Sunday, 16 January 2022

Sunday 16th January

62 Tufted Duck, 4 Gadwall, a Teal, a Wigeon, 11 Little Grebes and 2 Water Rails were at Seamer Road Mere this morning. A Willow Tit, 7 Pochard, 4 Shovelers and 2 Gadwall were at Burton Riggs; a Stonechat was on Seamer Tip; and at Seamer Mead there were 3 Little Egrets, 41 Teal and a Stonechat, while 9 Pink-footed Geese flew over northwards. 30 Yellowhammer and a Buzzard were seen from Middle Lane, Hutton Buscel and a Golden Plover was between there and Far Lane. 460 Wigeon, a Pochard, a Goldeneye, a redhead Goosander and 5 Red-throated Divers were at Scalby Mills. A Pale-bellied Brent Goose was in North Bay, a Common Scoter was in South Bay, and a Great Northern Diver was again in the harbour. A Greenshank, a Ringed Plover, 2 Grey Plover, a Bar-tailed Godwit and a Short-eared Owl were at Gristhorpe Bay in the afternoon, while 3 Stonechats and 300 Wigeon flew over.

Saturday, 15 January 2022

Saturday 15th January

65 Pink-footed Geese flew south over town today. At Scalby Mills/ North Bay there were 3 Shelduck, 570 Wigeon, a drake Shoveler, 2 pairs of Gadwall, 9 Pochard and 8 Teal. 4 Pintails and a female Common Scoter were seen on the sea just north of Jackson's Bay, while 30 Golden Plover were in the field next to Cromer Point Pond, along with a Barn Owl and a Stonechat.

Friday, 14 January 2022

Friday 14th January

The usual birds were at Wykeham South Lake today, including 5 Pochard, 2 Water Rails and a Kingfisher. 22 Fulmars were on Castle Cliffs. 2 Little Egrets were seen at Folkton sewage works, whie on Cayton Carr there were 42 Pink-footed Geese, 22 Golden Plover, 550 Lapwings, 41 Pied Wagtails and 42 Skylarks. 65 Teal and 3 Little Grebes were along the Hertford, a Snipe was at Taylor Way, and in the Seamer Tip area there were 2 Little Egret, a Snipe, 120 Fieldfare, 3 Buzzards, the Cattle Egret, about 50 Linnets, 2 Short-eared Owls and a Water Rail. Yellowhammer, Tree Sparrows, Bullfinch, Reed Buntings, Skylarks, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Redwings and Grey Partridges were on the track leading inland from The Hundales (north of Long Nab). A Grey Wagtail was seen on Salt Pans Road, Cloughton, while 24 Fulmar and 2 Rock Pipits were at Cloughton Wyke. 8 Siskins and a Lesser Redpoll were seen at Burton Riggs.

Thursday, 13 January 2022

Thursday 13th January

A Cream-crowned Marsh Harrier was spotted early this morning on the Seamer side of the tip, and another later hunting over Seamer Mead. A Dipper was on the weir near the Youth Hostel on Coastal Road, and a Kingfisher and a Heron were at the Open Air Theatre. A Bar-tailed Godwit, a Greenshank and 5 Grey Plover were roosting below Yons Nab, where 100 Wigeon flew north, and 8 Stonechats were seen between there and Cayton Bay. A Marsh Tit was in the small wood to the east of Seamer Tip, a Little Owl was south of Snainton, the Great Northern Diver was again in the harbour, and at Harwood Dale Lake there were 6 Goosanders and 15 Mandarins. The Cattle Egret was again in the field south of Seamer Tip, and a Short-eared Owl was again seen at the tip.

Wednesday, 12 January 2022

Wednesday 12th January

A Kingfisher and a Grey Wagtail were seen on the beck at Scalby Mills this morning. At Wykeham South Lake there were 4 male and 9 female Goldeneye, 4 Pochard, 5 Gadwall, 26 Teal, 17 Yellowhammer and 2 Stonechats, while 75+ Golden Plover were with Lapwings on Cayton Carr. The sea watch at Long Nab was quiet, the main interest being 5 Fulmar on the cliffs north of the observatory and 2 Stonechats and 10 Fieldfare in the hedges nearby. 4 Water Rails were at Middle Deepdale, while 3 Water Rails, 11 Little Grebes, 54 Tufted Duck, 2 Gadwall and a Kingfisher were at Seamer Road Mere. A Water Rail was also at Burton Riggs and a Snipe at Taylor Way. A male Blackcap is still frequenting a garden in Burniston, and a female Sparrowhawk flew over Scalby Mills golf course.

