EAST YORKSHIRE – SEABIRDS, MIGRANTS & RAPTORS SPECIAL

Tue 27th - Fri 30th June 2023

It was great to be back in Yorkshire and our tour kicked off with a visit to a small wetland where we were delighted to see a breeding pair of BLACK-WINGED STILTS with four chicks! Six EURASIAN SPOONBILL kept the Mediterranean theme going before we arrived on the East Yorkshire coast.

The following day we spent exploring the amazing seabird colonies with thousands of NORTHERN GANNETS, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES, COMMON GUILLEMOTS, RAZORBILLS plus NORTHERN FULMAR and ATLANTIC PUFFINS. EURASIAN TREE SPARROWS were everywhere and offered superb views. Later in the day we headed out on the Yorkshire Belle to experience the seabird colony from the sea and to say we were all wowed was an understatement! There were birds literally everywhere and at times we didn’t know where to look.

With fine weather the next day, we enjoyed visiting the North Yorkshire Moors where the group enjoyed excellent views of RED CROSSBILL, EURASIAN SISKIN, COMMON BUZZARDS galore, a couple of distant NORTHERN GOSHAWK, GREY WAGTAIL, WILLOW PTARMIGAN with chicks amongst the heather and lots more.

Our journey back to Essex was punctuated with a stop at Spurn Point and Kilnsea Wetlands where we watched over 40 LITTLE TERNS, 100+ DUNLIN, 5 SANDERLING, EUROPEAN GOLDEN PLOVERS, a strong southerly COMMON SWIFT passage, EURASIAN SPOONBILL and some breeding plumaged BLACK-TAILED GODWITS which brough the tour to a conclusion.

It had been a great tour with so many laughs, superb birds, filling food and good company!

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