Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Wednesday 21st September 2016

Migration watch; 06.30 – 12.25hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Grey Plover, 3 Ringed Plover, 1 Snipe, 6 Dunlin, 7 Skylark, 8 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 8 Grey Wagtail, 1 Alba, 226 Meadow Pipit, 3 Chaffinch, 17 Linnet, 12 Redpoll sp, 40 Siskin, 1 Reed Bunting and 2 Lapland Bunting, one of which came in off.
Present there was the drake Mandarin, 7 Chiffchaff, 5 Yellow-browed Warbler (4 new) 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Goldcrest, 8 Song Thrush and 1 Lapland Bunting.
A further 13 Yellow-browed Warbler were discovered throughout the day (bring the day total to 18, a new record) 2 were at Ravenscar, 2 were by Scalby Lodge, 3 were on Castle Hill, 2 were on the Crescent, 1 was in the Italian Gardens, 2 were by the Clock Tower on South Cliff and 1 was in Cayton Bay.
Other migrants noted elsewhere included Willow Warblers at Scalby Lodge and on the Crescent, a Whinchat and a Wheatear at Scalby Lodge Pond and 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap and a Spotted Flycatcher were on Castle Hill.
In Jackson’s Bay there were 79 Oystercatcher, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Redshank and a Kingfisher.

Skylark - Long Nab - Michael McNaghten

Yellow-browed Warbler - Scalby Lodge - Terry Hobson
Yellow-browed Warbler - Long Nab - Chris Bradshaw

* Please note that this page may not be updated as regularly as usual until early October due to a trip to Shetland!

Tuesday 20th September 2016

Migration watch; 07.15 – 12.30hrs and 18.15 – 19.10hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 44 Pink=footed Geese, 63 Wigeon north, 1 Shoveler north, 4 Pintail north, 11 Teal north, 4 Common Scoter + 2 north, 18 Red-throated Diver + 5 north, 10 Fulmar north, 1 Manx Shearwater north, 1 Golden Plover, 140 Kittiwake north, 9 Sandwich tern north, 1 Arctic Skua + 4 north, 42 Auk sp north, 4 Meadow Pipit and 2 Siskin.
In the Long Nab area was a drake Mandarin, 19 Skylark, 10 Chiffchaff, 4 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 6 Goldcrest, 1 Song Thrush and 4 Lapland Bunting.
Another Yellow-browed Warbler was found on King Street and 2 Shoveler, 2 Snipe and 4 Redshank were on Johnson’s Marsh.


Wigeon, Teal and Pintail on the move - Long Nab - Michael McNaghten

Yellow-browed Warbler - Crook Ness - Nick Addey

Monday 19th September 2016

Migration watch; 06.20 – 19.00hrs.
On the move (north unless stated) were 7 Pink-footed Geese south, 5 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 149 Wigeon, 8 Wigeon, 1 Mallard, 6 Pintail, 264 Teal + 16 south, 71 Common Scoter + 30 south, 3 Red-breasted Merganser + 2 south, 7 Red-throated Diver + 98 south, 2 Black-throated Diver south at 11.15 and 16.10hrs, 80 Fulmar + 5 south, 4 Sooty Shearwater, 446 Gannet + 244 south, 1 Shag south. 13 Cormorant + 14 south, 1 Ringed Plover south, 1 Curlew south, 1 Turnstone south, 1 Knot, 15 Dunlin, 2 Ruff + 1 south, 10 Kittiwake + 1 south, 59 Black-headed Gull + 17 south, 30 Common Gull + 5 south, 475 Great Black-backed Gull, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull + 5 south, 2 Sandwich Tern + 17 south, 2 Common Tern + 1 south, 1 Great Skua south, 3 Pomarine Skua south, 5 Long-tailed Skua, 8 Arctic Skua + 12 south, 2 Guillemot, 133 Auk sp, 21 Razorbill, 1 Meadow Pipit and 3 Rock Pipit.
In the Long Nab area was a Water Rail, 3 Chiffchaff, the first Yellow-browed Warbler of the year, 2 Goldcrest, 4 Song Thrush, 60 Goldfinch and 2 Lapland Bunting.
On Castle Hill there were 3 Chiffchaff, a Song Thrush and a Garden Warbler, 2 Snipe, 42 Wigeon, a Shoveler, 18 Grey heron and a Curlew were on Johnson’s Marsh.

