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Sunday, 29 December 2013


It's fairly quiet around here at the moment and for what will probably be the last birdwatch of the year me and Mark decided on Scarborough, we started at the Harbour which is still playing host to the juv Great Northern Diver, it was again showing well plus a Grey Wagtail and several Purple Sandpipers were also present, there was no sign of the Peregrines along Marine Drive this morning but there were several Red Throated Divers and Guillemots plus a pod of Harbour Porpoises in the Bay. We had a quick look at Scalby Mills but with the tide nearly in there wasn’t much to look at apart from the Wigeon, then we headed over to the Mere to see if we could find the recent Firecrest, upon arrival a small group of birders pointing camera’s into a nearby tree told us our quarry was still present, it was very mobile though and difficult to keep on. We had lunch with the Mediterranean Gulls at Holbeck then headed back to the Harbour, with the tide being in we thought we might get some shots of the Diver more on the same level if it was feeding in the right place, it wasn’t it had actually moved just outside the Harbour mouth, we didn’t hang around, the place was heaving, we thought we’d go and see if we could find something in Filey Bay but no it was very quiet there as was the Dams. A bit stuck with what to do for the last hour we decided to just take a slow steady drive home along the back roads over the Wolds, very pleasant drive through some lovely countryside but nothing better than a few Buzzards although it's great to see these becoming more common in the area.
the Diver was still present

and showing well

Shag silhouette

Wigeon at Scalby

typical view of it disappearing behind a leaf

the Med Gulls were a tad more obliging

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