My last Yorkshire Coast Nature Goshawk Tour of the season was a great success, with at least six Goshawks seen plus one female heard calling. It is mostly males that are active now, with females presumably settling down to incubate the next generation. Some great views of two adult males seen sparring and chasing each other about presumably where their territories met. A couple of Sparrowhawks seen too, along with Blackcap and lots of Chiffchaffs and a single juvenile Crossbill.
Later, some of the group popped into Cropton Forest to have a look for the Great Grey Shrike that has been hanging out in a clearfell area off Keys Beck Road. The bird was showing on arrival, sitting atop a dead pine snag, surveying the area in the early evening sunshine. I watched him for half an hour as he moved around the clearfell before disappearing into some young Spruce trees. A nice way to end the day. Plenty of Red Grouse were calling on the moor nearby and a Sparrowhawk and Buzzard were seen.
Great Grey Shrike. Always fantastic to see.