Monday, 8 June 2020

Monday 8th June

A flock of 40+ Crossbills were in woodland just north of Cloughton this morning, and a single Crossbill was seen over Hovingham Drive. In the Pexton Lake area of Dalby Forest there was a Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Grey Wagtails, and a Garden Warbler, while in the Ellerburn Farm area there was also a Spotted Flycatcher and a Grey Wagtail. A young Kingfisher was spotted at Scalby Mills this afternoon, a Coot was at Seamer Road Mere, and at Wykeham South Lake there were 2 Egyptian Geese, 2 Barnacle Geese and a drake Wigeon. Large numbers of Manx Shearwaters were seen moving north throughout the day, with the total number counted eventually reaching 1402 - the highest since August 1978 when 1514 were counted. Other highlights of the sea watch included 269 Fulmars, a Blue Fulmar, 46 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Divers, a Great Skua and 232 Puffins. Highlights from a BBS square at Flotmanby Carr included 9 Curlew, 2 pairs of Sedge Warblers, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Little Owl, and a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers feeding their young at the nest site. 2 pairs of Reed Warblers were at the small pool on Taylor Way, where 350 Starlings were seen heading to their roost site.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Tree Pipit - Melanie Pearl

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