Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Monday 8th January 2018

On Willerby Carr this morning there were c400 Fieldfares with a few Redwings and Mistle Thrushes plus Little Egret, Little Grebe and 2 Kingfishers; at Long Nab the highlights included an adult Mediterranean Gull heading south and going north were a Common Scoter and 4 Wigeon; 12 Goosanders were on Throxenby Mere today with another 2 present on The Mere where there were also 55 Tufted Ducks, 48 Mute Swans, 2 Little Grebes and an adult Mediterranean Gull.

The Brompton churchyard Hawfinches caused a bit of a stir today when armed police were called to deal with a person in camouflage gear with a gun!! Actually it was a birder with a long lens so be careful where you point your cameras. A total of six birds were seen today around lunch time and one was seen nearby in Sawdon, very briefly, where there were also c100 mixed Fieldfares and Redwings and a single male Brambling. The Hawfinches at Thornton-le-Dale were also seen this morning but I have no details as to how many were present.

At Flixton Carr we had 6 Little Grebes, 10 Golden Plover, 50 Fieldfares, 70 Lapwings and 2 Common Buzzards and nearby on Folkton Carr 103 Golden Plover, 447 Lapwings 3 Dunlin, 5 Fieldfare and a Redwing. Finally a Pink-footed Goose and 4 Shoveler were seen on Seamer Tip pool.


Hawfinches - Brompton-by-Sawdon - Chris Bell
Pink-footed Goose - Seamer Tip Pool - Chris Bull

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