Friday, 13 January 2017

Thursday 12th January 2017

No new discoveries today but quite a lot of news filtered through.

A total of 9 Mediterranean Gulls were reported today with an adult at Scalby Mills (red ring H1N4 from Hungary) and 8 at Holbeck, 2 1st winter, a 2nd winter and 5 adults (1 with white ring 3LAN from Netherlands).

Wildfowl and Gulls from Wykeham South Lake included 5 Shoveler. 14 Pochard, 5 Goldeneye, 11 Gadwall and 5 Wigeon then in the evening gull roost c1500 Herring Gulls, 30 Greater Black-backed Gulls, c300 Black-headed Gulls, c800 Common Gulls and also a Green Woodpecker was heard calling. Other wildfowl reports today included 14 Gadwall and 15 Teal at Scampston; 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 2 Velvet Scoters and 5 Common Scoters in South Bay; 2 Common Scoters in North Bay; 4 Goosanders and 44 Tufted Ducks at The Mere with 3 Pink-footed Geese with the Greylag flock nearby on Queen Margaret’s Road and 18 White-fronted Geese seen at both Burton Riggs and Seamer Tip pool. 

In the Harbour area there were 2 Great Northern Divers, 2 Black-necked Grebes and 52 Purple Sandpipers whilst nearby 4 Red-throated Divers off Marine Drive and on Royal Albert Drive the 2 Black Redstarts and Stonechat remained.

Elsewhere in our area a Chiffchaff was seen in Trough Gulley, a Grey Plover and 2 Dunlin were in Jackson’s Bay, a Green Sandpiper was on Star Carr and 2 Bramblings were at Malton Cote Farm near Ebberston.

Mediterranean Gull (ringed) - Scalby Mills - Tony Clarke

Peregrine - Marine Drive - Tony Clarke


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