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Thu 27th October 2011

Posted on November 6, 2011 at 5:05 AM

TRIP TO YORKSHIRE - DAY TWO

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In the morning we headed eastwards to my sister's house on the Yorkshire Wolds. They live in a fabulous location - a small village nestling amongst the rolling chalk hills. And, more importantly of course, only 20 minutes from both Filey and Flamborough! It was disappointing that, after some SE winds, there did not seem to be very much on the Yorkshire coast at all - the only rarity was an Olive-backed Pipit at Filey, a species I only saw last week.

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It was a rainy day, but after a soggy drive over and some lunch I headed to Filey with my Dad and my brother-in-law, but it was very quiet. There was the odd Goldcrest and Reed Bunting in the bushes, and quite a few Skylarks going over, but it was not as busy as October should be.

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Tree Sparrow - Filey, 27 Oct 11

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We were having a bite to eat in the cafe when we heard that the Olive-backed Pipit had just been showing, so we walked up to the spot and joined the group of ten or so birders stood in the bushes. After about five minutes or so it was clear that it wasn't showing and so we headed back out of the trees. If a bird disappears then it is better to retreat and see if it returns back to where it was, but no, most of the birders just carried on tramping around its favoured feeding area. Lack of common sense. So we dipped the bird - although if I'd have stayed around I would have probably seen it - and we headed down to Flamborough's South Landing which was deathly quiet. A single Chiffchaff was the only bird of note.

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Me, my Dad and my Brother-in-law at South Landing - Note that my Dad has such highly advanced birding skills that he doesn't even need bins any more, and that Duncan's birding is pretty good to say that he does not have any arms. 

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Categories: 2011 Autumn