Archive for the ‘Northern England’ Category


Birding Bridlington Harbour – British Birding

A few days ago I spent a morning birding around Bridlington harbour in East Yorkshire. This is often a good place for wintering and passage migrants, even in October, and is somewhere I used to visit regularly when I was at university in the area. One of the specialities of the site is Purple Sandpiper [...]


Seabirds at St Bees: British Birding

Doing most of my birding in Thailand I do not get to see seabirds very often; only on my visits back to UK. So, as part of my visit to the north east of England I decided to pay a visit to the RSPB’s clifftop reserve at St Bees Head well aware that it was [...]


Nesting Bee-eaters in Cumbria: British Birding

For few weeks now the RSPB has given British birders the opportunity to watch European Bee-eaters nesting at a sand quarry near Brampton in Cumbria. Bee-eaters are a very rare breeding bird in UK and this, combined with their colourful plumage, has meant that many people have made the journey to northern England to see [...]


Sabine’s Gull at Pennington Flash: British Birding

I spent the last few days walking in the mountains in the Lake District National Park, but on my way I decided to stop off to look for a couple of unusual birds, the first being an adult Sabine’s Gull which had been reported as present for a few days at Pennington Flash, near Manchester. [...]


Masses of Migrants at Swinemoor

Having arrived back in Beverley at 6pm the good weather drew me towards Swinemoor for a quick look for spring migrants. A quick look turned into a long look as there were plenty of birds to see. On the wet grass 20-30 Lapwings were still hanging around as well as about 100 Golden Plovers and [...]


Gulls in Bridlington Harbour

Today, a brief shopping trip to Bridlington gave me some time to check out the birds in the harbour. With the tide in, and given the time of year, there were not too many species around; just large numbers of Herring Gulls of all ages. A single Lesser Black-backed Gull, a few Common Gulls and [...]

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