Sunday, 16 April 2017

Saturday 15th April 2017

Another Hooded Crow for the year flew north along the cliffs at Long Nab at 07.28.

Most of the news today came from the Ravenscar area where the 2cy Glaucous Gull was seen again in the seal colony at 11.00 and also in the vicinity were a Blackcap, 15+ Chiffchaffs, 30+ Willow Warblers and a pair of Bullfinches.

Elsewhere there was a Green Woodpecker west of Wykeham Lakes in the field to the west of the causeway and the ♂ Garganey remained for another day on Johnson’s Marsh.

Although not birds the lovely photos below of Adders were taken by Nick Addey on the edge of Fylingdales Moor.

Adder - Nick Addey
Adder - Nick Addey

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Friday 14th April 2017

Another very quiet day today with very little being reported from within our area.

At least 4 Shore Larks were seen at Long Nab.

The first Tree Pipit for the year was located this morning to the west of Wykeham Lakes whilst at Wykeham South Lake there were 4 Pink-footed and 2 Barnacle Geese plus a few Sand Martins, Swallows and 7 Common Buzzards.

The injured Dark-bellied Brent Goose was still surviving at Burton Riggs, a Snipe was on Johnson’s Marsh and there are now good numbers of Willow Warblers in our area.

Sand Martins have returned to the small colony on Cayton Bay with a total of eleven birds being seen today.

Sand Martins - Cayton Bay - Chris Bull

Friday, 14 April 2017

Thursday 13th April 2017

Today was a rather quiet day as we are supposed to be in Spring now. In the field to the north of the Obs at Long Nab there were 15 Shore Larks, also in the area 4 Wheatears and moving north 3 Sandwich Terns, 14 Sand Martins and 4 Swallows.

On Star Carr we had a Wheatear, a Swallow and 30 Linnets and at Potter Brompton Carr there were 9 Wigeon, 4 Egyptian Geese, 6 pairs of Lapwings, 2 pairs of Curlew, a pair of Oystercatchers and a Greylag Goose on a nest.

Wykeham South Lake had 2 Little Ringed Plovers and in the field to the south a solitary Wheatear, Seamer Tip pool was still holding on to 2 Pink-footed Geese and on Johnson’s Marsh the ♂ Garganey was hanging on for another day with 2 Shelduck, 6 Teal, a Wigeon and a Common Snipe.

Other odds and sods included a Mute Swan at Scalby Mills and 5 Swallows and 2 Sand Martins heading north at South Cliff.

Mammal news today involved a couple of Otters in the river only 100 yards from the A64.

Wheatear - Long Nab - Nick Addey
Peregrine - Marine Drive - Deb Schild

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Wednesday 12th April 2017

On Long Nab 10+ Shore Larks remained in the 2nd field north of the Obs, by the Obs was a Wheatear and past there a Manx Shearwater, 2 Puffins, 42 Common Scoter, 16 Sandwich Terns, a 2cy Mediterranean Gull and 212 Common Gulls. Further south at Scalby Lodge the Stile Scrub held a Willow Warbler and a Blackcap.

A new discovery today was a Pale-bellied Brent Goose on Star Carr scrape, the injured Dark-bellied Brent Goose was not surprisingly still on Burton Riggs and the ♂ Garganey successfully started its fourth week at Johnson’s Marsh with a Wigeon, 4 Teal, 2 Shelduck and a Common Snipe.

A 2cy Glaucous Gull was seen flying south past Scalby Mills at 13.05, it continued past Marine Drive and was noted going into the harbour having rested briefly on the roof of the Harbour View Café at 13.11. It remained here until 13.53 when the tourist Speedboat Rib flushed it from the middle of the inner harbour; it circled the harbour being harassed by the local Herring Gulls before heading off in a northerly direction.

2cy Glaucous Gull - Scarborough Harbour - Steve Wignill
2cy Glaucous Gull - Scarborough Harbour - Tony Clarke

Tuesday 11th April 2017

All the major highlights of the day came from the Long Nab area where initially a Hooded Crow was seen flying north just behind the Obs at 08.46. Then the 17 Shore Larks reappeared again in the 1st to 3rd fields north of the Obs and then at 12.26 a 2cy Glaucous Gull circled and departed to the north. Also moving north off the Nab today were a ♂ Eider, 29 Common Scoter and a Red-throated Diver plus 12 Meadow Pipits and 6 Sand Martins (and 3 south).

