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Sunday, 27 December 2015

East Coast jaunt

Out with Mark and we took a little jaunt out to the East Coast today starting at Scarborough where a pair of Peregrines were flying around as we parked up along Marine Drive, one perched up but although it was nice light it was too high up to photograph, at the Harbour three Black Necked Grebes remained and were joined by a Red Throated Diver but they weren’t playing ball today and we only managed two brief sessions with them, after a while we moved on and went to look for a Short Eared Owl that had been seen earlier on Castle Hill but there were a lot of people around by this time and we deemed it had probably moved on so we headed off to have lunch at Holbeck, there were only a handful of Black Headed Gulls when we arrived but by the time we had finished they had been joined by three Med Gulls. We carried on to Filey where we scanned a fairly quiet Bay, we managed to find the 1st winter drake Surf Scoter that’s been around for a couple of weeks though, this making it a hat trick of Surf Scoter sightings this year, the Dams was also pretty quiet although single Pink Footed and Barnacle Geese were with the Greylags and Canada’s, final bird of the day was a Barn Owl out hunting near Hunmanby as we drove back home over the Wolds.
Red Throated Diver

Drying time

BN Grebe session 1 in the sun

BN Grebe session 2 in the shade

making interesting patterns in the water

Med Gull at Holbeck

Pink Footed

and Barnacle Goose at Filey Dams

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