Happy New Year 2012 y'all.
Customary family trip to Filey on New Year's Day marred only by shocking heavy rain and poor quality chips, but top drawer fun anyhoo. Didn't get chance to do any birding though there was a Great Crested Grebe on the sea off the Coble Landing.
Headed to Blacktoft Sands with me Dad this afternoon for the roost. 70 Pink-feet flew high over the A64 by Bish on the way out at about 12.30. Blacktoft was absolutely heaving with huge-camera-toting dudes as expected: couldn't get in Singleton Hide three hours before the roost - so headed to Xerox. Dad comically had forgotten his bins so he borrowed some off the warden - the RaSPBerries have it all covered -nice one!
13 Marsh Harriers and a ringtail Hen came in by 4pm, but the highlight was two skeins of geese that came over. The first consisted of 30 White-fronts and 4 Tundra Beans heading west - see photo. Later, 70+ White-fronts went south along the river. Despite me calling them, nobody in the hide - apart from me Dad- seemed particularly bothered and they all looked a little surprise when I grabbed my scope and legged it out of the hide for a better view. Also seen, a Stonechat, c1000 Golden Plovers, and two Barnacle Geese flew east down the Humber.