On Johnson’s Marsh today the ♂ Garganey was still present and if there tomorrow it will move into its fourth week at this location, also here were a Wigeon, 6 Teal, a Common Snipe and a Jack Snipe.

Potter Brompton Carr held a Redshank, 4 Wigeon, 22 Teal and 4 Egyptian Geese and at Knipe Point, Osgodby a House Martin flew north around 10.15.

The following photos were all taken at Long Nab today by Nick Addey so my thanks to him for letting me use them here.

Hooded Crow
Glaucous Gull
Shore Lark

Monday 10th April 2017

The first Ring Ouzel of the year, a male, was discovered today in the last field on the left before the Radio Mast at Stoupe Brow, near Ravenscar and the first Redstart for the year was at Low North Camp near Harwood Dale. Also two more firsts for the year were seen from Long Nab this morning first a Manx Shearwater flew north at 08.12 and then a female Marsh Harrier also flew north about 1  miles out to sea at 09.00. Also seen in the Long Nab area were 5 Common Scoter (1S, 4N), 2 Red-throated Divers (1S, 1N), 11 Sand Martins north and 2 Swallows south.

The ♂ Garganey was still present on Johnson’s Marsh along with 5 Herons, 2 Curlew and a Common Snipe.

Also at Stoupe Brow today 3 Wheatears were in the fields adjacent to the Radio Mast and nearby there was another one seen on Howdale Moor.

At The Mere on Seamer Road 2 Pink-footed Geese were still lingering and hirundines were represented by 45 Sand Martins and 2 Swallows, another congregation of Sand Martins was in the vicinity of Jackson’s Bay where an estimated 60 birds were present and finally 2 Swallows were seen at Cook House, Fylingdales.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Sunday 9th April 2017

The first Yellow Wagtail for the year was recorded early morning flying over Peasholm and
the first Whimbrel was also seen today flying north along the cliffs at Scalby Lodge.

There was a Sanderling on the beach in North Bay, 2♀ Goosanders on the sea off Crook Ness and the ♂ Garganey was still present on Johnson’s Marsh.

Another interesting discovery today was a 2cy Iceland Gull at Harwood Dale Lake, a 2cy Mediterranean Gull flew southwest over Seamer Tip pool and a Red Kite went south over Scalby Main Road at 17.10.

Other interesting migrants included a Swallow at Burton Riggs and 2 Wheatears on Castle Hill tops.

2cy Iceland Gull - Harwood Dale Lake - Chris McNaghten

Saturday 8th April 2017

An unusual sighting today was that of a Quail seen in flight on the south side of Castle Hill.

A cliff top field at Jackson’s Bay hosted a Wheatear and a Stonechat whilst in the bay itself there was a Grey Plover. A little further south at Scalby Mills we had 4 pairs of Teal and 11 Wigeon.

Ravenscar today produced 3 Willow Warblers, Seamer Tip had a Short-eared Owl and on Willerby Carr there were a Green Sandpiper and 2 Willow Warblers.

Chiffchaff - The Mere - Jan and Gary Powell
Grey Plover - Jackson's Bay - Pauline Dent

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Friday 7th April 2017

At Potter Brompton Carr today a Little Egret, 3 Wigeon, 25 Common Snipe, 3 Blackcaps and a Brambling and there was also a Brambling in town in a garden on Westwood Court.

At Ravenscar the 2cy Glaucous Gull was seen again among the seal colony, a Willow Tit was seen on the feeders below the visitors centre and a Green Woodpecker calling from the ravine to the north of the golf course.

Some of the long stayers were still present today, the remaining ♂ Garganey on Johnson’s Marsh, the Great Grey Shrike at Maw Rigg in Langdale Forest and the Dark-bellied Brent Goose with the damaged wing at Burton Riggs.

A couple of unusual sightings to finish today were a Treecreeper which flew through an office window on Plantation Hill this morning and this evening a Black Redstart appeared in a front garden in The Dene in Peasholme as Nick Addey was watching a bit of TV. The neighbours were a little surprised to see him out on the street with bins and camera in hand.

