Saturday 6 January 2018

Friday 5th January 2018

Hawfinches were again the main talking point in the area with at least 3 seen on a few occasions at the junction of Dog Kennel Lane and Rectory Lane, a single bird was seen above the big car park also in Thornton-le-Dale and about 7 miles away in Brompton Churchyard 3 more were located. As suggested by one of our members “keep checking your churchyards”, they have now been seen in three in our area (Ellerburn, Thornton and Brompton).

The count from Scalby Mills today included 520+ Wigeon, 10 Teal, 13 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, a Purple Sandpiper and 2 Mediterranean Gulls, moving on the sea there were 55 Red-throated Divers (3 S, 52 N) plus a drake Goldeneye, 2 Common Scoter and 2 Pink-footed Geese (all N) and on the other side of North Bay there were 23 Fulmars on the Castle Cliffs. On The Mere today we had a record equalling count of 16 Goosander plus 45 Tufted Ducks and 41 Mute Swans.

8 Fieldfares came in off the sea along Marine Drive; 18 Teal were on Johnson’s Marsh; a Shelduck was at Rudda Road Flash and at Harwood Dale Lake a Mute Swan, 9 Wigeon, and c160 Lapwings.
Finally the Starlings were still putting on a display over Old Town this evening with a few Pigeons joining in on the fun!!

Hawfinch - Thornton-le-Dale - Kevin Groocock

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