Monday, 8 January 2018

Sunday 7th January 2018

The team in the Michael Clegg memorial bird race managed an impressive 91 species, a great total considering how quiet things are in our area at the moment, well done guys.

The highlights in the area today were again headed by the two groups of Hawfinches at Brompton-by-Sawdon and Thornton-le-Dale. At Brompton the maximum count in the churchyard today was 6 and at Thornton one was seen by the large car park, 3 along Rectory Lane and 7 in the churchyard. Also in Thornton today there was a Grey Wagtail on the the stream and the Green Sandpiper was still on Thornton Carr.

At the Mere today only 2♂ Goosanders could be located and there was a 2nd winter Mediterranean Gull on the jetty by the café; 5♂ Goosanders were on Throxenby Mere; a Great Crested Grebe was off the lighthouse pier early morning and 2♂ Eider were off the harbour mouth early afternoon. 6 Eiders were seen flying north off Marine Drive this afternoon and a further 18 were seen flying north off Scalby Mills.

A Whooper Swan was at Wykeham South Lake; 22 Fieldfares in a field opposite Pinewood Park entrance; at Long Nab today 3 Red-throated Divers,, Common Gull, 2 Snipe, a female Stonechat, 30 Fieldfares and about 60 Chaffinches; the Shelduck was still on Rudda Road Flash and 30+ Crossbills and a few Bramblings over Highwood Brow early this morning.

Also today 2 Jack Snipe and 4 Snipe in the field behind Cornelian Bay; a Barnacle Goose and 6 Pochard at Burton Riggs; 50+ Purple Sandpipers roosting on the East Pier and finally 2 Barn Owls and a Water Rail from Flixton Carr bridge this evening.

Hawfinch - Brompton churchyard - Mike Randall
Mediterranean Gull - Holbeck - Chris Bell
Purple Sandpiper - Scarborough Harbour - Chris Bell

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