Thursday 18 April 2013


Fantastic views of four beautiful Arctic Terns at Hes East this evening, plus a Common Tern. Fortunately one landed to swallow a fish and enabled me to grab a photo. Chris and Tim have some awesome shots with their DSLRs...

First singing Blackcap of the year in Bish this morning. No sign of the Waxwings since Sunday afternoon. Yesterday evening, an early Hobby cruised low through Hes East, where there were 8 or so Yellow Wags present. Swallows and House Martins back in Bish since the weekend.

Sadly this male Waxwing hit a window in Beech Avenue and died shortly afterwards. A sad end to a lovely bird that has survived a long winter. It's mouth was full of blood which suggested it died from internal bleeding.

Wednesday 3 April 2013


This Herring Gull was on the beach at South Bay, Scarborough on 1st April. Turns out it was rung as a second calendar year at Pitsea Landfill Site, Essex back in February 2010, making it now in it's fifth calendar year. It was first seen in Scarborough in July 2010. It would seem that this is a Yorkshire bird that goes down to Essex for the winter perhaps, or at least did in it's first winter.

Thanks to Chris Dee at the North Thames Gull Group for the info on this bird.