Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Wednesday 28th October

62 Teal were on Johnson's Marsh this morning. 9 Whooper Swans were seen heading west over Flixton, a single Whooper was on Seamer Road Mere, and 42 Whoopers and 2 Twite were the highlights going south through South Cliff. A second Yellow-browed Warbler joined the one that has been in Holbeck Ravine for some time. The Great Grey Shrike was seen again at Derwent Head, plus a second individual at Stoney Rigg. A Whinchat was just south of Derwent Head, a cream-crowned Marsh Harrier was seen over the moors behind Stoney Rigg before drifting south-east into Harwood Dale, and a ringtail Hen Harrier was spotted briefly at Lunn Rigg. In the early afternoon 160+ Pink-footed Geese flew south over Wykeham Lakes, where there were 3 Goldeneye, 2 Shoveler, 21 Gadwall, 26 Teal, 5 Barnacle Geese, 120+ Lapwing, 115 Common Gulls, 60 Black-headed Gulls, 180+ Herring Gulls and 2 Kingfishers. 2 Red-throated Divers, 3 Guillemots, 2 Grey Seals and 3 Porpoises were off Marine Drive, and a Water Rail was at the Open Air Theatre. 2 Red Kites were also seen over Wykeham Lakes before leaving eastwards.

Water Rail at the Open Air Theatre - Jan and Gary Powell

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