Sunday 22 January 2017

Friday 20th January 2017

Today let’s start with some news from a little further afield. A Green Sandpiper was at Charity Farm on Thornton Carrs with 50 Fieldfares and 15 Redwings in the area. At Wilton Heights there was quite a large mixed flock of passerines including 100+ Yellowhammers, 100+ Chaffinches and 50+ Bramblings who knows what might be with them.

The Scaup had relocated to Seamer Tip pool as had the Barnacle Goose and the White-fronted Goose flock was also seen here but had increased to 58. Earlier in the day this flock was also reported in a field at the junction of Long Lane and Meads Lane in Crossgates but at this time only 56 were present.

At Crook Ness the Shore Lark flock was still present in the field to the south of the car park but remarkably it had increased to 18 birds. Nearby at Long Nab a Snow Bunting flew north at 10.50, there was a Stonechat to the north of the Obs and 8 Red-throated Divers were on the sea. Further south at Scalby Mills the Wigeon flock was 250 today and there was a Yellow-legged Gull, and Cornelian Bay hosted a Great Northern Diver and 8 Grey Plover.

A cetacean was seen of Long Nab in the morning and was probably a Bottle-nosed Dolphin.

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