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Old Monday 2nd January 2017, 15:44   #1
Trystan
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Trystan's 2017 year list

Main holiday still to be arranged this year so I won't speculate on a final target. I don't think I'll be chasing down year ticks for the sake of it either, will try to stay fairly local looking for UK and Yorkshire lifers.

First day of the year I decided to go and see the long staying Eastern black redstart at Skinningrove, a new subspecies for me and went by way of Ampleforth where a Hawfinch had been reported up to the 16th December. This would be a Yorkshire tick so I thought it worth a try but to no avail. From here, back down the East coast as time and light allowed.

So here goes....

1st Jan

Ampleforth & Route to Skinningrove

1. Rook
2. Blackbird
3. Magpie
4. Chaffinch
5. Woodpigeon
6. Jackdaw
7. Carrion crow
8. Great tit
9. Collared dove
10. Starling
11. Feral pigeon
12. Pheasant
13. Red grouse

Skinningrove

14. Black headed gull
15. Herring gull
16. Rock pipit
17. Redshank
18. Oystercatcher
19. (Eastern) Black redstart
20. Robin
21. Pied wagtail
22. Cormorant
23. Fulmar
24. Stonechat
25. Great black backed gull
26. Gannet

Route from Skinningrove to Scarborough

27. Golden plover
28. Lapwing
29. Canada goose
30. Greylag goose
31. Common gull
32. Mallard

Forge Valley

33. Coal tit
34. Marsh tit
35. Blue tit
36. Nuthatch
37. Brambling
38. Long tailed tit
39. Wren

Harbour

40. Black necked grebe
41. Turnstone
42. Great northern diver
43. Shag
44. Guillemot
45. Red throated diver

Holbeck carpark

46. Mediterranean gull

News of a Glauc at Scalby Mills sent be back through the town

Scalby Mills

47. Glaucous gull

Filey brigg - too wet and windy to keep the scope upright at times, after finding Purple sandpiper I retreated but fortunately found 1 Knot and 3 Dunlin amongst the Oystercatchers and Redshanks feeding on the clifftop.

48. Purple sandpiper
49. Dunlin
50. Knot

Filey Dams

51. Teal
52. Great spotted woodpecker
53. Dunnock
54. Moorhen

With about an hour of decent light left I had to choose between pushing on to Flamborough or back to York for waxwings. With York being closer to home I plumped for this option.

En route

55. Kestrel

York

56. Waxwing

En route

57. Buzzard

Not huge numbers but very pleased with the quality of the list to start the year.
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