Sunday 18th September 2016

Migration watch; 06.10 – 16.15hrs.
On the move (north unless stated) were 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose south, 228 Wigeon + 4 south, 174 Teal + 15 south, 145 Common Scoter, 13 Red-throated Diver + 39 south, 32 Fulmar + 3 south, 10 Manx Shearwater, 5 Grey Heron + 2 south, 440 Gannet south, 1 Shag south, 6 Cormorant + 28 south, 3 Lapwing south, 3 Ringed Plover south, 2 Curlew south, 15 Redshank, 25 Knot, 29 Dunlin, 104 Kittiwake, 161 Black-headed Gull + 72 south, 17 Common Gull + 7 south, 65 Great Black-backed Gull south, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 15 Sandwich Tern + 4 south, 12 Common Tern, 13 Auk so + 1 south, 1 Kestrel south, 5 Skylark south, 75 Swallow south, 4 House Martin south, 3 Starling south, 7 Tree Sparrow south, 2 Alba south, 285 Meadow Pipit south, 2 Rock Pipit + 1 south, 1 Chaffinch south, 48 Linnet south, 16 Goldfinch south, 2 Yellowhammer south and 3 Reed Bunting south.
In the Long Nab area were 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Willow Tit, 17 Chiffchaff, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 14 Goldcrest, 1 Song Thrush, 14 Robin, 1 Stonechat and 1 Wheatear.
At Ravenscar there were 3 Wheatear, 15 Song Thrush, 10 Chiffchaff, 60 Meadow Pipit and 5 Siskin, 19 Wigeon were at Scalby Mills with another 6 on nearby Johnson’s Marsh along with 17 Grey Heron.

Saturday 17th September 2016

Migration watch; 06.20 – 19.25hrs.
Another decent day over the waves, on the move (north unless stated) were 12 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 685 Wigeon + 9 south, 25 Pintail, 341 Teal + 19 south, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Velvet Scoter, 71 Common Scoter + 4 south, 42 Red-throated Diver south, 108 Sooty Shearwater, 96 Manx Shearwater + 1 south, 1 Shag + 1 south, 6 Cormorant, 8 Oystercatcher + 4 south, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 1 Turnstone south, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 29 Dunlin + 1 south, 10 Sandwich Tern + 48 south, 8 ‘Commic’ Tern, 20 Arctic Tern, 4 Great Skua south, 1 Pomarine Skua south, 4 Skua sp, 7 Arctic Skua + 5 south, 2 Long-tailed Skua at 16.16hrs and 17.19hrs + 1 south at 15.30hrs, 1 Kestrel in off and south and 3 Swallow.
Three Arctic Tern were present offshore.
On Johnson’s Marsh there were 17 Grey Heron and 2 Shoveler while a Wheatear and 100 Goldfinch were at Wykeham South Lake.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Friday 16th September 2016

Migration watch; 06.45 – 12.15hrs and 15.30 – 19.05hrs.
On the move (north unless stated) were 547 Wigeon + 98 south, 4 Mallard, 8 Shoveler, 17 Pintail + 14 south, 606 Teal + 58 south, 453 Common Scoter + 38 south, 2 Red-throated Diver + 23 south, 1 Sooty Shearwater south, 7 Manx Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater at 16.15hrs, 3 Grey Heron, 337 Gannet + 21 south, 1 Shag south, 16 Cormorant + 4 south, 56 Oystercatcher, 1 Golden Plover, 3 Grey Plover, 2 Ringed Plover south, 1 Curlew, 17 Redshank, 1 Turnstone south, 19 Dunlin, 3 Black-headed Gull + 7 south, 6 Common Gull south, 14 Sandwich Tern south, 1 Common Tern, 2 Great Skua south, 12 Arctic Skua south, 1 juvenile Long-tailed Skua south at 10.05hrs, 6 Auk sp + 160 south, 1 Puffin south, 1 Kestrel south, 1 Sand Martin and 10 Meadow Pipit south.
Present at Long Nab were 1 Arctic Tern, 2 Wheatear and a Siskin.
Two Curlew Sandpiper dropped in to Wykeham South Lake where there were also 42 Coot and 4 Great Crested Grebe, a Bar-tailed Godwit was in South Bay, 2 Chiffchaff and 2 Goldcrest were along Marine Drive and a Hobby was seen over Flixton.