Black Redstart - The Dene, Peasholme - Nick Addey

Thursday 6th April 2017

The first Sedge Warbler of the year was reported today from Burton Riggs, nearby at Seamer Tip Pool the variety of species included 2 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Barnacle Geese, 2 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall and 4 Oystercatchers and on Star Carr we had a Green Sandpiper, 2 Shelduck and a Wigeon.

At Long Nab this afternoon in the field to the north of the Obs there were 11 Shore Larks, further south in Jackson’s Bay we had 2 Eider, in the Scalby Beck area about 30 Sand Martins and a Red Kite drifted over Scalby Village in the early afternoon.

Johnson’s Marsh today was still clinging on to a single ♂ Garganey plus 2 Snipe, 2 Redshank, 12 Teal and 3 Wigeon and at Wykeham South Lake a Willow Warbler, a Blackcap, 2 Goldeneye and 2 Grey Wagtails.

Last but not least the Great Grey Shrike remained on Stony Marl Moor for another day.

Shore Lark - Long Nab - Chris Bell
11 Shore Larks - Long Nab - Chris Bell

Wednesday 5th April 2017

The Great Grey Shrike was still present on Stony Marl Moor but most of the views today were rather distant.

At Long Nab today 5 Common Scoter and a Sandwich Tern went north, an Eider and a Red-throated Diver went south and there was a ♂ Stonechat by the Obs. Moving south a nice pair of Eider were in Burniston Bay and at Scalby Mills we had a pair of Goosanders.

Johnson’s Marsh was quite productive today although things seem to appear as the day went on but in the end we had during the day 2♂ Garganey, 2 Shelduck, 4 Teal, 3 Wigeon, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Redshanks, 2 Common Snipe and a Jack Snipe.

At Wykeham South Lake the wildfowl included 4 Pink-footed Geese, a Shelduck and 2 Goldeneye and on Knipe Point at the northern end of Cayton Bay there was a roost of 31 Purple Sandpipers with a couple of Redshanks.

Purple Sandpipers and Redshank - Knipe Point - Chris Bull

Tuesday 4th April 2017

A nice discovery today was a Great Grey Shrike at Stony Marl Moor which was viewable from the main Scarborough to Whitby road, the A171, on the right just after the turning to Harwood Dale.

In Pickering today just 7 Waxwings remained near the Co-Op on Eastgate at 11.10 this morning.

Wykeham South Lake hosted 2 Shoveler, 2 Goldeneye, a Wigeon, 6 Gadwall, 8 Sand Martins and a Swallow and Potter Brompton Carr chipped in with 21 Teal, 2 Wigeon, a Redshank, a Jack Snipe and 13 Common Snipe.

The Wigeon flock at Scalby Mills is reported to have dropped to 21 birds and nearby at Scalby Nab a female Goosander flew north.

Goldcrest - Gary Fletcher

Monday 3rd April 2017

Today started with the report of Redwings moving over the town in the early morning fog. Continuing the theme of migration we had some movement at Long Nab today with 169 Linnets, 46 Goldfinches, 11 Chaffinches, 27 Meadow Pipits and 6 Sand Martins all heading south, also in the Long Nab area 13 Shore Larks, a Redwing, a Wheatear and 15 Brambling.

Johnson’s Marsh still had a ♂ Garganey and a single Swallow went south over North Bay this evening.

The ♂ Garganey was still present at Potter Brompton Carr along with a Little Egret, 22 Teal, 4 Wigeon and a Little Ringed Plover. Wykeham South Lake had 4 Egyptian Geese, 2 Goldeneye and 3 Little Ringed Plovers and to the west of the lakes there was a Green Woodpecker and a Willow Warbler.

News from some less frequently visited areas today included 7 Buzzards, 7 Golden Plovers and 3 Stonechats on High Moor, a Willow Warbler at Muston, a Blackcap near the depot at Low Yedmandale and 2 Sand Martins and 2 Shelducks north and 3 Siskins south at South Cliff.

Finally in Ellerburn this evening there were 2♀ Goosander, a Goshawk, 5 Common Buzzards, a Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtails, 4 Swallows and 3 Willow Tits. 

