Monday, March 30, 2009

Snow Bunting

A pair of Snow Buntings dropped in to RSPB Bempton Cliffs this weekend and the male bird was just outstanding. Just not quite full summer plumage missing its black bill but I couldn't complain it was a true little gem of a bird.

The female was present also but lacking the incredible plumage of the male but still a beauty to look at. This was my first Snow Bunting in a very close summer plumage and as you can see from the images above - what a cracker!

Monday, March 09, 2009

Gull Heaven

Its great to see two species of gull that are fairly uncommon on my home turf and at close range. The 1st winter Iceland Gull has been visiting Scarborough Harbour most days now for just over a week. Beautiful pale cream bird which sticks out amongst the Herring Gulls on the filleting shed roof.

The Mediterranean Gulls are still present at Holbeck Car Park and the adult birds are now gaining their beautiful black hoods, three adults and two 1st winter birds where present recently, but it will not be long now before the birds will leave Scarborough for the spring.