Tuesday 31 January 2017

Sunday 29th January 2017

Let’s start today where we left off yesterday at The Mere where the 4♂3♀ Goosanders were still present but the Goldeneyes had increased to 3♂1♀ and there were also a Kingfisher and a Little Grebe on site.

At Long Nab there was some geese movement this morning, at 09.43 a White-fronted Goose went southwest with 7 Greylag Geese then at 10.23 16 White-fronted Geese went south. A Little Egret flew south at 10.03 and a Tundra Bean Goose, 3 Pink-footed Geese and 2 Greylag Geese were in a field SW of Crook Ness before flying west over Cromer Point Sewage Works at 12.10. Only 9 Shore Larks could be found in the field to the south of Crook Ness today and the Whooper Swan was still in the Scalby Lodge pond field.

At Scalby Mills today there was a Dipper on the Beck and a Chiffchaff and in North Bay 2 Red-throated Divers, 2 Common Scoter and 2 Mute Swans.

The Harbour/South Bay area was still holding on to 2 Black-necked Grebes, 2 Great Northern Divers and 2 Long-tailed Ducks and also 5 Common Scoter and a Mute Swan. Further south in Cornelian Bay we had a single Velvet Scoter, 10 Grey Plover, 9 Ringed Plover and a Mute Swan.

Further inland there were flocks of 50 and 20 Bramblings and a total of 350 Fieldfares at Wilton Heights and nearby at Ellerburn/Sand Dale 4 Willow Tits, 7 Marsh Tits, 4 Crossbills, 150+ Siskins, 4 Grey Wagtails and 17 Grey Herons. Also inland but a little to the northeast of Dalby Forest is Langdale Forest where the Great Grey Shrike was seen again, well but rather distantly.

Also today there were 30+ White-fronted Geese behind the smaller pond at Seamer Tip at 11.00.

Finally at Johnson’s Marsh during the day there were maximum counts of 12 Grey Herons, 96 Wigeon and 5 Lapwings.

Goldeneye - The Mere - Pauline Dent
Barn Owl - Johnson's Marsh - Chris Bell

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