As I was passing along the A64 this morning, I decided to pop into the wetland for a quick look. Sunday's pleasant springlike weather had been replaced by that nagging cold easterly wind again, so my hopes were not high. Two Lapwings remain in the field by Bogg Hall barns and have been joined by a flock of 40+ Linnets. 30+ Fieldfare and a handful of Redwings were also new. However, as I came up to Bridge Field I was surprised to find two Egyptian Geese by one of the scrapes. Not the weather one might think a bird with such a name would enjoy, but these won't have come that far. It is a species that has a feral population in the UK, mostly centred on East Anglia, and originating from escaped birds. There have only been a handful of sightings in the Scarborough Birders Recording area, although with all records in the current century it does seem to be getting more regular. It may not be the most attractive of species but it is a welcome addition to the farm list nonetheless.
The rest of my very short visit was fairly uneventful although there was a Curlew displaying over one of the fields and a clear increase in the amount of display from Lapwings on the adjacent arable land, so hopefully some of them will find their way onto the farm soon.