Monday 2 January 2023

Monday 2nd January

 One White-fronted Goose, 10 Pink-footed Geese and a Barnacle Goose were seen to the south of Seamer Tip, the latter sadly showing signs of the advanced stages of Avian Influenza. A Bittern was found this morning by a visiting birder  at approximately 100hrs on the old water skiing lake at Seamer Road Mere complex. Dippers were seen at Peasholm Glen and Scalby Mills today and a Sparrowhawk visited a Crossgates garden. Six Goosander were at Harwood Dale Lake and 12 plus Mandarin Ducks were at Hackness Lake. 190 Wigeon and 14 Oystercatchers were at Scalby Mills and a  Great Spotted Woodpecker visited a Burniston garden. Approximately 300 Lapwing, seven Curlew and 160 Starling were at Potter Brompton Carr viewed from Heybridge. 140 Lapwing, 40 Goldfinch four Reed Buntings and a Reed Bunting were in fields to the south of Seamer Tip Pool. Nine Pink-footed Geese and one Barnacle Goose were on seamer Mead and a Barn Owl was in the copse by Star Carr T junction. 19 Purple Sandpipers and 35 Turnstones were at the harbour and two Shags and two Red-throated Divers were in South Bay. At the Gristhorpe Bay high tide roost there were 248 Curlew, 67 Redshank, 53 Oystercatchers, 10 Turnstone and five Purple Sandpiper. A male and female Tawny Owl were heard and seen in a garden to the east of the A169 at Pickering with another male Tawny Owl approximately 400 metres away.

Goldfinch by Andy Hall.

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