Friday 20 January 2017

Thursday 19th January 2017

Nothing staggering today but there were a lot of reports from many locations.

Early on there was a Whooper Swan on Johnson’s Marsh but unfortunately it didn’t stay for the day.

News from inland locations included the continued presence in Langdale Forest of the Great Grey Shrike at Maw Rigg along with 6 Crossbills; 2 Dippers were on the river at Hilla Green; 10 Goosanders, 2 Wigeon and a Pintail at Harwood Dale Lake and at Hackness there were 26 Mandarin Ducks with some of the males involved in courtship display. In the Seamer area the White-fronted Goose flock at the Tip pool had increased to 56 birds which is the second highest count for our area and also here a couple of Short-eared Owls performed well even though one hung around longer than the other. Just down the road at Burton Riggs yesterday’s Scaup was relocated and also here were a Barnacle Goose, a Pochard and a Wigeon.

Coastal locations still held on to the old favourites with 273 Wigeon at Scalby Mills; Black Redstart and Stonechat on Royal Albert Drive; 2 Great Northern Divers and 2 Black-necked Grebes in the Harbour; 2 Long-tailed Ducks, a Velvet Scoter and 9 Common Scoter in South Bay; 9 Mediterranean Gulls (2x1st winter, a 2nd winter and 6 adults) at Holbeck and in Cornelian Bay 7 Red-throated Divers, 8 Grey Plover and 6 Ringed Plovers. 

Whooper Swan - Johnson's Marsh - Terry Hobson

Whooper Swan - Johnson's Marsh - Nick Addey

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