Thursday, 19 April 2018

Monday 16th April 2018

Today started with a Hawfinch moving south at Long Nab at 07.55 and a Marsh Harrier went southwest at 11.50 supported by 3 Common Buzzards (N), a Whimbrel (N), 12 Curlew (1 S, 11 N), 6 Sandwich Terns (S), 79 Carrion Crows (19 S, 60 N), 3 House Martins (S), 15 Fieldfares (S), 5 flava Wagtails (4 S, 1 N), 2 White Wagtails (N), 471 Linnets (461 S, 10 N), 401 Goldfinches (397 S, 4 N) and a Siskin (S). Just down the coast at Scalby Lodge Pond a vismig session from there mirrored the results from Long Nab apart from a greater number of Siskins (13 S).

At Wykeham South Lake the Smew remained for a second day and the Black-throated Diver was also still present with a supporting cast including 3 Common Scoter, 8 Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 2 Gadwall, 3 Shovelers, 4 Little Ringed Plovers, a Red Kite and a Lesser Whitethroat. At Potter Brompton Carr a cream crowned Marsh Harrier flew over to the southwest at 13.00 and there were also a female Yellow Wagtail sp., 15 Wigeon, 10 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall and 4 Snipe at the same location.

Other sightings today included the Ring Ouzel still present south of the hotel at Ravenscar; 2 Wheatears on the sea defences along Marine Drive/Royal Albert Drive; a Lesser Whitethroat by the Sea Life Centre at Scalby Mills; a female Black Redstart on the rooftops of Loftus Close; a Whitethroat was singing in the Knipe Point area this morning and 35 Redshanks were in the flooded field by the Cayton Bowling Club.

Black-throated Diver - Wykeham South Lake - Graham Sigsworth
Wheatear - Marine Drive - Stuart Baines


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