Tuesday 11th January

A Tawny Owl was heard at Burton Riggs early this morning, and 2 Blackbirds were in full song by Morrison's. A Little Egret, a Grey Wagtail, 55 Pied wagtails, 22 Meadow Pipits and a Chiffchaff were at Seamer sewage works, the Cattle Egret remains near Seamer Tip pool, and a Water Rail and a Grey Wagtail were near New Dike. A Goosander was at Throxenby Mere where a Buzzard flew over. Sizeable flocks of Brambling, Linnet and Siskins were along Long Causeway, Wykeham, where 2 Jays were spotted at the feeders. A Great Northern Diver flew south past Long Nab, 52 Red-throated Divers flew past north and 17 flew south, 4 Shelduck passed by north and 8 Common Scoter flew north. A Water Rail and a Kingfisher were again at the Open Air Theatre, and both a Great Northern and a Red-throated Diver were at the harbour. 4 Pochard were at Burton Riggs, a Wigeon and 4 Teal were at Seamer Tip pool, and 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers and 4 Reed Buntings were nearby. 5 Marsh Tits, 3 Nuthatch, a Grey Wagtail and a Sparrowhawk were seen in Forge Valley. 21 Fulmar were on Castle cliffs and 8 Mediterranean Gulls were at Holbeck car park.

Monday, 10 January 2022

Monday 10th January

4 Tundra Bean Geese flew NW over the Hertford and Seamer Mead this morning. 5 Little Egrets were along the Hertford east of Folkton sewage works, while 2 Little Grebes, 40+ Teal, a Peregrine, a Curlew, a Kingfisher and 3 Water Rails were along the Hertford to the west of the sewage works, down to Stockdales. 42 Pink-footed Geese were on Cayton Carrs, 40 flew over Hutton Buscel, and 30 flew NW shortly after the Bean Geese. A Water Rail was at New Dike while 2 Woodcock and a Snipe were by the tip. The Great Northern Diver and a Red-throated Diver were again in the harbour. At Thornton Dale 2 Green Sandpipers were seen near Charity Farm, and a Chiffchaff and a Little Egret were near the sewage works/beck.

Sunday, 9 January 2022

Sunday 9th January

17 Pink-footed Geese, 8 Golden Plover and 300+ Lapwings were on Cayton Carr this morning, and a Little Owl was spotted in a tree by the road approaching Wykeham Lakes. At the lakes there were 4 Litte Grebes, 14 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Pochard, 7 Gadwall, 16 Goldeneye, 4 Shoveler, a Wigeon, 240 Teal, 590 Common Gulls, 5 Egyptian Geese (2 adult, 3 juvenile) a Kingfisher and a Kestrel. 2 Gadwall, 44 Tufted Duck, 3 Water Rails, a Kingfisher and 11 Little Grebes were at Seamer Road Mere, and a Goosander was at Throxenby Mere. 2 Ravens flew west over Seamer Tip, where a Little Egret, 2+ Short-eared Owls, a Woodcock, 2 Snipe and 21 Magpies were seen (plus 18 Roe Deer). A Water Rail was in the ditch along Long Causeway, Wykeham, where a large finch flock in a cover crop just south of the sheep field contained numerous Bramblings. 2 Water Rails were calling at Taylor Way pool at dawn; a Goosander was in Jackson's Bay; 2 Barn Owls, a Snipe and a Stonechat were at Cromer Point Pond; and the Kingfisher remains at the Open Air Theatre. 230 Pink-footed Geese flew SSE over Wykeham Lakes, 38 flew north-west over Seamer Tip pool and Crossgates, and 36 flew north over Cloughton Wyke (as did a Buzzard). A Red Kite was spotted over Ox Pasture/Raincliffe Woods, while in Dalby Forest 2 Willow Tits, 8 Crossbills and 59 Fieldfare were seen. A Sanderling was feeding at the north end of Cayton Bay. 3 Short-eared Owls were on the Seamer side of the tip this evening.

