An excellent find today by John Burnham who discovered a very attractive adult Rosy (Rose-coloured) Starling in his garden in Londesborough Road this morning. Only the seventh record for the Scarborough area and the first since a juvenile visited gardens in Burniston on 24th–27th September 2008. According to one of John’s neighbours the bird may have been present for a couple of days but John had only just returned from a family holiday. I would like to take this opportunity to thank John for allowing access to his front garden so people could view the bird, a gesture much appreciated by many of us.
The Wykeham Forest area was also very productive today but a lot depended on where you were positioned, reports were received of 5 Honey Buzzards in the air together, at least 3 Goshawks, 2 Hobbys, a Peregrine plus support from many Common Buzzards, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk. Also whilst still discussing raptors a juvenile Marsh Harrier was seen near Hutton Buscel today.
At Long Nab this morning 12 Common Scoter (N), 105 Oystercatchers (S), 9 Black-tailed Godwits (S) 1 at 07.23 and 8 at 09.42, 7 Whimbrel (S), 32 Sandwich Terns (18 S, 14 N), a Great Skua (S), 18 Swift (S), 12 Sand Martin (S), 24 Swallow (S), 12 House Martin (S) and 4 Willow Warblers.
At Harwood Dale Lake today we had a Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpipers, a Greenshank, 6 Rosy StarlingTeal and 9 Mandarins; 6 Teal were on Johnson’s Marsh and finally there were two adult Mediterranean Gulls on the Holbeck rooftops this morning.