I went south to Yorkshire with SH, ADMC and JM, (Birding Sometimes) yesterday. Our first stop was Wykeham Forest where after only ten minutes a distant Honey Buzzard- Lifer, was spotted on the other side of the valley. Although the views were distant we could still see it displaying and wing clapping like a butterfly.
We saw no more Honey Buzzards but a Tree Pipit was in the trees in front of us.
Next we went down to Filey where an immature drake King Eider – Lifer, was just off the brigg along with a female Eider for comparison.
The sea was choppy and the Eider kept diving so views were also brief but a lot closer.
Three summer plumage Knots were on rocks off the brigg but like us they had to leave as the tide was fast approaching.
On the way back we checked Crimdon Dene which was Dotterel-less today but the Little Terns were nice to see again.
Once again another lifer filled weekend out of the county. A change of scenery from time to time is well worth it.