Wednesday 4 January 2017

Wednesday 4th January 2017

Headline news today involved two 'white-winged' gulls, the first was a juvenile Iceland Gull which flew south, rapidly, past Long Nab at 08.54 and the other was the juvenile Glaucous Gull that reappeared today at Scalby Mills at 12.30 before departing to the south just 25 minutes later.

At Wykeham South Lake there were 14 White-fronted Geese and a Tundra Bean Goose while other geese reports included 35 Pink-footed in a field at the end of Pasture Lane, Seamer, the Barnacle remained with the Canadas east of Seamer Tip pool and 26 White-fronted flew over Seamer Carr.

In South Bay there were 2 Long-tailed Ducks, Velvet Scoter, 4 Common Scoter and 10 Kittiwakes and in the harbour 2 Great Northern Divers, a Red-throated Diver, a Black-necked Grebe and 2 Guillemots.

Other sightings today included 6+ Bramblings at Cockmoor Hall, 50+ Fieldfares above Mile Bush Farm, 2 Bramblings at Forge Valley, Brambling at Hackness Lake, 8 Goosander including 3 drakes at Harwood Dale Lake, Jack Snipe at Taylor Way, Little Egret and Kingfisher on River Derwent at A64 crossing, 6 adult Mediterranean Gulls at Holbeck and a group of about 20 Meadow Pipits on Star Carr.

Finally 2 Waxwings were reported in the top of a tall tree near the Police Station by two visiting birders from York.

As for mammals, there were three Otters seen well in the Star Carr area.

All the following photos were taken today by Steve Race, so thanks for letting us use them here.

Glaucous Gull - Scalby Mills

Great Northern Diver - Scarborough Harbour

Red-throated Diver - Scarborough Harbour

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