Tuesday 17 April 2018

Sunday 15th April 2018

Wykeham South Lake seemed to be the centre of attraction today and the increase in observers produced some interesting birds. The most unusual was a female Smew which was discovered in the southeastern corner of the lake at about 18.00 this evening and was still present at dusk. Also recorded here today were the Black-throated Diver, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Pintail, Yellow Wagtail, Common Tern, 2 Shoveler, 10 Wigeon, 7 Tufted Duck, 5 Great Crested Grebes and 2 Egyptian Geese.

The other good find of the day was a fly over Wood Lark that went south at Crook Ness at 06.42 and then highlights past Long Nab included an Eider (N), 12 Common Scoter (S), a Whimbrel (N), 2 Sandwich Terns (N), 2 Yellow Wagtails sp. (S), 34 Meadow Pipits (S), 402 Linnets (S) and 131 Goldfinches (S). Also moving south today past Scalby Lodge Pond this morning were a House Martin, 327 Linnets, 108 Goldfinches and a Corn Bunting whilst a Whimbrel went north.

At Potter Brompton Carr today 13 Wigeon, 15 Teal, 4 Gadwall, 11 Shoveler, a Redshank, 4 Oystercatchers and a Curlew; at Burton Riggs 2 Kingfishers and a Willow Warbler; in the Seamer Tip Pool/Taylor Way area 2 Pink-footed Geese, a Little Egret, a Willow Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat and 10 Swallows plus a Lesser Whitethroat by the railway track south of the pool and in Metes Lane, Seamer a Little Owl and a Woodcock.

A Ring Ouzel was at Ravenscar near the water treatment plant to the south of the hotel; 2 House Martins were at Harwood Dale Lake; two Red Kites were between Hutton Buscel and Beedale and a White Wagtail was on Johnson’s Marsh.

Red Kite - Hutton Buscel to Beedale - Alan M Hunt

female Smew - Wykeham South Lake - Stuart Baines

odd looking Yellow Wagtail - Long Nab - Nick Addey

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