Monday, 26 October 2020

Monday 26th October

 A Great Grey Shrike was seen at Derwent Head Rigg early this morning. A Yellow-browed Warbler was again in Holbeck Ravine, together with a Chiffchaff, and 4 Blackcaps were also at Holbeck. A Water Pipit was spotted at Wykeham South Lake before it flew off southwards. Also present at Wykeham Lakes were a Goosander, 2 Goldeneye, 5 Barnacle Geese (East Lake), 19 Gadwall, 24 Tufted Duck, 12 Teal, 5 Little Grebe, 58 Coot and 24 Long-tailed Tits. There was a Kingfisher in the harbour, but no longer any sign of the Red-necked Grebe. 2 Goosanders flew south past Long Nab this morning, a Swallow flew south over Gristhorpe this afternoon, and 3 Bramblings were in a Hutton Buscel garden.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201026

Brambling - Alan Hunt



Sunday, 25 October 2020

Sunday 25th October

 The Red-necked Grebe has again been at the harbour, at times just outside the harbour off lighthouse pier, and at other times in the inner harbour. 3 Purple Sandpipers were also roosting on East pier, and a Chiffchaff was on the south side of Castle Hill. A Merlin flew south at Ravenscar, 94 Teal were at Johnson's Marsh, and a Velvet Scoter was at Cloughton Wyke. A Water Rail was spotted at the Open Air Theatre and a Stonechat at Marvel's. South Cliff was generally quiet this morning with the highlight being 17 Rock Pipits heading south. 5 Barnacle Geese and 4 Pink-footed Geese were at Wykeham Lakes.

Grey Wagtail - Jan and Gary Powell



Saturday, 24 October 2020

Saturday 24th October

 2 Tundra Bean Geese flew north past Long Nab this morning, a Great Northern Diver flew south, and a Jack Snipe was present in the stubble field. A Long-tailed Duck was in the bay at Cloughton Wyke, and at Scalby Mills a Common Scoter flew into North Bay and a Dipper was down the beck. A Merlin flew south over the A170 at Ebberston, and another flew inland over Filey Road in the Cornelian Bay area. A Red-necked Grebe was found in the harbour late in the morning and remained there into the early afternoon. An adult Mediterranean Gull and a Kingfisher were both seen at Scalby Mills this afternoon.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201024

Red-necked Grebe at the harbour - Chris Bell



Friday, 23 October 2020

Friday 23rd October

 2 Richard's Pipits flew north along South Cliff this morning, and a first winter Mediterranean Gull was at Seamer Road Mere. A possible female Velvet Scoter was diving off Jackson's Bay and heading south. Other birds seen along South Cliff this morning include: a Swallow, a House Martin, 202 Meadow Pipits, 166 Chaffinch, 11 Bullfinch, one Twite, 318 Lesser Redpoll, 55 Crossbills and 223 Siskin all heading south, plus a Lapland Bunting heading north. An "eastern" Lesser Whitethroat (blythi or halimodendri race) remains just south of the Ravenscar tea rooms, while 33 Collared Doves were seen in Staintondale. On Castle Hill there were 2 Goldcrests and a Chiffchaff with a tit flock, 6 Redwing flew in off the sea, and a Fieldfare was on Castle Tops. 

Wigeon - Jan and Gary Powell



Thursday, 22 October 2020

Thursday 22nd October

 10 Crossbills and 2 Siskins were seen heading south over Cayton early this morning. A Richard's Pipit was spotted in the stubble field at Long Nab, and heading past southwards were 12 Whooper Swans, 2 Pintail, 69 Common Gulls, 12 Redpolls and 3 House Martins. A  Lesser Whitethroat, probably of the race "Halimodendri", was near the tea rooms in Ravenscar, where there were also 2 Willow Tits, and moving south were 2 Swallows, 30 Skylark, 15 Meadow Pipits, 75 Siskin, 35 Crossbills, 30 Redpolls, 10 Linnets and 2 Fieldfares. 30 Siskins were also seen at Yedmandale Road. There was no sign today of the Dusky Warbler but a Chiffchaff and a Blackcap remained in Cornelian Ravine, and a Willow Warbler and a Yellow-browed Warbler were newly arrived there. Also seen on South Cliff were a Yellow-browed Warbler lingering north of Holbeck, plus 25 Pink-footed Geese, 5 House Martins, 2 Swallows, 69 Lesser Redpoll and a Lapland Bunting flying south. A Great White Egret was at Wykeham Lakes.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201022

Great White Egret - Alan Hunt



Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Wednesday 21st October

 The Dusky Warbler was still present in Cornelian Ravine this morning and into the early afternoon. A Great White Egret, 2 Blackcaps, a Marsh Tit and 6 Bramblings were at Cloughton Wyke, where a Sandwich Tern flew south. Along South Cliff there were 5 Blackcaps, a Yellow-browed Warbler, and 4 Chiffchaffs, including a possible tristis but no call was heard. Also seen there were Dark-bellied Brent Goose, a Swallow, 173 Lesser Redpoll, 47 Crossbills and a Lapland Bunting flying south. At Wykeham Lakes there were 7 Whooper Swans and 5 Barnacle Geese on East Lake, and 2 Great White Egrets and a Water Rail at South Lake.


