Thursday, 21 September 2017

Friday 15th September 2017

Seawatching was the order of the day today with people looking from both Long Nab and Marine Drive.

Sightings from Long Nab between 06.20 and 12.00 included 42 Wigeon (4 S, 38 N), a Shoveler (N), 30 Pintail (N), 67 Teal (2 S, 65 N), a Tufted Duck (N), an Eider (S), 71 Common Scoter (5 S, 66 N), 2 Goosander (N), 22 Red-throated Divers (14 S, 4 N), a Storm Petrel (N), 147 Fulmars (N), 24 Sooty Shearwaters (N), 41 Manx Shearwater (N), 2 Bar-tailed Godwits (N), a Curlew Sandpiper (N), 3 Sandwich Terns (N), an Arctic Tern (N), 15 Great Skua (10 S, 5 N), 3 Pomarine Skuas (S), 14 Arctic Skuas (10 S, 4 N), 5 Puffin (4 S, 1 N), 20 Swallows (S), 4 House Martins (S) and 6 Meadow Pipits (S).

At Marine Drive observers were present from 07.00 to 09.00, 11.00 to 11.40 and 16.30 to 19.15 and records included the following 6 Pink-footed Geese (S), 8 Wigeon (N), 3 Pintail (N), 4 Eider (S), 20 Common Scoter (4 S, 16 N), 6 Red-throated Diver (1 S, 5 N), 3 Sooty Shearwater (N), 11 Manx Shearwater (N), a Red-necked Grebe (N) at 18.36, 12 Common Tern (N), 6 Comic Terns (N), 4 Bonxie (N), 4 Arctic Skua (2 S, 2 N), a dark  juvenile Long-tailed Skua came up to Marine Drive sat on the sea at 08.30 and then went back into South Bay where it was seen again off The Spa 09.10,

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Thursday 14th September 2017

Seawatching this morning from 07.05 – 11.30 at Long Nab produced the following highlights 86 Wigeon (N), 6 Pintail (N), 124 Teal (N), 7 Common Scoter (N), 5 Red-throated Divers (4 S, 1 N), 2 Sooty Shearwaters (N), 3 Manx Shearwater (N), 4 Golden Plover (S), a Dunlin (N), 8 Arctic Tern (3 S, 5 N), 2 Great Skua (S), 5 Arctic Skuas (4 S, 1 N) and a Swift (S).

27 Wigeon (N), 17 Teal (N), a Tufted Duck (S), a Scaup (N), 3 Eider (S), 3 Common Scoter (N), 2 Red-throated Divers (1 S, 1 N), 27 Fulmars (N), 10 Sooty Shearwaters (N), 26 Manx Shearwaters (N), 168 Kittiwake (N), 54 Sandwich Terns (19 S, 35 N), 13 Common Terns (N), an Arctic Tern (N), 4 Great Skua (1 S, 3 N), 7 Arctic Skua (% S, 2 N) and 2 Long-tailed Skuas, both were juveniles and both went north (the first at 17.55 and the second at 18.12).

At other coastal sites we had a juvenile Little Gull in Cornelian Bay with also a Pintail, 42 Wigeon, 5 Teal, a Common Tern and 20 Sandwich Terns; there were 2 Dippers at Scalby Mills and a Bar-tailed Godwit in front of the Spa in South Bay. In Falsgrave Park there was a Spotted Flycatcher and a little further afield 65 Pink-footed Geese were seen flying south over Thornton Le Dale at 11.10.

Bar-tailed Godwit - South Bay - Hayley Richardson

Wednesday 13th September 2017

At Potter Brompton Carr today a juvenile Marsh Harrier, 48 Common Snipe which is a good number for the area and 80+ Teal. On Johnson’s Marsh there were 15 Herons, a Wigeon and a Swift flew over; in the Cornelian Bay area there were 4 Wigeon, a Teal, 34 Sandwich Terns, 2 Common Terns and a Kingfisher; in Jackson’s Bay this evening the waders were flushed by a dog but 3 Bar-tailed Godwits and 9 Ringed Plover were counted; there were 4 Mediterranean Gulls in South Bay and finally today 2 Dippers performed well and at close range near the footbridge at Scalby Mills where there was also a Common Sandpiper.

