Monday, 13 February 2017

Monday 13th February 2017

At least the weather was a bit better today.

A Black-throated Diver flew south past Long Nab at 08.13, the 2 Black Redstarts were seen again on the sea defences in front of the Royal Albert Café and in the harbour the Great Northern Diver and Black-necked Grebe remained and were still attracting visitors.

At Wykeham South Lake today’s count included 45 Pochard, 6 Goldeneye, 5 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 8 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Little Grebe and a Lesser Black-backed Gull.

On The Mere off Seamer Road the ♀ Scaup was still present with the Tufted Ducks in the vicinity of Treasure Island and there were 3♂ and 5♀ Goosanders again today.

The goose flock in the field by Seamer Carr Road was mostly Canadas and Greylags but there were 6 Barnacle Geese and c20 White-fronted Geese mixed in.

The Rudda Road Flash hasn’t appeared in this blog for a while but today it had 14 White-fronted Geese, 7 Pink-footed Geese and 8 Teal while at Harwood Dale Lake there were 2 White-fronted Geese, 2 Pink-footed Geese, a Pintail, 2 Goosander and 15 Teal.

Lastly 14 Bullfinches were seen off Long Causeway Road, Wykeham this afternoon which is certainly a noteworthy count.

Barn Owl - Cayton Carr - Steve Race

female Scaup (rear) - The Mere - Steve Race

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