Saturday 8th January

2 Great Northern Divers were at the harbour at high tide this morning, along with a Red-throated Diver, 2 Shags, a Guillemot, 51 Turnstones, 22 Purple Sandpipers and a Rock Pipit. A Pale-bellied Brent Goose flew south past Long Nab, while a Jack Snipe was in the stubble. 4 Snipe and a Reed Bunting were at Cromer Point Pond. A Dipper, a male Blackcap and a Jay were seen near the top of Peasholm Glen. At Coverdale Moor there was a flock of 250+ Fieldfare, about 47 Redwing, and hundreds of finches (very approximately: 120 Chaffinch, 90 Yellowhammer, 60 Goldfinch, 40 Linnet, 25 Greenfinch).14 Ringed Plover were at Scalby Mills.

Friday, 7 January 2022

Friday 7th January

A Bittern was at Trout Lake, Wykeham Lakes this afternoon, also at the lakes; 115 Teal, 4 Shoveller, 2 Wigeon, 2 Pochard, 18 Goldeneye, 11 Gadwall, 53 Tufted Duck, 10 Little Grebes, 10 Great Crested Grebes, Water Rail, Stonechat and 2+ Chiffchaffs. 20 Fieldfare flew SW over Burniston where 3 Stock Doves and a Blackcap visited a garden. In the Seamer tip/Seamer Mead area; 2 Little Egrets, Merlin, Peregrine, Kingfisher, Short-eared Owl. At Cayton Carr were 42 Pink-footed Geese, 18 Golden Plover, 1000 Lapwing and 250 Fieldfare. 3 Little Grebes and 74 Teal along the River Hertford there. 2 Snipe Taylor Way pools. 2 Gadwall, 4 Pochard Burton Riggs. Two Great Northern and a Red-throated Dive were at the harbour. 2 Whooper Swans flew west over Hutton Buscel Carr, also 20 Yellowhammers and 37 Fieldfare there. 47 Brambling Long Causeway road. PHOTO - Siskin Burton Riggs - Phil Harrison.

Thursday, 6 January 2022

Thursday 6th January

The Cattle Egret remains in fields to the south and east of Seamer tip pool, 26 Pink-footed Geese SW of the pool. Nearby 2 Short-eared Owls were still at Seamer tip, also in that area 52 Teal, Little Egret, 12 Grey Partridge, 19 Golden Plover, Snipe, Woodcock, and 180 Fieldfare. A Green Sandpiper was at the northern edge of Star Carr/New Dyke. A Red Kite flew west over Gristhorpe and later Seamer tip. 4 Snipe were at Taylor Way pools. A Jay in a garden at Gristhorpe plus one at Burton Riggs. 3 drake Pochard, 6 Gadwall and Kingfisher at Wykeham Lakes. 5 Mediterranean Gulls in fields at Oliver's Mount plus 15 Golden Plover just south of there. At Cloughton Wyke: 25 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing. Common Scoter in South Bay. South past Long Nab were a Great Northern Diver and 3 Pale-bellied Brent Geese. The Great Northern Diver remains at the harbour. 2 Woodcocks, Peregrine, 260 rooks at Wykeham Carr. Along Long Causeway Rd: 60 Brambling, 12 Greenfinch, 100 Linnets, 150 Chaffinches, 2 Marsh Tits. Six Whooper Swans were south of Ings Farm, West Knapton, also 60 Fieldfare and Red Kite. At Thornton Carrs: Green Sandpiper, Little Egret, Dipper. PHOTO- Brambling Long Causeway Rd - Phil Bennett.

Wednesday, 5 January 2022

Wednesday 5th January

A Red Kite was seen at Scampston this morning, and a Litte Egret and a Buzzard near Snainton. A Short-eared Owl was to the south side of the tip mid morning (plus 2 Golden Plover) and a second with it in the afternoon. Also near the tip were a Merlin (which flew off towards Cayton Carr), the Cattle Egret still, a Barn Owl, 5 Grey Partridge and 46 Fieldfares. An adult Mediterranean Gull was at the tip pool, while 90 Pink-footed Geese and 8 Golden Plover were on Cayton Carr and a Raven flew north over Star Carr. A female Goosander was at Throxenby Mere and 14 more Goosanders were at Harwood Dale Lake. At Long Nab there were 19 Golden Plover in the fields while a Great Northern Diver flew past north. A Jay was at the Open Air Theatre.

