Saturday, 17 August 2019

Saturday 17th August

Early this morning 2 Willow Tits were seen in Wrench Green and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull flew north past Long Nab. In the middle of the day a Merlin was seen hunting over Jackson's Bay/Scalby Lodge, a Ringed Plover was in Jackson's Bay, 3 Reed Buntings were at Cromer Point pond, and a Hobby flew over Peasholm. Spotted from Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint were: a Honey Buzzard, about 12 Common Buzzards, 2 Peregrines, a female Goshawk and a juvenile Kestrel. A Bar-tailed Godwit, 11 Whimbrel and 2 Golden Plover flew south past Long Nab, while 2 Arctic Skuas and a Great Skua flew north. At Scalby Mills this evening there were 85 Black-headed Gulls, an adult Mediterranean Gull and 2 juvenile Grey Wagtails. 17 Swifts were feeding over the Old Town.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Castle Headland Peregrine - Joe Bamfield

Friday, 16 August 2019

Friday 16th August

74 Mallard were at Burton Riggs this morning, where a Grey Plover flew over, calling. A juvenile Reed Warbler was seen at Seamer Tip pool. This evening 2 Turtle Doves were seen flying south at Cloughton. A Shag was in the harbour and 4 Teal were at Johnson's Marsh.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Redshank - Rose Habberley

Thursday, 15 August 2019

Thursday 15th August

A Buzzard and 3 Swifts were seen over Jugger Howe early this afternoon. 15 Grey Herons were at Johnson's Marsh, and 11 Common Terns flew past Long Nab. A Turtle Dove was at the Mill Inn, and a Barn Owl was seen at Scalby sewage farm.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Wren - Rose Habberley

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Wednesday 14th August

Sandwich Terns and a Curlew were at Scalby Mills this morning, plus 4 Whimbrel which flew off south. A Whinchat was spotted at Harwood Dale Lake, and a Cuckoo at Bent Rigg Lane, Ravenscar. 9 Swifts were over Garfield Road this afternoon.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Juvenile Sparrowhawk - Judi Kent Pyrah

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Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Tuesday 13th August

A Wood Warbler was seen in a tit flock at Newlands Dale. At Long Nab: Early this morning a Whinchat was present at Crook Ness car park, a Wheatear was near Fields Farm, and small numbers of Willow Warblers were in the area. Later in the morning 5 Goosanders, a Porpoise and a Bottlenose Dolphin were all seen heading north. In the early evening there were 2 Wheatears, a Stonechat, 12+ Willow Warblers and 9 Yellow Wagtails present. A flock of about 60 Linnets plus a number of Yellowhammers and Chaffinches was seen in a field on the way to Wykeham South Lake, where there were 5 Egyptian Geese. A large falcon, probably the escaped Saker hybrid, was seen being mobbed by a Kestrel at Standing Stones Rigg near Cloughton, where there was also a Crossbill, a Redstart and a Spotted Flycatcher. At least 27 Swifts were over Valley Road this evening.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Whinchat - Nick Addey

Monday, 12 August 2019

Monday 12th August

Early this morning 6 Swifts were seen at Queens Parade, and 2 Dippers, 2 Grey Wagtails and a Kingfisher were on the river in Wrench Green. 3 Arctic Skuas, a Great Skua, 4 Arctic Terns and 65 Sandwich Terns passed by Long Nab. In the early afternoon a Wood Sandpiper was at Johnson's Marsh for a short time. A juvenile female Merlin was seen heading south along the cliffs past Long Nab, where it was set upon by a local Kestrel.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Barn Owl - Rose Habberley

Sunday, 11 August 2019

Sunday 11th August

A Kingfisher was seen at Scalby Mills this morning, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was following a crab boat off Long Nab, and 2 Golden Plovers flew north over Crossgates. This afternoon a Common Buzzard flew south-west over Peasholm and an Eider was on the sea off Long Nab. A juvenile Great Crested Grebe was in Cornelian Bay and 9 Sandwich Terns were feeding in Cayton Bay. At Northstile pool there were 3 Green Sandpipers and clouds of House Martins feeding overhead. The family of 4+ Spotted Flycatchers (at least 2 juveniles being fed by parents) are still around the Cockrah Foot area of Wrench Green.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Juvenile Blackcap - Judi Kent Pyrah

