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Sunday, 27 November 2016

A day out in Scarborough

Out with Mark and Pete today and we decided on a day out to Scarborough, a couple of close Buzzards flew over the road on the way and a short stop at the feeding station at Forge Valley saw some of the usual culprits including one or two Marsh Tits, at Scarborough we headed to Victoria Road where up to 26 Waxwings were coming and going with regular frequency onto some increasingly berryless trees, managed to get some decent shots when they came a bit lower. Dropped down to Marine Drive next in search of yesterdays Black Redstart, no sign of that but the Peregrine pair were performing well and a Purple Sandpiper posed on the sea defences. Lunch at Holbeck unusually didn’t produce any Mediterranean Gulls, they must have been off somewhere else today, then after a brief look at the Mere we headed back to the Harbour for the main targets of the day which we hoped would be showing well on the high tide, however it was the RNLI open day with two or three Lifeboats messing around, on top of that a load of Yachts went out and it turned out that the Red Throated Diver and Black Necked Grebe had swam out into the Bay in all the commotion however the Great Northern Diver remained and was good value as it went about its business of catching Crabs.
Victoria Road Waxwings first thing

some nice aerial activity from the Peregrines

having a rest

posing Purple Sand

juv Great Northern was good value

as it dined on Crabs

the RNLI celebrations included a fly past of the new rescue Helicopter 

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