A first-winter male BLACK-THROATED THRUSH was found at lunchtime by raptor viewpoint regular Jason Higgins from West Yorkshire, having stopped to walk his dog. The bird was loosely associating with a mixed flock of thrushes on Cockmoor Road, Wykeham and a short distance west of Wykeham Nurseries. It showed on an off in a small conifer edged field until dusk. This is the first record for the area for a species whose range is from eastern Russia through to Siberia and south to the Alti region. The Cetti's Warbler and a Willow Tit were at North Yorkshire Water Park (Wykeham Lakes) this morning and 20 Whooper Swans remained in a field near to Ings Farm, Long Causeway, Wykeham. Six Northern Goshawks were seen from Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint. Three Common Buzzards and a Peregrine Falcon were over the disused quarry at Cockrah Road and three Bullfinches and a flock of Yellowhammers were nearby. A drake Pochard and two Oystercatchers were at Burton Riggs and two Oystercatchers were at Seamer Tip Pool. Two Little Egrets and a Stonechat were by the River Hertford at Flixton Carr and 30 Skylarks, four Meadow Pipits and 40 Linnets were on waste ground on the Seamer side of the tip. The monthly BTO WeBS Core Count at Seamer Road this morning included the long staying Whooper Swan, three Gadwall, 27 Tufted Duck, 56 Mallard, 66 Moorhen, 48 Coot and four Little Grebe. 16 Magpies were in a single tree on Oliver's Mount. 5 Short-eared Owls Seamer tip.
Black-throated Thrush at Cockmoor Road by Christopher Bell.