19th-20th and 26th September
Mute Swan - Pair with 6 young
Red-legged Partridge - 45+ at Harpham (released)
Pheasant - 290+ at Harpham
Little Grebe - 9
Cormorant - 12 including flock of 8 together.
Grey Heron - 19
Marsh Harrier - 2, possibly 3
Sparrowhawk - 4
Common Buzzard - 23+
Kestrel - 5
Hobby - 1 chasing martins at Little Kelk on 19th
Golden Plover - 19
Lapwing - modest flocks 36 + 80
Snipe - 1
Greenshank - 2 at Gembling
Green Sandpiper - 1
Great Black-backed Gull - 4
Stock Dove - 36 at Harpham
Kingfisher - 4
Skylark - flock of 80+ Kelk Beck
Swallow - only 7 left by 26th
Meadow Pipit - 19
Grey Wagtail - 1
Mistle Thrush - 16 (otherwise scarce recently)
Jay - 1 at Kelk on 26th
Linnet - largest flock 75 at Gransmoor
Bullfinch - pair with 2 juveniles at Harpham
No new species so the year list is stuck at 102.
Juvenile Buzzard sitting on freshly cut wheat straw. Plenty of them about in September.
Great Black-backed Gull. Their appearances in the area have been less frequent and predictable in recent years. Most are flying through so it's nice to see one on the deck.
Grey Wagtail doing what they love best, feeding from water vegetation.
That's my Christmas cards sorted.
Lots of these about in September. Mostly tame released birds.