Lots of Pink-footed Geese flying over again today: 80 south over Cayton Bay and 1302 south through South Cliff in the morning, 145 north-west over Thornton Dale around midday, and a large flock heard over Peasholm in the late afternoon. 3 separate groups (one of about 200 birds and the other 2 of 60+ birds) were present round the Open Air Theatre. A pair of Stonechats, 5 Curlew, 62 Teal, 3 Herons and 3 Roe Deer were at Johnson's Marsh. A Stonechat, 4 Willow Tits, 4 Marsh Tits and 2 Crossbills were seen/heard at Maw Rigg. Also passing through South Cliff were a Goldeneye and a Brambling heading south, a drake Eider north, and 11 Fieldfare and a Woodcock arriving in off the sea. The latter was sadly killed by a Peregrine only feet from making landfall. A Merlin was on the golf course, a Brambling was spotted at Holbeck, and 5 Blackcaps were along the coast there. In South Bay there was a Great Crested Grebe and a Common Scoter. 16 Goldeneye, 2 Great White Egrets, about 40 Tufted Ducks, 10 Little Grebes, 20+ Snipe and 10 Great Crested Grebes were on Wykeham South Lake, plus 3 Stonechat (a pair of them just by the viewing platform). At East Lake there were large numbers of Herring Gulls and Greylags, 23 Mallard, 5 Egyptian Geese, 70 Lapwing, 3 Great Crested Grebes, a Little Egret, 7 Cormorants and 2 Little Grebes.
|Ringed Plover - Pauline Dent|