Wednesday 8 January 2020

Wednesday 8th January

11 White-fronted Geese were still on Cayton Carr this morning. A Chiffchaff and a Little Egret were by the sewage works, where a Lapland Bunting was seen flying south. A Brambling was near Piggs Farm, Garth End Road in West Ayton. A Waxwing was spotted in the B&Q car park, being chased by a Mistle Thrush, and 6 Waxwings were again in the park by Greenfinch Close in Crossgates. A Shelduck was at Johnson's Marsh, and at Cromer Point pond there were 2 Jack Snipe, 2 Common Snipe, a Lapwing, and 21 Snow Buntings feeding by the dung heaps. 460 Lapwings, 30 Teal, 250 Fieldfare, 150 Redwings and 10 Grey Partridge were seen along the Hertford between Cayton and Flixton. A Shoveler and a Pink-footed Goose were at Seamer Tip pool, and 7 more Pink-footed Geese flew down into the field east of there. At New Dike, also in the Seamer Tip area, were Little Egret, a Kingfisher and 5 Grey Partridge, and on Taylor Way there was a Teal, a Common Snipe, 6 Grey Partridge and 20 Redwing. A Rough-legged Buzzard was spotted at Carr Fields Lane, heading south after being mobbed by corvids, and 100 Redwing were at Long Lane. 18 White-fronted Geese flew over Harwood Dale Lake, where a Shelduck remains. At Wykeham South Lake there were 10 Goldeneye, a pair of Wigeon, 7 Great Crested Grebes, a Willow Tit and 17 Mallard, while at Seamer Road Mere there were 4 Little Grebes, a Coot, 2 Water Rails, 25 Tufted Duck, 4 Goosanders, 2 Goldeneye, a Woodcock and a Chiffchaff. A flock of 20+ Redwings and a pair of Bullfinches were close to the railway path in Burniston, 2 Stonechats were at Cromer Point pond, and at Hackness Lake there were 21 Mandarins (15 male, 6 female), 4 Little Grebes, 3 Tufted Duck and 2 Mute Swans. At Potter Brompton Carr there were 5 White-fronted Geese, 131 Greylag Geese, 83 Wigeon, a drake Shoveler, 11 Mallard and a Great White Egret.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Crossbill - Melanie Pearl

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