Tuesday, 4 January 2022

Tuesday 4th January

A juvenile Iceland Gull and an adult Mediterranean Gull flew south past Long Nab this morning, while a drake Goosander flew north. A Dipper was seen in Peasholm Glen, a Chiffchaff was in Peasholn Park, and a Kingfisher was at the Open Air Theatre. At Throxenby Mere a Barn Owl was seen on a fence post; 74 Teal were at Northstile Pool, and 6 Fieldfares were at Johnson's Marsh. At Wykeham Lakes 5 Gadwall, 3 Pochard and 11 Goldeneye were at the South Lake while 62 Mallard and 3 Lapwing were at East Lake, while about 280 Jackdaws flew over south-east. In the late afternoon 1850 Common Gulls, 700 Black-headed Gulls, 260 Herring Gulls and 17 Great Black-backed Gulls were roosting on East Lake. 3 Snipe were in a field at Cornelian, and a Common Scoter was in South Bay. 28 Brambling and 2 Greenfinch were with a large Chaffinch flock off Long Causeway Road, where 2 Lesser Redpoll were in birch trees. 3 Pochard and 2 Gadwall were at Burton Riggs; the Great Northern Diver and a Red-throated Diver were again in the harbour. A Red Kite, 2 Woodcock and 50 Fieldfare were seen on Jugger Howe Moor.

Monday, 3 January 2022

Monday 3rd January

At least 5 Barn Owls and 12 Woodcock were at Seamer Tip before dawn, while later in the day also present were the Cattle Egret, a Short-eared Owl, a Stonechat, 9 Grey Partridge and 122 Pied Wagtails. At Burton Riggs there were 6 Bullfinch, 3 Siskin, 8 Pochard and an Egyptian Goose, while at Wykeham South Lake there were 2 Pochard and 13+ Goldeneye. 2 Whooper Swans were spotted at Gristhorpe Cliff and a Greenshank was in the bay. 2 Green Sandpipers, a Peregrine, 150 Wigeon and about 200 Fieldfare were at Low Marishes. In Thornton Dale at the sewage works there were 2 Chiffchaffs, a Grey Wagtail and a Snipe, a Dipper was in the beck, a Kingfisher and 9 Litte Grebes were at the paper mill and fish farm, and about 24 Crossbills and 3 Bramblings were at Haygate. 2 Goldcrests were seen at the top of Peasholm Glen, and 2 Kingfishers and a Water Rail were at the Open Air Theatre. The Great Northern Diver was again in the harbour along with a Red-throated Diver, while a Great Northern Diver was also seen at the south end of Cayton Bay. A Little Gull was spotted over Cayton Carr, where the Pink-footed Geese were still present. At Long Nab there were 2 Stonechats while another was at Cromer Point pond; 25 Snipe were at the small Scalby Lodge pond; a Great Crested Grebe was in South Bay. At Seamer Road Mere there were a Water Rail and a Kingfisher; a Buzzard was over Oliver's Mount; and a Sparrowhawk was spotted over Burniston. A Greenshank, 6 Grey Plover, 13 Ringed Plover and 2 Dunlin were below Yons Nab, while 6 Stonechats were between there and Cayton Bay.

Sunday, 2 January 2022

Sunday 2nd January

A Swallow flew east over Seamer tip pool.The Cattle Egret again frequenting fields south of Seamer Tip pool. Also around the tip were Little Egret, Woodcock, 3 Meadow Pipits, 6 Grey Partridge, 25 Stock Doves, and a Short-eared Owl late afternoon. At Burton Riggs were a Shoveler and 6 drake Pochard, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers in the adjacent Sweetbeck's Plantation.. 68 Pink-footed Geese flew east at Hutton Buscel and 72 were grazing at Cayton Carrs where 2 Little Egrets were by Folkton Water Treatment. Three Eiders were in North Bay. A Great Crested Grebe was in South Bay plus Great Northern Diver still in the harbour. A second Great Northern Diver was in Cayton Bay plus a pair of Stonechats on the cliffs there. Waders roosting at Redcliffe/Gristhorpe Bay: Greenshank, 174 Redshank, 45 Oystercatchers, 6 Grey Plover, 15 Turnstone, 8 Ringed Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit, 215 Curlew. Two Jays were in Peasholm Glen. A Red Kite was over the A171 near The Flask. PHOTO- roosting waders at Redcliffe, incl the Greenshank (Steve Wignill).