Thursday 15th September 2016

Migration watch; 07.00 – 11.40hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 3 Ringed Plover, 1 Grey Plover, 2 Snipe, 12 Dunlin, 1 Redshank, 1 Redwing in off and 24 Meadow Pipit.
In the Long Nab area 2 Pied Flycatcher were discovered, at Clifftop House and in Crook Ness, also there were 10 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat and 6 Goldcrest.
Elsewhere a Wheatear was in the Harbour, 3 Little Egret were on Seamer Mead, 4 Grey Plover flew south over Hovringham Drive and a Nuthatch and a Willow Warbler were along Scalby Lodge drive way.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Wednesday 14th September 2016

Migration watch; 06.00 – 11.25hrs and 17.10 – 19.00hrs.
On the move (north unless stated) were 34 Wigeon, 72 Teal + 14 south, 1 Tufted Duck, 34 Common Scoter + 1 south, 6 Red-throated Diver + 8 south, 1 Leach’s Petrel at 18.19hrs, 41 Fulmar, 3 Sooty Shearwater, 34 Manx Shearwater, 1 Shag, 6 Cormorant south, 1 Golden Plover south, 28 Ringed Plover south, 1 Turnstone south, 2 Common Gull south, 175 Kittiwake, 1 Little Gull, 1 1cy Mediterranean Gull, 5 Sandwich Tern south, 2 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 2 Great Skua south, 1 Pomarine Skua south, 1 Arctic Skua + 2 south, 1 Puffin south, 2 Swallow south, 2 Flava in off, 2 Grey Wagtail south, 9 Meadow Pipit south and 1 Crossbill south.
In the Long Nab area were 1 Wheatear, 1 Whitethroat, 4 Goldcrest, 1 continental Song Thrush and 1 Stonechat.
Nine Black-tailed Godwit (a four and a five) paused briefly on Johnson’s Marsh where there were also 3 Shoveler and a Little Egret.
Migrants on Castle Hill included a Wheatear and a Willow Warbler.
At Wykeham South Lake there were 6 Grey Heron, 2 adult and 5 juvenile Egyptian Geese and a female Pintail.




Black-tailed Godwits - Johnson's Marsh - Terry Hobson

Continental Song Thrush - Long Nab - Chris Bradshaw

Stonechat - Long Nab - Chris Bradshaw

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Tuesday 13th September 2016

Migration watch; 07.00 – 11.30hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 3 Shoveler, 1 Teal, 2 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver north, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Turnstone north, 4 Dunlin north, 3 Common Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern + 1 north, 3 Common Tern north, 2 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 female Merlin, 1 Sand Martin, 80 Swallow, 15 House Martin, 1 Flava, 4 Grey Wagtail, 2 Alba, 296 Meadow Pipit, 1 Tree Pipit, 12 Linnet, 2 Goldfinch and 6 Siskin.
Present at Long Nab were 3 Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrest.
Migrants on Castle Hill included the 1st Pied Flycatcher of 2016 on the south side, 3 Whinchat and 1 Willow Warbler.
At Wykeham South Lake there were 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 250 Herring Gull.


Meadow Pipit - Long Nab - Chris Bradshaw

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Monday 12th September 2016

Migration watch; 06.30 – 09.30hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 17 Fulmar, 1113 Gannet, 64 Teal + 17 north, 9 Common Scoter north, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Lapwing, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Common Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern, 18 Auk sp, 2 Grey Wagtail, 7 Alba 26 Meadow Pipit, 81 Swallow, 10 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin, 7 Linnet and 1 Goldfinch.
Elsewhere 2 Shoveler, 4 Wigeon, 2 Teal and 3 White Wagtail were on Johnson’s Marsh, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Mute Swan, a Kingfisher, a Dipper and a Sand Martin were in the Scalby Mills area, 3 Dunlin and 2 Bar-tailed Godwit were in Jackson’s Bay, 2 Willow Warbler and 3 Goldcrest were in Scalby Beck and a Willow Warbler was in North Bay.


