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Thursday, 9 November 2017

Scarborough - 9th November 2017

From Crook Ness

Heather had a stall at Scarborough Indoor Market today so I took the opportunity to mooch around Scarborough, camera in one hand and Symphony in the other! First stop was at Johnsons Marsh where all the usual suspects gathered, but this "siege" of five Herons caught my attention.

Moving on, I headed for pastures new and Crook Ness, Burniston. Here I could not resist the early morning vista!

From the car park at Crooks Ness, I watched several Curlews fly in. One of the birds was smaller and begged further scrutiny. It was a Whimbrel, a year tick for me and a bird I did not expect to see in November! It has been around for a while now. I decided not to investigate too far as I had forgotten my wellies and the paths were rather muddy and I didn't want a muddy dog!

I headed down to Scalby Mills where parking is now free! While looking through the large groups of Wigeon, I came across a small bird - a Dabchick! Again a bird I did not expect to see on the sea!

I always find the Wigeon at Scalby Mills very entertaining and today was no exception!

Do you come here often?

She's mine!

In flight

This obliging Pied Wagtail appeared to have only one leg

Moving on (on foot) along the promenade and through the Scarborough Outdoor Theatre. The only stars today were this Heron

and this Robin

At this point on the walk it became very gloomy with light rain but we continued through to Peasholm Park. On a nearby (busy) roundabout is a model of the "Vanguard", now more noticeable since the flowers have been tidied!

Back to the car and along Marine Drive which also now has free parking and a walk around the harbour. The tide was quickly receding leaving a rather gloopy mess! Seeing all of this mud reminded me of an interesting medical attendance some years ago (in the Midlands) where it was necessary to enter a local hostelry while naked female wrestling was taking place! I'm sure, however, that no one reading this will have any interest in such exploits!

Who pulled the plug out?

Not a lot of wildlife in the harbour but this Cormorant caught my eye

And this one with friends!

Walking back to the car on Marine Drive, this Stonechat flitted through the sea defence rocks

And this is how I felt at the end of the six mile walk!

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