Friday, 2 January 2009

Friday 2nd January

It was late on Thursday night when I got an unexpected text from Jez Robson offering me a lift to Cleveland. So plans to bird the Tame valley were put on hold. We arrived at the Cowpen Bewley landfill site at just after 9.30am and joined a group of 15 or so birders scanning the landfill . The gulls were distant I struggled to get on an adult Glaucous gull but there was no sign of any other white winged gulls. We were resigning ourselves to 'the long wait' when word that the bird was in a ploughed field up the road brought a unanimous response. Birders arrived from everywhere as the bird was quickly located at close range on a freshly ploughed strip. Just as I got on the bird the flock got up all except the object of our interest There it stood all on its own a stunning adult Glaucous winged Gull. There was no doubt about the Id. and pagers were Megaring the news as we watched - what a great start to 2009.

After a coffee and Mayo chicken bun thing we started back breaking the journey at Rufford Abbey to try and find Hawfinch. There had been 9 reported but we only saw one and that was perched high up. Close by at Edwinstowe a flock of 34 Waxwings adorned TV aerials.The only other bird of note was a Red Kite which flew close to the A1 somewhere in North Yorkshire. Many thanks to Jez for driving.


  1. Hi Bob,

    Good to see you're blogging. Brian and I shot off for the Gull after it mega'd. A nervous wait before it was refound on Cowpen Marshes. We were on our way to Cannock Chase to try and photograph the Hawfinch that has been showing well. Seems we've one in VC55 again at Lyndon on RW. Continental birds again I guess.

  2. Hi Bob, welcome to the Bird Blogging world.
    It can be very addictive!!
    I will put a link to your new blog spot.
    All the Best,
    Ps Saw GWG on the saturday via the Hartlepool headland chippy!!