Thursday 20 October 2022

Thursday 20th October

 Favourable conditions introduced a good number of migrating thrushes and other migrants to the region. Big flocks of Redwings were noted early morning with some 200 moving south along Wrench Green valley. Highlights from South Cliff this morning involved 355 Redwing, 35 Blackbirds and 10 Brambling arriving in off the sea. A Short-eared Owl, 47 Goldcrest, two Blackcaps and 50 Robins were grounded there. A Velvet Scoter flew south. Eight Common Eider flew north past Marine Drive and a drake Common Scoter showed well at the harbour mouth.  Two Kingfishers were at Burton Riggs and two Kingfishers were at Scalby Mills near the Sealife Centre. 17 Ringed Plover were also present. The arrival of thrushes continued this evening and at Castle Hill, 155 Blackbirds, 275 Redwings 65 Fieldfares, three Ring Ouzels, 48 European Starlings and 12 Brambling arrived in off the sea. 50 Robins, 35 Goldcrests, five Chiffchaffs and a Blackcap were grounded. Mixed flocks of Redwings, Fieldfares and Blackbirds were still arriving over the town at dusk with some 300 arriving in a five minute period. The Barnacle Goose was again at Seamer Road Mere.

Barnacle Goose by Terry Crook.

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