Dipper - Scalby Mills - Stuart Baines
Common Sandpiper - Scalby Mills - Stuart Baines
Dipper - Scalby Mills - Stuart Baines

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Tuesday 12th September 2017

Around Cornelian Bay today were 5 Teal, a Kingfisher, c100 House Martins and 3 Stonechats whilst in next bay along, South Bay, we had 12 Sandwich Terns and a Mediterranean Gull. There was a Dipper showing well on Scalby Beck by the Old Scalby Mills Pub and nearby in North Bay there was a Bar-tailed Godwit and 100+ Great Black-backed Gulls.

A brief seawatch from Marine Drive this evening between 18.05 and 19.05 produced 2 Teal (S), a Red-throated Diver (S), a Manx Shearwater (N), 30 Sandwich Terns (12 S, 18 N) and a single group of 9 Great Skuas (S).

Dipper - Scalby Mills - Chris Bell

Monday 11th September 2017

Potter Brompton Carr today held 110 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 3 Gadwall, 14 Snipe and a Swift and in South Bay 3 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Common Terns and a Sandwich Tern.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Sunday 10th September 2017

A nice variety and good numbers of certain species at Long Nab today including a Pochard (S), 4 Red-throated Divers (S), a Black-throated Diver (S), a Little Egret (N), a Ringed Plover (N), 3 Snipe (2 W, 1 SW), a Black-tailed Godwit (SW), a Bar-tailed Godwit (S), 43 Sandwich Terns, 3 Arctic Skuas, a Swift (S), 7 Sand Martins (S), 43 Swallows (S), 1378 House Martins (S), 957 Meadow Pipits (S) and 173 Linnets (S) plus 2 Lapland Buntings in the stubble field to the north of the Obs and one of these continued to show well into the afternoon. This is the earliest autumn record of this species as the previous earliest record was from Cloughton Wyke on 21st September 1983.

At Jackson’s Bay this afternoon 7 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, 5 Redshanks, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits and 29 Turnstones and there were 15 Teal on Johnson’s Marsh.

Lapland Bunting - Long Nab - Chris Bell
Lapland Bunting - Long Nab - Nick Addey

Saturday 9th September 2017

At Long Nab today the highlights included 5 Golden Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, a Snipe, a Whimbrel, 16 Sandwich Terns, a Swift, 23 Swallows, 95 House Martins, 275 Meadow Pipits, 5 Rock Pipits and also in the area a Chiffchaff, 2 Whitethroats, a Song Thrush, a Stonechat and 2 Wheatears.

The wader count from Jackson’s Bay this afternoon was 16 Ringed Plover, 8 Dunlin, a Sanderling, 77 Oystercatchers, 2 Knot, 24 Redshank and 15 Turnstones. The rest of the reports today were also from the coastal strip with a Common Sandpiper at Scalby Mills; 3 Sandwich Terns in North Bay; a Wheatear opposite the Skateboard Park by North Bay at 15.00 and a Swift was seen over South Bay.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Friday 8th September 2017

The only news today concerned a group of 16 Sandwich Terns in Cayton Bay including two birds that were  ringed, one (T51) was traced to the Netherlands and the other (UPK) came from NE England, either Coquet or the Farne Islands.

A piece of late news concerns 3 young Tawny Owls reported tonight at the North Cliff Golf Course.

Sandwich Tern T51 - Cayton Bay - Chris Bull
Sandwich Tern UPK - Cayton Bay - Chris Bull

Thursday 7th September 2017

At Long Nab this evening the highlights included a Tufted Duck (S), a Curlew (S), 26 Sandwich Terns (3 S, 23 N), 18 Common Terns (15 S, 3 N), 9 Arctic Skuas (2 S, 7 N), a Swift (S) and a Swallow (S).

Also today we had 4 Mediterranean Gulls in South Bay: a Wigeon and a Shoveler on Johnson’s Marsh; 6 Swifts over Oliver’s Mount and a Whitethroat at The Holmes.

