Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Wednesday 29th July

The Hen Harrier was still at Long Nab.Just 2 Crossbills were seen flying south at Ravenscar this morning, while 2 Little Egrets were at Johnson's Marsh and 10 Mandarins were at Harwood Dale Lake. The Purple Heron was seen again at Wykeham South Lake before departing west. Also present there were 2 juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls, 2 Little Egrets, 3 Common Sandpipers, 3 Little Ringed Plovers and 4 Gadwall. An eclipse drake Eider was on the sea off Marine Drive and 30 Common Scoter flew north. 30 Curlew were in the field below Seamer Tip where 2 Sedge Warblers were seen and heard, while a Tufted Duck with 5 ducklings and 2 eclipse Gadwalls were on the pool. At midday the pale male Honey Buzzard was seen from Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint, 2 Green Woodpeckers were in the Birch Hall area of Langdale Forest, and 120+ Golden Plover plus 350 Lapwings were at Newgate Moor (west of Langdale Forest). A family of 5 Peregrines were on the Castle headland feeding on a Guillemot. 4 Alba Wagtails and 3 Black-headed Gulls went south past the Castle headland, and a Great Skua was seen heading south close inshore off Marine Drive. Also passing this afternoon were 16 Oystercatchers south, and 2 Great Skuas, 15 Common Scoter and a Manx Shearwater all north. Later in the evening 2 Great Skuas were on the sea off Marine Drive and a Manx Shearwater and 2 more Bonxies flew by north. An Osprey was at Ellerburn trout farm, and at Wykeham Lakes this evening there were 2 Dunlin, a Ringed Plover and a Little Egret.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Mallard duckling - Alan Hunt

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