Saturday, 1 January 2022

New Years Day 2022

Birders were out in force today in very mild conditions. The Cattle Egret remains in fields south of Seamer tip pool, 6 Grey Partridges there and also four Snow Buntings east of the tip. A Goosander and Mediterranean Gull was at Seamer Tip pool. Five Pochard and a Shoveler were at Burton Riggs. A Brambling, Stonechat and 2 Red-throated Divers at Cayton Bay. A Great White Egret was at Ruston Carr plus one flew west from Wykeham Lakes. The Dipper was at Peasholm Glen plus one at the Open Aire Theatre. The Great Northern Diver remained at the harbour. A male Blackcap was in a garden at Burniston plus a Chiffchaff in gardens at Peasholm. 39 Pink-footed Geese were still at Cayton Carr plus 8 Little Egrets (1 Seamer Mead, 7 Folkton Water Treatment). Johnson's Marsh held 96 Teal and 12 Grey Herons. A Coot was at Town Farm Pond, Cloughton. In the Dalby/Haygate area: 30 Crossbills, 4 Brambling, 100+ Chaffinches, 150 Fieldfare and 5 Mistle Thrushes. A Jack and 6 Common Snipe were at ornelian Bay. 11 Little Grebes, a Water Rail and Kingfisher at Seamer Rd Mere. 1200 Lapwing, 600 Starlings, 300 Fieldfares, 42 Pied Wagtails at Seamer Mead, where 30 Golden Plover flew south. 6+ Brambling were at Causeway Plantation, Wykeham Lakes. PHOTO - Great Northern Diver at the harbour - Chris Bell.

Friday, 31 December 2021

Friday 31st December

39 Pink-footed Geese and 200+ Lapwing were on Cayton Carr this morning and a Barn Owl was at the allotments. The Cattle Egret was again in the field south of Seamer Tip pool, as was an adult Mediterranean Gull. 7 drake Pochards and a Willow Tit were at Burton Riggs, where 20 Siskins flew north. A Red Kite was seen over Thornton Dale. A Little Gull was spotted in North Bay, while at the harbour there were 29 Purple Sandpipers, the Great Northern Diver, 2 Red-throated Divers, a Guillemot and 41 Turnstones. 2 more Red-throated Divers were off Marine Drive, while 4 Red-throated Divers and 2 Guillemots were in South Bay. 45 Pink-footed Geese flew south past Long Nab; 91 Teal and 12 Herons were at Johnson's Marsh; and 5 Grey Partridge were at Scalby Lodge. Wishing you all a happy 2022.

Thursday, 30 December 2021

Thursday 30th December

24 Crossbills and 4 Marsh Tits were spotted in the Haygate area of Dalby Forest, while 2 Dippers and a Kingfisher were in Thornton Dale. 13 Fieldfare and a Goshawk were seen from Far Lane, Hutton Buscel, while on Cayton Carr there were 5 Pink-footed Geese, 5 Dunlin, a Peregrine and 250 Lapwings. A Woodcock was flushed from the cliff top bushes at Long Nab, 24 Curlew were in the fields behind the observatory, 2 Pink-footed Geese flew west, and a flock of 60 Lapwings flew south-west. 24 Fieldfare and a Mistle Thrush were at Newlands Lane, Cloughton, and 13 Mandarin were at Hackness. The Great Northern Diver was again in the harbour where 21 Purple Sandpipers were roosting. 4 Red-throated Divers were again in the area, while 2 Razorbills were in North Bay.

Wednesday 29th December

2 Little Egrets and 5 Dippers were on the beck in Thornton Dale early this morning. A drake Eider was on the sea just off Marine Drive at the Gambol Stones; while a Great Northern Diver, a Guillemot and 3 Red-throated Divers were in the harbour again; and another Guillemot and 3 Red-throated Divers were out in the bay. 94 Wigeon and a Kingfisher were seen at Scalby Mills, and 7 Shags and 5 Dunlin flew south past Long Nab. 19 Carrion Crows were in the field below Seamer Tip pool, while around Seamer Mead there were 25 Chaffinches, 3 Little Egrets and 60 Fieldfares. 62 Mallard, 2 Teal and 8 Mute Swans were at Seamer small pool. 200+ Starlings were seen from the Brompton-Sherburn Road, and about 60 Pink-footed Geese were briefly present in the field south of Wykeham South Lake before flying off south. 200 Fieldfares and about 500 Common Gulls were seen from Ruston Carr Bridge, from where a Great White Egret and a Whooper Swan could be seen on the carrs to the south-east. 400 Starlings were in fields behind the car park at The Hole of Horcum.

