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Saturday, 24 December 2016

Xmas at Scarborough

Me and Mark had a trip out to Scarborough on a cold and windy day today although not quite as windy as expected, we started at Peasholm Park where a Red Throated Diver had been posing recently, unfortunately it had been found dead this morning, a White Fronted Goose that had joined the local feral Geese there offered some photographic recompense. We went to the Harbour next where we soon found the two Black Necked Grebes and although I managed a few pics they weren’t really playing ball today, a couple of Red Throated Divers were in the Bay and a handful of Purple Sandpipers were on the outer wall, a Rock Pipit posed for a while but it was otherwise rather quiet. We headed to Holbeck for lunch where we were joined by up to six Mediterranean Gulls amongst the many Black Headed then a bit later we dropped down to Seamer Road to search for Waxwings but although there were plenty of berry laden trees around the B&Q car park there was only a single Mistle Thrush this afternoon, we followed up with a quick look round Seamer Tip Pools, no sign of yesterdays White Fronts just a single Barnacle Goose with the feral flock then at a loss what to do next we decided to call it an early day, well it was Christmas Eve.
confiding White Front at Peasholm Park

always photogenic Turnstone at the Harbour

Cormorant and Purple Sandpipers on the outer wall

Rock Pipit

and Black Necked Grebes

My most photographed Gull species

but when they look this good why not

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