Linnet - Pauline Dent
Shore Lark - Long Nab - Chris Bradshaw

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Sunday 2nd April 2017

The 2cy Glaucous Gull was seen again at Ravenscar today.

At Crossgates 2 Ravens flew east at 09.10 and 3 Black-tailed Godwits went west at 15.55.

Potter Brompton Carr produced a pair of Shovelers, 4 Egyptian Geese, a Little Egret, an arrival of Snipe with 21 Common and 2 Jack, 32 Fieldfares flew east, a pair of Willow Tits and a Willow Warbler. Meanwhile at Wykeham South Lake we had 2 Little Ringed Plovers by the life belt, 2 Goldeneye and 3 Sand Martins with 4 Pink-footed Geese and a Whooper Swan in the field to the south of the lake.

Some popular long stayers still remained in situ including 8 Shore Larks at Long Nab, the Great Grey Shrike at Maw Rigg, Langdale Forest and the 2♂ Garganey with 2 Shelduck and a Redshank at Johnson’s Marsh.

Finally a little further afield at Ellerburn there were a Mandarin Duck, 2 Goosanders, a Green Woodpecker and a Tawny Owl.

Egyptian Geese - Potter Brompton Carr - Chris Bradshaw

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Saturday 1st April 2017

At Long Nab today there were at least 6 Shore Larks this morning but by the evening that had increased to 17 in the 4th field to the north of the Obs. Also this morning 11 Whooper Swans went north as did 14 Common Scoter, a Red Kite went north about 1.5 miles inland at 09.17, 2 Golden Plover north, a Sand Martin north, a Sand Martin and a Swallow south, a Sandwich Tern north this evening, a Wheatear, 13 Bramblings and a Red-legged Partridge near the top plantation. Further south at Cromer Point Pond there were a ♂ Garganey, 5 Shelduck, 11 Curlew and a Bar-tailed Godwit and at Scalby Nab 2 Sandwich Terns went north and about 20 Sand Martins were in the area.

A new discovery today was a 2cy Glaucous Gull at Scalby Mills which was found at 12.00 and was still present but more distant until at least 12.40. Nearby at Johnson’s Marsh late morning there was a single ♂ Garganey, 3 Shelduck, 26 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 2 Oystercatchers and a Redshank but by the evening they had made friends again and were back to 2♂ Garganey.

On South Cliff we had a pair of Stonechats and to the south in Cayton Bay the Long-tailed Duck was still present and there were 9 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver and a Sandwich Tern.

In a park off Heron Lane, Crossgates we had a singing Blackcap and 20 Redwings and to finish at Wykeham South Lake a Little Ringed Plover, 6 Oystercatchers, 9 Great Crested Grebes and 2 Goldeneye.

Shore Lark - Long Nab - Nick Addey
Sandwich Tern - Cayton Bay - Chris Bull
Glaucous Gull - Scalby Mills - Tony Clarke

Monday, 3 April 2017

Friday 31st March 2017

25 Waxwing still on Eastgate in Pickering this morning but they were very mobile and apparently flew off at 12.30.

7 Shore Larks were in the 4th field north of the Obs at Long Nab

18 Whooper Swans went north over Ayton Castle and 75+ Pink-footed Geese went north over Knipe Point Drive and then over town at 08.15.

The Brent Goose was still at Burton Riggs where there was also a Blackcap and at Wykeham South Lake we had 4 Egyptian Geese, 3 Goldeneye, 8 Tufted Duck and 10 Sand Martins.

Potter Brompton Carr produced 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls going north and calling repeatedly, which was only the second record for the site. Also 22 Fieldfares arrived from the east but then turned south, the ♂ Garganey was still present and other waterfowl included 14 Wigeon, 16 Teal and a pair of Shoveler, plus 2 Common Snipe.

The Bar-tailed Godwit was still in Jackson’s Bay, the 2♂ Garganey were still on Johnson’s Marsh, Scalby Beck had 2 Sand Martins, a Dipper and a Blackcap and there was a 2cy Mediterranean Gull at Holbeck this evening.

Finally the first Willow Warbler of the year was recorded today in Valley Road near to the Co-Op.

