23rd February 2018

Male Sparrowhawk, Dams (Mark Pearson)

The late winter doldrums continue, with few records of note. The pick of a very quiet sea was a Blue Fulmar north on 22nd, plus a Goldeneye north on 21st and a male Velvet Scoter in the bay since 17th. Otherwise, the Dams is hosting up to three Shovelers, a Shelduck, a male Pochard, up to ten Snipe, plus a Jack Snipe on 22nd. Up to 13 Tufted Ducks are also there, with nine at PV south lake (and two Mute Swans also there). A Corn Bunting was reported from the Gristhorpe roundabout area, a female Blackcap is visiting a Wharfedale garden, 190 Pink-feet went north on 17th, and a Grey Wagtail has been in song from rooftops on Rutland Street. 

Canada and Barnacle Goose, Dams (Mark Pearson)