Sunday 22nd January 2017

A cold but frosy start and first call was Skinningrove to see the very long staying Eastern Black Redstart. The bird remains in the same area now for in excess of 3 months, without any sign of moving on. It has become increasingly tame and literally sits on the end of the camera lens. Also in the area were Fulmar, Rock Pipits and Turnstones.
A fortuitous stop at Scaling Dam on the way past resulted in a Great White Egret and Green Sandpiper. The GWE was at the very far end of the Reservoir and so couldn’t have been further away if it tried.
Onwards to the forest and Maw Rig within Langdale. An over wintering Great Grey Shrike had been relocated to the area, but after viewing all the favourable area’s we failed to see the bird and gave up and headed onwards. A few Crossbill and Siskin were seen flying over.
After lunch we headed for Long Nab and fortunately, after 8 previous attempts, we finally caught up with the 16 Shore Larks. These birds simply disappear into the stubble fields and unless they are flying are impossible to see. We only saw the birds in flight and again they disappeared not to be relocated.
Finally a brief visit to Scarborough South Bay where at least 4 Mediterranean Gulls were feeding in Holbeck Car Park and in the Bay Red Throated Diver and Velvet Scoter.

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Black Redstart – Eastern Race

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