Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Monday 10th July 2017

The now famous Honey Buzzard was seen again at Wykeham Raptor View Point at 13.35, so that’s now five consecutive days with sightings.

Long Nab between 05.50 and 13.10 produced a Teal, 363 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 2 Little Egrets, a Whimbrel, 7 Curlew, 3 adult Little Gulls, an adult Mediterranean Gull, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull at 08.07, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 15 Sandwich Terns, 3 Common Terns and a Siskin all went north and going south were a Common Scoter, 5 Manx Shearwaters, a Ringed Plover, a Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, a Lesser Black-backed Gull, a Puffin, 943 Swifts, 20 Sand Martins and a Yellow Wagtail. Also the Corn Bunting was still present on its usual favourite wires.

Elsewhere reports included 5 Common Scoter in South Bay; 3 Little Grebes on Johnson’s Marsh; 3 Teal and 16 Mandarins on Harwood Dale Lake and 3 adult Mediterranean Gulls at Holbeck with 2 on the nearby school playing fields soon after.

Sunday 9th July 2017

The highlight for many was the pelagic trip out of Scarborough Harbour although we didn’t have any surprises it is always nice to be on the sea getting some nice close views of sea birds in their element. The species seen included Herring, Great and Lesser Black-backed and Black-headed Gulls, Kittiwake, Common Tern, Razorbill, Guillemot, Puffin, Fulmar, Cormorant, Kestrel, Peregrine and a Red Admiral butterfly!!!

On the mainland there was an early morning sighting of an Osprey with a trout at approximately 06.30 at Sutherbuff Rigg, Dalby Forest then it or another went south at Long Nab at 15.15 and was seen finally today flying around Wykeham Lakes at 20.06.

A ♂ Honey Buzzard was seen briefly at 13.35 at Wykeham Raptor View Point along with 6 Common Buzzards and 2 Goshawks during the early afternoon, the fourth consecutive day with records of this species. Also today 9 Mandarins at Harwood Dale Lake and 295 Swifts flew south at Long Nab.

It has been brought to our attention that people have been walking around Wykeham South Lake gaining access from the viewpoint. Birdwatchers are being blamed for these intrusions on private property with the threat that the screen will be removed. If anyone sees anything in relation to this matter then please let us know by contacting me on or by contacting Nick Addey.

Saturday 8th July 2017

The male and female Honey Buzzards were performing again at Wykeham Raptor View Point today with multiple sightings during the morning. This year has been much better than 2016 for the number of sightings in the area and another period of three successive days with reported sightings. For Honey Buzzards in Yorkshire this is definitely the place to be. Also from the same location we have reports of a Hobby at 11.30 and of an Osprey flying east at 14.30.

Also today we had 3 Turtle Doves in Dalby Forest; a ♂ Pochard and 15 Mandarins on Harwood Dale Lake; a Whimbrel and 21 Curlew at Cornelian Bay; a Little Grebe on Johnson’s Marsh; a Bar-tailed Godwit, 26 Oystercatchers and 2 Redshank in Jackson’s Bay and at Scalby Nab 55 Black-headed Gulls including 2 juveniles and 2 Common Gulls.

Friday 7th July 2017

2 Honey Buzzards were seen again at the Wykeham Raptor View Point this morning and this afternoon there was an adult breeding plumage Mediterranean Gull at Holbeck.

Thursday 6th July 2017

The Wykeham Raptor View Point Honey Buzzards were seen again today with two birds at 13.25 and elsewhere there were 2 Little Grebes on Johnson’s Marsh.

Seawatching this morning from Marine Drive was quite productive with 2252 Common Scoter (2236 N, 16 S), 76 Redshank (S), 173 Dunlin (S), 23 Teal (14 N, 9 S),  a Tufted Duck (S), a Common Tern (S), a Whimbrel (S), a Bar-tailed Godwit (S), 9 Curlew (S) and 4 Red-throated Divers (N).

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Wednesday 5th July 2017

The only news today came from Marine Drive where 225 Common Scoter went north, 110 in the morning, there were also 2 Arctic Skuas (an adult pale morph that was lingering and a dark morph going south) and a Common Tern went north.

Tuesday 4th July 2017

An early visit to the Marine Drive shelter from 04.30 to 06.30 produced 3 Red-throated Divers (north), 6 Manx Shearwaters (5 south, 1 north), 4 Common Scoter (1 south, 3 north), 2 Dunlin (south), Bar-tailed Godwit (north), 2 Black-headed Gull (north), 2 Arctic Terns (south), 9 Puffins (8 south, 1 north) and 4000 Guillemots/Razorbills (south) also just round the corner in South Bay there were 7 Common Scoter.

A Ruff almost landed in the Scarborough area but decided against it and flew off southwest at Potter Brompton Carr; the Little Egret remained at Wykeham South Lake; the Little Grebe was still present on Johnson’s Marsh; there were 5 Mandarins, 3 Teal and the Greenshank at Harwood Dale Lake.

This evening a full breeding plumage adult Mediterranean Gull was at Scalby Mills where there were also a couple of Turnstones and off Marine Drive 35 Knot went south as did 26 Manx Shearwaters with 7 going north.

