Wednesday 13 May 2015

Wednesday 13th May 2015

Migration watches; 07.35 - 09.00hrs, 10.25 - 12.40hrs and 18.45 - 20.25hrs.
The undoubted highlight of the day, and the year so far, was the discovery of a 2nd calander year male WOODCHAT SHRIKE of the race badius along the road half a mile north of the Downe Arms PH.
The bird preformed well there all day, delighting a steady stream of observers and providing Scarborough listers with a very valuable tick, the first in the district since 1991!!!

Elsewhere the first Turtle Dove of the year was at Harwood Dale Lake along with a Wheatear, 6 Wheatear were at Long Nab, 2 Coot were on Johnson's Marsh, a single Dunlin was on Scalby Lodge Pond and a Common Sandpiper and 2 Shelduck were on Rudda Road Flash.
On the move (south unless stated) were 1 Red-throated Diver + 1 north, 7 Common Scoter, 1 Kestrel north, 3 Whimbrel north, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull north, 4 Sandwich Tern north, 196 Swallow + 31 north, 39 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin, 1 Carrion Crow north, 1 Rook, 4 Linnet + 5 north and 2 Goldfinch.

Woodchat Shrike - Chris Bell

Woodchat Shrike - Nick Addey

Woodchat Shrike - Ian Glaves
Woodchat Shrike - Ian Glaves

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