Friday, 13 December 2013

Thursday 12th December 2013

An adult White-fronted Goose was present at Burton Riggs briefly during the morning. Almost as brief was a Great Grey Shrike half a mile north of Spikers Hill on the uncut part of the hedge there, it was found at 10am but wasn't seen again after 11am.
The Great Northern Diver was still present by the Harbour, 153 Pink-footed Geese were on Potter Brompton Carr (no general access) and left to the east and 191 flew west over Sherburn. The Gull roost at Wykeham South Lake held 600+ Black-headed Gull, 1400+ Common Gull, 1100+ Herring Gull and 250+ Great Black-backed Gull.

Please note, the open morning scheduled to take place at Potter Brompton Carr on Saturday 14th December has been cancelled.

Management work taking place on the farm necessitated the lowering of water levels in late November. This work has taken longer than expected and although sluices were raised earlier this week, the generally dry conditions of recent days has meant that the fields have not yet flooded again.

I had a walk around this afternoon and although I was pleased to encounter a flock of Pink-footed Geese, these soon departed leaving the area fairly devoid of birds. Therefore the event has been cancelled.

Another open morning is planned for mid February and details will be announced in due course.

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