Following the Eider the obligatory visit to Bempton for some Auk stroking seemed in order. A Gropper was singing from just outside the visitors centre and the worlds most obliging Tree Sparrows were in the car park until I thought about showing them some photograhpic interest. All the normal fare was on show but for information there's shit loads more Puffins at North Landing!
On the bird front the American Wigeon is still at RV - though I wish it would do the decent thing and head north before its reputation becomes tainted.
A nice evening stroll around RV's Main Lake produced diddly squat, but a quick scan of the Reserve from the car window proved otherwise. Whilst checking a party of Tufted Ducks I glanced a Wigeon with an obvious white rear flank. My mind raced back to my New Year Shetland trip when a similar sight caught my eye - SHIT!! American Wigeon. After fighting Beth's bike to get to my scope I found myself watching the Sheffield areas first American Wigeon - hoorah. Okay it's not the rarest bird in the world but it still gets you that all too unfamiliar rare bird buzz. The irony of all this is that every winter we get in excess of 300 Wigeon down here which we thoroughly check specifically for its American cousin. The total wigeon present today was 2 Common Wigeon and 1 American Wigeon!!
Greetings from Snowy Sheffield. Interestingly the chimney in the foreground used to be a top spot for seeing Black Redstarts, but not since they turned the building into poncey flats.
One that didn't get away
A nice Swallow
With the cold weather in mind we went home and booked a few, hopefully, hot days in Extremadura in June.
A walk around Meadowgate lake was almost worthless except for singing Blackcap and Willow Warbler.
Another visit, late afternoon, gave me a chance for some photography in the fine sunshine.