Monday 3rd July 2017

Another period of three consecutive days with records of Honey Buzzard from Wykeham Raptor View Point with today’s bird being the pale male reported around 13.30.

Today’s visit to Harwood Dale Lake gave us an increase to 20 Tufted Ducks, 3 Pochard, 5 Teal, 14 Mandarins including 9 young birds, 50 Lapwings of which 13 were young birds and a single Greenshank. There was a Little Egret at Wykeham South Lake and a group of 6 Whimbrel flew south over Knipe Point Drive at 08.45.

Sunday 2nd July 2017

Honey Buzzard was again the main talking point of the day with sightings of the pale male at 08.05 from the Wykeham Raptor View Point and again the same bird at the same location at 10.25.

At Harwood Dale Lake today there were 14 Tufted Ducks, 3 Pochard, 5 Mandarins and 33 Lapwings including 12 young birds; a Whimbrel went northwest at Long Nab and there was a Little Grebe on Johnson’s Marsh.

Saturday 1st July 2017

This was a good start to the month with multiple sightings of Honey Buzzards from around Wykeham Forest and particularly from Wykeham Raptor View Point where a male and female were seen at 10.20 other sightings were at 13.30 (the pale male), 14.25 (dark male and female), 15.45 (pale male) and 16.15 (distant bird); other sightings today came from Highwood Brow and Crosscliffe.

A morning seawatching session at Long Nab between 04.40 and 11.00 produced 20 species with over 6000 individuals with the highlights including 4 Teal (north), a male Eider (south), 77 Common Scoter (north) 2 Red-throated Divers (1 north, 1 south), 19 Manx Shearwaters (north), Little Egret (south), 19 Curlew (north), 17 Black-headed Gull (north), 7 Sandwich Terns (5 south, 2 north) 2 Common Terns (south), 3 Great Skuas (1 south, 2 north), 5100 Guillemots/Razorbills (south) and 22 Puffins (10 south, 12 north). 

Friday 30th June 2017

At Potter Brompton Carr we had a Green Sandpiper, 2 Teal and 2 Egyptian Geese whilst off Marine Drive this evening 3 Manx Shearwaters (north), 11 Oystercatchers (9 south, 2 north), 5 Curlew (3 south, 2 north), an Arctic Skua (south) and a Puffin (north).

Thursday 29th June 2017

The third consecutive evening seawatch from the Marine Drive shelter produced 81 Common Scoter (23 south, 58 north), 3 Manx Shearwater (north), 10 Curlew (south), 10 Sandwich Terns (6 south, 4 north), 2 Arctic Skuas (1 north, 1 south) and 17 Puffin (5 south, 12 north).

Also today a Honey Buzzard was reported at Wykeham Raptor View Point.

Wednesday 28th June 2017

Another evening seawatch from Marine Drive gave rise to 163 Common Scoter moving south and 5 Manx Shearwaters, a Curlew, a Puffin and a Swift all heading north.


Tuesday 27th June 2017

A brief period of seawatching from Marine Drive this evening produced 3 Teal, a Manx Shearwater and a Curlew all going south and a summer plumage Red-throated Diver heading north. There were a couple of Guillemot chicks offshore and an adult was seen coming off the cliffs just a short distance from the shelter.

Monday 26th June 2017

The male Honey Buzzard was seen again at the Wykeham Raptor View Point at 10.25 this morning, this is the third successive day that this bird has been seen and it looks as though it is becoming almost reliable at this location.

The only other news was a high count of 18 Herons on Johnson’s Marsh today.

Sunday 25th June 2017

The only news today concerned the male Honey Buzzard which was seen displaying from the Wykeham Raptor View Point at 10.15 this morning.

Saturday 24th June 2017

A Honey Buzzard was seen in Wykeham Forest today, a Red Kite went south over the same location at 11.45 and then it or another appeared over Harwood Dale going northeast at 12.20.

There were 11 Manx Shearwaters and 25 Puffins past Long Nab in a rather quiet 2 hour seawatch this morning.

Friday 23rd June 2017

Of interest a Woodcock flew over Rick Astley whilst performing at Adderstone Field in Dalby Forest.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Thursday 22nd June 2017

This morning on Seamer Mead 65 Lapwing, 6 Curlew and 9 Mistle Thrushes whilst at Wykeham South Lake 2 Egyptian Geese, a female Yellow Wagtail and a Little Ringed Plover were all that was reported.

Mixed Flock - off Marine Drive - Joe Bamfield

Wednesday 21st June 2017

A colour ringed Great White Egret was seen on Johnson’s Marsh at 09.14 this morning but unfortunately had disappeared by 10.00. It was colour ringed with yellow over white on the right leg and white over red on the left. The bird was found and photographed by Micky McNaghten who was, luckily for him, the only observer in our area, later in the day the same bird was seen at Scaling Dam Reservoir. As yet we are unaware of the origins of this bird but we hope to have some information soon.

Going past Long Nab today were Common Scoter (146 north 51 south), a Red-throated Diver (south), Manx Shearwater (10 south 2 north), Sandwich Tern (3 north), Puffin (109 south 7 north) and Swift (7 south).

