Sunday, 19 September 2021

Sunday 19th September

Long Nab highlights included a Pomarine Skua south and Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 6 Shelduck and an Eider north. At Wykeham East Lake: 27 Wigeon, 7 Teal, drake Pochard, 71 Lapwing, Snipe and single Green and Common Sandpipers. PHOTO - Curlew Marine Drive by Chris Bell.

Saturday, 18 September 2021

Saturday 18th September

The news of the day was not a bird but a butterfly; a rare Camberwell Beauty was photographed at Seamer Road Mere! Quiet on the bird front - a Snipe and 10 Teal at Johnson's Marsh, Chiffchaff in song at the Sea Cut. Photo - Mark Hepples

Friday, 17 September 2021

Friday 17th September

At Wykeham Lakes (Water Park): 9 Wigeon, 6 Little Grebes, 42 Coot, 3 Swallows. A Snipe and Little Egret at Johnson's Marsh. A Willow it in a garden on Stepney Road. 2 Chiffchaffs in a garden in Crossgates. The highlights at Long Nab: south past were a Pomarine Skua, Swift, 686 Meadow Pipits, 163 Goldfinches and a Lapland Bunting. PHOTO - Razorbill in the harbour - Stephen Beaver

Thursday 16th September

Highlights past Long Nab: Sooty Shearwater and 3 Mediterranean Gulls flew north. 13 Bar-tailed Godwits flew west and 1040 Razorbills flew south. 110 Goldfinches were feeding along the cliffs. A Whimbrel was on Black Rocks in South Bay. Scalby Ness/Jackson's Bay: 6 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plovers and 8 Wigeon plus a Little Egret flew south. A Dipper was on Scalby Beck. 11 Turnstone at Scalby Mills. A Wheatear and Red-throated Diver at Marine Drive. A Greenshank flew over Johnson's Marsh. PHOTO - Kelvin Allen

Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Wednesday 15th September

Highlights past Long Nab were 3 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 12 Sooty Shearwaters, 2 Long-tailed Skuas, 12 Arctic Skuas. At Wykeham Lakes; 3 Pintail, 37 Teal, 4 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, Pochard, 71 Coot, 630 Herring and 15 Lbb Gulls. Six Shoveler, 2 Teal, Wigeon, 5 Chiffchaffs at Seamer Tip Pool. Chiffchaff at Morrison's. 15 Chiffchaffs at Wykeham Lakes. The Nabgate area of Dalby Forest had Red Kite, Peregrine, Goshawk, 2 Sparrowhawks, 2 Kestrels and 12 Common Buzzards. A Common Buzzard over town early afternoon. PHOTO - Male Kestrel at Long Nab - Stephen Beaver.

Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Tuesday 14th September

Highlights from the seawatch at Long Nab included a Long-tailed Skua, Pomarine Skua and 15 Arctic Skuas north. 570 Razorbills moved south plus a Pale-bellied Brent Goose later in the day. A Water Rail was a good find at Johnson's Marsh. Five Red-throated Divers were in Cayton Bay. A Kingfisher visited a garden pond in Scalby. At Seamer Rd Mere; 4 Little Grebes, 113 Moorhen, Kingfisher, 51 Coot (including one new youngster and a pair incubating). PHOTO - juvenile Peregrine by Ray Maddison.

Monday, 13 September 2021

Monday 13th September

After a day of northerly winds today was calm and a good seawatch was had. Highlights past Long Nab included 6 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, Great Northern Diver, 60 Red-throated Divers, 13 Sooty Shearwaters, a Balearic Shearwater, Purple Sandpiper, 2 Little Gulls, 11 Great Skuas, 21 Arctic Skuas and a Long-tailed Skua plus the first Black Tern of the year (juvenile). 80 meadow Pipits were grounded at Long Nab plus a flock of 260 at Irton Moor. Two Common Sandpipers were at the harbour. Wykeham East Lake had 631 Greylag Geese, 105 Canada Geese, 6 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 205 Black-headed Gulls. A Pochard was on the Water Park. PHOTO - Guillemot in the harbour by Stephen.

Sunday 12th September

A probable FEA'S-type PETREL flew north at distance past Long Nab @ 17.25 hrs. Also one Sooty Shearwater flew north. A Nuthatch, 25 Coot, 6 Shoveler and 25 Gadwall were at Seamer Tip Pool. Three Arctic Skuas were in North Bay plus 22 Guillemots and 2 Razorbills in the harbour. PHOTO-Gadwall Seamer Tip pool by Mark Hepples.

