The period started quietly, but as always there were plenty of gulls at Rufforth tip, with a smattering of Iceland and Glaucous gulls around, and Chris' 3w Kumlien's continued to knock about.
The first hints of spring came on a walk along Filey bay with Cat, with double figures of skylark arriving in off. The sea was a bit more wintery though, with slav grebe, velvet scoter and a few red-throats seen distantly. The cute sanderlings stole the show though, and I put up with still digging sand out of my hair the next day to get a few eye level shots.
|Young male peregrine over Bank Island|
In terms of finding birds, the first weekend of March was the highlight, when this Tundra bean goose showed up at Castle Howard in the feral goose flock one afternoon, and the next day, two more bean geese were at Bubwith Bridge, but stayed too frustratingly distant to be ceratin of racial ID, despite hinting at being Taiga.
|These always brighten up a survey|
|This 2cy male came close whilst hunting woodpigeons|
|Showing the white patchy markings to the mantle|
|...and clear streaking on the underside|
|Carrying food back to it's box|
|Church Bridge at dusk|
|Adders were out basking in early March|
|And ravens were 'gronking' and displaying overhead|
|Always a highlight of any day!|
|And it was good to see these back on their ledge|
|...including Glaucous and 3 Iceland gulls in one field in Poppleton|