Wykeham South Lake this evening just had a Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gulls and 2 Mute Swans, I know it’s not much but it gives me something to write about!!

Great White Egret - Johnson's Marsh - Micky McNaghten

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Tuesday 20th June 2017

No news on anything today - birds, mammals or dragonflies!!

the only cygnet in Peasholm Park - Nick Addey

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Monday 19th June 2017

The only news received today was a single Grey Plover and 5 Turnstones on the rocks at Scalby Mills this evening.

Just a single male Red-veined Darter was seen briefly near Seamer Tip pool at 08.05.

Sunday 18th June 2017

The interesting thing today was a large number of Auks off Long Nab, where 1800+ were estimated this morning, and in the North Bay/Marine Drive area, seemingly all of these were Guillemots or Razorbills. Moving off Long Nab today were a breeding plumaged Red-throated Diver (north), 35 Sandwich Terns (north), a Common Tern (south), 8 Puffins (north), 39 Swifts, 8 Sand Martins, 2 Swallows, and 73 Starlings (all south) and 15 Swifts (north).

Also today a Hobby was seen in Troutsdale around midday and there were 20 Sandwich Terns at Scalby Mills.

As for Dragonflies it is interesting to mention that in the vicinity of Seamer Tip pool there is a shallow pool to the west of Thornburgh Road about 60 metres after the barricade where 3 male and at least 1 female Red-veined Darters have been present since yesterday.

female Red-veined Darter - Seamer Tip - John Harwood
male Red-veined Darter - Seamer Tip - Dave Mansell

Saturday 17th June 2017

A brave 10 hour watch at Wykeham Raptor View Point unfortunately produced no sightings of Honey Buzzard but there were a Red Kite, a Hobby, 3 Goshawks and 9 Crossbills. Then in the evening 2 or 3 churring Nightjars and many Woodcock passes opposite the Raptor View Point car park and also there was a Turtle Dove calling from a plantation a few hundred yards west of here.

On Fylingdales Moor up to Lilla Cross today were 8 Whinchats, 2 Stonechats, 2 Common Buzzards, 2 Grey Wagtails and a Mistle Thrush.

Broad-bodied Chaser - Seamer Tip pool - Dave Mansell

Friday 16th June 2017

Today at Wykeham Raptor View Point between 08.30 and 10.30 were a Honey Buzzaed seen circling roughly between Bickley and Langdale End, a Goshawk and a Crossbill. Also today a Spotted Flycatcher was in Low Dale near the Hackness tennis courts.

Meadow Pipit - Pauline Dent

Thursday 15th June 2017

The only news today came from Long Nab where species moving north included 147 Common Scoter, 7 Manx Shearwaters, 16 Sandwich Terns, 6 Puffin and 12 Swifts; moving south were 30 Manx Shearwaters, a Little Egret, 4 Sandwich Terns, a pale morph Arctic Skua, a Puffin, 634 Swifts, 26 Sand Martins, 6 Swallows and 3 House Martins. Also still present near the Obs was a single Corn Bunting.

Sandwich Tern - Scalby Mills - Chris Bell

Wednesday 14th June 2017

The most unusual sighting today was a Bittern seen by Terry Hobson at Wykeham South Lake, it was only seen in flight and despite being looked for throughout the day it was unfortunately not seen again. Terry is getting greedy, two records of Bittern this year and he’s seen both of them. Also here today were 2 adult and a juvenile Little Ringed Plover, 2 Curlews flew west and 9 singing Reed Warblers were located there this evening.

The Sandwich Terns at Scalby Mills had doubled to 42 today.

Four hours at Wykeham Raptor View Point produced no sightings of Honey Buzzard today but Turtle Dove was seen nearby.

Sandwich Tern - North Bay - Mike Randall

Monday, 19 June 2017

Tuesday 13th June 2017

A Red Kite was seen at Wykeham Raptor View Point during the morning and just to the north from there a Honey Buzzard was seen in the mid-afternoon. The only other news today was a count of 21 Sandwich Terns at Scalby Mills.

Monday 12th June 2017

15 Curlew were seen at Seamer Mead, a Little Owl was on Seamer Tip, a very unseasonal Barnacle Goose was at the Seamer Tip bridge pool and single Yellow Wagtails on Seamer Carr and Long Lane. Also today there was a Redshank on Johnson’s Marsh.

Sunday 11th June 2017

The best news today was the multiple appearances by at least one Honey Buzzard at Wykeham Raptor View Point during the morning, two Red Kites west of the view point at 11.50 and a Raven was seen from the view point as well.

There was a Guillemot in the harbour, a pair of Teal and 11 Grey Herons on Johnson’s Marsh, 3 Redstarts in Castlebeck Woods and there were 3 (maybe 4) Turtle Doves in Broxa Forest at mid-day.

Movement at Long Nab today included 7 Sandwich Terns north plus 322 Swifts, 99 Sand Martins, 17 Swallows and 18 House Martins south.

Saturday 10th June 2017

The only information today involved a count of 13 Grey Herons on Johnson’s Marsh this evening.