Saturday, 10 August 2019

Saturday 10th August

Lots of Bottlenose Dolphins seen today - 5 pods of between 5 and 9+ individuals seen through the morning from Long Nab. 48 Knot, and 4 Whimbrel flew south past Long Nab. 2 Grey Partridges were spotted on Osgoodby Lane and a Yellow Wagtail flew over Whin Bank. Early in the afternoon 10 Sandwich Terns were seen feeding in North Bay opposite the site of the former Albert Cafe, joined a bit later by 2 Arctic Terns.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Mallard mum keeping an eye on the kids in the pool - Judi Kent Pyrah

Bottlenose Dolphin - Stuart Baines

Friday, 9 August 2019

Friday 9th August

Early this morning a pod of 15+ Bottlenose Dolphins was spotted moving south past Long Nab. A Great Skua was seen off Marine Drive, heading south. Highlights from the seawatch at Long Nab, through the day up to 15:10, included 519 Knot (a record number), a Black-tailed Godwit, a Greenshank, 27 Turnstone, a Mediterranean Gull, a Yellow-legged Gull and a Merlin.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Young Tree Sparrows - Judi Kent Pyrah

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Thursday 8th August

A Marsh Harrier was seen over a harvested field west of Wilton early this morning. Kingfishers were present at both Taylor Way and Seamer Tip pools. 15 Mistle Thrushes were in the fields below Seamer Tip pool, and 2 Green Sandpipers were in the ditch on the east side of Seamer Tip. 3 pairs of Stonechats and 4+ juveniles were seen on Fylingdales Moor. In Wrench Green there was a family of 3+ Spotted Flycatchers including a juvenile being fed by a parent. The Wood Sandpiper is still at Northstile pool, along with 4 Teal, a female Mandarin, 2 Grey Wagtails, a Heron, Moorhens and Mallards. 3 Egyptian Geese and 13 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were on Wykeham South Lake, while on the fishing lake there were 4 Kingfishers, 2 pairs of Little Grebes with chicks, 4 pairs of Coots and a Common Sandpiper. At least 11 Swifts were still over Valley Road this evening.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Oystercatcher at Scalby Mills - Rose Habberley

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Wednesday 7th August

The morning's seawatch at Long Nab was fairly slow with small numbers of waders of  8 species seen on the move. 17 Yellow Wagtails, 10 Willow Warblers and a Willow Tit were present in the area. 4 Teal were at Johnson's Marsh.

Full count from Long Nab here:

No rest for hard-working Swallow parents - Chris Bell

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Tuesday 6th August

A Kingfisher was at Scalby Mills early this morning. Highlights from Long Nab include 6 Knot, a Whimbrel, a Great Skua, a Mediterranean Gull, an Arctic Tern and 2 Bar-tailed Godwits. A Hobby flew east over Crossgates early in the afternoon. 100+ Swallows were feeding over the bean field by Metes Lane, Seamer, where there was also a Sedge Warbler, a Whitethroat, a few Reed Buntings, Goldfinches and Linnets. Swifts were also plentiful in the area.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Little Grebe and young at Brompton - Chris Bell

Monday, 5 August 2019

Monday 5th August

200 Common Scoter were seen heading north past Marine Drive this morning; 4 Willow Tits and 4+ Crossbills were seen/heard in Wykeham Forest; a Red Kite was over the east end of Seamer Tip; and 2 Teal were on Seamer Tip pool. A Hobby was spotted flying over Newby and one was also seen flying north-west at Long Nab. Other sightings at Long Nab included 573 Common Scoter, 2 Whimbrel and 2 Mediterranean Gulls all passing, plus 2 Stonechats behind the observation hut. 5 Bottlenose Dolphins were spotted half way between Filey and Scarborough. This evening 4 Dunlin and a Ringed Plover were at Scalby Mills before being pushed off by the tide. The Lithuanian-ringed Black-headed Gull, now 5 years old, is back at Seamer Road Mere for another winter, where 6 juvenile Tufted Ducks remain. 27 Swifts were over Moorland Road - still nesting at one location there.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Red-legged Partridge and chicks - Judi Kent Pyrah