Sunday, 12 September 2021

Saturday 11th September

A Wheatear was on the rock armour at Marine Drive. 50+ House Martins were over Woodlands Cemetery. South past Long Nab were a Marsh Harrier, Mediterranean Gull, 566 Meadow Pipits, Swift and the Goldfinch flock had increased to c80. PHOTO - Wheatear Marine Drive by Melanie Pearl

Friday 10th September

A Redstart was along South Cliff. Highlights past Long Nab included a Pintail, Bar-tailed Godwit and 2 Swifts. At Wykeham East Lake: 4 Teal, Shoveler, 3 Wigeon, Goldeneye, drake Pochard, and a ringed Plover dropped in during a shower. Also 2 Yellow Wagtails at the Lakes. A female Mandarin was at Scalby Beck near the Youth Hostel. A Sandwich Tern photographed at Cayton Bay with white ring J.T5 had been ringed as a chick near Rotterdam, Holland on 16th June 2021 A Wheatear was seen on St Peter's Church, Castle Road. PHOTO- Sandwich Tern (J.T5) Cayton Bay - Stephen Beaver

Thursday, 9 September 2021

Thursday 9th September

13 Grey Wagtails flew through South Cliff this morning, 12 of them south. A Little Egret was seen on Black Rocks while 4 Stonechats and a Whinchat were seen along the clifftops. A late Swift flew over Crossgates this afternoon. Highlights passing Long Nab include 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 3 Shoveler, 15 Golden Plover, 581 Black-headed Gulls and 8 Arctic Skuas.

Wednesday 8th September

A Marsh Harrier flew south past Long Nab early this morning, plus 349 Meadow Pipits and 6 Grey Wagtails. At Johnson's Marsh there were 26 Teal and 2 Wigeon, while 30+ Swallows and 6 House Martins were seen heading south. A Wheatear was seen in Irton and a Sanderling was in Jackson's Bay. 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 368 Meadow Pipits, 10 Grey Wagtails and a Wheatear flew south past South Cliff.

Tuesday, 7 September 2021

Tuesday 7th September

A Wheatear and 30 Meadow Pipits were feeding behind the observation hut at Long Nab this morning, while passing by were 7 Little Egrets (5 north and 2 south), plus 4 Shelduck, 7 Knot and 5 Grey Wagtails all south. At Wykeham East Lake there were 3 Teal, 2 Wigeon, a Grey Wagtail and 19 Lapwings. 2 Grey Wagtails flew over Melrose Street. In Jackson's Bay there were 20+ Dunlin, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 6+ Ringed Plover, 20+ Turnstones and a Sanderling.

Monday 6th September

27 Teal, 130 Canada Geese, a Dunlin, a Kingfisher and a Whitethroat were at Johnson's Marsh this morning. Highlights seen passing Long Nab include a Pintail, 441 Teal, 46 Red-throated Divers, 8 Shags, a Little Egret, 2 Ruff, 8 Snipe and a Mediterranean Gull, while a Wheatear arrived in front of the observation hut. This evening a Whimbrel was heard calling over Stepney and male and female Tawny Owls were calling near the Sixth Form College. A Wheatear flew south while a Little Egret and a Kingfisher flew north along South Cliff this morning. A Kingfisher, possibly the same one, was at the harbour this evening.

Sunday 5th September

A Spotted Redshank flew north over Cornelian Ravine this morning, and 30+ House Martins flew east over East Ayton. 9 Curlews were in the field below Seamer Tip pool; 60 Lapwings were in the field south-west of the tip; and a Sedge Warbler, a Chiffchaff and 20 Linnets were by New Dike. 8 Buzzards were circling above Ravenscar quarry; a Hobby flew south over Stoney Marl Moor; and 2 immature Marsh Harriers flew south while a Merlin was present at Stoup Brow. An immature Peregrine flew south-west over Crossgates, and 3 Swifts were with a mixed flock of about 15 Swallows and House Martins. A Great Skua was spotted chasing terns very close in off the Spa car park, and 4 Wigeon were at Scalby Mills. 15 Buzzards flew past Long Nab (12 south-west and 3 north), while 6 Goosanders, 99 House Martins and 91 Swallows flew past southwards. A Green Sandpiper was seen at Seamer Tip pool.

Saturday, 4 September 2021

Saturday 4th September

Highlights passing Long Nab this morning include a Great White Egret heading north, 3 Sooty Shearwaters, 11 Shelduck, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull and 8 Arctic Skuas. 12 Curlew were at Scalby Lodge, while at Johnson's Marsh there were 125 Canada Geese, 2 Herons, 19 Teal and 12 Moorhens. A Whinchat and 2 Stonechats were at Cloughton Wyke this afternoon, and 2 Whimbrel flew north over Holbeck. A Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel and 2 Swifts flew south past Long Nab and a single Swift flew south over Burniston.