Wednesday 6th September 2017

In Jackson’s Bay today a Sanderling, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatchers, 7 Redshank and 6 Turnstones; along the coast on the rocks below the Holbeck car park were 9 Mediterranean Gulls, a 1st cy, a 2nd cy and 7 adults and finally 6 Swifts flew southwest over Seamer.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Tuesday 5th September 2017

A Dotterel flew south calling constantly over Long Nab (Cliff Top House) at 18.27.

A juvenile Yellow-legged Gull flew south in North Bay at c15.40 and this evening also in North Bay we had an Arctic Tern and 20+ Common Terns.

2 Wigeon had returned to Scalby Mills and at Potter Brompton Carr there were 74 Teal, 2 Wigeon and 19 Lapwing.

Lone Swifts were seen today over Filey Road, another at Ebberston and a third bird on the western side of Rillington.

Arctic Tern - North Bay - Chris Bell
Arctic Tern - North Bay - Chris Bell
Arctic Tern - North Bay - Chris Bell

Monday 4th September 2017

A possible Greenish Warbler was heard on Castle Hill on the north side of the archway at about 15.30 in association with a Tit flock but unfortunately the bird wasn’t seen.

A few Swifts are still hanging on in the area with 1 over Cornelian Ravine, 4 over North Marine Drive with about 50 hirundines and this evening a single over Crossgates and 8 over Valley Road.

At Long Nab today the variety was good with highlights including 13 Wigeon (5 S, 8 N), 3 Shoveler (S), 3 Pintail (S), 331 Teal (194 S, 137 N), 5 Tufted Duck (S), a Velvet Scoter (N), 195 Common Scoter (14 S, 181 N), 4 Red-throated Divers (2 S, 2 N), a Golden Plover (N), 2 Ringed Plover (S), a Snipe (S), 8 Bar-tailed Godwits (N), 5 Whimbrel (S), 5 Curlew (4 S, 1 N), 4 Sandwich Terns (2 S, 2 N), 10 Common Terns (S), a Great Skua (S), a Swift (S), 4 Swallows (S), a House Martin (S), a Meadow Pipit (S) and a Tree Pipit (S), also in the area were a Willow Warbler, 7 Whitethroats and a couple of Wheatears.

Sunday 3rd September 2017

A very quiet day with little of note being reported anywhere in our area.

At Ravenscar a total of about 50 Meadow Pipits and a Whinchat and at Long Nab 4 Shoveler (S), 198 Teal (114 S, 84 N), 63 Common Scoter (1 S, 62 N), 5 Red-throated Diver (1 S, 4 N), 1039 Gannets (S), 4 Golden Plover (S), 16 Curlew (S), 2 Common Tern (S), 4 Arctic Skuas (N), 2 Swifts came in from the east and went south and a juvenile Peregrine (S). Also in the area there was a Stonechat and in the afternoon 2 Wheatears by the obs. 

Wheatear - Long Nab - Nick Addey

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Saturday 2nd September 2017

Rather unusual today that the highlight wasn’t a bird, it wasn’t even a mammal, it was in fact a cartilaginous fish. 2 Basking Sharks (Cetorhinus maximus), the world’s second largest fish were seen from a boat off Marine Drive this morning. One was about a mile off and heading south at 09.00 the other was only about ½ mile off and also heading south.

Over Peasholm this morning a Swift and 9 Meadow Pipits, a single Bar-tailed Godwit in Jackson’s Bay and at Scalby Mills this afternoon we had a Kingfisher, 2 Ringed Plover, a rather brief second winter Yellow-legged Gull and 4 Teal flying south.

Hirundines ready to depart - Scalby Mills - Chris Bell
Ringed Plover - Scalby Mills - Chris Bell
Bar-tailed Godwit - Jackson's Bay - Pauline Dent

Friday 1st September 2017

The only news received today was the presence of two Bar-tailed Godwits in Jackson’s Bay this morning.

Bar-tailed Godwits - Jackson's Bay - Pauline Dent

Thursday 31st August 2017

A fairly quiet day today and the influx of Pectoral Sandpipers on the east coast definitely avoided our area completely.