Sunday, 4 August 2019

Sunday 4th August

Over night a Bedstraw Hawkmoth was caught in a trap in Cayton. Early morning a pod of 10+ Bottlenose Dolphins were seen several times heading north, first off Marine Drive then off Long Nab, and finally at Cloughton Wyke about 200 yards out. At Northstile pool, Wrench Green there was a Wood Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpipers, a Shelduck and 52 Mallards in the early afternoon, plus a female Mandarin, a Moorhen and a Grey Wagtail later on. A Buzzard family were calling nearby. A medium phase male Honey Buzzard was wing clapping very high above Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint at midday, and a Silver-washed Fritillary was spotted in Wykeham Forest. At Jackson's Bay a Sanderling and 4 Dunlins were seen before being flushed by dogs, then a bit later 7 Sanderlings and 2 Dunlin dropped back in. Highlights from the morning's seawatch at Long Nab included a Gadwall, 11 Little Egrets, a juvenile Marsh Harrier, a Bar-tailed Godwit, Greenshank and 293 Sandwich Terns. A Sedge Warbler was caught and ringed.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Marsh Harrier at Long Nab - Chris Bell

Saturday, 3 August 2019

Saturday 3rd August

The main highlights from Long Nab this morning were 3 Arctic Skuas and 3 Great Skuas. A male Honey Buzzard was showing well from Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint mid-morning and 3 were seen from there in the afternoon. A Turtle Dove was singing near the Mill Inn at lunchtime, and there were 200+ Greenfinches and a Willow Tit at Wykeham Nursery. A flock of 21 Cormorants flew over Crossgates in a V formation this afternoon, and a Sanderling was spotted in Jackson's Bay. Early evening a Wood Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper and 2 Grey Wagtails were at the pool below Northstile House, Wrench Green. At Scalby Mills/Nab there were 8 Redshank, 14 Turnstones and 2 Common Gulls (one a juvenile), while a Knot flew south. A female Stonechat was feeding a single juvenile on the cliffs at the south end of Jackson's Bay. 230 House Sparrows were in the hedge by Scalby Lodge screen, 2 Teal were on Johnson's Marsh, and an Egyptian Goose was at Wykeham South Lake. 9 Crossbills and 2 Tree Pipits were seen in Harwood Dale Forest east of the Whitby Road.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Fledgling Wren - Jon Partridge

Friday, 2 August 2019

Friday 2nd August

13 Turnstones were at the harbour at high tide today, including 2 colour ringed birds which had been ringed at the harbour in previous winters. 180 Herring Gulls were in South Bay, 160 of which were this year's young.
House Sparrows, on edge after being swooped on by Sparrowhawk - Terry Hobson

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Thursday 1st August

A flock of at least 40 Swifts moved from Johnson's Marsh to Scalby Lodge Pond this morning, where there was also a large flock of House Sparrows, a family of 5 Whitethroats, a male Greenfinch with 4 juveniles, a Kestrel and a Sparrowhawk. At Potter Brompton Carr there was a Green Sandpiper, and at Burton Riggs a female Tufted Duck with 4 ducklings. 2 Honey Buzzards were reported from Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint mid-morning, and 3 Turnstones were at the harbour early evening.

Turnstone at the harbour - Chris Bell

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Wednesday 31st July

Highlights passing Long Nab this morning include a Sooty Shearwater, 44 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Arctic Skuas, a Bonxie, 333 Common Scoter, 2 Curlew Sandpipers, 14 Bar-tailed Godwits, 31 Knot and a Mediterranean Gull. There have been lots of Sandpipers around today: 15 Common Sandpipers at Harwood Dale Lake, where there was also a Little Grebe and a Snipe; 6 Common Sandpipers at Johnson's Marsh; 33 Common Sandpipers at Wykeham South Lake; and 2 Green Sandpipers and a Wood Sandpiper at the pool below Northstile House, Wrench Green, where there was also a Kingfisher and a Grey Wagtail. 2 Sanderling, a Dunlin, 43 Oystercatchers and 8 Sandwich Terns were seen in Jackson's Bay.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Arctic Tern over Wykeham South Lake yesterday - Judi Kent Pyrah

