Tuesday, 26 January 2016

A few from the last week or so.

Barn Owl at Kelsey Gardens, Burstwick

 The local Little Owl

 Reed Bunting at Stone Creek

 Siskin in East Park, Hull

 Mistle Thrush, also in East Park

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Up the Creek with even more owls

Yesterday was another glorious day, two in a row!  On the way to Stone Creek I came across a Little Owl on a haystack that I had not seen before. At the Creek there were the usual three Short Eared Owls plus a Barnie in the distance. A Marsh Harrier also flew past.
On the way home I encountered two Barn Owls but the light and distance prevented any photos.

Plenty of Lapwings in the fields

 Several of these at Stone Creek - seemed to be eating grit off the road


 Short Eared Owl

Saturday, 16 January 2016

A day in two parks

Yesterday was a beautiful day although very cold, so I thought I would wander down to the Humber Bridge Country Park where I could guarantee to see Bullfinches. From there I went to Pickering Park in Hull where I expected to see Goosanders who overwinter there. I was not disappointed in either location.
 Female Bullfinch

 Male Bullfinch

 Coal Tit

 Blue Tit

Female Goosanders

 Male Goosanders



Monday, 11 January 2016

Owls and Kestrels on the first sunny day of the year

Yesterday was a good day down by the Humber at Stone Creek especially for owls and kestrels.
I had already seen a Little Owl on the journey there and was pleased to see that there were three shorties near to the Creek, along with passing Marsh Harriers and the usual number of Fieldfare.

Short Eared Owl

 This Kestrel dived on to its prey in front of me as I set off 
home and proceeded to eat it in the middle of the road.

 After finishing its meal it then hovered at the side of the car 
giving me great views. Unfortunately by then the light was fading.

 This shot well demonstrates how well they can keep their head 
motionless whilst their wings are flapping away as they hover - amazing!

Friday, 8 January 2016

A walk in the park

On a cold, damp January day it is always worth a walk in the park, in my case East Park in Hull.
It is the best place I know to see goosanders (common merganser) with up to 30 individuals overwintering here every year. And if you get fed up with the cold and rain there is always the cafe!

Male goosander

 Female and male goosanders

 Tufted duck clearly showing how it got its name


 Grey squirrel raiding the food pile in the animal enclosure

 Black Headed Gull already almost in its summer plumage