2010 Review Part 1


January got off to a good start with this black-throated thrush at newholme in North Yorkshire.The product of some very cold weather it hung around for quite a while.


Another cold month.I had a trip up to Filey and managed some record shots of these long tailed ducks, also plenty of common scoter and eider along with a sprinkling of common waders.The woodcocks at the feeder centre at Tophill rose to 3 always at a distance.

Long tailed duck



We had a long weekend in North Yorkshire which gave me an opportunity to get some shots of a red grouse.Also the bittern at Tophill was a legacy of a very cold winter.


Red Grouse


April was a fairly steady month.Usual spring migrants at Spurn but nothing particularly outstanding. Of note the water pipit below was only the 16th ever at Spurn.

Ring Ouzel

Water pipit


May was a fairly quiet month plenty of the usual suspects including garganey at Swine Moor, common Spring migrants at Spurn, and odd common waders at Patrington Haven.The highlight for me being the purple heron at Welwick.The distant shot below was taken at Patrington Haven looking East.


Purple Heron


Reed Warbler



June was rather quiet around East Yorkshire so I went travelling to find the birds.I had a trip to Norfolk with 3 target birds in mind.Firstly I saw the stone curlews at Weeting Health, then over to lakenheath for the golden orioles and finally finished up at welnet for the long staying bluethroat-a long but great day out.I also wnt up to Fen Bog for the whinchats and also saw some good insects including large heath, small pearl-bordered fratilliary, golden ringed dragonfly and keeled skimmer. During yet another trip away I went to Frampton Marsh and Gibraltar Point-fairly quiet but the corn buntings and turtle doves were nice.


Corn Bunting