18th December 2015

Surf Scoter (Mark Pearson)

Surf Scoter (Mark Pearson)

A generally quiet couple of days, with the Surf Scoter staying for about 48 hours in total and last reported on the afternoon of 16th. Otherwise, four Little Gulls went north this morning, a Great Northern Diver did likewise on 17th, and two also went into the bay on 16th.

Pink-footed Goose (with Greylag), The Dams (Mark Pearson)

Pink-footed Goose (with Greylag), The Dams (Mark Pearson)

The Dams and East Lea are holding the usuals presently, which include up to 15 Curlews, 18 Oystercatchers, four Redshanks, 60 Wigeon, 45 Teal, eight Lapwings, four Shovelers, three Water Rails, two Gadwall, and regular Pink-footed Geese with the local ferals (with at least 65 in the northern area). A Coot was unseasonal at the Dams today, where up to ten Siskins are still in residence, and 12 Fieldfare dropped in.

Blackcap (Ian Robinson)

Blackcap (Ian Robinson)

Chiffchaffs are at both the Dams and East Lea, and a Blackcap has been visiting a garden nearby on the Wharfedale estate.

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