Tuesday, 28 December 2021

Tuesday 28th December

5 Red-throated Divers were just outside the harbour this morning while the Great Northern Diver was in the harbour. 10 Cormorants were in South Bay with 4 Guillemots and a further 5 Red-throated Divers; 37 Turnstones and 29 Purple Sandpipers were on the outer harbour wall and pier. 36 Curlew and a Redshank were by the Scalby Lodge Pond hide, while in the Cromer Point/sewage works area there were 3 Stonechats, a Woodcock, a Snipe and 10 Teal. A Dipper remains in Peasholm Glen while 4 more were seen at Thornton Dale. 20 Moorhens were at the pond near Seamer Tip bridge; 30 Siskins flew over the 3 Seamer Tip ponds; and 2 Wigeon plus a Little Grebe were at Burton Riggs. 4 Bramblings, 3 Marsh Tits and about 100 Linnets were seen at Haygate, Dalby.

Monday 27th December

2 Red-throated Divers, one Great Northern Diver and a Guillemot were in the harbour, plus 5 more Red-throated Divers in South Bay and a Common Scoter in North Bay, while 3 Shelduck flew south past Marine Drive. A Red-throated Diver was also at Wykeham South Lake together with 2 Pochard, 12 Goldeneye, 8 Gadwall, a Grey Wagtail and 6 Egyptian Geese (4 juvenile). A Goldcrest was in a garden on Heron Lane, while a Chiffchaff, 2 Little Egrets, 7 Grey Partridge and a Kingfisher were at Seamer sewage works. Passing Long Nab southwards were 18 Wigeon, 3 Shoveler, a Teal, a Tufted Duck, 9 Eider, a Knot, a Dunlin and 8 Redwing (plus 7 heading west). 2 Great White Egrets were seen on Francis's Ings plus another at Potter Brompton Carr along with an adult Whooper Swan paired with a Mute Swan. 2 Water Rails were seen along the river bank near Potter Brompton Carr, and 2 Dunlin were at Johnson's Marsh.

Sunday 26th December

A Jack Snipe was in the stubble field at Long Nab, and a Dunlin was at Jackson's Bay. The Great Northern Diver remained in the harbour at the start of the raft race.

Sunday, 26 December 2021

Christmas Day

A drake Shoveler was at Scalby Mills this morning and the Great Northern Diver remained at the harbour. At Seamer Road Mere there were 43 Tufted Duck, 2 Goldeneye, 12 Little Grebes, 2 Gadwall, 3 Water Rails and a Kingfisher. The Cattle Egret remains in the field south of Seamer Tip pool, a Woodcock was flushed from scrub at Burton Riggs, and 150+ Fieldfare and 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were at Carr Farm, Wykeham. A Chiffchaff was spotted in Woodlands Ravine, while in the Haygate area of Dalby Forest there were 15 Lesser Redpoll, 8 Crossbills, about 50 Fieldfare and about 59 Redwing. Merry Chrstmas!

Friday 24th December

One Red-throated Diver was in the harbour this morning and 4 more were in South Bay. A Common Scoter was also in South Bay while a Great Northern Diver and a Guillemot were also in the harbour, plus a Razorbill in the afternoon. 2 Water Rails were calling at Seamer Tip pools and another at Burton Riggs.

Thursday, 23 December 2021

Thursday 23rd December

A Goosander was seen at Throxenby Mere this morning, while a Great Northen Diver and 2 Red-throated Divers were in the harbour. Later in the morning 9 Red-throated Divers were just outside the harbour mouth. A male Brambling, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Reed Bunting were at the Long Causeway Road feeding station. 7 Buzzards, 1000 plus Golden Plover and 700+ Lapwings were seen from North Moor Road. A Kingfisher was at the Open Air Theatre. At Ellerburn there was a Kingfisher, a Little Egret and 4 Marsh Tits, while at Wilton Heights there were about 10 Bramblings with large numbers of Yellowhammers and Chaffinches.

