For the last week before half term we spent 3 days in Scarborough. We usually started in the harbour, where the best bird was a Black-necked Grebe, which showed well, especially early in the week. Later, when things calmed down on Friday, it may have made its way onto the sea.
The Great Northern Diver appeared on the Tuesday, and was seen on the sea after that, but was very distant by Friday afternoon.
Great Northern Diver
With a crab, once the legs had all been removed.
On one day we saw a Shag in the harbour, but on other days they were well out on the sea.
A Pair of Shags
Distant Shag showing the crest
On most days we saw a Guillemot around the harbour, but on Thursday a Razorbill took its place.
Guillemot (c) 2017 Mike Woods
Every day there were plenty of confiding Turnstones around the harbour. We saw Purple Sandpipers on Friday afternoon, but the light wasn't right for photographs.
Large Flock on the Jetty
Final View of Black-necked Grebe
Turnstone (c) 2017 Jane Robinson
Coloured Leg Rings (c) 2017 Mike Woods
The Rock Pipits were usually seen on Marine Drive, but on Friday afternoon one was on a boulder under the harbour.
Rock Pipit (c) 2017 Mike Woods
Rock Pipit on too high an ISO
On Thursday we found a young Grey Seal pup in the harbour, which was still present on Friday morning. Unfortunately, when I took its photo on my mobile, a crowd gathered, and the general public attempted to do the same. You had to lean right over the jetty to take its photo!
Young Grey Seal
Ditto - on a mobile
Herring Gull (c) 2017 Mike Woods
After the harbour we walked along Marine Drive to try and see the Peregrines. Occasionally we saw a pair perched only a few feet apart from each other. They looked pretty inert perched on the cliff, but occasionally they performed exciting fly pasts.
Peregrine (c) 2017 Jane Robinson
Peregrine (c) 2017 Mike Woods
Rock Pipit (c) 2017 Jane Robinson
Once we had a good look at the Peregrines we moved on to a derelict cafe area to try & find the Black Redstart. This was only really successful on Thursday, both morning and afternoon.
Female Black Redstart
Record shot of Black Redstart in flight
From the cafe area we moved to Scalby Mills. There were hundreds of Wigeons and gulls here, but with nothing of scarcity value. The best bird was probably a distant Red-throated Diver seen on Friday morning.
Oystercatcher losing its winter plumage
Wigeon (c) 2017 Jane Robinson
Curlew (c) 2017 Mike Woods
Redshank (c) 2017 Jane Robinson
Oystercatcher (c) 2017 Mike Woods
Cormorant taking off
Record Shot of Red-throated Diver
Cormorant (c) 2017 Jane Robinson
Great Black-Backed Gull among Herring Gulls (c) Jane Robinson
Scarborough Castle from Scalby Mills
After classes some people went on to Forge Valley for the Nuthatches, whilst the Friday morning group went on to the raptor viewpoint where they had good views of Crossbills. Meanwhile a couple from Friday afternoon found a female Scaup on Scarborough Mere.
Male Crossbill (c) 2017 Jane Robinson
Crossbill (c) 2017 Jane Robinson
Female Scaup (c) 2017 Mike Woods
Lack of Punctuation (c) 2017 Mike Woods