Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Monday 25th July 2016

Migration watch; 07.05 – 12.25hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 7 Common Scoter north, 1 Grey Heron north, 6 Cormorant + 8 north, 1 Oystercatcher north, 1 Knot north, 9 Black-headed Gull + 2 north, 7 Common Gull + 1 north, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Sandwich tern + 51 north, 17 Swift, 1 Sand Martin, 4 Swallow and 1 Goldfinch.
A Marsh Harrier was seen over Cayton Carr, 10 Turnstone were back in the Harbour, a Little Tern was seen heading south past Marine Drive at 18.40hrs, 2 Mediterranean Gull and 2 Arctic Tern were off Holbeck while in Cornelian Bay there were 4 Knot, a Dunlin, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Turnstone, 4 Redshank, 3 Whimbrel, 35 Curlew and 25 Oystercatcher.

Sunday 24th July 2016

Migration watch; 06.15 – 10.50hrs and 17.20 – 20.50hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 3 Teal + 7 north, 120 Common Scoter north, 7 Fulmar + 16 north, 31 Manx Shearwater + 6 north, 4 Cormorant + 1 north, 33 Oystercatcher + 5 north, 20 Black-tailed Godwit + 1 north, 18 Whimbrel, 4 Redshank, 5 Turnstone, 31 Knot, 36 Sanderling, 1 adult Curlew Sandpiper at 19.21hrs, 173 Dunlin, 9 Black-headed Gull + 13 north, 14 Common Gull + 1 north, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull north, 8 Sandwich tern + 65 north, 2 Common Tern + 2 north, 2 Arctic Tern north, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Puffin, 20 Swift, 2 Sand Martin and 23 Swallow.
The first coastal Willow Warbler was in Crook Ness and a Greenshank was at Wykeham South Lake.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Saturday 23rd July 2016

Migration watch; 07.00 – 08.30hrs and 19.00 – 20.00hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 2 Common Scoter + 31 north, 2 Fulmar + 1 north, 2 Manx Shearwater north, 3 Cormorant north, 11 Oystercatcher + 1 north, 1 Curlew, 27 Redshank, 1 Turnstone, 14 Knot, 18 Sanderling, 32 Dunlin, 13 Black-headed Gull, 1 juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, 8 Sandwich Tern + 10 north, 6 Common Tern and 9 Puffin.
A Nuthatch was seen in Cornelian Bay, an unusual record for the area.

Friday 22nd July 2016

Migration watch; 04.55 – 07.35hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 9 Shelduck, 2 Teal, 40 Common Scoter north, 14 Fulmar, 11 Manx Shearwater, 2 Cormorant north, 8 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew + 1 north, 8 Redshank, 7 Knot, 10 Sanderling, 12 Dunlin, 15 Black-headed Gull + 1 north, 5 Sandwich Tern + 4 north, 7 Common Tern, 4 Arctic Tern and 15 Puffin + 4 north.
In Cornelian Bay there were 4 Whimbrel, 23 Curlew, 24 Oystercatcher and 2 Turnstone, 3 Little Egret flew north there.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Thursday 21st July 2016

Migration watch; 18.55 – 19.55hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 2 Fulmar, 2 Manx Shearwater, 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 1 Oystercatcher, 7 Whimbrel, 1 Knot, 3 Black-headed Gull + 2 north, 6 Common Gull and 5 Sandwich tern north.
An Osprey, the first of the autumn, was seen heading south over the Harbour at 09.00hrs, a Greenshank was on Harwood Dale Lake where a Kingfisher and the Pink-footed Goose were also seen and 6 Whimbrel were in Cornelian Bay.