Sand Martin - Scalby Mills - Michael McNaghten

Sunday 11th September 2016

Migration watch; 06.15 – 12.10hrs and 14.15 – 15.45hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 10 Wigeon north, 2 Mallard, 34 Teal + 11 north, 7 Common Scoter north, 8 Red-throated Diver, 7 Cormorant + 1 north, 1 Sparrowhawk, 16 Snipe, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Redshank north, 1 Turnstone, 1 Curlew Sandpiper north, 2 Dunlin, 26 Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 10 Sandwich Tern, 6 Swift, 2 Skylark, 16 Sand Martin, 227 Swallow, 176 House Martin, 10 Tree Sparrow, 1 Flava, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Alba, 3173 Meadow Pipit, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 56 Linnet, 1 Crossbill, 4 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 2 Reed Bunting.
In the Long Nab area were 150 Rook, 2 juvenile Kestrel, 1 Great Tit, 1 Willow Warbler and 1 Stonechat.
A Hen Harrier flew west over Wrench Green at 16.20hrs, 2 Shoveler were on Johnson’s Marsh and a Bar-tailed Godwit was in Jackson’s Bay.


Southbound Meadow Pipit - Long Nab - Michael McNaghten

Kestrel hunting Grasshoppers from the Obs - Long Nab - Michael McNaghten
Kestrel hunting Grasshoppers from the Obs roof - Long Nab - Michael McNaghten

Saturday 10th September 2016

Migration watch; 06.00 – 10.35hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 57 Teal + 45 north, 45 Common Scoter + 23 north, 9 Red-throated Diver + 8 north, 1 Great Northern Diver, 67 Fulmar +11 north, 1 Manx Shearwater, 2436 Gannet + 27 north, 1 Shag, 1 Cormorant north, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Knot, 20 Dunlin, 133 Kittiwake + 3 north, 8 Black-headed Gull + 15 north, 2 Little Gull, 3 Common Gull, 21 Great Black-backed Gull + 7 north, 37 Sandwich Tern, 12 Common Tern, 3 Arctic Tern, 3 Arctic Skua + 1 north, 17 Auk sp + 1 north, 2 Puffin, 6 Swallow north, 140 meadow Pipit and 1 Rock Pipit.
A Little Egret was present in Burniston Bay.
Elsewhere and Osprey was seen over the Mere before leaving to the east at 11.40hrs, a Kingfisher was in Peasholm Glen, a Great Crested Grebe was on the sea off Marine Drive, a Shoveler, 2 Wigeon and 4 Teal were on Johnson’s Marsh and 2 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Gadwall, 6 Wigeon and 164 Greylag Geese were at Wykeham South Lake.

Friday, 9 September 2016

Friday 9th September 2016

Migration watch; 06.25 – 14.10hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 1 Shelduck, 8 Teal north, 2 Red-breasted Merganser north, 1 Red-throated Diver, 34 Fulmar + 11 north, 550 Gannet, 2 Cormorant north, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Marsh Harrier, 12 Oystercatcher, 1 Golden Plover, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Turnstone, 51 Kittiwake north, 54 Black-headed Gull + 1 north, 4 Common Gull + 1 north, 54 Great Black-backed Gull + 3 north, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull + 1 north, 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Arctic Tern north, 2 Arctic Skua north, 7 Auk sp north, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Swift, 1 Peregrine, 3 Skylark, 5 Sand Martin, 33 Swallow, 22 Tree Sparrow, 1 Flava north, 1 Grey Wagtail, 6 Alba, 1207 Meadow Pipit, 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Chaffinch, 87 Linnet, 31 Goldfinch and 1 Reed Bunting.
Another 1cy Caspian Gull was found, this time at Wykeham South Lake where there was also a ringed Plover. Yesterday’s Caspian Gull at Scalby Mills was possibly seen again but quickly flew off south, also there was a 1cy Yellow-legged Gull and 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull.
In Jackson’s Bay there were 7 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Dunlin and 19 Ringed Plover, 15 Grey Heron, 2 Wigeon and a Shoveler were on Johnson’s Marsh, a Bar-tailed Godwit was in North Bay and 29 Teal, a Snipe and a Yellow Wagtail were on Potter Brompton Carr (no general access).

