Friday, 3 December 2021

Friday 3rd December

A Kingfisher was at the Open Air Theatre this morning. An adult Mediterranean Gull was at Burton Riggs; 16 Moorhens and 8 Wigeon were at the small pond near Seamer Tip bridge; and a Cattle Egret was roosting in hawthorn at the eastern side of Seamer Mead before flying off towards Cayton Carr Farm. A Merlin was spotted on wires between Knapton and Yedingham, and a Water Rail was in the north-west corner of Wykeham South Lake. At Wilton Heights there was a mixed flock of finches containing at least 12 Brambling, 150 Chaffinch and 69 Yellowhammers, plus Linnets and Tree Sparrows. At Sand Dale and Ellerburn there were 3 Marsh Tits, 2 Treecreepers and a Grey Wagtail. 3 Little Egrets were by Folkton Bridge, while 250+ Pink-footed Geese flew west over Staxton. 70+ Teal, 38 Wigeon and 7 Herons were at Johnson's Marsh. At Wykeham Lakes: 3 Water Rails, 6 Common Snipe, 4 Jack Snipe, a Chiffchaff and 26 Siskins were at the Water Park, while the gull roost on East Lake contained 350 Black-headed Gulls, 1800 Common Gulls, 11 Great Black-backed Gulls and 30+ Herring Gulls, and 2 male Tawny Owls were heard calling at dusk. A Red Grouse was at Low Moor.

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