Friday 20 November 2020

Friday 20th November

 80 Common Gulls, 13 Wigeon, 2 Teal and 4 Cormorants were at Harwood Dale Lake this morning. 10 Snow Buntings and 2 Woodcock were in the stubble field at Long Nab, where a very productive seawatch included a redhead Smew and a Slavonian Grebe heading north and 7 Fieldfare arriving in off the sea, while also passing were 9 Whooper Swans, 27 Goldeneye, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers and 4 Great Northern Divers. In the afternoon 14 Goldeneye and 2 Pochard were at Wykeham South Lake, 8 Common Scoter flew south past Long Nab, and 14 Curlew were in the field by the observatory. 3 Guillemots were in the harbour, a Red-throated Diver was off Marine Drive, and a Kingfisher was feeding from the island at Peasholm Lake. Seamer and Star Carrs were busy this afternoon with 2 Great White Egrets, a Long-eared Owl, a Woodcock, 900 Starlings, 359 Lapwings, 5 Little Egrets, a Stonechat, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 10 Snipe and impressive numbers in the Rook/Jackdaw roost. Sightings in the Ellerburn Valley this afternoon included 6 Little Grebes, 2 Grey Wagtails, 65 Siskins, 60 Fieldfare, 22 Redwing, a Nuthatch and 4 Marsh Tits. 410 Herring Gulls and a Lesser Black-backed Gull were in the South Bay roost this evening, where a Great Crested Grebe and 2 Goldeneye were on the sea and a female Goosander flew south. 

Full count from Long Nab here:

Tufted Duck - Alan Hunt

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