Roller in Yorkshire

June 04, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

A lingering Roller tempted us north to Yorkshire, the bird was never really close but gave great scope views, only the second record for me after the bird in Dumfries in the late 90's.

Even better (from a photography standpoint) was the visit to Bempton Cliffs seabird colony, the Gannet colony is very close with birds flying at eye level within 10 metres of the viewpoint, Puffin, Guillemots and Razorbills were all noted, plus a very respectable colony of Tree Sparrows.

After dipping the Mash Warbler at Blacktoft Sands (not to worry we got the Rainham bird the following day!), we headed to the summering Red-necked Grebe at Hatfield Moor, a stunning bird back for at least its second summer.


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