Wednesday 8 February 2017

Monday 6th February 2017

The Shore Larks were still present to the south of Crook Ness but they were quite wide ranging being seen as far south as the 4th field at 14.15, also the Whooper Swan was in a field to the southwest of Crook Ness today.

Long Nab today was quite productive with 11 Red-throated Divers on the sea plus 20 north and 6 south, there was a solitary Great Northern Diver on the sea, a Long-tailed Duck and an Eider went north, 276 Gannets flew south and passerines included a Reed Bunting, 2 Bramblings and 9 Rock Pipits.

Further along the coast in the harbour today there were single Black-necked Grebe and Great Northern Diver, in South Bay the mixed group of sea duck remained 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 2 Velvet Scoter and 11 Common Scoter and around the Holbeck car park we had 6 Mediterranean Gulls. In Cornelian Bay there was a single Chiffchaff.

The inland sites produced 23 Pochards, 3 Gadwall and a ♂ Goldeneye at Wykeham South Lake; 4 White-fronted Geese, 3 Pink-footed Geese, a Shelduck and 5 Teal at Harwood Dale Lake and during the day at Seamer Tip pool 17 White-fronted Geese, 2 Pink-footed Geese, a Barnacle Goose, a Shelduck, a Peregrine was in a nearby field and 2 Shelducks flew over.

The murmuration of Starlings entertained again with their aerial ballet before going to roost but there is now one less as a Peregrine was also watching the spectacle.

Chiffchaff - Cornelian Bay - Chris Bull

Shelduck - Seamer Tip - Chris Bull

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