21/6/15 Having almost by accident had good views of the breeding pair of Montagu’s Harriers at the undisclosed East Yorkshire site last year as well as seeing them a few times from another site I wasn’t in a great rush to catch them at Blacktoft Sands RSPB. However Sunday with little about in “the valley” and with the added bonus of Ring-necked Duck JH and I decided to make the trip. On arrival, following a quick look in the information hide, went it straight to Singleton Hide where the harriers were routinely reported from. With them now a bit “old hat” the hide wasn’t crowded.
View from Singleton Hide-Blacktoft Sands RSPB
Female Marsh Harrier-Blacktoft Sands RSPB
As expected good numbers of Marsh Harrier on constant view. Didn’t wait long for our first views of Monties when the female flew left but distant and often behind vegetation. The male followed the same route an hour later. Picked up earlier but again distant. Funny to see two “raptor-on-a-stick” bird scarers in the distance. A trap for the unwary?
“Raptor-on-a-stick” scarer near Blacktoft Sands RSPB
Next on to Townsend Hide where two Spotted Redshanks were roosting with a Greenshank.
Spotted Redshank and Greenshank from Townsend Hide
Nothing new from 1st Hide but the Ring-necked Duck was still from Xerox Hide. Unfortunately it was fast asleep along with accompanying Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Wigeon and Pochard.
♂.Ring-necked Duck from Xerox Hide
Finally on to Marshland Hide where we had our only four Avocet. Don’t know whether they no-longer breed on the site or had just bred early and moved on but told 100+ were on site last month. Didn’t bother walking all the way to Ousefleet Hide.
Avocet from Marshland Hide
Called in on North Cave Wetlands on the way home. Started in Crosslands Hide. The second Temminck’s Stint for the year had been seen Thursday evening only but little of interest today except a few Little Ringed Plover.
Next was Main Lake. Like the marshes at Tophill Low NR much of North Cave Wetlands is a Black-headed Gull breeding colony. However among them on Main Lake are at least one pair of Mediterranean Gulls along with a least two other adults.
A mass of fledgling Black-headed Gulls on Main Lake,North Cave Wetlands NR
Adult and fledgling Mediterranean Gulls with Black-headed Gulls
Two additional adult Mediterranean Gulls
Also had a flyby from the same Dakota I’d seen a few weeks back over Tophill Low NR.
Douglas C-47A Dakota [DC3] over North Cave Wetland