Saturday 7 January 2017

Saturday 7th January 2017

The highlight of the day was the discovery of a Great White Egret seen flying NE over Flixton Carr at 14.40 by Chris McNaghten.

The Tundra Bean Geese remained on Seamer Carr but there were now 2 White-fronted Geese, Pink-footed Goose and 2 Greylag Geese with them also in this area were a Little Egret, a Water Rail, a Little Grebe, a Green Sandpiper and 250 Lapwing. On the edge of neighbouring Willerby Carr by A64 opposite the entrance to Merry Lees Park there was a flock of 800+ Lapwings.

The harbour was still hosting the Black-necked Grebe and just outside were a Great Northern Diver, a Red-throated Diver, a Razorbill, 14 Purple Sandpipers and 100+ Turnstones, just around the corner along Royal Albert Drive the 2 Black Redstarts and the male Stonechat were all still present on the sea defences opposite the Albert Café and in South Bay between The Spa and Holbeck the sea duck present today were 2 Long-tailed Ducks and 5 Common Scoter.

Near to Seamer Tip pool the Barnacle Goose was still present with 19 White-fronted Geese associating with the Greylags and Canadas.

Finally at least one Mediterranean Gull was seen this morning at Holbeck, 2 Pink-footed Geese were seen at Rudda Road Flash and in Cornelian Bay there were 6 Red-throated Divers, 16 Teal, 8 Grey Plover, 23 Curlew, 65 Redshank, 20 Oystercatchers, 12 Turnstone and 2 Purple Sandpipers.

All of today's photos were taken by Chris Bell and so my thanks goes out to him for his many contributions to this site.

Black-necked Grebe - Scarborough Harbour

Black Redstart - Royal Albert Drive

Stonechat - Royal Albert Drive

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