Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Western Bonelli's Warbler, Easington

An afternoon trip to Easington for the Western Bonelli's Warbler after a morning of doing house jobs, logs and baking. Just paying our bridge money and it came on the pager as flown and no further sign but we were committed to £1.50 so we decided to carry on and check the pager again after we got through the city of culture. was back and showing well. Pulled up at the same time as Roy and Linda in the Market Place and off we all went. It showed very well nearly all the time we were there but we had the scorching sun to battle with which made photography hard. A fabulous afternoon, now home and the unfinished tasks can wait until tomorrow ! 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Rose-coloured Starling, Scarborough

With a clear blue sky today we decided to head to Scarborough for the rose coloured starling. Very easy to find location and we soon joined the other 3 birders in the front garden of number 33. After about half an hour it popped out of the bushes and onto the wall in the neighbouring property, making its way up and down the wall. The sun shone and the bird looked absolutely stunning in perfect light. It showed for around 10 minutes, hopping around, busy looking for food and mingling with the sparrows, very happy and content. It soon disappeared into the back bushes and wasn't seen again for about an hour. By that time, the crowds had grown and the front garden was getting quite full, but we were treated to a further 5 minutes viewing when it popped out and then back into the greenery.  The neighbour kept giving the location of the bird from her back windows which was appreciated. A big thank you to the occupier of number 33 for letting us trespass in your garden, that was a very kind gesture. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Driffield Steam and Vintage Rally 2017

Retford - my home town and such lovely words on the back x 

and there was even a Trump on a tractor !

This is the Vintage Road Run that takes place on the Saturday evening of the show and runs from the showground into the town centre. The roads were packed, 1000's of people having turned out to watch but at 5pm the heavens opened and the rain was torrential, it had just stopped by 6pm when the parade started. 

There were plenty of engines and the air was thick with the smell and sight of thick smokey steam, and it was fabulous. Traction engines, showman's engines, road rollers, tractors, cars, motor bikes, steam cars, lorries and miniature steam engines all took park. Even Donald Trump was there !!

We have never been to this before and it is now a definate must for us next year, it was without doubt, fantastic.