Blacktoft Sands is a great reserve that Ruth and I have often visited a number of times over the last few years, it is just over the river from Goole. It has a large tidal reedbed situated at the confluence of the rivers Trent and Ouse.
A Male Harrier flys away
The reserve was busy when we arrived and some hides were a little bit difficult to find a space in but it was great to visit because there were plenty of birds to entertain us. It was particularly good to see the Marsh Harriers had had a good breeding season. We saw at least four juveniles and at least one adult male. The best birds on this trip however were the Bearded Tits which were lifers for Ruth and I sadly the photo’s of these wonderful little birds have not really come out.
Two Dunlin and a Spotted Redshank
Ruth and I decided that as this was the last weekend of my sabbatical we should spend it together doing some birding. I picked Ruth up from work on Friday afternoon and then we drove to Yorkshire.
The next day (Saturday) we visited the wonderful Bempton Cliffs This reserve is the only place on the mainland were you can really see nesting Gannets, as a bonus there are also plenty of Kittiwakes guillemots, Razorbills, Puffins and Fulmar to keep people entertained. On a slightly worrying note there is some concern that sea bird colonies on the east coast are falling in numbers this is thought to be due to a fall in food supply which is obviously a huge concern although I have heard that numbers are slightly up on the west coast perhaps due to a few birds moving around the coast.
Here are a few photos taken with my new camera
Kittiwake and little one
Two Gannets and some Guillemots