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Tuesday 30th July

There was a Spotted Flycatcher seen in Wrench Green this morning, while at Scalby Lodge Pond there was a flock of about 50 House Sparrows with a few Tree Sparrows and a number of hirundines. At Wykeham South Lake there were hundreds of Swifts moving south, 2 Dunlin, a Ringed Plover, 3 Arctic Terns, a Little Egret and 2 Bar-tailed Godwits. Highlights from Long Nab included 3 Turtle Doves (on Rocks Lane), 4 Willow Warblers and 2 Willow Tits, plus 2 Bar-tailed Godwits flying south. Also, the Saker X Gyr Falcon which has been seen over the past 2 weeks at Spurn, Bempton and Flamborough flew north at 09:15. An adult Mediterranean Gull was at Holbeck Car Park this afternoon. An abundance of Painted Ladies continue to be seen everywhere.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Barn Owls - Rose Habberley

Monday, 29 July 2019

Monday 29th July

5 Arctic Terns flew over Wykeham South lake yesterday afternoon. This morning there were 60 Common Scoter off Marine Drive, and a Common Sandpiper at Burton Riggs. Highlights passing by Scalby Mills this morning included a Bar-tailed Godwit, 30 Knot, 10 Sanderling, 38 Oystercatchers, 127 Common Gulls and an Eider. Present at Scalby Mills were a Shelduck, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 14 Redshank, a Dunlin, 8 Turnstones, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (an adult and a juvenile), 2 Arctic Terns, 9 Common Terns, 35 Sandwich Terns and a Yellow Wagtail. Early evening at Scalby Mills there were 11 Common Terns, 2 Arctic Terns, a second summer Little Gull, a Whimbrel, 4 Redshank and 4 Oystercatchers. There was also an adult Mediterranean Gull on North Bay beach.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Curlew - Stuart Baines

Turtle Doves - Rose Habberley

Saturday, 27 July 2019

Saturday 27th July

Rafts of 300+ Common Scoter were off Cayton Bay this morning. Two Green Sandpipers were at the pond near Town Farm, Cloughton .

Common Scoter off Cayton Bay - Stuart Baines

 Redpoll - Judi Kent Pyrah

Friday, 26 July 2019

Friday 26thJuly

Highlights from Long Nab this morning include: 4 Common Scoter, 15 Sandwich Terns, 2 Peregrines, a Kestrel, 37 Whimbrel, a Curlew, a pale Shearwater species, probably Cory's, 106 Oystercatchers, 55 Redshank, 6 Knot, 30 Dunlin, 2139 Swifts, 806 Sand Martins, 68 Linnets, an Eider and a Treecreeper. About 200 Goldfinches were seen at the east side of Seamer Tip, and about 80 Swallows were on the fence and wires below Seamer Tip Pool. 2 adult and one second calendar year Mediterranean Gull were at Holbeck, and a Little Egret was on the south-west side of Wykeham South Lake.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Little Egret - Chris Bull

Thursday, 25 July 2019

Thursday 25th July

Early this morning a Minke Whale was seen from Long Nab, about 1.5 miles out moving slowly south, while an eclipse Eider was seen at Scalby Mills. Passing Long Nab were: Gannets (157 S, 94 N), Fulmar (13 N, 5 S), Teal (3 N), Common Scoter (157 N), Manx Shearwater (8 S), Arctic Skua (2 S), Great Skua (1 S), Sandwich Tern (7 S); plus 2 Sanderling, 9 Dunlin, 16 Redshank, 5 Oystercatchers, 22 Swallows, 1 Sand Martin, Grey, Golden and Ringed Plovers, 10 Knot, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, and 54 Swifts, all heading south. Nuthatch, Treecreeper and Willow Tits were also present. A Hobby was seen over Wrench Green in the late afternoon. A Green Sandpiper and a Lapwing were at Johnson's Marsh, while off Scalby Mills 33 Redshank, 13 Oystercatchers and 5 Dunlin were seen moving south. A Ruff was spotted at Wykeham Lakes this evening.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Shag at Castle Rocks - Judi Kent Pyrah

