Sunday 12 May 2019

Sunday 12th May

Two ringtail harriers were observed moving over Hutton Buscel , one at 11am flying north was photographed at distance and showed features consistent with a first summer Pallid Harrier. A Green Sandpiper and two Dunlin were at Wykeham Lakes.  A pale male Honey Buzzard was photographed at Wykeham Forest.
Early this morning a Short-eared Owl was spotted over the A171 near the Boggle Hole junction, and 3 Fieldfares were seen on the entrance road to May Beck. A BBS survey of square NZ8702, north-west of May Beck, included 3 Cuckoos, 2 Tree Pipits, a Woodcock, a Peregrine, Red Grouse and several groups of Crossbills. Also around the May Beck area were 6 Garden Warblers, 15 Willow Warblers and a Buzzard. The Cetti's Warbler remains at Potter Brompton Carr, where there was a drake Teal and an Oystercatcher this morning, plus a Great Egret which then left eastwards. Highlights from Long Nab include 105 Sandwich Terns, 204 Swallows and 4 Corn Buntings all flying south, plus a fifth Corn Bunting by the scrape. There was no sign of the Woodchat Shrike today. At 11 o'clock this morning a whale with white flukes, thought to be a Humpback, was sighted off Ravenscar. Late this afternoon 3 Turtle Doves were seen at the Mill Inn in Harwood Dale.

Full count from Long Nab here:
Male Honey Buzzard Wykeham Forest - Allan Hunt

Sedge Warbler - Melanie Pearl

Probable Pallid Harrier over Hutton Buscel - Allan Hunt

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