Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Tuesday 18th February 2014

A very pleasant day with the first meaningful signs that spring isn't too far away!
A Black-throated Diver was discovered on Wykeham South Lake where there were also 10 Great Crested Grebe, a Little Egret, a Pink-footed Goose, 4 Gadwall, 40+ Wigeon, 20+ Teal, 4 Pintail, 15 Pochard, 28 Tufted Duck, 15 Goldeneye, the redhead Smew, 5 Buzzard, a Snipe and the adult Little Gull.
A Little Egret and a Dunlin were on Cayton Carr, 4 Whooper Swan were on Leberston Carr, 2 Egyptian Geese were on Potter Brompton Carr (no general access), up at Scalby Mills there was a Shelduck, 300+ Wigeon, 2 Pintail, an Eider, a Lesser Black-backed Gull and 2 Guillemot and at Long Nab there were 3 Red-thoated Diver, 1 Snipe, 23 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill and at least 3 Lapland Bunting.
On the move (south unless stated) were 16 Red-throated Diver + 8 north, 4 Fulmar + 2 north, 137 Gannet, 2 Cormorant + 4 north, 1 Grey Heron, 340 Pink-footed Geese north, 3 Greylag Geese, 9 Shelduck north, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Eider, 2 Goosander north, 2 Curlew north, 26 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 57 Herring Gull, 11 Great Black-backed Gull, 35 Auk sp + 45 north, 7 Skylark in off and south, 1 alba and 1 Linnet.

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