Wednesday 20th July 2016

Migration watch; 04.45 – 14.20hrs and 18.20 – 19.20hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 1 Wigeon, 2 Mallard north, 47 Teal + 19 north, 1 drake Pochard north, 3 Tufted Duck, 83 Common Scoter + 506 north, 1 Red-throated Diver north, 14 Fulmar + 13 north, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 17 Manx Shearwater + 3 north, 1345 Gannet, 1 Shag north, 6 Cormorant north, 2 Avocet at 05.23hrs, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 4 Curlew, 26 Redshank, 2 Turnstone, 69 Knot, 22 Sanderling, 57 Dunlin, 203 Black-headed Gull + 300 north, 1 adult Mediterranean Gull north. 11 Common Gull + 2 north, 10 Sandwich Tern + 28 north, 4 Common Tern north, 11 Puffin + 10 north, 131 Swift, 29 Sand Martin, 3 Swallow and 2 Flava.
Between Scalby Nab and Long Nab were 5 juvenile Stonechat while 80+ Sand Martin remained around the colony in Jackson’s Bay.


Juvenile Stonechat - Scalby Nab - Michael McNaghten
Black-tailed Godwits passing south at Long Nab - Michael McNaghten

Monday 18th – Tuesday 19th July 2016

The only report on the 18th was of 4 adult Mediterranean Gull, 5 Sandwich tern and an adult Yellow-legged Gull in South Bay.

The 19th produced…
Migration watch; 18.05 – 19.35hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 1 Velvet Scoter north, 14 Common Scoter, 13 Fulmar, 4 Manx Shearwater, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Plover, 3 Ringed Plover, 5 Whimbrel, 6 Knot, 19 Sanderling, 57 Dunlin, 6 Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Gull, 3 Sandwich tern and 3 Puffin.
In Jackson’s Bay there were 6 redshank and a Whimbrel and a male Wheatear was seen at Wykeham South Lake.

Sunday 17th July 2016

Migration watch; 06.30 – 10.45hrs.
On the move (north unless stated) were 11 Common Scoter, 8 Fulmar, 2 Oystercatcher south, 2 Whimbrel south, 7 Black-headed Gull + 1 south, 4 Sandwich Tern, 2 Arctic Skua, 14 Puffin and 4 Sand Martin south.

Saturday 16th July 2016

Migration watch; 06.05 – 11.50hrs and 13.25 – 15.25hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 5 Common Scoter + 87 north, 11 Fulmar + 18 north, 5 Manx Shearwater + 4 north, 2 Grey Heron north, 22 Cormorant north, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Oystercatcher north, 1 Whimbrel + 8 north, 1 Dunlin north, 10 Black-headed Gull + 56 north, 1 adult Mediterranean Gull north, 1 Common Gull north, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull + 1 north, 32 Sandwich Tern north, 9 Arctic Tern north, 2 Arctic Skua, 12 Puffin + 2 north, 241 Swift, 26 Sand Martin, 8 Swallow, 3 Flava and 4 Linnet.
A Wheatear was on Star Carr, a Whimbrel was seen over Cayton Carr and a Hobby flew east at Seamer Tip.

Friday 15th July 2016

Migration watch; 06.10 – 15.35hrs.
On the move (north unless stated) were 7 Teal, 1 Velvet Scoter, 113 Common Scoter, 71 Fulmar + 9 south, 24 Manx Shearwater + 2 south, 7 Little Egret, 1084 Gannet south, 1 Shag + 1 south, 22 Cormorant + 2 south, 3 Oystercatcher south, 5 Whimbrel + 2 south, 3 Curlew, 35 Black-headed Gull + 6 south, 2 Common Gull south, 9 Great Black-backed Gull south, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull south, 1 Sandwich Tern + 9 south, 1 Great Skua, 37 Puffin + 9 south, 78 Swift south, 87 Sand Martin south, 7 Swallow south and 1 Flava south.
Elsewhere a juvenile Dunlin was seen in North Bay and 50 Black-headed Gull were scattered between Jackson’s Bay and Scalby Mills.


