Friday, 8 May 2020

Friday 8th May

12 Tufted Duck and 2 drake Pochards were at Seamer Road Mere this morning, 2 Dunlin were at Scalby Lodge Pond, and at Johnson's Marsh there were 2 Lapwings, 2 Swifts, 2 Swallows, a Buzzard, and a Common Sandpiper. A Redstart and a Turtle Dove, both singing, were seen in the Troutsdale Moor area. An Osprey flew north, high over Hutton Buscel very early in the morning, later another was seen above the Blue Dolphin, an a little later still one was seen circling over Holbeck before drifting off towards Oliver's Mount. A Marsh Harrier flew south at Gristhorpe Cliff and a Whinchat, 3 Wheatears and 2 Yellow Wagtails flew north. A female Pintail was at Burton Riggs, a white Wagtail was in the field east of Seamer Tip, and a Lapwing chick was spotted at Seamer Carr. 2 Wood Warblers were singing on the edge of Wykeham Forest just north of the Great Moor Road, and a Spotted Flycatcher was also seen in the forest. Another Spotted Flycatcher was at Clifftop House near Long Nab, a Reed Warbler was singing at Crook Ness, and a Grasshopper Warbler was again in the short hedge by Long Nab. Passing Long Nab were 19 Turnstones and a Whimbrel heading north, and a Barnacle Goose and a Corn Bunting heading south. A probable Bee-eater was heard but not seen. A cream-crowned Marsh Harrier was spotted over Morrison's, and a Hobby flew north over Crossgates,  A Cuckoo was heard just north of Stoupe Brow. A drake Goosander flew east along Valley Road, as did 3 Whimbrel, while at least 80 Swifts were seen feeding between there and Oliver's Mount. A singing Redstart and a displaying Tree Pipit were at Reasty hilltop.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Sedge Warbler - Paul Tozer

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