Last weekend a visitor to the reserve noticed a small bird on Staple Newk viewpoint whilst she was watching the Short-eared Owl. She managed to take some good photos and the bird turned out to be a Desert Wheatear. It was looked for, but not seen again until yesterday afternoon when it was present briefly again at the same spot and its still there this morning.
No, not night Owls, nor now so it seems, afternoon Owls, but the Short-eared Owl can be seen at almost any time of day! This morning it was flying around near to RAF station at 9:30am.
Again this afternoon a Short-eared Owl was almost constantly on show over the field behind the visitor centre - a truly beautiful bird and later in the afternoon a very upset Blackbird and an equally agitated Wren gave away the presence of a Long-eared Owl, which seemed to have been roosting somewhere around the car park. True to form the Long-eared only became active as darkness fell.
Seems the Tree Sparrows have taken to roosting in the large patch of scrub in the same field mentioned above. A noisy bunch when they head off to roost, but maybe a chance to count them more accurately as they fly in, although some seem to turn in pretty early in the afternoon! There's a lot of Tree Sparrows here right now, but trying to count them is proving a challenge. The roost count sounds like a job for Gemma, our Tree Sparrow counter!
Reports of a "Baltic Gull" in fields near Bempton village has caused some interest today. This sleek form of Lesser Black-backed Gull from yes, you've guessed it, the Baltic Coast, is only a very rare visitor to the UK, although a real identification challenge.
Finally, if you're in the area on Sunday, check out Bempton Village Christmas Market - you won't miss it!