Sunday, 11 May 2008

North Yorkshire - 11th May 2008

Me and my dad spent the morning at the North yorkshire Moors Railway setting of from my house at 05.30. We spent several hours at the railway waiting for some of the North Sea mist to lift at Bempton but no joy unfortunately...when we got there we could only see 20ft infront of us
North Yorkshire Moors Railway - Diesel Gala
Pied Wagtail at Goathland Station
We walked from Grosmont Station to Goathland across the moorland so I picked up a few nice birds - Marsh Tit, Red Grouse, Dipper, Yellowhammers singing
Bempton Cliffs RSPB
My dad only 10-15ft away :S
10 years since my last...
The main target for the trip was Puffin, and after about 30 mins on site and a decent scan of the auks, I managed to spot orange legs/feet and a clown like face staring at me. My first vews of Puffin were at the same site back in April 1998 when I joined the RSPB (my first proper bird watching trip), and I havnt seen one since so to come away with 8 birds found in such horrible conditions was something very special indeed

Kittiwakes were by far the commonest birds

It was nice to be able to get close enough to see the auks clearly unlike the Gannets that appeared rather pterodactyl like in the mist, and several Fulmars thrilled me as they are one of my favourite commoner birds
(on the way home I also saw a couple of displaying Yellow Wagtails which was another first for the year

1 comment:

Steve Halliwell said...

Hello Zac

Enjoying your blog very much.

The Preston Bird Watching & Natural History Society have just changed their website to a blog, so I'm trying to learn all about them.

I've put a link to your blog on our site, and would be happy if you'd do the same for us on yours.


See you down at Brockholes sometime.

Regards.....Steve Halliwell