Monday 15 October 2018

Monday 15th October

NNE winds and periods of low cloud and rain gave us an interesting watch at Long Nab; highlights included a Leach's Petrel, lots of wildfowl, 61 Little Gulls, a Short-eared Owl and a Hawfinch in the ringing plantation which eventually left south. The lingering Whimbrel, presumably last winter's returning bird, was seen over Burniston tip and fields at Long Nab. Additional Short-eared Owls were seen low south over Falsgrave plus one over Crossgates. Two Barnacle Geese were at Burton Riggs. A Woodcock flew in off the sea at Scalby Mills and one was flushed by the Cleveland Way at Long Nab. 80 Sky Larks in the stubble at Long Nab was an increase from just seven on Saturday. Two Yellow-browed Warblers and a Chiffchaff were on the north side of Castle Hill. A wildfowl count at Wykeham South Lake gave the following; 9 Mute Swans, one Egyptian Goose, 9 Teal, 15 Mallard, 6 Gadwall, 55 Wigeon, 17 Tufted Ducks, 3 Pochard, 4 Little & 2 Great Crested Grebes, 29 Coot, small numbers of Canada & Greylag Geese, and interestingly three Rock Pipits got up from the shoreline and circled calling late afternoon.

Full Long Nab counts here:

Teal / Cormorant combo past Long Nab - Nick Addey


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