North Yorkshire

Paid a visit to North Yorkshire today & had one of those rare days when everything just fell into place. Barn Owl south of Driffield 1st thing whilst on the way to Scarborough. Drake Red-breasted Merganser twitched on Seamer Road Mere + Kingfisher present. No sign of the 1w Iceland Gull in the Scarborough harbour area but 2 Red-breasted Mergs (male & female) in South Bay along with an adult Shag. Ad Med Gull scoped over Holbeck Car Park. A confiding imm Shag in the harbour itself. The pair of Peregrines showed very well on the nearby cliffs. Plenty of Fulmars also back & paired up on the cliffs. Breakfast in a bun complimented by a nice hot chocolate from a nearby snack bar recharged the batteries, then onto Scalby Mills and literally the 2nd gull I checked out was, yep, you guessed it - the 1w Iceland. Purple Sandpiper also at the Mills as well as 275 Wigeon.
Finally destination was the Wykeham/Troutsdale area for the big Gossie. It's always a pleasure to bird in this scenic area & everytime I've visited it the Goshawks have put on a great show - today was no exception. 5 Goshawks logged including some close views of adult & imm male birds, at one point 3 males were in the air together. Also in the area: 5 Common Buzzards, Grey Wagtail, 2 Kingfisher & several Siskin.
A successful twitch of the Great Grey Shrike in the area rounded off a memorable day and put the icing on the cake.

An Iceland Gull-less harbour

The coast is never complete without these

Not the wintering bird from my work patch, but an imm Shag of the Scarborough variety

How do you keep those primaries so white?

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