Sunday, 24 February 2013

Cold Sunday

Family visit to YWT Moorlands revealed singing Skylark in the field opposite the first I have heard this year. In the woods lots of activity, with Nuthatch about the best. On to YWT Strensall Common for a short visit. No sign of any Stonechats though c50 Fieldfares flying north was notable.

Later, went up to YWT Wheldrake Ings for an hour. Two smart drake Scaup were present among the hordes of ducks. The Peregrine I saw the other day was stirring things up and flushed most of the gulls which headed off south. A first winter Caspian Gull was present at 4.30pm, a different individual from that seen on Thursday, with more pale at the bill base and more worn upperparts. The tertials had quite white thumbnail marks. Other things of note included displaying Lapwing, 2 Oystercatchers and a Barn Owl.

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