Thursday 8th September 2016

Migration watch; 06.45 – 11.00hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 36 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 12 Common Scoter + 32 north, 6 Red-throated Diver, 37 Fulmar +15 north, 3 Cormorant + 13 north, 9 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Turnstone, 2 Sanderling, 14 Black-headed Gull + 2 north, 2 Common Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 juvenile Little Gull, 29 Sandwich Tern + 1 north, 1 juvenile Roseate Tern (past Long Nab at 08.37 and past Marine Drive at 08.55), 16 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Skua north, 4 Swift, 2 Sand Martin, 27 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 4 Flava, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Alba, 753 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 56 Linnet + 4 north and 5 Goldfinch.
In the Long Nab area there were 7 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 3 Goldcrest and 1 Tawny Owl.
At Wykeham South Lake there were 5 Wigeon, 25 Coot, 2 Pochard, a Peregrine, 12 Lapwing and 8 Tufted Duck. A White Wagtail was in North Bay, 24 Mistle Thrush, a Yellow Wagtail, a Kingfisher were on Star Carr where a Crossbill flew south, a Red Kite flew over Crossgates at 10.55hrs, the Shoveler was on Johnson’s Marsh where 2 juvenile Curlew Sandpiper paused briefly before leaving south during the evening, a 1cy Caspian Gull was at Scalby Mills where there were 2 juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gull and a Sanderling, 26 Ringed Plover, 12 Dunlin, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Teal, 23 Sandwich tern and 3 Common Tern were in Jackson’s Bay.

Wednesday 7th September 2016

Migration watch; 09.45 – 11.30hrs, 14.50 – 16.50hrs and 18.15 – 19.20hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 9 Common Scoter + 3 north, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver (only the 2nd record of the year!), 6 Fulmar + 7 north, 8 Cormorant, 7 Ringed Plover, 1 Dotterel, 1 Curlew, 8 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull + 1 north, 18 Sandwich Tern + 3 north, 3 Common Tern north, 1 Swift, 13 Swallow, 56 House Martin, 562 Meadow Pipit, 9 Linnet and 37 Goldfinch..
Migrants in the Long Nab area were 5 Willow Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Goldcrest and 3 Whinchat.
In the Scalby Lodge Pond area there were 3 Willow Warbler a Spotted Flycatcher and 9 Curlew, a Shoveler was on Johnson’s Marsh and a Kingfisher was off Marine Drive and a Green Woodpecker and 320 Goldfinch were at Wykeham South Lake.

Tuesday 6th September 2016

Migration watch; 06.45 – 11.20hrs and 18.00 – 19.00hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 1 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, 169 Teal + 97 north, 7 Common Scoter north, 2 Fulmar + 2 north, 1 Little Egret, 5 Cormorant, 1 Golden Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Curlew + 2 north, 11 Turnstone in off, 2 Redshank, 14 Knot, 2 Sanderling, 1 Dunlin, 6 Black-headed Gull + 21 north, 2 Common Gull + 2 north, 9 Sandwich Tern north, 5 Common Tern north, 1 Swift, 1 Kestrel, 12 Skylark, 77 Sand Martin, 2432 Swallow, 1665 House Martin, 1 Whinchat passed briefly before heading off high south, 3 Tree Sparrow, 3 Flava, 2 Alba, 1318 Meadow Pipit, 1 Tree Pipit, 57 Linnet and 18 Goldfinch.
Two Willow Warbler were in Crook Ness, 49 Turnstone were in the Harbour, 3 White and 1 Grey Wagtail were around Scalby Beck, 17 Teal and 2 Wigeon were on Johnson’s Marsh and 17 Ringed Plover, 9 Dunlin, 3 Sanderling and a Bar-tailed Godwit were in Jackson’s Bay.


