Tuesday 3 January 2017

Sunday 1st January 2017

First of all may I wish all readers a Happy New Year and let’s hope it is as bird filled as 2016 was.

Today’s highlight was the rediscovery of yesterday’s Glaucous Gull. this time at Scalby Mills, by Micky McNaghten and Steve Wignill. The bird remained here from 12.23 until 13.45 when it flew off in the direction of Peasholm.

In the South Bay and Harbour area today there were some new discoveries such as 2 Long-tailed Ducks and a Velvet Scoter with 3 Common Scoters off The Spa/Holbeck, plus some old favourites like the Great Northern Diver and Black-necked Grebe and there was also a Red-throated Diver. 5 Eiders, a drake and 4 females, went south off Marine Drive where there was also a Red-throated Diver off shore.

In the Seamer area there was a Barnacle Goose with the Canada Geese at Seamer Tip pool and a Mandarin Duck in Black Dike.

Elsewhere sightings today included 4 Little Egrets at Folkton Carr, a Goosander and 2 Shelducks at Harwood Dale Lake, 9 Grey Herons at Johnson’s Marsh, 50 Teal on Scalby Lodge Pond and 4 Kittiwakes in South Bay.

A mammal record from today concerned a Weasel seen at the entrance to Knipe Point Drive at 12.30.

Finally just outside the area, about 200 metres, there were 20 Waxwings at Lidl in Pickering.

Glaucous Gull - Scalby Mills - Tony Clarke

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