A probable Water Pipit flew south along South Cliff this morning, and 3 Snow Buntings and 2 Twite were seen along the 5th fairway. A Common Scoter and 2 Great Crested Grebes were in South Bay, and 14 Purple Sandpipers were on Black Rocks. At Wykeham South Lake there were 100+ Whooper Swans, 400+ Pink-footed Geese, and 4 Bean Geese round midday, and in the afternoon there were also 4 juvenile male Pochards and 9 Goldeneye, while another 66 Whooper Swans flew in off the carrs. Several flocks of Pink-footed Geese were seen flying south again today: 200 over Gristhorpe, 100+ over Burniston, one over Seamer Road, and 80+ over Cayton. 66 Teal were on Johnson's Marsh, while at Scalby Mills there were 5 Curlew, 5 Redshank, 14 Turnstones, 9 Oystercatchers, 6 Ringed Plovers and an adult Mediterranean Gull.
|Goldfinch - Terry Hobson|