House Martin - Michael McNaghten

House Martin - Michael McNaghten

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Monday 5th September 2016

Migration watch; 07.30 – 14.40hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 13 Wigeon north, 4 Pintail, 77 Teal + 126 north, 1 Tufted Duck north, 15 Common Sandpiper + 64 north, 4 Red-throated Diver, 38 Fulmar + 151 north, 2 CORY’S SHEARWATER north at 08.57hrs and at 10.08hrs (Marine Drive), 1 Manx Shearwater north, 1 Little Egret, 2 Shag, 4 Cormorant + 2 north, 1 Osprey at 11.03hrs, 1 Common Buzzard north, 6 Oystercatcher + 2 north, 1 Lapwing, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 10 Turnstone, 1 Dunlin + 11 north, 2 Ruff north, 468 Kittiwake north, 32 Black-headed Gull + 21 north, 1 adult Mediterranean Gull, 12 Common Gull, 1 juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, 10 Lesser Black-backed Gull + 1 north, 17 Sandwich tern north, 19 Common Tern north, 3 Arctic Skua north, 2 Auk sp north, 4 Skylark, 30 Swallow, 26 House Martin, 55 Meadow Pipit, 33 Linnet and 31 Goldfinch.
A Common Sandpiper was on the rocks along Marine Drive where a Redstart was briefly before moving onto Castle Hill and 21 Long-tailed Tit were at Scalby Mills.


Redstart - Marine Drive - Stuart Baines

Sunday 4th September 2016

Migration watch; 06.10 – 11.50hrs and 13.15 – 14.25hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 1 Wigeon + 8 north, 4 Mallard north, 39 Teal + 99 north, 3 Common Scoter + 5 north, 2 Red-throated Diver + 4 north, 105 Fulmar + 120 north, 1 Sooty Shearwater + 1 north, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Shag, 5 Cormorant + 6 north, 2 Ringed Plover, 9 Bar-tailed Godwit + 1 north, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 1 Knot + 1 north, 1 juvenile Curlew Sandpiper north, 2 Dunlin + 19 north, 1 Ruff north, 208 Kittiwake north, 3 Black-headed Gull + 40 north, 1 Common Gull + 2 north, 8 Great Black-backed Gull + 27 north, 1 juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull + 6 north, 26 Sandwich tern + 5 north, 17 Common Tern + 1 north, 5 Arctic Tern, 4 Arctic Skua + 4 north, 1 Auk sp + 21 north, 1 Puffin, 18 Swift, 1 Kestrel, 4 Skylark, 1 Sand Martin, 13 Swallow, 80 House Martin, 3 Flava, 2 Alba, 62 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 30 Linnet + 6 north and 2 Goldfinch.
At least 60 Meadow Pipit were grounded at Long Nab along with 4 Yellow Wagtail and 11 Wheatear. Two Common Sandpiper were feeding on the rocks there. In Jackson’s Bay there was a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, 28 Ringed Plover, 19 Dunlin, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit and 27 Sandwich Tern, 3 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, a Swift and 5 Chiffchaff were at Ravenscar. A Shoveler was on the small duck pond along Barmoor Road, Scalby, a Turtle Dove was seen in Harwood Dale, a Little Egret and 3 Yellow Wagtail were on Star Carr, a Merlin was seen on Willerby Carr, 12 Snipe were along Taylor Way and 8 Gadwall were at Seamer Tip.

Dunlin - North Bay - Andy Hall

Saturday 3rd September 2016

Migration watch; 18.20 – 19.20hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 8 Fulmar + 1 north, 1 Cormorant, 1 Golden Plover, 2 Dunlin, 10 Sandwich Tern + 3 north, 19 Common Tern + 9 north and 2 Arctic Skua north.
At Ravenscar there was a Redstart, a Wheatear, a Yellow Wagtail,2 Willow Warbler and 70 Meadow Pipit. The Little Grebe was still on Johnson’s Marsh. In Jackson’s Bay there were 10 Redshank and 10 Dunlin and 15 Ringed Plover plus a Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew and 20 Oystercatcher. A Little Egret seen feeding off Marine Drive was presumably the same that was on Johnson’s Marsh later in the evening, the two Pale-bellied Brent Geese were at Scalby Mills and a Dunlin was in North Bay.


Ringed Plover - Jackson's Bay - Chris Bell

Friday 2nd September 2016

Migration watch; 18.25 – 19.50-hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 1 Red-throated Diver, 6 Fulmar + 4 north, 1 Shag, 8 Dunlin, 3 Black-headed Gull north, 15 Little Gull north, 2 Common Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull + 1 north and 16 Sandwich Tern.
The 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese were still at Scalby Mills, a Little Grebe, 7 Teal and 12 Grey Heron were on Johnson’s Marsh and a Wheatear was at Seamer Tip.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Thursday 1st September 2016

The month began with another Osprey at Ellerburn during the afternoon.
Elsewhere the 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese remained off Scalby Mills, a Wheatear was along Marine Drive and the Little Grebe and 5 Teal were on Johnson’s Marsh.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Wednesday 31st August 2016

