At Ganton we worked some fields where crops have been sown for the benefit of finches and buntings. Here there were at least 57 Yellowhammer, ca 15 Reed Buntings, plus small numbers of Tree Sparrows, Chaffinches and nine Lesser Redpolls. An sizeable flock of Fieldfares numbered at least 140, whilst other species of interest here included Stock Dove and some more flocks of Lapwings. Cockmoor Hall near Snainton was our next stop and here we were treated to some wonderful views of Bramblings along with a variety of commoner tit species and three Treecreepers. Our drive through Troutsdale yielded Bullfinch and then the Forge Valley feeders produced close views of Nuthatch and Marsh Tit plus a Great Spotted Woodpecker. After grabbing a hot drink and a quick bite to eat we visited Wykeham South Lake where White-fronted Goose, Goldeneye, Pochard and Common Buzzard were the main items of interest.
The afternoon was spent along the coastal strip where a quiet Long Nab produced Skylark, Red-throated Diver and our first Grey Heron, Redshank and Oystercatcher of the day. At Scalby Mills we enjoyed getting close up views of the Eurasian Wigeon whilst the commoner gulls were also present in good numbers. Our final stop of the day was the Holbeck car park on the south side of Scarborough. Here as expected we soon located several Mediterranean Gulls, whilst on the calm seas we could easily pick out Common Scoter, Shag, Cormorant and a distant view of the Great Northern Diver that has been present for a few days now. With a respectable total of 70 species seen during the day, including a good number of life birds for Frank, it had been an excellent and most enjoyable exploration of the Scarborough area.