Compared to this time last year December 2017 was a colder affair with two short periods of snow. Birding can often be good during hard weather and the month proved to be excellent for a range of scarce and rare species. Find of the month goes to birder Jonnie Fisk who found a Lesser Yellowlegs near Spurn, a first for that site! The most popular bird however was a very smart male Desert Wheatear at Whitby which stayed into the new year. Hawfinches continued to delight and increase in numbers! Read all about all of these and many more sightings by reading the full article by Richard Baines of Yorkshire Coast Nature.
Photos: Lesser Yellowlegs at Kilnsea by Daniel Branch (left) and Desert Wheatear at Whitby by Daniel Hood (right)