Saturday, 12 December 2015

Another day of Kestrels and Fieldfare

Everywhere you go on Sunk Island there are Kestrels. I must have seen at least eight yesterday.

 




Plenty of Fieldfares as well - must have been about 200 at Stone Creek




The Friday crew at Stone Creek


Tuesday, 8 December 2015

An afternoon down by the Humber

An afternoon of sunshine, rain and gloom.  Failed to get a Short Eared Owl but still managed some success down by Stone Creek.

View across the Humber to Killingholme Oil Refinery



Two different Kestrels


Just three of the many fieldfare around, too jumpy to get too close


 Common Seal

Monday, 30 November 2015

Owls recently photographed locally in East Yorkshire

  Little Owls
 I seem to be finding more and more of these. I had never seen one up to 3 years ago.





Shot Eared Owls - photographed last week in Holderness




 Distant view of a confrontation with a Barn Owl

 




Sunday, 29 November 2015

A walk in Bolton Abbey Woods

Last Sunday we took advantage of a break in Ilkley to walk along the River Wharfe in Bolton Abbey Woods which is an excellent place for birdwatching and for walking.

In winter Mandarin Ducks congregate in quite large numbers along this stretch. I've seen up to eighty.


There's always a Robin around.


Coal Tit


Dippers - a treat to watch and one of my favourite birds
 

 


Female Goosanders



Saturday, 28 November 2015

A few mammal photos from the last few months

Roe Deer



 Red Deer Stag


Mink - not a welcome sight


 Otters on the River Wharfe near Bolton Abbey
I stood and watched these four for 30 minutes in broad daylight without frightening them.





Leveret


A few garden birds

Coal Tits having a bath - something I'd not seen before



Goldfinch - there seem to be a lot this year - up to 30 at a time in the garden
 


 Greenfinch


 Brambling - a rare visitor to my garden


 Sparrowhawk - a frequent visitor at the moment




 Red Legged Partridge - an unlikely garden bird - photographed on the house and garage roofs