The 4 Waxwings were still present outside 44 Scalby Mills Road first thing this morning but flew off about 09.30. They were back in the area at 11.30 but at 14.05 a local feline decided that Waxwings were good sport and duly dispatched one of them. The other three fortunately escaped the claws but unsurprisingly were not seen again in this area.
95 Pink-footed Geese flew south over the sea at Long Nab at 10.00 and 22 Red-throated Divers were noted going north (+1 S), also in the area today were 53 Golden Plover, 9 Snipe, 12 Curlew, 160 Skylarks, 14 Fieldfares, a Stonechat and a Reed Bunting.
Hawfinches were reported from both Thornton-le-Dale and Brompton-by-Sawdon with 6+ in the churchyard Yews of the former and 3+ at the latter location, the Ring Ouzel was also still present in the fields opposite All Saints Church, Brompton.
Also today c60 Crossbills at Haygate in Dalby Forest; a Little Egret flew west over Seamer village at 14.10; at Wykeham South Lake the waterfowl included 29 Gadwall, 140 Teal, 5 Shoveler and 3 Goldeneye and a large count of 285 Pied Wagtails coming in to roost at the Scarborough Waste Water Treatment Works off Burniston Road this evening (no public access to this area).
|The Waxwing Murderer - Steve Race|
|Waxwing - Scalby Mills Road - Steve Race|
|Ring Ouzel - Brompton-by-Sawdon - Nick Addey|