We had a Wheatear on the rocks along Marine Drive, 11 Herons on Johnson’s Marsh and at Harwood Dale Lake 11 Mandarins, 6 Teal, a Heron and a Common Buzzard.

Wheatear - Marine Drive - Stuart Baines

Wednesday 30th August 2017

There were signs of a good movement of Chiffchaffs at Stoupe Brow today but only a few Willow Warblers which fits nicely with the observation of 8 Chiffchaffs together in a single tree/shrub on South Cliff.

A couple of Wheatears were seen along Marine Drive near to post 53 and there were also a couple at Cockmor Hall, Snainton around lunchtime; 4 adult Mediterranean Gulls on the rooves at Holbeck car park and at Harwood Dale Lake the Greenshank was present for another day and there were also 18 Teal and 19 Mandarins.

Tuesday 29th August 2017

This morning on Harwood Dale Lake there was a Greenshank, a Redshank, a Snipe and 3 Yellow Wagtails and on Johnson’s Marsh we had a Kingfisher.

On South Cliff after the rain there were signs of some movement today with an increase in Warblers, 4 Willow Warblers, 6 Chiffchaffs, a Whitethroat, 3 Blackcaps and a Garden Warbler but the best thing was a juvenile Cuckoo flying northwest. The biggest surprise though was a Fulmar gliding low over the fairways of the South Cliff Golf Course and nearby on the rocks below Holbeck 5 adult Mediterranean Gulls were reported.

Past Long Nab today were a Wigeon (S), 98 Teal (12 S, 86 N), 149 Common Scoter (20 S, 129 N), 3 Red-throated Divers (1 S, 2 N), a Sanderling (S), 21 Sandwich Tern (8 S, 13 N), 11 Common Tern (1 S, 10 N) and 2 Great Skua (S). This evening around the hedges and fields were a Barn Owl, a Little Owl, 3 Willow Warblers, 9 Chiffchaffs, a Whitethroat and a Goldcrest.

Whitethroat - Long Nab - Nick Addey

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Monday 28th August 2017

In the Holbeck area today 10 Mediterranean Gulls including 6 adults, 2 2nd winter and 2 1st winter, a female Whinchat and 100+ Oystercatchers.

At Long Nab today the movement was a little slow 12 Teal (N), 4 Common Scoter (N), an Osprey came in from the east at 17.27 and then headed west southwest, 3 Oystercatchers (S), 2 Golden Plover (S), 4 Ringed Plover (S), a Curlew (S), 9 Sandwich Terns (6 S, 3 N), 65 Common Terns (12 S, 53 N), 4 Swifts (S), a Sand Martin (S), 30 Swallows (S), a Yellow Wagtail (S) and 54 Meadow Pipits (S). Also present at Long Nab today were a Wheatear, a Whinchat, 2 Stonechats, 5 Chiffchaffs and 7 Whitethroats.

Finally today at Wykeham South Lake there were 8 Common Buzzards.

Whinchat - Long Nab - Nick Addey

Monday, 28 August 2017

Sunday 27th August 2017

The undoubted highlight of the day was the pelagic trip out of Scarborough Harbour which departed at 07.00 this morning. Admittedly a pelagic into the north sea is never going to produce the numbers or the species that they get off Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly but there is still that feeling that anything could come flying past the boat and we don’t have to travel a huge distance to see seabirds at close range. Although the numbers of birds seen was not very high the quality was a little better than anticipated. Our list for the trip included a lovely Balearic Shearwater which was initially on the sea but then proceeded to circle the boat once at close range when we were approximately 3 miles out. The rest of the species seen today were 3 Manx Shearwaters, 4 Arctic Skuas (one of which came within 10 metres of the boat), 2 Great Skuas, 80+ Common Terns, juvenile Puffin, 3 Common Scoter, 17 Cormorants, 2 Teal, 15 Dunlin plus Gannets, Guillemots, Fulmars, Kittiwakes, Herring Gulls and Greater Black-backed Gulls.

At Wykeham Raptor View Point around midday ish there was an Osprey carrying a fish and during the afternoon a Hobby, at least 4 Goshawks and possibly as many as 15 Common Buzzards (including a group of 6 together). A Red Kite was seen north of Hutton Buscel at 10.40 and then it or another went southwest over the harbour with two Common Buzzards at about 12.30. At Rodger Trod, between Cloughton Wyke and Hayburn Wyke, 18 Common Scoter went north and there were 2 Red-throated Divers as well.

