Tuesday 24 January 2017

Sunday 22nd January 2017

Probably of most interest today were the two small flocks of Barnacle Geese seen in the area first was a group of 18 seen flying south at Long Nab by Nick Addey at 10.05, then over the Grand Hotel by Jim Middleton, at 10.18 they went over Knipe Point Drive seen by Tony Clarke and finally out of the area they were seen still heading south over Filey Bay at 10.45 by John Harwood. The second flock was 27 strong at Wykeham South Lake but they departed soon after their discovery WSW at 10.45, also on the lake were 7 Shoveler, 7 Goldeneye and 8 Great-crested Grebes.

Also today at Long Nab 3 Shelducks, a Common Scoter and 2 Red-throated Divers went north and 3 went south, there was a Stonechat still present and 16 Shore Larks were seen in the second field west of the Crook Ness car park.

The White-fronted Goose flock was seen at Burton Riggs at 08.30 and then later in the morning in the field by Long Lane in Seamer/Crossgates.

There were 11 Grey Herons and 93 Wigeon on Johnson’s Marsh and nearby the Whooper Swan was present all day in the field by the path to Scalby Lodge Pond.

In Langdale Forest there were 3 Stonechats at May Moss and a Goshawk and 14 Crossbills at Maw Rigg. In the Wykeham Forest area near Craddlegrip Wood there was a mixed flock of about 150 Yellowhammers, Reed Buntings, Chaffinches and Bramblings; 3 pairs of Bullfinches together in the forest; 3 male Bullfinches on Great Moor Road and 8 Siskins at the east end of the forest.

In Troutsdale there were 55 Mandarin Ducks and at Hackness 4 Mandarins and 3 Bramblings.

Finally at Scalby Mills this afternoon 3 adult and a 2nd winter Mediterranean Gulls including the Hungarian ringed H1N4 and the Belgian ringed 3LAN.

Cetaceans today included 2 Harbour Porpoise off Long Nab.

Barnacle Goose - Long Nab - Nick Addey
Mediterranean Gull H1N4 - Scalby Mills - Nick Addey
Mediterranean Gull 3LAN - Scalby Mills - Nick Addey

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