Thursday 27 October 2022

Thursday 27th October

 A female Great Spotted Woodpecker constituted a first record in a West Ayton garden this morning. A Grey Wagtail was at Burton Riggs and a Kingfisher was at Taylor Way Pool. A Red-rumped Swallow was hawking insects at Scalby Mills early afternoon before moving slowly south with two Swallows. A Great Northern Diver flew north past Long Nab, a Red-breasted Merganser flew south there and a Yellow-browed Warbler was in the sycamores at Crook Ness, associating with three Goldcrests. Two Bar-tailed Godwits were in Jackson's Bay and a Goosander was at Scalby Mills. 24 Teal, three Grey Herons, one Common Buzzard and two Reed Buntings were at Johnson's Marsh, which is slowly accumulating a decent water level. A male Marsh Harrier was between Low Marishes and Eden Camp and in the Dalby/ Haygate area, there were 12 Common Crossbill, 42 Siskin, 44 Fieldfare, 210 Linnet, three Marsh Tit, four Nuthatch and a Treecreeper. A Great White Egret was at Scalby Lodge pond early afternoon before flying off in the general direction of Johnson's Marsh and 87 Alba Wagtails (Pied Wagtail types) passing south through South Cliff this morning was seemingly a record movement through the area. 12 Whooper Swans flew SE at the Harbour. A Puffin was off Marine Drive.

Kingfisher by Stephen Beaver.

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