This evening at Scalby Mills we had a 1st winter Mediterranean Gull and about 150 House Martins and Swallows were on the wires nearby.

Balearic Shearwater - Scarborough Pelagic - Steve Routledge
Great Skua (above) Arctic Skua (below) - Scarborough Pelagic - Steve Routledge
Manx Shearwater - Scarborough Pelagic - Tim Cowley
Great Skua - Scarborough Pelagic - Nick Addey

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Saturday 26th August 2017

Early on today at Wykeham South Lake we had a Little Egret, a Common Sandpiper, a Redshank, 2 Swifts, 2 Egyptian Geese and a Greenshank flew over to the east whilst on Johnson’s Marsh there were 26 Moorhen (one with two young) and 12 Teal.

3 Swifts were over the town this afternoon and just before dusk 4 adult Mediterranean Gulls were on the rooftop at the Holbeck car park.

Friday 25th August 2017

The Osprey was seen again at Ellerburn today between 15.00 and 16.00, for a third consecutive day, also in the area a Willow Tit and a Spotted Flycatcher. At Harwood Dale Lake today just 16 Mandarins and 10 Teal, there was a Garden Warbler in Falsgrave Park and a Wheatear on Castle Headland.

Then at Scalby Lodge Pond this evening we had a Short-eared Owl hunting in the area, a Barn Owl and 5 Teal.

Thursday 24th August 2017

A brief seawatch from Marine Drive this evening produced 16 Common Scoter (N), 4 Knot (S), 18 Sandwich Terns (14 S, 4 N) and 41 Common Tern (S). Also on Marine Drive a Wheatear was present today on the sea defences opposite the Yorkshire Water buildings.

Additional sightings today included 7 Ringed Plovers at Scalby Mills, a Hobby at Hila Green at 16.20 and 4 Goshawks seen from the Wykeham Raptor View Point.

Friday, 25 August 2017

Wednesday 23rd August 2017

Seawatching for 3½ hours from the Marine Drive shelter between 06.10 and 09.40 produced the following – Teal 271(S) 17(N), Common Scoter 6(S) 95(N), Fulmar 76(S) 13(N), Manx Shearwater 3(S) 2(N), Common Tern 52(S) 1(N), Golden Plover 2(S), Greater Black-backed Gull 23(S), Whimbrel 2(S), Wigeon 3(S), Arctic Skua 8(S), an adult Pomarine Skua at 06.44 (S), Sandwich Tern 13(S) 31(N), Oystercatcher 2(S) 42(N), Ringed Plover 2(S), Dunlin 13(S), a Curlew (S), a Redshank (S), Sanderling 9(S), Great Skua 2(S) and a dark Balearic Shearwater close in at 07.44 (S).

Waders in Jackson’s Bay included 42 Turnstone, a Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, 9 Redshank and 78 Oystercatchers; in the Ravenscar area a flock of 32 Snipe flew north, as did a Whimbrel and also seen were 2 Stonechats, a Lesser Whitethroat and 12 Chiffchaffs; an Osprey was at Ellerburn Trout Farm at 16.00 where a Hobby was also seen this evening; 9 Whimbrel flew north over Old Town at 15.46 and a couple of Swifts were over the town this morning.

Finally at Long Nab today during two observation periods 08.40 – 12.20 and 17.30 - 20.20 we had a Pintail (S), 31 Teal (S), 2 Tufted Duck (S), 30 Common Scoter (1 S, 29 N), 2 Manx Shearwater (S), a Golden Plover (S), a Ringed Plover (S), a Whimbrel (S), a Greenshank (N), a Sanderling (N), 2 Dunlin (N), a 2cy Mediterranean Gull (S) this evening, 101 Sandwich Terns (68 S, 33 N), 127 Common Terns (53 S, 74 N), 12 Arctic Terns (3 S, 9 N), Great Skua (1 S, 7 N), 4 Arctic Skua (3 S, 1 N), a Swift (S), 9 Swallows (S) and female type Merlin came in off the sea and flew north at 18.20. Also in the Nab area were a Willow Warbler, a Whitethroat, a Whinchat and 120 Great Black-backed Gulls.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Tuesday 22nd August 2017