Waxwings - Eastgate, Pickering - Chris Bell
Shore Lark - Long Nab - Graham Sigsworth

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Thursday 30th March 2017

Waxwings are on their way back home and today 25+ just made it into our area as they were seen on Eastgate in Pickering from 16.25 onwards.

At Long Nab today a ♂ Eider went south, a Common Scoter and 2 Red-throated Divers went north and there were 15 Bramblings, 4 Siskins and 2 White Wagtails in the area. Moving south along the coast we had a Wheatear at Cromer Point, a Bar-tailed Godwit and 3 Sand Martins in Jackson’s Bay and slightly inland at Johnson’s Marsh the 2♂ Garganey remained for another day.

In and around the Harbour the Great Northern Diver was still a feature and 39 Purple Sandpipers were still using the roost.

Elsewhere there was a Green Sandpiper in New Dyke at Seamer Tip and at Wykeham South Lake we had 3 Goldeneye, 2 Shoveler, 6 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Little Grebes, 4 Fieldfares and a Corn Bunting.

Great Northern Diver - Scarborough Harbour - Chris Bell

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Wednesday 29th March 2017

After the excitement of yesterday things were somewhat quieter today.

The 2♂ Garganey remained for another day on Johnson’s Marsh and this makes eight days so far for these stunning looking ducks.

At Long Nab there were 9 Shore Larks, 3 Wheatears and a Red-legged Partridge all to the north of the hut. Moving south we had 2 Sand Martins and 9 Teal at Cromer Point pond, a Grey Plover was in Jackson’s Bay and another Sand Martin was in the Scalby Nab/Beck area.

At Wykeham South Lake we had 3 Goldeneye, 10 Mute Swans and 3 singing Chiffchaffs and at Seamer Tip Pond we had another Sand Martin and 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

Finally in Cayton Bay the ♂ Eider had returned, the ♂ Long-tailed Duck was still present and there were also 3 Common Scoter and a Great Crested Grebe.

Garganey and Grey Heron - Johnson's Marsh - Joe Bamfield

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Tuesday 28th March 2017

Today was an interesting day with some nice new discoveries and a few old favourites still lingering in the area.

At Long Nab the Shore Larks had moved fields and today there were 10 in the third field north of the Obs, Also here a new discovery was a juvenile Glaucous Gull that went south behind a fishing boat at 09.37 but not seen again and there were 17 Bramblings and 4 Siskin in the ringing plantation, a couple of Goldcrests in Crook Ness, a Golden Plover went south and a Ringed Plover went north.

Garganey had a really good showing today with the 2♂s still on Johnson’s Marsh, a pair were on a small pond between Burgate and Grange Farms but they flew in the direction of Harwood Dale Lake and the ♂ was still on Potter Brompton Carr.

Potter Brompton also produced the highlight of the day when Chris Bradshaw discovered 3 Cranes but soon after discovery they unfortunately departed east at 14.30 and despite searching the surrounding area could not be relocated later in the afternoon. The same location also had 3 Ruff and there was a fourth bird at Seamer Tip bridge pool.

Other birds in the area today included the Great Grey Shrike still at Maw Rigg in Langdale Forest, a Raven flew south over Dean Road, Scarborough this morning, a juvenile Crossbill was with 20+ adults in Langdale Forest, the Brent Goose was still at Burton Riggs and looked a little unwell and Scalby Mills had c95 Wigeon.

3 Cranes - Potter Brompton Carr - Chris Bradshaw
Garganey and Ruff - Potter Brompton Carr - Chris Bradshaw

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Monday 27th March 2017

A Short-eared Owl showed well to the north of Seamer Tip pool in the early morning and in the same area a Long-eared Owl was also seen well but briefly being mobbed by corvids and forced to take shelter in Hawthorns. On or near the pool itself there was a Sand Martin, 2 Barnacle Geese, 2 Shelduck, pair of Gadwall and a pair of Wigeon, in the evening 4 Shelducks flew east over the area. Just down the road at Burton Riggs the Brent Goose remained and there were 4 Great Crested Grebes.

In the southern bays we had the ♂ Long-tailed Duck and 11 Common Scoter in Cayton Bay, an Eider in Cornelian Bay and a 3cy Mediterranean Gull and 11 Common Scoter in South Bay, the coincidence in numbers of Scoter would suggest some local movement by the same birds.

