Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Friday 24th October 2014

Migration watch; 07.30 - 13.40hrs.
A good day with the 232nd addition to the year list.
All the action took place in Langdale Forest, firstly a Great Grey Shrike was found at Lun Rigg only moments before a juvenile ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD drifted over, the first in Scarborough since 2011.
Later it was seen again over the Moors viewed from Stony Rigg giving hope that this bird will find the Forests to its liking and become the first realistically twitchable bird since 2003!
Also up in the Forest a cream crown Marsh Harrier was seen hunting Stony Rigg and at least 100+ Crossbill were seen throughout.
Elsewhere at least 2 Scaup were still present on the Mere, the probable blythi Lesser Whitethroat was still in Crook Ness, 2 Stonechat, 5 Goldcrest and 9 Reed Bunting were at Long Nab and a Jack Snipe was in Cornelian Ravine.
On the move (south unless stated) were 3 Red-throated Diver + 1 north, 12 Gannet + 7 north, 6 Cormorant + 1 north, 11 Whooper Swan, 133 Pink-footed Goose, 8 Goose sp north, 6 Little Gull + 2 north, 52 Black-headed Gull + 6 north, 49 Common Gull, 3 Herring Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 36 Auk sp north, 34 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 12 Meadow Pipit, 13 Rock Pipit, 2 Alba, 1 Blackbird north, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Goldcrest in off and west, 3 Blue Tit in off and west, 2 Jay, 35 Jackdaw, 1 Rook, 4 Starling, 19 Tree Sparrow + 11 north, 8 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch, 20 Linnet, 2 Twite and 2 Reed Bunting.

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