Tuesday 27 March 2018

Saturday 24th March 2018

This morning on Johnson’s Marsh we had 18 Wigeon, 9 Teal and 2 Oystercatchers and on Harwood Dale Lake a Goosander, 15 Teal, 9 Wigeon and 2 Oystercatchers. At Potter Brompton Carr today 21 Whooper Swans, 18 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Shoveler, 45+ Wigeon and a Chiffchaff.

A 3½ hour seawatch from Scalby Nab this morning produced 6860 Kittiwakes moving south along with 31 Red-throated Divers, 49 Common Scoter, 2 Eider and 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls; just along the coast at Scalby Mills there were 350 Wigeon, a pair of Pintail, 2 Purple Sandpipers, a 1st summer Mediterranean Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 6 Eiders flew north past there.
Other sightings from the rest of our area included a Redwing behind the Marine Drive wall; a Willow Tit on the feeders behind the visitors centre at Ravenscar; on the western edge of the recording area 10+ Red Grouse were seen to the east of the Pickering to Whitby road north of RAF Fylingdales; 6 Goosanders were on The Mere and this evening 1200 Starlings came to roost in Old Town.

male Goosander - The Mere - Mark Hepples

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