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Wednesday 24th July

Early morning  80 Common Scoter were seen heading north off Marine Drive and a Northern Wheatear was on the sea wall near lamp post 50. 2 Turtle Doves were seen in the forest opposite the Falcon Inn, a Common Sandpiper was at Burton Riggs, and a female Tufted Duck was at Taylor Way pool with 4 ducklings. Highlights of the sea watch from Long Nab included a Balearic Shearwater, 44 Manx Shearwaters, Black and Bar-tailed Godwits, 81 Dunlin, 26 Knot, 30 Redshank, 5 Whimbrel, 268 Sandwich Terns, 2 Arctic Terns and an Arctic Skua. A Common Sandpiper and a juvenile Whinchat were present in the Long Nab area. 82 Sandwich Terns were at Scalby Mills this afternoon, and a pair of Stonechats were seen on Scalby Nab. The occasional Gannet and Sandwich Tern were seen off Holbeck, and 7 juvenile Tufted Duck are still surviving on Seamer Road Mere.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Juvenile Great Black-backed Gull with a toad (in the sea!?!?) - Steve Race

Monday, 22 July 2019

Monday 22nd July

8 Sandwich Terns were on the rocks at Scalby Mills this morning, and 19 in the afternoon together with 9 Redshanks including a juvenile. 13 Mandarins were seen at Harwood Dale Lake. A minimum of 60 Moorhens were at Seamer Road Mere, 33 of them juveniles of various ages. Also present were 7 juvenile Tufted Ducks and a Coot. A Redpoll was seen at Cayton Bay cliffs and 2 Red Kites were spotted over Hutton Buscel. A Nightjar was heard tonight at Ravenscar from the path from Smugglers Rock cottages.

Sandwich Tern - Phil Bennett

Sunday, 21 July 2019

Sunday 21st July

Up to 25 Swifts, some Swallows, House and Sand Martins, plus 5 Lapwings were over Scalby Lodge Pond this morning. 8 Yellow Wagtails were in the field south-west of Seamer Tip, and a Yellow Wagtail and possibly 100 Swifts were seen at Long Lane in Seamer. A Red Kite was spotted from Dale End in Hutton Buscel this afternoon.

Swift over Scalby Lodge Pond - Terry Hobson

Saturday, 20 July 2019

Saturday 20th July

3 Yellow Wagtails, small groups of Yellowhammers, a Whitethroat and a Barn Owl wee seen at Wykeham South Lake this morning, while a Little Egret was with 10 Grey Herons at Johnson's Marsh. Small numbers of 9 species of waders were moving past Long Nab, including 7 Knot, 26 Dunlin, 3 Sanderling and 9 Whimbrel. Also passing were 248 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 39 Teal, 82 Sandwich Terns and 71 Sand Martins. At Harwood Dale Lake there were 2 female Mandarins, one with a brood of 5 young and the other with a brood of 2+ young.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Young swallows begging - Judi Kent Pyrah

Friday, 19 July 2019

Friday 19th July

Very little sightings in today - just a large flock of Swifts over the Oliver's Mount area this evening, and 2 (possibly 3) Willow Tits in Wrench Green this morning.
Late news in from a visiting birder: From Wykeham Raptor viewpoint - Crossbill, several Siskins and a Common Buzzard. Mill Inn - 2 Turtle Doves. Troutsdale - Hobby, Kestrel, Goshawk, pale male Honey Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, several Willow Tits and a Yellow Wagtail.

Juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker - Judi Kent Pyrah

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Thursday 18th July

Three Sandwich Terns were in the South bay early this morning. Passing Long Nab were 471 Common Scoter, 77 Teal, 2 Ringed Plover, a Turnstone, 12 Redshank, 4 Whimbrel, 5 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Arctic Terns and 2 Great Skuas. A small falcon (species uncertain) was again seen over Wykeham Lakes.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Moorhen and chick - Chris Bell

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Wednesday 17th July

Early this morning a Cuckoo was seen at Long Nab, just inland from the entrance to Fields Farm. There was no further sign this morning of yesterday's Red-footed Falcon in the Ayton/Seamer area, but a small falcon was seen distantly over Wykeham Lakes twice in the afternoon. A Peregrine was spotted over The Flask Inn, and a Turtle Dove and  Sparrowhawk were near The Mill Inn. An adult Mediterranean Gull flew west over Garth End Road towards the fishing lakes. News late in of a Glossy Ibis photographed flying south over Seamer Tip Pool at 2 pm.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Red-footed Falcon - Judi Kent Pyrah