Sunday, 20 March 2016

A visit to the east coast

We were over on the east coast today, starting off at Flamborough Head where there has been a couple of Richard's pipits at North Landing We managed to find them pretty quickly and they showed well in the long grass.

There were three here for a short while earlier in the year, but for most of the time it's just been the two.

Next we headed up to Filey Brigg to look for the 1st winter surf scoter which has been present for a couple of months. The bird was in the middle of Filey Bay and took some finding, but it was the only scoter present and eventually we got onto it and it was a decent enough view through the scope.

It was now approaching high tide and we decided to go next to Scalby Mills just north of Scarborough for a drake American Wigeon which has been showing best over the tide from the Sea Life Centre with about 200 Eurasian wigeon.

We ended the day at Bempton Cliffs where there are already quite a few seabirds back on the ledges, though there was no sign of any puffins yet.

Year 171: (Richard's pipit, American wigeon, gannet, kittiwake, razorbill)

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