Tuesday 7 February 2017

Sunday 5th February 2017

There were a few thick heads this morning after last night’s Spurn Lads and Lassies on Tour annual evening in Scarborough but most made it into the field today.

Let’s start today with the 16 Shore Larks at Crook Ness in their popular field south of the car park and nearby a small group of geese including a Tundra Bean, a Pink-footed and 5 Greylags. At Long Nab the Stonechat was still present and 5 Skylarks flew south and the Whooper Swan was still present in the field by Scalby Lodge Pond. There were 2 Stonechats in Jackson’s Bay and at Scalby Mills a Chiffchaff, 8 Purple Sandpipers and a Kingfisher. In the harbour today the 2 Black-necked Grebes and Great Northern Diver proved to be quite popular, in South Bay we had 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 2 Velvet Scoter, 2 Red-throated Divers and 11 Common Scoters and in the Holbeck car park at least 5 Mediterranean Gulls at Holbeck.

A little further around the coast in Cornelian Bay it was quite productive with a Great Northern Diver, 5 Red-throated Diver, an Eider, 10 Grey Plovers, 32 Purple Sandpipers, 50 Redshank, a Velvet Scoter flew north and in the Ravine there were 7 Siskins, c60 Goldfinches and 2 Reed Buntings.

At other locations in the area we a Shelduck, 4 Goosander and a Pintail on Harwood Dale Lake, on The Mere 3♂ 3♀ Goosander and 2♂ 1♀ Goldeneye and on Brompton church pond there was a Little Egret in the trees in the early afternoon. Finally a murmuration of 4000+ Starlings were wheeling round over Old Town at dusk.

Crossbill - Geoff Dobbs

Nuthatch - Forge Valley - Geoff Dobbs

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