Sunday 30th September 2012

   Breakfast in Scarborough then the long journey to Holy Island, much longer than i thought too!!! We had to rush, as the causeway to Holy Island is only open while the tide is low enough to cross. We got there and had about an hour, maybe a bit less. There had been no news on the Arctic Warbler all morning. Which is about right for my 'bogey' bird. No sign while i was there, and i was told there had been no sign since yesterday evening!!! My heart quickened once, when i found a Warbler at th tops of the trees, but it was a late Willow Warbler! That makes 6 or 7 attempts to see these little buggers now, but this was the 'longest' dip by far. I have missed 3 on Scilly, 2 or 3 in Cornwall, and one i couldnt get to on Portland! Oh well, one day, i hope. We drove disappointedly back across the causeway, but did have a few birds to try and cheer us up. There were big flocks of Barnacle Geese and also Pale-bellied Brent Geese, flying from the mud into crop fields as the tide came in. Also feeding on the mud were a few species of waders. Bar-tailed Godwit, Oystercatcher, Redshanks, Knot, Dunlin, Turnstones, Sanderling, Curlew, Lapwing, Golden Plover & Grey Plover (including one in full summer plumage, sadly didnt come close enough for photos). As the tide covered the main part of the causeway a few Eider arrived. Raptors were covered quite well too. Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard and a Merlin were seen.

Barnacle Geese

Pale-bellied Brent Geese

Bar-tailed Godwit


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