Bird Watching (UK) - - Go BIrding - JOHN MILES

THIS WAS MY an­nual hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion as a kid, but why did I not know how great the bird life was here? Scar­bor­ough has the best Pere­grine site in Bri­tain, housed in a Kit­ti­wake colony. You are so close you would think you would need a li­cense to stand on Marine Drive and look at it! A vol­un­tary scheme is put in place dur­ing the breed­ing sea­son to show walk­ers birds in the area, which also in­clude, of course, breed­ing Kit­ti­wakes, Ful­mar, Her­ring Gull and pass­ing mi­grants like Black Red­start and Yel­low­browed War­bler. Cas­tle Hill is an­other amaz­ing spot, not just be­cause of its his­tory, but be­cause it’s a mag­net for draw­ing mi­grants like Red-breasted and Pied Fly­catcher, Pal­las’s and Radde’s War­bler and Red­start. I even trav­elled here many years ago to see a sum­mer Pied Wheatear and Wood­chat Shrike! The har­bour is a great place to find birds, with reg­u­lar win­ter­ing gems. Re­cent years have in­cluded Great North­ern and Red-throated Diver as well as Black-necked Grebes. Waders here in­clude a good num­ber of Turn­stones that can feed at your feet, as well as Pur­ple Sand­pipers on the outer har­bour walls. White-winged gulls can in­clude Mediter­ranean, Glau­cous and Ice­land, and there’s the odd Grey Seal! The north and south bays of­ten have a mix of sea ducks, in­clud­ing Com­mon and Vel­vet Scot­ers, Long-tailed Duck and Gold­en­eye. Fly-by Cory’s Shear­wa­ter, Sabine’s Gull, Lit­tle Auk and mixed terns are all pos­si­ble. Minke Whale and Bot­tlenosed Dol­phin also pos­si­ble.

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