Sunday, 19 February 2017
A potter over to the coast from York via some Goshawk woods where one bird cruised across the misty treetops and settled in a conifer crown before disappearing in the murk. In Scarborough harbour a couple of Black-necked Grebes played hide and seek between the boats and a Great Northern Diver proved to be more confiding. Turnstones and Rock Pipits picked at chips on the front and a pair of Peregrines spiralled and stooped playfully above the town and castle cliffs. Very nice distractions between ice creams and cod supper.
Next day a walk out along side the lake at Castle Howard revealed plenty of Goldeneye, Goosander and a couple of female type Scaup. Quite a few folk were out looking for Bean Geese that had been around the previous week. A second look at the Canada flock on some adjacent parkland revealed the dark, wild geese. Difficult to count but 7 was my best count. Cracking birds.