Monday, 19 February 2018

Friday 16th February 2018

At Seamer Tip pool today the wildfowl included 11 Pink-footed Geese, 2♀ Shoveler, 2 Shelduck and 2♂1♀ Gadwall; at Harwood Dale Lake 2 Shelduck and 10 Wigeon and at Seamer Road Mere 19 Goosander and a ♂ Pochard.

At Thornton-le-Dale there was a Little Egret on the beck about 100 metres downstream of the duck pond and 4 Hawfinches were in the usual private garden; at Wilton Heights there was a Goshawk, a Crossbill and 50+ Bramblings and at Brompton-by-Sawdon there were 12+ Hawfinches around the churchyard first thing this morning.

Despite the problems with access at Wykeham Raptor View Point a total of 8+ Goshawks were seen today; to the east of Causeway Lake there were a flock of c50 Chaffinches in a crop field and finally at North Moor there were 3 Goshawks and 14 Crossbills.

Hawfinch - Thornton-le-Dale - Graham Sigsworth

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