Monday, 22 January 2018

Thursday 18th January 2018

A female Hen Harrier was chasing a large flock of Fieldfares and Redwings inland of Jackson’s Bay at 09.30 but not seen subsequently. At Cromer Point a flock of 64 Golden Plovers were seen circling, viewed from Scalby Nab.

At Wykeham South Lake this morning 9 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Little Grebes, 7 Goldeneye, a Barn Owl and small groups of Fieldfares were moving through the area; 7 Hawfinches were seen by the Church at Brompton-by-Sawdon but the Ring Ouzel was not reported today and at Ellerburn there were 2 Hawfinches between the Fish Farm and Papermill Lake plus 2 Grey Wagtails and a Kingfisher.

At Scalby Mills today we had a notable increase in Common Gulls with 95 being present (compared to 2 yesterday) and a further 25 flew north, 2 Mediterranean Gulls and 2 Purple Sandpipers were also present and moving offshore there were 17 Red-throated Divers (12 N, 5 S) and a Kittiwake (N). Finally at the north end of Valley Bridge there were 4 Redwings among many Blackbirds gorging themselves on berries.


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