Friday 3rd September

A male Tawny Owl was heard calling on the early hours of this morning in the grounds of Scarborough Hospital. 15 Teal were at Johnson's Marsh, 2 Grey Wagtails and a Dipper were on the weir below Burniston Raod bridge near the Youth Hostel, and 4 Pintails flew in to Scalby Mills from the south. The main highlights from Long Nab were an adult Long-tailed Skua and 3 Sooty Shearwaters heading north, while at Wykeham East Lake there were 9 Teal and a Reed Warbler.

Thursday, 2 September 2021

Thursday 2nd September

14 Teal, 3 Wigeon, 7 Moorhens and a Pintail were present at Johnson's Marsh early this morning. At Wykeham East Lake there were 22 Lapwing, 9 Cormorants, 19 Tufted Duck, 12 Coot, 2 Stock Doves, and a Common Sandpiper flew over, while at Match Lake there were 2 Sand Martins and a Kingfisher. An adult Roseate Tern joined a feeding flock of Kittiwkaes off Long Nab for about 10 minutes before flyig off south following a Great Skua attack on the flock. Later 14 Little Gulls (2 adults and 12 juveniles) joined the Kittiwakes. Other highlights passing Long Nab included a Balearic Shearwater, 11 Sooty Shearwaters, 17 Knot, 21 Little Gulls, a Long-tailed Skua, 3 Pomarine Skuas, 16 Great Skuas, 22 Arctic Skuas and a Puffin. 470 Razorbills were feeding inshore but only about 10 Guillemots.

Tuesday, 31 August 2021

Tuesday 31st August

5 Wigeon, 8 Herons and 7 Teal were at Johnson's Marsh this morning, while at Seamer Road Mere there were 2 Grey Wagtails, a Little Grebe, 2 Chiffchaffs and a Bullfinch. A juvenile Long-tailed Skua, a Pale-bellied Brent Goose and 5 Sooty Shearwaters flew north past Long Nab. 60-70 Lapwings were at Herdborough Farm, Seamer, and at Wykeham East Lake there were 405 Greylag Geese, 21 Lapwings, 29 Tufted Duck and 7 Teal. A Velvet Scoter flew north at Marine Drive.

Monday, 30 August 2021

Monday 30th August

A juvenile Long-tailed Skua flew south past Long Nab today, while 3 Sooty Shearweaters and 2 Pintail flew north. 2 Teal, a Dunlin and a Common Sandpiper were at Wykeham East Lake, and a Pintail was at Johnson's Marsh. A Great Skua was spotted flying north past Marine Drive.

Sunday, 29 August 2021

Sunday 29th August

3 Sooty Shearwaters flew past Long Nab this morning, and in Wrench Green a pair of Kingfishers were feeding 2+ young. A juvenile Long-tailed Skua flew north off South Bay.

Saturday, 28 August 2021

Saturday 28th August

An adult Pomarine Skua flew south past Long Nab early this morning, and a Balearic Shearwater flew past north. Other highlights included a Shoveler, 42 Wigeon, 21 Sooty Shearwaters, 29 Manx Shearwaters, 9 Bar-tailed Godwits, 7 Knot, 6 Great Skuas and 4 Arctic Skuas. A Tree Pipit flew south over Station Road, Scalby, and another was seen in Wrench Green, where there were also 2 Willow Tits. A Dunlin and 9 Teal were at Johnson's Marsh, and 2 Marsh Harriers flew north through Cloughton Wyke. A Greenshank, 7 Dunlin and a Curlew were at Wykeham East Lake this evening.

Friday, 27 August 2021

Friday 27th August

3 juvenile Long-tailed Skuas and an Arctic Skua flew north, close past Long Nab early this morning, while later another Long-tailed Skua flew south. Also passing Long Nab were one Balearic Shearwater, 29 Sooty Shearwaters, 16 Manx Shearwaters, 12 Sanderling, 15 Great Skuas and 8 Arctic Skuas, while a Kestrel flew in from the east and continued north. A Kingfisher, a Common Sandpiper, 8 Tufted Duck, 3 Swallows and 2 Sand Martins were at Wykeham South Lake, while at East Lake there were 5 Greenshank, 7 Dunlin, a Kingfisher, 19 Lapwing, a Wheatear, 3 Sand Martins and 24 Tufted Duck. A Pintail, 3 Dunlin and 18 Teal were seen at Johnson's Marsh, and a number of waders flew north past Marine Drive: 6 Ringed Plover, a Grey Plover, 4 Purple Sandpipers, 14 Dunlin and 19 Sanderling.