Not a lot going on today. There were some waders moving south off Long Nab namely 12 Oystercatchers, 2 Golden Plovers and 6 Ringed Plovers and also in that area a Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps, 6 Whitethroats and a Grey Wagtail. Also a Cormorant flew over Staintondale, there were 6 Mediterranean Gulls in South Bay and Redshanks were heard over town at 22.38 this evening.

Monday 21st August 2017

This evening on Johnson’s Marsh a total of 14 Herons were counted; on Castle Headland there was a Yellow Wagtail behind the wall on Marine Drive and a Wheatear was on the sea defences; 6 Whimbrel flew south over the town and past Long Nab this evening 17 Common Scoter (N), 11 Fulmar (N), 98 Oystercatchers (69 S, 29 N), 2 Ringed Plover (S), 5 Whimbrel (S), 4 Sandwich Tern, 3 Common Tern, a juvenile Arctic Tern and a Great Skua (all north) and a juvenile Stonechat was near the hut.


Sunday 20th August 2017

The long staying juvenile Green Woodpecker was seen again at Cornelian Ravine where there was also a juvenile Stonechat and in the bay a single Whimbrel; the highlights off Long Nab before 09.05 were 2 Arctic Skuas and 2 Great Skuas all of which went south; Harwood Dale Lake held 16 Mandarins, a Teal, a Green Sandpiper, a Kingfisher and 20 Pied Wagtails and on Johnson’s Marsh a group of 8 Teal.

Off Long Nab this afternoon there was a Minke Whale about 1 mile out which was apparently feeding and remained in the area for at least 45 minutes. Unfortunately it drifted north just before I got there. Also at Long Nab this afternoon were a Whinchat, a Stonechat and a Whimbrel flew north and in South Bay a total today of 6 Mediterranean Gulls.

Another interesting mammal reported today was a Noctule Bat at Harwood Dale Lake this afternoon.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Saturday 19th August 2017

A Red Kite flew east over West Ayton at 11.30; a juvenile Little Egret was seen along the Cleveland Way to the south of Ravenscar this afternoon and in the North Bay/Scalby Mills area there were 28 Redshanks, 26 Turnstones and a solitary Ringed Plover.


Friday 18th August 2017

A ♀ Honey Buzzard was seen at Wykeham Raptor View Point this evening at 17.55 with a supporting cast of 5 Goshawks, 3 Crossbills and 2 Willow Tits.

At Scalby Mills this evening the juvenile Mediterranean Gull was seen again today and there was also a Great Skua. Much to the disgust of some tourists the Skua flew in from the north, proceeded to drown a Herring Gull and then start to devour it. Isn’t nature wonderful?

Nuthatch - Forge Valley - Hayley Richardson
Great Skua with prey - Scalby Mills - Steve Wignill
juvenile Mediterranean Gull - Scalby Mills - Chris Bell

Thursday 17th August 2017

A juvenile Turtle Dove and 15 Crossbills were seen at the top of Heck Dale in Dalby Forest; 2 Little Egrets flew over Thornton-le-Dale this evening and also this evening at Scalby Mills we had a juvenile Mediterranean Gull, 68 Greater Black-backed Gulls, 8 Turnstones and a Kingfisher.

Wednesday 16th August 2017

Unfortunately the Rose-coloured Starling was not seen at all today.

A seawatch from Marine Drive this morning was not very inspiring but did produce 5 different species of wader moving south in small numbers including 23 Redshanks but the highlight was surely the 2 Arctic Skuas that went north.

Late afternoon on Scalby Mills rocks we had a Whimbrel, 5 Redshank, 6 Turnstones, a Lesser Black-backed Gull and 9 Sandwich Terns; a Honey Buzzard was reported from Wykeham Raptor View Point at 10.00 this morning and at Harwood Dale Lake this evening 11 Teal, 21 Mandarins and 114 Pied Wagtails.