A day out at Scarborough

Headed off to Scarborough today for a tour of the harbour in search of any divers or grebes that might be present in the area. However, before hitting the harbour, we detoured to the boating lake in the town where we caught up with the most obliging male garganey which was resting in the scruffy, natural area at the back of the boating lake. Garganey are one of the earliest spring migrants, but normally, this exquisite surface feeding duck lurks in the marshes and reeds and is very secretive. This male had other ideas though and had no qualms about showing off his spring finery! After spending an hour with the garganey we hit the harbour, which was devoid of birds, before heading on to Filey Brigg which as also quiet despite the rising tide. We ended the day in glorious light at Bridlington harbour where we caught up with bar-tailed godwit, knot and dunlin and had a wonderful session with turnstones and gulls in awesome light.

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