A very brief walk down Thornton Carrs in the very last throws of daylight produced a Barn Owl and a Little Owl.
With only a few days left to find a few more birds for the year list, I stayed locally today in search of Redpoll. This bird is relatively common, and years ago used to see large flocks of them on stubble fields, however it has eluded me all year and still looks like being the boggie bird for 2014.
I walked up Ellerburn around Sandale and returned and although not a brilliant list there were one or two exceptions. Birds seen were as follows :-
Siskin, Marsh Tit, Common Buzzard, Goldcrest, 5 Bullfinch, 4 Nuthatch (all together in a flock) and 4 Little Grebe on Papermills Pond.
A day of what could have been turned out to be another forgettable day. Not 1 but 2 Richards Pipits had been in the Hayburn Wyke area for nearly 2 months, but were found to be very elusive. Despite searching around for these birds we saw no sign of them, so decided to give it up as a bad job. Richards Pipits are migratory and does seem strange that they have decided to winter in this area, but perhaps there may be another chance before the end of the year to see them.
News of a dozen Tundra Bean Geese in the Ruston Bridge area again turned out to be a wasted journey, as we scanned all over the fields, and saw very little. Only 2 Mute Swans and a Sparrowhawk were worthy on note.
A little milder than yesterday and so we started out at Seamer pools to see if there was anything worth viewing there. First decent sighting was of 4 Whooper Swans to the Eastern side towards Cayton. They did seem very edgy and so we left them and walked down towards Cayton Carrs. Only bird of note was a Common Buzzard in the fields and a few Teal in the ditches.
After lunch we tried the Waste Water Treatment Works to view any finch flocks on the rough weedy grassland on the road way, but only found a flock of Linnets.
With the light soon running out at this time of year, we called in at Ruston Bridge on the way home and saw a single Kingfisher.
A bitterly Cold frosty day with temperatures hardly above freezing all day long. It was very bright and sunny though, and with nothing much at the coast we went to Wykeham Lakes to see what wildfowl were there.
There were plenty of Common Geese around the lakes also Wigeon, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe and Goldeneye. Raptor wise only Kestrel and Common Buzzard present.
After all the dull grey days of November, today was bright, sunny, clear and bitterly cold, so we decided to head to Nosterfield Nature Reserve as there were good numbers of Geese present.
Apart from the common Greylag and Canada Geese there were also 2 Brent Geese (strange place to find those), 4 Whitefronted Geese and good numbers of Pink Footed Geese present.
Winter Waders were also in good numbers with 8 Dunlin, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Ruff, 2 Redshank and numerous Curlew and Golden Plover.
At least 3 Common Buzzards were in the area, as was Sparrowhawk and Kestrel. A ♂ Goldeneye was pick of the Ducks.