There were 42 Common Gulls and a single Buzzard at Wykeham South Lake and the 2♂ Garganey were still being faithful to Johnson’s Marsh.

Garganey - Johnson's Marsh - Kevin Groocock
Brent Goose - Burton Riggs - Tony Clarke

Sunday 26th March 2017

The two drake Garganey were still present on Johnson’s Marsh today.

The surprise today was the latest rediscovery of 9 Shore Larks at Long Nab in the second field to the north of the hut, they will go missing one day soon and not come back! Also today in the Long Nab area reports included a Grey Plover, a Jack Snipe and 2 Snipe flushed from the scrape by the hut, a Peregrine, 3 Chiffchaffs, 3 Goldcrests, 2 White Wagtails and 17 Pied Wagtails in the field to the east of the White House and 3 Brambling in the ringing plantation.

At Wykeham South Lake there was a ♂ Common Scoter and 3 Goldeneye and on Throxenby Mere a ♂ and 2♀ Goosanders.

In the southern bays we had an Eider and 2 Grey Plovers in Cornelian Bay whilst in the north at Ravenscar there were 2 White Wagtails with c15 Pied Wagtails in the sheep field to the south of the hotel.

2f Goosanders - Throxenby Mere - Mark Hepples
m Goosander - Throxenby Mere - Mark Hepples

Monday, 27 March 2017

Saturday 25th March 2017

On Johnson’s Marsh today the 2♂ Garganey were still present and there were also 2 Shelducks.

At Potter Brompton Carr the ♂ Garganey was still hanging around and also here we had 2 Shoveler, 2 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon and 4 Gadwall.

The Seamer Tip pool area had a Short-eared Owl hunting the rough ground to the north of the pool, a ♀ Red-breasted Merganser was seen flying west over Seamer Tip, a Jack Snipe and 6 Common Snipe were present on the Taylor Way pools and on the main pool we had 2 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Shelduck, 2♂ Gadwall and a pair of Wigeon.

In Cornelian Bay we had 3 Red-throated Divers, 11 Common Scoter and a Velvet Scoter and to the south in Cayton Bay there were a ♂ Eider and a ♂ Long-tailed Duck. To the north of Scarborough at Scalby Mills the Wigeon are now down in numbers with just 52 there today.

Long stayers in the area still present included the Maw Rigg Great Grey Shrike and the Royal Albert Drive Black Redstart, although another of the latter was seen at Wykeham Nurseries today.

Eider - Cayton Bay - Chris Bull
Long-tailed Duck - Cayton Bay - Chris Bull

Friday 24th March 2017

The 2♂ Garganey remained for another day on Johnson’s Marsh where there was also 6 Teal, 3 Wigeon and 2 Oystercatchers; nearby at Scalby Mills 73 Wigeon, 4 Purple Sandpipers and 16 Redshanks and at Wykeham South Lake today just 5 Goldeneye and 8 Common Buzzards.

In Falsgrave Park there was a singing male Blackcap, the Black Redstart was still on Royal Albert Drive and the Great Northern Diver was still in the harbour.

Peregrines - Castle Headland - Joe Bamfield

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Thursday 23rd March 2017

The 2♂ Garganey were on Johnson’s Marsh again today and there was another on Potter Brompton Carr where there was also a pair of Wigeon, 14 Teal, 4 Gadwall, 4 Egyptian Geese, 8 Snipe and 2 displaying Curlews. At Wykeham South Lake the Common Scoter had increased to 2 today, the Goldeneye to 4 but still just the one Gadwall, at Burton Riggs the Brent Goose with a seemingly damaged wing was still present and at the Mere there were 2♂2♀ Goosanders present today.

There was a mixed flock of birds feeding on seed on the verge towards Cockmoor Hall, Snainton including Yellowhammers, Reed Bunting, Chaffinch, Brambling, Tree Sparrows, Blue and Great Tits.

6 Lesser Redpolls were seen at Birch Hall and along the cinder track, south of Ravenscar, there was a Woodcock and a couple of Goldcrests.

Long stayers still present in the area included the Great Grey Shrike at Maw Rigg in Langdale Forest, the Black Redstart on the sea defences along Royal Albert Drive and the Great Northern Diver was in the outer harbour.