Dunlin - North Bay - Michael McNaghten
Record shot of the 7 Little Egret passing Long Nab - Michael McNaghten

Thursday 14th July 2015

Migration watch; 07.30 – 09.35hrs and 18.10 – 19.00hrs.
On the move (north unless stated) were 87 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver south, 44 Fulmar + 3 south, 7 Manx Shearwater, 1 Grey Heron south, 3 Cormorant south, 2 Oystercatcher south, 1 Curlew, 1 Redshank south, 1 Ruff, 14 Black-headed Gull, 7 Sandwich Tern, 12 Puffin + 1 south, 8 Swift, 1 Grey Wagtail and 2 Alba south.

Tuesday 12th – Wednesday 13th July 2016

The 12th was rather quiet, the only report was of 3 Whimbrel, a Redshank, 15 Curlew and 20 Oystercatcher in Cornelian Bay where 5 Manx Shearwater and 5 Common Scoter flew north.

While the 13th produced….
Migration watch; 12.10 – 13.55hrs.
On the move (north unless stated) were 11 Common Scoter, 13 Manx Shearwater, 16 Curlew + 1 south, 1 Common Sandpiper south, 7 Black-headed Gull + 2 south, 1 Common Gull and 1 Sandwich Tern + 2 south.
Elsewhere a Little Egret was on Johnson’s Marsh.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Monday 11th July 2016

Migration watch; 05.50 – 13.00hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose at ca 07.30hrs, 16 Common Scoter north, 1 Red-breasted Merganser north, 9 Manx Shearwater + 5 north, 1 Little Egret, 3 Cormorant + 4 north, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Whimbrel., 3 Curlew, 33 Redshank, 1 Turnstone, 7 Knot, 2 Dunlin, 12 Black-headed Gull + 18 north, 1 adult Little Gull, 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls north at 06.09 and 08.38hrs, 2 Common Gull + 1 north, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Sandwich Tern + 19 north, 1 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern north, 1 Arctic Skua north, 7 Puffin + 3 north, 489 Swift, 194 San Martin and 1 Goldfinch.


Redshank - Long Nab - Michael McNaghten

Swifts - Long Nab - Michael McNaghten

Little Gull - Long Nab - Michael McNaghten

Sunday 10th July 2016

Migration watch; 06.23 – 12.35hrs and 14.40 – 16.20hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 4 Mallard north, 24 Common Scoter north, 1 Red-throated Diver north, 3 Fulmar + 9 north, 3 Manx Shearwater + 6 north, 1 Little Egret north, 1 Shag north, 1 Cormorant + 5 north, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Lapwing, 48 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew + 1 north, 1 Greenshank, 3 Black-headed Gull + 3 north, 2 Common Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull + 6 north, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull + 1 north, 6 Sandwich Tern + 9 north, 1 Common Tern, 7 Puffin, 1 juvenile Cuckoo, 920 Swift, 498 Sand Martin, 2 Flava, 30 Linnet and 2 Goldfinch.
Elsewhere a Black-tailed Godwit was on Rudda Road Flash and the Pink-footed Goose was on Harwood Dale Lake.


Cuckoo - Long Nab - Michael McNaghten

Saturday 9th July 2016

Migration watch; 16.00 – 18.20hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 22 Lapwing, 4 Curlew north, 1 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 2 Black-headed Gull + 3 north, 2 2nd summer Mediterranean Gulls north at 17.39hrs, 1 Great Black-backed Gull north, 1 Sandwich Tern, 4 Puffin north, 1035 Swift and 21 Sand Martin.

Friday 8th July 2016

Migration watch; 08.30 – 15.55hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 4 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew north, 1 Dunlin, 2 Black-headed Gull + 15 north, 6 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern, 6 Puffin + 3 north, 447 Swift, 82 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow, 1 Flava, 7 Linnet and 1 Goldfinch.
A Willow Tit was present briefly on the cliffs by the hut before moving south.
On Harwood Dale Lake the Pink-footed Goose was present and a Storm Petrel was controlled in Cornelian Bay during the early hours, the 205th species recorded on Scarborough this year.


