistle Thrush grrr). On leaving a Barn Owl coming out of a tree made me jump. Good fun. 152 for the year UK, 143 for Yorks.

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