28th oct

8 o’clock start on the south side produced 3 whoopers in with another 2 joining them, 1 rcp present along with goosander, dunlin, 2 marsh harrier and small passage of redwing and skylarks. A quick stop at the yorkslister butty shop filled some groaning oversized bellies, then departed to a recommended sycamore copes a mile up the coast which produced sod all. Wassand was then the next port of call hoping for an autumn migrant. Again a few thrushes and larks moving with scanning of tit flocks proving non eventful. We headed to the pine plantation when a raptor was picked up heading west over the wood followed by shouts of fucking rough legged. The bird flew low over decoy wood then over weatherhill farm being mobbed by the local corvids. Only the second record for mere birders, previous bird was in may 08. Other birds present included 4 crossbill west, passage skylarks reed bunts and bullfinch. All in all a good day let’s hope the Filey glossy visits the mere as some of us are still gripped off


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