Willow Tit - Long Nab - Michael McNaghten

Thursday 7th July 2016

Migration watch; 08.05 – 12.35hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 16 Teal north, 2 Cormorant, 9 Whimbrel + 1 north, 6 Curlew + 5 north, 5 Black-headed Gull + 29 north, 1 adult Mediterranean Gull north, 7 Sandwich tern, 1 Common Tern north, 4 Puffin + 2 north, 993 Swift, 66 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 2 Flava, 1 Alba and 3 Linnet.
Three Whinchat, a male and 2 juveniles were feeding along the cliffs at Long Nab while slowly making their way south.


Swift passing the Long Nab hut - Michael McNaghten

Whinchats - Long Nab - Michael McNaghten

Tuesday 5th - Wednesday 6th July 2016

The only report on the 5th was of 16 Curlew and a Bar-tailed Godwit southwest through Star Carr.

The 6th was a little busier….

Migration watch 07.15 – 11.45hrs and 18.45 – 19.30hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 1 Gadwall north, 4 Teal north, 64 Common Scoter north, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar + 10 north, 1 Manx Shearwater + 27 north, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit north, 13 Whimbrel, 7 Curlew + 31 north, 54 Black-headed Gull north including 2 juveniles, 1 Common Gull + 1 north, 3 Sandwich Tern + 11 north, 1 Common Tern north, 4 Arctic Tern north, 1 Arctic Skua north, 2 Puffin + 4 north, 4 Swift, 1 Sand Martin, 3 Swallow, 1 Flava, 2 Grey Wagtail and 6 Linnet.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Monday 4th July 2016

Migration watch; 18.18 – 19.18hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 6 Common Scoter north, 2 Fulmar + 3 north, 2 Manx Shearwater, 1 Cormorant, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Sanderling, 9 Dunlin, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 2 Puffin + 2 north.

Sunday 3rd July 2016

Migration watch; 06.45 – 07.45hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 1 Cormorant, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull north, 281 Swift, 1 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 11 Starling and 5 Linnet.
On Potter Brompton Carr (no general access) there were 5 Teal and 2 Snipe.

Saturday 2nd July 2016

Migration watch; 06.10 – 09.10hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 2 Curlew, 3 Black-headed Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull north, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Arctic Tern north, 18 Swift, 18 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow, 3 Starling, 41 Linnet, 2 Crossbill at 06.20hrs and 2 Goldfinch + 2 north.
Elsewhere a Wigeon and a brood of 8 Tufted Duck were at Seamer Tip.

Thursday 30th June – Friday 1st July 2016

A quiet few days, the 30th produced the following…

Migration watch; 18.25 – 18.55hrs.
On the move were 3 Black-headed Gull north, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 82 Swift south.

While seen on the 1st were…

Migration watch; 09.00 – 11.20hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 22 Common Scoter north, 13 Manx Shearwater, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Curlew north, 12 Black-headed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern, 4464 Auk sp and 10 Puffin + 14 north.
At high tide 2 Curlew and 37 Oystercatcher were roosting in Burniston Bay.
The 2nd Yellow-legged Gull of the year was found on Peasholm Park Lake.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Wednesday 29th June 2016

Migration watch; 07.25 – 11.50hrs and 18.40 – 19.40hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 12 Wigeon north, 7 Teal + 3 north, 52 Common Scoter + 392 north, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar north, 13 Manx Shearwater + 2 north, 2 Cormorant + 2 north, 5 Whimbrel, 40 Curlew + 9 north, 15 Black-headed Gull north, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 10 Sandwich Tern + 2 north, 1 Little Tern north at 10.10hrs, 12 Puffin + 15 north, 424 Swift, 3 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 7 Starling and 1 Corn Bunting south after pausing on wires briefly.
Six Black-headed Gull were in Burniston Bay, 2 Tufted Duck were on Johnson’s Marsh and a drake Shoveler was seen flying round Crossgates.

