The biggest surprise of the day was an almost suicidal Hawfinch that flew within inches of a car windscreen on the A171 heading into Scarborough on the southern edge of Stony Marl Moor just before the tree plantation. Also in the north of our recording area on Low Moor, Fylingdales there were a couple of Red Grouse, a Wheatear and 47 Golden Plover.
In the Ravenscar area today there was a ♂ Ring Ouzel, 4 Wheatears, 3 Whitethroats, 2 Yellow Wagtails and a Brambling.
Long Nab seawatching produced 7 Eider (south), 64 Common Scoter (north) and 6 (south), ♂ Goosander (south), 5 Bar-tailed Godwits (south) and 1 (north), 2 Arctic Terns (north) and on land there were 16 Shore Larks in the 2nd field north of the Obs, a reeling Grasshopper Warbler in the field behind the Obs, a Fieldfare, a White Wagtail, a Tree Pipit and 8 Wheatears. Further south another Grasshopper Warbler was reeling at Cromer Point and another two in Stile Scrub.
Elsewhere in the area we had a flock of 100+ Redpolls in Wykeham Forest East, 4 Wheatears on Castle Hill, a Little Owl to the west of West Ayton, a Redstart in Castlebeck Wood and Tree Pipit in Dalby Forest.
|Shore Larks - Long Nab - Nick Addey|