Migration watch: 07.30 – 10.45hrs, 14.00 – 15.00hrs and 17.50 – 19.30hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 8 Fulmar + 6 north, 1 Cormorant + 1 north, 1 Teal north, 4 Common Scoter north, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Black-headed Gull, 1 juvenile Mediterranean Gull north, 3 Common Gull + 1 north, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 9 Sandwich Tern + 3 north, 2 Common Tern + 46 north, 2 Arctic Skua, 11 Auk sp north, 1 Swift, 2 Grey Wagtail, 10 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit north, 63 House Martin, 3 Sand Martin, 49 Swallow, 21 Tree Sparrow, 2 Linnet and 5 Goldfinch.
A Little Grebe, 3 Teal and 13 Grey Heron were on Johnson’s Marsh, the 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese were still at Scalby Mills, 3 Sanderling, 7 Dunlin, 2 Knot, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 23 Ringed Plover, 27 Redshank, 50 Oystercatcher and 18 Turnstone were in Jackson’s Bay and a Dunlin and a Whimbrel were in North Bay.
Willow Warblers were recorded in Scalby Beck and in North Bay.


Dunlin - North Bay - Michael McNaghten

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Tuesday 30th August 2016

Migration watch; 07.10 – 10.30hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 13 Teal north, 11 Common Scoter north, 1 Red-throated Diver, 8 Fulmar + 16 north, 1 Manx Shearwater north, 1 Cormorant + 13 north, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Whimbrel, 11 Kittiwake north, 6 Black-headed Gull north, 3 Common Gull + 1 north, 2 Sandwich Tern, 5 Common Tern + 10 north, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Auk sp north, 9 Swift, 63 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 1 Flava and 6 Meadow Pipit.
At Long Nab were 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 juvenile Yellow-legged Gull and 1 Stonechat while 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese were at Scalby Mills during the evening.


Pale-bellied Brent Geese - Scalby Mills - Chris Bell

Monday 29th August 2016

A generally quiet day, a Grasshopper Warbler was flushed along South Cliff where 19 Meadow Pipit and 5 Swallow flew south, a Lesser Whitethroat was on Scalby Nab and a Garden Warbler, a Whinchat and 4 Willow Warbler were at Ravenscar.
Offshore 3 Dark-bellied Brent Geese flew north off Marine Drive while 32 Common Tern were also noted heading north.
In Cornelian Bay there were 4 Sanderling, 2 Common Sandpiper and a Dunlin, 5 Sanderling, 5 Dunlin and 2 Ringed Plover were in Jackson’s Bay.

Friday 26th – Sunday 28th August 2016

After a completely birdless two days the 28th finally produced some interest, most of which was over the sea.
Migration watch; 09.10 – 15.20hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 2 Wigeon + 7 north, 1 Shoveler north, 1 Pintail north, 71 Teal + 224 north, 27 Common Scoter + 172 north, 3 Red-throated Diver, 47 Fulmar + 94 north, 7 Manx Shearwater + 3 north, 1 Little Egret, 2 Shag + 1 north, 7 Cormorant + 13 north, 8 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Turnstone, 28 Knot, 2 Dunlin + 19 north, 37 Kittiwake + 161 north, 7 Black-headed Gull + 9 north, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 10 Common Gull + 3 north, 1 juvenile Yellow-legged Gull north, 9 Sandwich Tern + 37 north, 19 Common Tern + 26 north, 1 Arctic Tern, 2 Black Tern at 13.59hrs, 1 Pomarine Skua at 13.55hrs, 27 Arctic Skua + 2 north and 1 Puffin.
A Wheatear and a Whitethroat were behind Marine Drive Wall and a second juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was seen blogging off Long Nab.


