Sunday, 9 January 2022

Sunday 9th January

17 Pink-footed Geese, 8 Golden Plover and 300+ Lapwings were on Cayton Carr this morning, and a Little Owl was spotted in a tree by the road approaching Wykeham Lakes. At the lakes there were 4 Litte Grebes, 14 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Pochard, 7 Gadwall, 16 Goldeneye, 4 Shoveler, a Wigeon, 240 Teal, 590 Common Gulls, 5 Egyptian Geese (2 adult, 3 juvenile) a Kingfisher and a Kestrel. 2 Gadwall, 44 Tufted Duck, 3 Water Rails, a Kingfisher and 11 Little Grebes were at Seamer Road Mere, and a Goosander was at Throxenby Mere. 2 Ravens flew west over Seamer Tip, where a Little Egret, 2+ Short-eared Owls, a Woodcock, 2 Snipe and 21 Magpies were seen (plus 18 Roe Deer). A Water Rail was in the ditch along Long Causeway, Wykeham, where a large finch flock in a cover crop just south of the sheep field contained numerous Bramblings. 2 Water Rails were calling at Taylor Way pool at dawn; a Goosander was in Jackson's Bay; 2 Barn Owls, a Snipe and a Stonechat were at Cromer Point Pond; and the Kingfisher remains at the Open Air Theatre. 230 Pink-footed Geese flew SSE over Wykeham Lakes, 38 flew north-west over Seamer Tip pool and Crossgates, and 36 flew north over Cloughton Wyke (as did a Buzzard). A Red Kite was spotted over Ox Pasture/Raincliffe Woods, while in Dalby Forest 2 Willow Tits, 8 Crossbills and 59 Fieldfare were seen. A Sanderling was feeding at the north end of Cayton Bay. 3 Short-eared Owls were on the Seamer side of the tip this evening.

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