Tuesday 13 December 2022

Tuesday 13th December

As the icy weather continues to tighten its grip, numbers of wildfowl and birds moving in response to the conditions continued to increase. 86 Mallard were at Seamer Tip Pool and 10 Siskin were at Taylor Way Pool where 12 Fieldfare flew over. Nine Common Snipe were along the motor cycle track at Seamer Tip. 225 Linnets, 45 Yellowhammer and eight Skylarks were feeding in fields on the north edge of Thornton Dale. 130+ Fieldfare were on Middle Lane, Hutton Buscel with others visiting private gardens to feed on windfall apples with Blackbirds (15 in one garden). 23 Waxwings were in the park behind Heron Lane, Crossgates today. 90 Pink-footed Geese flew west over Thornton Dale and eight Pink-footed Geese were foraging in a stubble field above Cornelian Bay. A Jack Snipe was in the stream at Long Nab ringing plantation and eight Pink-footed Geese (possibly the same seen later at Cornelian Bay) and 35 Golden Plover flew south at Long Nab. Wykeham Water Park hosted a drake Pintail, drake Goosander, 85 Teal, 13 Goldeneye, 15 Gadwall, 56 Mallard, 34 Tufted Duck, 13 Wigeon, six Little Grebes and 12 Great Crested Grebes. Three Mistle Thrushes were at Seamer Road Retail Park. In the Gristhorpe Bay/ Flower of May area this morning, there were 122 Lapwing, five Golden Plover, one Common Snipe, one Woodcock, 24 Redwing, two Fieldfare and two Stonechat.

Mistle Thrush by Daniel Morley.

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