A good winter's day birding.
At least 1 RICHARD'S PIPIT was in fields just to the south of the Hayburn Wyke viewable from the Cleveland Way, this bird was first found on 23rd October and has been seen there on and off since.
A second bird joined the first on the 5th December but couldn't be found today.
For anyone who may wish to visit these birds (no doubt they will attract few come the new year if still present) please view only from the Cleveland Way and DO NOT enter the fields.
Elsewhere a Great Grey Shrike was seen at Lun Rigg, Landgdale Forest, the 3 Black-necked Grebe remained in the Harbour along with 51 Purple Sandpiper, a Short-eared Owl arrived in off the sea at Castle Hill before moving to North Bay cliffs where it preformed well.
On Seamer Tip there were 10 Shoveler and 2 Gadwall, 12 Brambling were at Wilton Heights, a good count of 7 Little Egret were on Folkton Carr as was a Shelduck, 23 Whooper and 22 Mute Swan, 69 Wigeon, 4 Snipe, 34 Reed Bunting, 17 Yellowhammer and a Willow Tit were on Potter Brompton Carr (no general access), 6 Goldeneye, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Gadwall, 45 Wigeon, 23 Yellowhammer, 11 Reed Bunting and 14 Goldfinch were at Wykeham South Lake and 23 Shag, an Eider and 4 Common Scoter were in Cornelian Bay.
A watch at Long Nab produced the following; (south unless stated) 4 Red-throated Diver north, 1 Great Northern Diver, 11 Fulmar + 3 north, 5 Gannet + 6 north, 10 Cormorant + 3, 2 Shag + 1 north, 6 Mallard, 2 Common Scoter, 9 Black-headed Gull + 2 north, 19 Common Gull + 2 north, 325 Herring Gull including 23 argentatus, 310 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Kittiwake north and 1 Auk sp + 7 north.
Also in the area were a Snipe and a Jack Snipe and 2 Lapland Bunting.
|Short-eared Owl - North Bay cliffs - Steve Wignill|