Wednesday 22nd December

A male Blackcap was on feeders in a Northstead garden this morning, and the Cattle Egret was still in the field south of Seamer Tip pool. At Wykeham South Lake there were 17 Goldeneye, 64 Wigeon (which flew off east), 2 Pochard, 21 Gadwall, 62 Tufted Duck, 82 Coot, a female Shoveler, 5 calling Water Rails, 102 Lapwing, a Stonechat and 2 Kestrels, while 215 Pink-footed Geese flew north in 2 flocks. 7 Red-throated Divers and a Shag were seen in South Bay while the Great Northern Diver was still in the harbour.

Tuesday 21st December

3 Whooper Swans flew west over Great Moor Road this morning, and a Sparrowhawk was seen feeding under Spa Bridge. The Cattle Egret was again near Seamer Tip pool, while at Wykeham South Lake there were 31 Wigeon, 13 Goldeneye, 2 Pochard, 2 Gadwall, and a Common Sandpiper on the island. 13 Long-tailed Tits, 19 Fieldfare, 10 Chaffinch, a Bullfinch and a Great Spotted Woodpecker were seen from Great Moor Road, and a Nuthatch was in Hutton Buscel churchyard. A Great Northern Diver and 2 Red-throated Divers were in the Harbour, and a Little Egret was on the river in Brompton. 7 Ringed Plover and a Canada Goose were at Scalby Mills, while at Wykeham East Lake there were 120 Lapwing, a Pochard, 11 Goldeneye, 12 Teal, 18 Cormorants, 2 Marsh Tits, 4 Siskins, a Jay and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. 17 Fieldfares flew north-west over Crossgates.

Monday, 20 December 2021

Sunday 19th Decmeber

A Great Northern Diver was in the inner harbour this morning, and 2 Red-throated Divers were at the harbour mouth. 250+ Pink-footed Geese flew north over East Ayton, and 24 Fulmar were seen back on the Marine Drive cliffs. 9 Goldeneye, a Kingfisher, 4 Gadwall and a Pochard were on Wykeham South Lake, while a flock of 17 Greenfinch was near the pines and a female Stonechat was in the south-east corner at the Water Park. At Scalby Mills there were 315 Wigeon, a Goosander, a pair of Mallard and 5 Purple Sandpipers, while at Jackson's Bay there were 39 Redshank and 81 Oystercatchers, and a Water Rail was calling at the Open Air Theatre.

Saturday 18th December

A kingfisher was seen on the River Hertford by the footbridge below Staxton, and a Great Northern Diver was in the outer harbour. 3 Mediterranean Gulls (an adult plus first and second calendar year birds) were roosting with about 75 Black-headed Gulls in North bay, where there were also 2 Purple Sandpipers. 17 Red-throated Divers and 2 Guillemots were in South Bay, and 23 Purple Sandpipers were on East Pier. The Cattle Egret was again near Seamer Tip pool.

Friday, 17 December 2021

Friday 17th December

A total of 9 Red-throated Divers were on the sea off Long Nab this morning, and a Sparrowhawk flew along the cliff. A large flock of about 300 Lapwings were seen flying around Wykeham East Lake, with about 600 also in the fields seen from Garth End Road. Other birds seen around the lakes later in the afternoon include 4 Marsh Tits, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 12 Siskin, and flying over about 200 Golden Plover and about 400 Lapwing. 22 Fieldfare were seen in the paddocks at the bottom of Long Causeway Road, while also along the road were a Willow Tit, 3 Marsh Tits, 9 Siskin, 30+ Linnets and 40 Chaffinch. The Cattle Egret remains in the middle ditch at Seamer Tip pool. A mixed flock of about 100 Fieldfare and 50 Redwing were seen at Gristhorpe Carrs.

Thursday 16th December

3 Little Egrets, 2 Dippers and a Kingfisher were seen in Thornton Dale this morning. The Cattle Egret was again in the field south of Seamer Tip pool, where 12 Siskins were seen. A Water Rail was at New Dike, Seamer Tip, and 2 Stonechats and a Willow Tit were on the eastern side of the tip. 2 Jays and a Kingfisher were again spotted at the Open Air Theatre, and the Canada Goose was again in North Bay. 2 female and 4 male Goosanders were at Harwood Dale Lake, and a juvenile Great Northern Diver was in South Bay/outside the harbour mouth.