Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Saturday 13th January 2018

The 2 Waxwings were present first thing this morning outside B&Q but they disappeared about 09.15 and to my knowledge were not seen subsequently also behind B&Q on The Mere there were 8 Goosanders (3♂ and 5♀). On the coast at the Holbeck Car Park the Mediterranean Gulls were seen again with at least 5 birds (4 adults and a 1st winter) being recorded.

Both groups of Hawfinches were also seen again today with at least six together near to the churchyard at Brompton-by-Sawdon and 2 or 3 were seen at various locations in Thornton-le-Dale.

At Wykeham South Lake today 8 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Little Grebes, 20 Teal, 5 Wigeon, 8 Tufted Ducks, Goldeneye and 43 Coot; nearby at the entrance to the Saint Helens Caravan Site in Wykeham Village there was a single flock of 20 Bullfinches in one tight group feeding on the ground. This equals the largest group seen in our area, 20 at Wykeham Forest on 14 July 2008.

55 Redshanks were at Scalby Mills and a pair of Gadwall flew south; 42 Purple Sandpipers, 60 Turnstone and a couple of Guillemots were around the Harbour; off Marine Drive a single Red-throated Diver plus another Guillemot and a Goldeneye flew north and at Holbeck at least 5 Mediterranean Gulls (4 adults and a 1st winter).

Stonechat - Marine Drive - Stuart Baines

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