The big discovery today was a pair of Bearded Tits in the small reedbed at the Open Air Theatre; this is only the sixth record of this species for the Scarborough area. Unfortunately the news broke quite late this afternoon and there are a many observers hoping that they will stay overnight and remain in the area tomorrow.
At Long Nab today a Long-tailed Duck, 2 Goldeneye and a Manx Shearwater flew north and at Crook Ness there were a couple of Fieldfares and 8 Curlews in the turnip field. Nearby in Cloughton single Chiffchaffs were reported from both Roger Trod and Newlands Dale.
About 100 Pink-footed Geese flew south over Scalby Mills at 10.00; there were 2 Long-tailed Ducks in South Bay at 08.20 but they soon flew north; in town a Black Redstart was singing on the Grand Hotel and at 15.15 a Long-tailed Duck was showing well at the Harbour Mouth.
At The Mere we had a nice selection of woodland birds including 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 8 Bullfinches, 6 Long-tailed Tits and a Treecreeper and around Cornelian Bay a juvenile Mute Swan was on the sea, a couple of Purple Sandpipers on the rocks and a Chiffchaff was in the Ravine.