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Sat 29th October 2011

Posted on November 13, 2011 at 5:10 PM

TRIP TO YORKSHIRE - DAY FOUR

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Duncan and I went off early to hit the Head at Flamborough. I was very surprised that, despite it being October, we had been birding a full hour before we saw any birders at all, and in the couple of hours that we were there, we only saw about 8 or 9 in total. It was great to walk around the place after so long and I was very impressed with the improved access. All those places that we used to say about, "it'd be good if we could walk along there", mostly seemed to be open. We did not see a great many birds of interest - one or two Great Spotted Woodpeckers may have been immigrants. Thrushes, Skylarks, Yellowhammers and Reed Buntings were common enough but there was nothing out of the ordinary. So we enjoyed a fine breakfast at the Head Cafe.

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The white cliffs of Flamborough

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The Bay Brambles - a rare bird magnet of the highest order

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Yellowhammer - Flamborough Head, 29 Oct 11

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We headed over to Filey for another shot at the Olive-backed Pipit since it had been showing the previous day. We passed a massive flock of Golden Plover in the fields which was a new species for Duncan. But at Filey we soon heard that the pipit had not been seen at all today, and there seemed to be little else around which was new so we headed home.

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After lunch me and Abigail waved goodbye to our East Yorkshire family and drove back West. It was dark when we arrived in Leeds and Abigail persuaded us that she wanted a second attempt at a MacDonalds. After such fine dining, I watch MOTD and went to sleep. Early next morning we said our goodbyes and headed back to Manchester Airport after a very enjoyable few days, despite the lack of quality birds.

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Categories: 2011 Autumn