Thursday, 26 August 2021

Thursday 26th August

A Long-tailed Skua flew north past Long Nab early this morning, and another (a juvenile) flew past in the afternoon. Other highlights from Long Nab included 18 Wigeon, 4 Red-throated Divers, 43 Sooty Shearwaters, 26 Great Skuas and 5 Arctic Skuas. Lots of terns were seen during a seawatch this evening - 200+ Sandwich Terns feeding and drifting north plus some Common/Arctic Terns. Harrassing the terns were 3 Arctic Skuas and 2 Great Skuas, while 2 or 3 Manx Shearwaters were feeding. Passing Marine Drive this morning were 35 Wigeon, 78 Teal, 6 Red-throated Divers, 11 Sanderlings (north), 14 Dunlin (north), 4 Purple Sandpiper (north) and a juvenile Long-tailed Skua south. A Red Kite was seen on Fylingdales Moor, and 5 Bar-tailed Godwits were in Jackson's Bay.

Wednesday 25th August

A Short-eared Owl flew in off the sea early this morning, and a Sooty Shearwater flew north past Long Nab (and a Minke Whale south - not flying of course). 2 Black Redstarts were seen on the roof of the hospital. This afternoon 2 Curlews flew over Crossgates, while 3 Curlews, 4 Herons, 3 Cormorants, 20+ Oystercatchers and a Kestrel were present at Long Nab. At Wykeham East Lake there were 4 Wigeon, a Shelduck, 2 Teal, a Ringed Plover, 8 Dunlin and a Common Sandpiper.

Tuesday, 24 August 2021

Tuesday 24th August

9 Teal, 3 Shoveler, a Mandarin, 18 Lapwings, 2 Ringed Plover, 5 Dunlin, 18 Great Black-backed Gulls and 8 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were at Wykeham East Lake today. Highlights from Long Nab include 434 Teal, 6 Eider, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, a Balearic Shearwater, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 23 Knot, a Ruff, 6 Sanderling and 143 Dunlin (plus a Minke whale heading north). 2 Bar-tailed Godwits were in Jackson's Bay and a juvenile Shelduck was at Scalby Mills. 50+ Swallows were seen flying south, high over Hutton Buscel this evening.

Monday 23rd August

Highlights passing Long Nab today included 3 Sooty Shearwaters, 4 Wigeon, 9 Knot, 6 Arctic Skuas and 4 Great Skuas. 15 Herons were at Johnson's Marsh, and 2 Sanderling were in North Bay.

Sunday, 22 August 2021

Sunday 22nd August

A Common Tern was in South Bay this morning, and a Cream-crowned Marsh Harrier flew south-west through Cloughton Wyke. A Velvet Scoter flew north through South Bay and a Ruff flew south. 20 Mediterranean Gulls, including 4 juveniles, were on rocks off Holbeck. Passing South Cliff were a Sooty Shearwater and 7 Arctic Skuas Heading south, plus 494 Common Scoter and 187 Teal heading north. 75 Cormorants were feeding in South Bay, and a juvenile Knot was spotted on North Bay beach. A Fulmar flew south-west over Crossgates this afternoon, and an unconfirmed report of a Greenish Warbler seen sitting on the fence at the Castle before dropping down into the grass on the North Bay side early afternoon. At Northstile pool there are now 4 Green Sandpipers, while one Green Sandpiper, two Greenshank and 32 Teal are at Johnson's Marsh. Highlights passing Long Nab include 2 Sooty Shearwaters, a Marsh Harrier, a Grey Plover, a Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpipers and a Mediterranean Gull. 4 Arctic Skuas put on a wonderful display close in at South Bay.

Saturday, 21 August 2021

Saturday 21st August

Kittiwakes were diving and catching Sand Eels in front of the lifeboat house early this morning, while in the afternoon large numbers of Guillemots were on the sea off the Spa. 14 Teal and a Green Sandpiper were at Johnson's Marsh, and a Kingfisher was on Sky Pond at Seamer Road Mere. A Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpipers and 12 Teal were at Northstile pool, while a Willow it was nearby. Highlights seen passing Long Nab included a Sooty Shearwater, a Manx Shearwater, 4 Arctic Skuas and 4 Great Skuas.

Friday 20th August

A Common Sandpiper was at Burton Riggs this morning, and a pair of Tawny Owls were calling in Burniston village in the early hours. 6 Jays were in a garden near the cricket pitch, and surprisingly 2 Great Skuas were spotted flying west, high over Wykeham Forest. 6 Teal and a Green Sandpiper were at Johnson's Marsh, and 14 Yellow Wagtails and a Reed Warbler were at Long Nab. Passing Long Nab were 6 Arctic Skuas, 5 Great Skuas and a Sooty Shearwater while feeding offshore were 1400 Guillemots and 50 Razorbills.

Thursday, 19 August 2021

Thursday 19th August

A Kingfisher and 14 Coot were at Burton Riggs this morning, and 2 Green Sandpipers were again at Johnson's Marsh. A Velvet Scoter, a Balearic Shearwater and a Mediterranean Gull flew past Long Nab. 2 Turtle Doves were in Burniston.