Friday, 10 September 2010

6th September - Bempton Cliffs RSPB

Brown Flycatcher

On Monday myself and Al Orton headed over to Bempton Cliffs RSPB in search of the Brown Flycatcher which had been found the day before. We were both eager to get there as we had both missed the Flamborough bird a couple of years ago. With news of the birds continued presence as we drove through Bridlington, spirits were high!

The bird had been found in a small dell slightly beyond the final Seabird watch point and we arrived on site at 08.30. In order to cut a long and painful story short, I will just say that a concoction of people trying to ring the bird, local birders walking through the dell and the very high winds resulted in me leaving at 13.30 having seen 1 Whitethroat, 2 Redstart, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Garden Warbler and 2 Willow Warblers. Enough said!

A conciliation prize did come in the form of a Red-breasted Flycatcher which was located in the car park and despite being elusive, did show on and off. Other species in the car park included, 2 Redstart, 2 Pied Flycatcher and 1 Spotted Flycatcher. Just a shame it couldn't have been a 4 Flycatcher day!

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