Monday 22 January 2018

Friday 19th January 2018

Wykeham South Lake was very quiet early with just 7 Great Crested Grebes, 5 Goldeneye, a Gadwall and a Barn Owl but later in the day the Great White Egret was seen again here; at Thornton-le-Dale there were 2 Hawfinches on Dog Kennel Lane with a third in the main Car Park and one on Church Lane also a Kingfisher on the stream and 30 Siskins in the Car Park and at Brompton-by-Sawdon the Ring Ouzel was seen again but there were only a few badly-behaved Hawfinches.

In town a very mobile female Black Redstart was seen around the Spa Bridge/Rotunda Museum area but could not be located again soon after its discovery. The Wetland Bird Survey (Webs) count between the Spa Bridge and Cornelian Bay produced 37 Oystercatchers, 4 Ringed Plovers, 3 Grey Plovers, 14 Purple Sandpipers, 67 Turnstones, 29 Redshank and 5 Curlew and in Cornelian Bay a Great Northern Diver was feeding while off Black Rocks there were 3+ Red-throated Divers. During the day at total of at least 16 Mediterranean Gulls were counted at Holbeck including 10 adults, 2x 1st winter and 4x 2nd winter.

There was a Great Crested Grebe in the South Bay this evening when the gull roost consisted of 250 Black-headed Gulls, 6 Mediterranean Gulls and 800 Herring Gulls while 1000+ Starlings roosted in the Old Town. Finally today there were large numbers of Fieldfares and Redwings across Folkton and Cayton Carrs and also 3 Ruff and c30 Golden Plovers.

Ring Ouzel - Brompton-by-Sawdon - Mark Pearson

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