The first news of the day concerned most people’s favourite winter species when 6 Waxwings were seen on Barmoor Lane, Scalby but unfortunately they didn’t hang around and flew off east at 10.30.Then two were seen by Steve Race outside B&Q at 12.55 and were present until 14.44 when they flew towards The Mere.
There was a new species in the Harbour today where a stunning male Red-breasted Merganser allowed some excellent views and pleased the photographers; there was also a single Black-necked Grebe and a Guillemot. In South Bay there was a Black-necked Grebe, a Red-throated Diver, a Guillemot, 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 7 Common Scoter and a Velvet Scoter. At the base of Holbeck Hill there was a pair of Stonechats and late afternoon there were 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls by Holbeck car park.
A single Black Redstart was seen along Royal Albert Drive in the usual place opposite the Royal Albert Café.
At Scalby Mills today with the 200 Wigeon there were 3 Gadwall and a Teal also just down the road the Whooper Swan was in Scalby Lodge Pond field.
|Red-breasted Merganser (with Butterfish?) - Scarborough Harbour - Steve Mills
|Waxwing - Outside B&Q - Steve Race
|Red-breasted Merganser - Scarborough Harbour - Chris Bell
|Red-breasted Merganser - Scarborough Harbour - Tony Clarke