Seabirds back at Bempton Cliffs, England


This video from England is called “The Birds of Bempton Cliffs“.

From Steve Race Wildlife Photography in England today:

I have had a great day at Bempton Cliffs with all the seabirds back now in large numbers even including a handful of Puffins (very early). One of my favourite seabirds is the Razorbill and they are now starting to peer around the cliff ledges looking for potential partners.

If you would like to take photographs of the amazing seabird colony at Bempton Cliffs from ‘Above and Below’ the cliffs then why not join me on one my full day trips this Summer. Please click on the … link for more details.

2015, Year of the Adder


This video from South Yorkshire in England is called Adders mating (Vipera berus).

2015 is not just the Year of Vincent van Gogh. And the Year of the Penny Bun for mycologists. And the Year of the Goat in the Chinese calendar (starting on 19 February). And the Year of the Badger.

The Dutch RAVON herpetologists have decided that 2015 is the year of the only venomous snake in the Netherlands: the adder. They hope that this year there will be more measures for a better environment for adders, like tunnels enabling them to cross roads.

See also here.

Bird news from England


This video from Britain is called Separating Short-eared and Long-eared Owls.

A report on Twitter from Flamborough in England says that today, they saw a short-eared owl; 27 whooper swans flying south; and two snow buntings.

English sculpture commemorates World War I


This video is called World War I “Celebration” (GRRRR).

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Tuesday 7th October 2014

THE tragedy of World War I is being commemorated in the Pennine town of Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire.

A sand sculpture of a woman clutching a telegram informing her of her husband’s death has been created in a paved area outside Hebden Bridge town hall to mark 100 years since the senseless slaughter.

The sculpture is the work of Jamie Wardley, who will be reworking the sculpture twice over coming months.

In the first re-working, now complete, the woman became middle aged. Later she will be elderly to signify that although people learn to cope with loss, the hurt felt through tragedy is eternal.

The sculpture is modelled on a local woman called Hannah Greenwood. Her family name dates back centuries, but as is the case with many people, some of her extended family is also German.

The work was commissioned by Labour-run Hebden Royd Town Council.

See also here.

English bird news update


This video from Israel is called Masked Shrike – Lanius nubicus.

From Spurn Bird Observatory in Yorkshire, England:

27th September 2014 – Saturday

Migration/Sea-watch 06:30-12:00 14:30-15:45 16:30-18:30. F1-2 SW-W some cloud in the morning soon cleared to leave a bright and warm day.

The MASKED SHRIKE was again present in Well Field until mid-afternoon when it flew across the road and stayed in Middle Hedge for the rest of the day. If coming tomorrow please remember to park only in Well Field.

A juvenile Common Rosefinch was found in the Heligoland Trap at the Warren where it was trapped and ringed then later seen in Church Field. Other grounded migrants included 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Redstart, 7 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 5 Wheatear, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Brambling.

Again some passage included 350 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Wigeon, 24 Teal, 48 Common Scoter, 39 Red-throated Diver, 40 Gannet, 1 Shag, 3 Grey Heron in off, 4 Sparrowhawk, 1 Snipe, 91 Little Gull, 17 Sandwich Tern, 4 Common Tern, 4 auk sp., 1 Puffin, 48 Swallow, 800 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit in off, 4 Grey Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 4 House Sparrow, 65 Tree Sparrow, 15 Chaffinch, 20 Greenfinch, 1 Siskin, 47 Linnet, 4 Reed bunting.

Other birds present included 2 Greylag Geese, 12 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 77 Wigeon, 12 Teal, 1 Common Scoter, 6 Little Egret, 1 Common Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 3 Water Rail, 1 Little Stint on Kilnsea Wetlands, 4 Ruff, 2 Jack Snipe on Canal Scrape, 5 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper.