A Trip North
A trip to the top edge of the North York Moors and to a small village called Danby was in order; to hopefully get views of the Dotterels that people had been seeing. On arrival to Danby and after getting a breakfast sandwich from the bakery we asked for directions. A little old lady gave us some good directions, however putting them into use proved not so good. We ended up on the most bumpiest of tracks possible and for a ford fiesta it wasn’t brilliant, but we finally managed to get back onto a tarmac road. After a while of searching the moorland we finally found not just one Dotterel but nine! Its not the best of shots as we didn’t want to get too close and scare them.
After here we headed just over fifty miles north to Hartlepool Headland to the Red-Spotted Bluethroat twitch. It’s only the second time I personally have seen this subspecies, the last time was on Filey Brigg in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Anyway when we arrived we saw all the birders at the side of the road starring on to the bowling green and after a few minutes of waiting out it came…
From Hartlepool we headed back down south to RSPB Saltholme, twenty minutes away, to where the Whiskered Terns had been seen. On arrival we were greeted by the friendly staff and shown where we could see the Terns. Like the bluethroat, I have only seen these once before. These two weren’t very shy to the public, however, they did keep their distance but you couldn’t get too close anyway.
We then had a short walk around the reserve to try and get views of the Spoonbills. These were miles away from use and you could hardly see them. Whilst at one of the hides there were a couple of Avocets that posed quite nicely. We then headed down the east coast calling at both Robin Hoods Bay near Whitby and Ravenscar near Scarborough to try and see the Red-backed Shrikes. With no look we headed home. My bird list now stands on 177 for 2016.