Brent Goose - Burton Riggs - Joe Bamfield

2m2f Goosander - The Mere - Joe Bamfield

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Wednesday 22nd March 2017

Well the big discovery today had a distinctive taste of spring. Two drake Garganey were located on Johnson’s Marsh just before 08.00 this morning by Micky McNaghten and despite going missing for some time at 09.57 they came back later in the day and were still present at 17.15.

Off Long Nab today were a Great Northern Diver and 15 Common Scoter, a littoralis Rock Pipit was just south of Crook Ness, a Dunlin was on the flood just north of Cromer Point pond and a Whooper Swan went south over Scalby Lodge Pond.

At Wykeham South Lake this morning the wildfowl included 4 Shoveler, 3 Goldeneye and a Common Scoter whilst at Seamer Tip pool we had 2 Barnacle Geese, 2 Pink-footed Geese and a Little Grebe and at Burton Riggs a solitary Brent Goose.

The Harbour was still holding on to the Great Northern Diver and on the Lighthouse Pier there was a littoralis Rock Pipit.

Elsewhere we had 12 Whooper Swans over Leigh Rigg at 09.00, 3 Little Egrets at Folkton Bridge, 70 Wigeon at Scalby Mills and on Lingholm Court estate 35 Fieldfare and 2 Redwings.

Finally, Chiffchaffs are now widespread in our area with many singing birds already on territories including 5 birds in Scalby Beck of which 4 were singing birds.

2 drake Garganey - Johnson's Marsh - Tony Clarke
Common Scoter - Wykeham South Lake - Terry Hobson
Goldeneye - Wykeham South Lake - Terry Hobson

Tuesday 21st March 2017

The only news today concerned the flock of 100+ Bramblings that were still in the field at the top of Lang Gate on the edge of Wykeham Forest and accompanied by some Yellowhammers with a few Crossbills also in the area.

Bullfinch - Open Air Theatre - Deb Schild


Monday, 20 March 2017

Monday 20th March 2017

Unfortunately but not unexpectedly it was only negative news on the Cattle Egret at Ellerburn today.

The immature Glaucous Gull was back with the seals at Ravenscar today and the Great Northern Diver was again back in the Harbour.

At Seamer Tip pools today there were 2 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Barnacle Geese, 2 Grey Partridges, 2 Shelduck and a Chiffchaff. Throxenby Mere still had 2♀ Goosanders, Wykeham South Lake had 11♂ Shoveler and a ♂ Goosander and there were 38 Wigeon and 5 Teal on Johnson’s Marsh.

A ♀ Blackcap was in a Crossgates garden, Lingholm Court Estate had 49 Fieldfares and 26 Redwings and on Folkton Carr a single flock of 38 Curlew, 3 Herons and 5 Little Egrets.

Finally at Long Nab today’s species included 2 Red-throated Divers (1 south), single Common Scoter and Red-breasted Merganser (both north) and a single White Wagtail (south).

Turnstone - Scarborough Harbour - Chris Bell

Sunday 19th March 2017

Well it might not be as impressive as a White-tailed Eagle but the discovery this afternoon of a Cattle Egret at Ellerburn by Andy Malley is certainly more unusual as it is a first for the Scarborough recording area. The bird was first seen at about 14.45 but soon it had disappeared and was not relocated until about 15.40 when the remote location meant that there was no mobile coverage. Fortunately, although unsettled, the bird remained in the cattle field after the fish farm long enough for a few other observers to see it before flying off northeast towards the fishing lake at 17.36. The final appearance was about 17.55 when it came back high along the valley and then departed high off to the east and out of view. Also in the Ellerburn area today were 3 Chiffchaffs, Grey Wagtail, 12 Fieldfare and 2 Common Buzzards.

At Folkton Carr there were 2 Barn Owls and a Little Egret, at Throxenby Mere the 3 Goosanders remained, there were 2 Chiffchaffs at Harland Mount YWT reserve, 2 Long-tailed Ducks were off The Spa in South Bay, on Johnson’s Marsh we had 10 Wigeon and 5 Teal and at Cockmoor Hall Car Park half a dozen Bramblings.

Cattle Egret - Ellerburn - Dave Mansell
Brambling - Cockmoor Hall Car Park - John Harwood