Record shot of juvenile Yellow-legged Gull (with Common Terns) off Long Nab - Michael McNaghten

Wheatear - Marine Drive - Michael McNaghten

Friday, 26 August 2016

Thursday 25th August 2016

Migration watch; 07.50 – 11.20hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 46 Fulmar + 64 north, 5 Manx Shearwater north, 1 Sooty Shearwater north, 1 Balearic Shearwater at 10.06hrs, 9 Cormorant + 23 north, 2 Mallard north, 128 Teal + 90 north, 5 Wigeon + 15 north, 20 Common Scoter + 67 north, 1 Golden Plover north, 6 Ringed Plover north, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit in off and northwest, 12 Redshank, 1 Dunlin, 1 Turnstone, 1 Whimbrel + 2 in off and north west, 1 Curlew north, 2 Arctic Skua north, 1 Great Skua north, 1 Common Gull + 3 north, 48 Great Black-backed Gull north, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull north, 1 juvenile Caspian Gull north at 09.58hrs, 29 Common Tern north, 33 Sandwich Tern north, 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Flava, 4 Swallow north and 2 Goldfinch.
On Castle Hill there were 16 Willow Warbler (4 of which arrived in off), 1 Whitethroat in the 'booted'plantation and 2 Grey Wagtail.
In the Long Nab area were a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, 5 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 9 Whitethroat, 1 Whinchat and 1 Tree Pipit.
At Holbeck there were 5 Mediterranean Gull and a Cuckoo was the highlight at Wykeham South Lake where there were also 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper and 14 Teal.


Fresh in Willow Warbler in the 'booted' plantation - Michael McNaghten

Wednesday 24th August 2016

Migration watch; 07.15 – 09.20hrs.
On the move (north unless stated) were 1 Teal + 5 south, 32 Common Scoter, 16 Fulmar + 5 south, 3 Manx Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater at 08.33hrs, 1 Shag. 6 Cormorant, 2 Whimbrel south, 1 juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 12 Sandwich Tern, 1 Great Skua and 11 Swallow.
A Little Egret was seen on Johnson’s Marsh and later at Scalby Mills, 2 Whimbrel were also at Scalby Mills.
At Ravenscar there were single Redstart and Wheatear as well as 2 Willow Tit, in Cornelian Bay there were 2 Knot, a Bar-tailed Godwit and 4 Common Sandpiper.

Of note a Humpback Whale was seen breaching from a boat off Ravenscar!

Tuesday 23rd August 2016

Migration watch; 09.15 – 10.45hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 6 Fulmar north, 4 Cormorant north, 10 Oystercatcher, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Redshank, 1 Arctic Skua, 8 Great Black-backed Gull, 55 Herring Gull, 1 juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, 27 Sandwich Tern north, 2 Common Tern north, 1 Swift, 1 Flava, 6 Meadow Pipit, 6 Swallow and 39 House Martin.
In the Long Nab area there were 120 House Martin, 11 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Wheatear, 60 Linnet and 35 Goldfinch.
On Castle Hill there were a minimum of 45 Willow Warbler grounded while in Jackson’s Bay there were 3 Sanderling, 2 Common Sandpiper, a Whimbrel, 24 Ringed Plover, 7 Dunlin and a juvenile Mediterranean Gull. The Wigeon was still on Johnson’s Marsh.


Willow Warbler - Castle Hill - Michael McNaghten

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Monday 22nd August 2016

On Castle Hill there were 5 Willow Warbler, a Common Sandpiper was on Wykeham South Lake, 3 Common Sandpiper, 6 Dunlin, a Knot and 2 Whimbrel were in Cornelian Bay, a Wigeon was on Johnson’s Marsh while Jackson’s Bay attracted 37 Oystercatcher, 25 Ringed Plover, a Knot, 3 Sanderling, 22 Turnstone, 9 Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpiper, 24 Redshank and 4 Curlew.

Friday 19th – Sunday 21st August 2016

A rather quiet few days.

The 19th produced a Snipe and a Green Sandpiper on Johnson’s Marsh and a Whinchat was at Long Nab.

Six Swift were seen over Burton Riggs on the 20th.

While 7 Swift were seen over Peasholm Park on 21st were 5 Swallow and 3 Sand Martin flew south.

Thursday 18th August 2016

Migration watch; 07.45 – 10.30hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 2 Fulmar + 5 north, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Cormorant north, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew north, 11 Dunlin, 2 Common Gull, 12 Sandwich Tern north, 2 Raven that arrived from the north before heading off southwest, 11 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 1 Flava and 1 Meadow Pipit.
In the Long Nab area there were 7 Teal, 2 Swift, 3 Sand Martin, 40 Swallow, 24 House Martin, 7 Willow Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 12 Whitethroat and 2 Stonechat.