Friday, 10 February 2017

Thursday 9th February 2017

An interesting day today with some old favourites still present and a few things reported from some different sites.

At Wykeham South Lake today the ♀ Scaup was still present and in the company of 9 Gadwall, 30 Pochards, 3 Goldeneye, 2 Shelduck and 6 Great-crested Grebes. Also here was a Stonechat near the blind, a Little Owl along the access road to Darrell’s Low Farm and 5 Barnacle Geese flew over to the NW. Harwood Dale Lake hosted 4 White-fronted Geese, 3 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Goosanders and a Pintail.

The weather at the Wykeham Raptor View Point was less than conducive for Goshawks but there were at least 6 Crossbills in the area.

The Harbour/South Bay area had the usual crowd pleasers in the form of a Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-necked Grebes, a Long-tailed Duck, a Velvet Scoter and a Guillemot.

At Burton Riggs there was a Pochard, Seamer Tip pool hosted 23 White-fronted Geese, 3 Pink-footed Geese and a Goldeneye and on Willerby Carr there were 32 Whooper Swans (27 adults and 5 juveniles).

Other more infrequently visited areas produced 2 Goldcrests behind the Woodend Gallery, 3 Goosander on Throxenby Mere and c40 Tree Sparrows at Seamer Manor House. The Starlings entertained again this evening over Old Town and seem to be attracting a few admirers other than birders.

An interesting mammal sighting today concerned an Otter at Seamer Tip pool.

Some of the White-fronted Geese - Seamer Tip Pool - Chris Bull


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