This morning a Black-throated Diver flew around Wykeham South Lake but unfortunately it landed on one of the private fishing lakes, an area off limits to us mere mortal birdwatchers, you’re OK if you have a boat or a fishing permit!!!!!!! There were also a couple of Egyptian Geese on the Wykeham South Lake. In North Bay a Red-throated Diver and a couple of Guillemots, a ♀ Blackcap was near the arch on the north side of the Castle and in Brompton-by-Sawdon the ♂ Ring Ouzel was still present in the sheep field by West End Farm and there was a Hawfinch seen in the trees near to the churchyard.
In Wykeham Forest today a Goshawk, 12 Crossbills, 8 Redpolls, 2 Marsh Tits and I quote “buckets” of Siskins; at Ellerburn there were 6 Common Buzzards, a Crossbill, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Chiffchaff and at Wilton Heights the large Finch flock still held many Bramblings with some males now in full breeding plumage.
Elsewhere in the area today we had 5♂ Mandarin Ducks on Hackness Lake; 17 Teal and 3 Wigeon on Harwood Dale Lake; 2 Green Sandpipers on a pool behind the Stockdales lay-by on the A64 and a Redwing was inside the Marine Drive wall.
|Brambling - Wilton Heights - Graham Sigsworth|
|Black-throated Diver - Wykeham Lakes - Chris Bell|
|Sparrowhawk - Hutton Buscel - Alan M Hunt|