Saturday 18 February 2023

Saturday 18th February

 The Cetti's Warbler was still present at North Yorkshire Water Park (Wykeham Lakes) near to the climbing wall by Predator Lake. A second calendar year Mediterranean Gull was on East Lake with 52 Wigeon, three Oystercatcher, approximately 400 Lapwing, a Lesser Black-backed Gull and a Kingfisher. 80 Wigeon, two Goosander, 13 Gadwall, eight Great crested Grebe, one Little Grebe, seven Oystercatcher, 650+ Lapwing, two Marsh Tit, two Treecreeper and a Goldcrest were around the complex. 31 Whooper Swans were with Mute Swans above Ings Farm, Wykeham and a Water Rail was again showing on Long Causeway Road by the feeders gate. A Barn Owl, five Bullfinch and a Jay were also at Long Causeway Road. Eight Teal were on Seamer Tip Pool this morning and the long staying Whooper Swan and a female Goosander were on Seamer Road Mere. Six Common Buzzard, a pair of Raven, approximately 12 Brambling feeding on beech mast with Chaffinches near the car park, one Nuthatch and several Siskins were at Cockrah Road, West Ayton. A Raven was also noted over Ruston. On the Crosscliffe to Jerry Noddle circuit at Dalby Forest today there were two Northern Goshawk, two Common Buzzard, eight Common Crossbill and a mixed flock in the conifer contained at least four Lesser Redpoll, nine Brambling, 60 Siskin and Chaffinch and Goldfinch. In the Adderstones area, there were still at least 20 Brambling in beech trees along the road. A Lesser Black-backed Gull and seven Ringed Plovers were at Scalby Mills and at Jackson's Bay and Scalby Lodge area there were 49 Oystercatcher, two Purple Sandpiper, 39 Turnstone, one Dunlin, 64 Redshank, 11 Curlew, 1,200 Woodpigeon and a male Stonechat. The high tide roost at Gristhorpe Bay held 158 Curlew, 57 Oystercatcher, 15 Purple Sandpiper, four Redshank, four Turnstone, one Lapwing and two pairs of Stonechat. In the Flower of May area there were 152 Wigeon, five Moorhen, four Mallard, two Tufted Duck, two Coot, two Canada Geese, one Cormorant, two Grey Partridge and a Woodcock.

Part of the herd of Whooper Swans at Ings Farm, Wykeham by Christopher Bell.

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