Monday 27th – Tuesday 28th June 2016

Migration watch; 07.30 – 09.00hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 2 Curlew north, 3 Stock Dove, 11 Swift, 7 Rook north, 3 Swallow, 5 Starling + 11 north and 6 Linnet.
A Hobby was seen over Falsgrave Park during the morning and a Green Sandpiper and a Teal were on Wykeham South Lake.

The 28th was a little less active….

Migration watch; 19.45 – 20.30hrs.
On the move (north unless stated) were 2 Fulmar, 8 Manx Shearwater south, 1 Common Gull and 1 Great Black-backed Gull.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Sunday 26th June 2016

Migration watch; 06.45 – 11.45hrs.
On the move (north unless stated) were 41 Common Scoter, 1 Great Northern Diver at 07.24hrs, 27 Fulmar + 2 south including 1 blue Fulmar south at 07.03hrs, 16 Manx Shearwater + 2 south, 9 Curlew, 5 Black-headed Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern + 2 south, 2 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua south, 21 Puffin + 7 south, 6 Swift and 2 Swallow.
Elsewhere a Hobby flew towards Seamer from Crossgates and a Marsh Harrier was seen over Sherburn Ings.

Friday 24th – Saturday 25th June 2016

A blank day on the 24th was followed by a short watch on the 25th

Migration watch 19.15 – 20.00hrs.
On the move (north unless stated) were 3 Fulmar, 5 Manx Shearwater, 3 Curlew, 1 Common Gull south, 1 Great Black-backed Gull south, 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Puffin, 8 Swift south and 10 Starling south.

Thursday 23rd June 2016

Migration watch; 18.50 – 20.00hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 108 Common Scoter north, 3 Curlew, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Puffin + 8 north, 6 Swift, 5 Tree Sparrow and 5 Linnet.
Elsewhere the first returning Green Sandpiper was noted at Seamer Tip.

Wednesday 22nd June 2016

Migration watch; 07.25 – 11.40hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 39 Common Scoter + 81 north, 1 Red-throated Diver north, 4 Fulmar north, 3 Manx Shearwater + 34 north, 6 Cormorant, 6 Curlew, 26 Sandwich Tern + 4 north, 1 Arctic Tern north, 1226 Auk sp north, 7 Puffin north, 98 Swift, 2 Swallow, 1 House Martin and 1 Grey Wagtail.
A Red Kite was seen in the Willerby area, a Hobby flew over East Ayton, 12 Tufted Duck and 3 Great Crested Grebe were on Wykeham South Lake, the Sedge Warbler was in Crook Ness and 12 Grey Heron were on Johnson’s Marsh.

Monday 20th – Tuesday 21st June 2016

A Little Egret and the Wigeon were reported from Johnson’s Marsh on the 20th while a Quail was heard at Sherburn Ings on the 21st.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Thursday 16th – Sunday 19th June 2016

A rather quiet few days, a Fulmar was seen flying north over Collumbus Ravine early on the 17th.

The 19th produced the following…
Migration watch; 06.48 – 10.45hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 3 Barnacle Geese north, 5 Shelduck, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 64 Fulmar, 9 Manx Shearwater. 1 Grey Heron, 4 Cormorant + 2 north, 1 Oystercatcher, 3 Curlew, 3 Black-headed Gull north, 6 Common Gull north, 4 Sandwich Tern + 19 north, 3 Puffin + 37 north, 1 Stock Dove north, 11 Swift + 3 north, 2 Carrion Crow + 11 north, 2 Swallow, 25 Starling + 63 north, 1 Alba, 33 Linnet and 2 Goldfinch.
A Red Kite was seen over Muston at 11am and a Teal was on Johnson’s Marsh.

Wednesday 15th June 2016

Returning Curlews began to build up with 19 Curlew on Seamer Mead, the drake Wigeon was still on Johnson’s Marsh. Lesser Whitethroats were seen food carrying at Seamer Tip.
At 23.40hrs 2 Sandwich Tern were heard heading inland over Westborough!