Eastern type Lesser Whitethroat - John Harwood


Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Tuesday 20th October

 A Dusky Warbler was in Cornelian Ravine this morning, where it was calling often and loosely associating with 2 Blackcaps. 5 Barnacle Geese remain on Wykeham East Lake, and 3 Whooper Swans on the new workings lake. Things were generally quiet at Long Nab with the main birds of interest being a first winter Caspian Gull and a first winter Mediterranean Gull, both passing southwards. 2 Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs, 6 Fieldfares and 6 Redwings were seen along South Cliff in the morning, and 6 Redwings were also seen at Cloughton in the afternoon.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201020

Dusky Warbler - Chris Bradshaw





Monday, 19 October 2020

Monday 19th October

 88 Crossbills flew south along South Cliff this morning, and 2 Yellow-browed Warblers were in the ravine north of the Holbeck landslip. 52 Teal were at Johnson's Marsh, while Crook Ness was quiet with just a small tit flock. A Great White Egret was seen over Wrench Green mid-morning.

Short-eared Owl - Ray Maddison



Sunday, 18 October 2020

Sunday 18th October

 Today's big news was a Red-throated Pipit found on the Holbeck landslip area this morning, where it stayed for about an hour before flying off southwards. A Yellow-browed Warbler, 5 Goldcrests, a Blackcap and a Pallas's Warbler were seen at Crook Ness, 2 Snipe were in the Long Nab stubble field, and at Castle Hill there was a Lesser Whitethroat, a Chiffchaff, 6 Redwings and about 10 Goldcrests. A Swallow was spotted flying north at Bent Rigg Lane at midday. A Blackcap, a Chiffchaff and 2 Yellow-browed Warblers were seen on South Cliff, where a Whooper Swan flew over north. A Brent Goose flew over Crook Ness this afternoon, where the Pallas's Warbler was still present but elusive. 200 Pink-footed Geese were seen flying north over Scalby, 80 flew south high over Crook Ness, and about 100 flew south over Hutton Buscel. A Short-eared Owl was at Scalby Nab.

The Holbeck Red-throated Pipit - Steven Wignill



Saturday, 17 October 2020

Saturday 17th October

 3 Richard's Pipits were seen at the Long Nab scrape this morning before they flew north, appearing to land near the ringing plantation. Another flew west from the stubble behind the Long Nab observatory a little later. One was still present behind the observatory in the early afternoon when it flew north towards Cloughton Wyke. Yet another flew in off the sea mid-afternoon at Crook Ness and continued north over the stubble field towards Cloughton. A Kingfisher was seen at the Open Air Theatre lake in the morning, and at Seamer Road Mere there was a first winter Mediterranean Gull, 66 Moorhens and 3 Little Grebes. 5 Barnacle Geese were at Wykeham East Lake, where a pale-bellied Brent Goose and 2 Shovelers were also seen on the new workings lake. The Blythi Lesser Whitethroat was still at Holbeck this morning and a new Yellow-browed Warbler was to the north of the Holbeck landslip. At Scalby Mills there were 193 Wigeon, and at Castle Hill there was a Brambling, a Chiffchaff and a Goldcrest.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201017

Barnacle Geese with Greylags - Chris Bull




Friday, 16 October 2020

Friday 16th October

 A Richard's Pipit was in the stubble field at Long Nab and a ringtail Hen Harrier was hunting over the fields near Fields Farm. A Chiffchaff was at Crook Ness, and a Yellow-browed Warbler was seen in the cliff top scrub just north of there. A blythi type Lesser Whitethroat was at Holbeck, and a Mediterranean Gull an a Kittiwake were at Scalby Mills. 2 Willow Tits plus small numbers of Goldcrests and Blackbirds were on Castle Hill in the early afternoon, while later the area was quiet, with just 4 Goldcrest, a Redwing and 11 Blackbirds of note. 6 Purple Sandpipers and 52 Turnstones were roosting at the harbour, and 200+ Starlings were at Crook Ness. At Wykeham Lakes a pair of Common Scoter were seen on South Lake, while 5 Barnacle Geese were on East Lake.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201016

Kestrel - John Hume



Thursday, 15 October 2020

Thursday 15th October

 A Little Egret flew north over Cayton this morning towards Cayton Bay, where there were 2 Peregrines and 6 Stonechats, plus small flocks of Starlings which flew in off the sea. 3 Velvet Scoter and 2 Eider flew north, and a Pintail flew south, past an otherwise rather quiet Long Nab. About 100 Wigeon were at Scalby Mills, and at the harbour there was a female Eider, a Guillemot, a Turnstone and a Cormorant.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201015

Teal - Alan Hunt



Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Wednesday 14th October

 A Yellow-browed Warbler, a Raven, a Chiffchaff, 2 Stonechats and 20 Skylarks were seen at Cloughton Wyke this morning, while in the afternoon the Yellow-browed Warbler was still there together with 3 Bramblings, 2 Blackcaps and 3 Goldcrests. A Siberian Chiffchaff was spotted near the entrance to the kennels at Crook Ness, and a Richard's Pipit flew north over the cover crop field at Long Nab. The first 2 Woodcocks of the season arrived in off the sea at South Cliff, and another Yellow-browed Warbler was in Peasholm Park by the island.

full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201014

Redshank - Stephen Beaver


Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Tuesday 13th October

 A Lapland Bunting was in the stubble field behind the Long Nab Observatory early this morning. 3 Yellow-browed Warblers, 2 of them possibly lingering birds, were at South Cliff, where small numbers of Redwings were arriving in off the sea. A Goldeneye and a Kingfisher were seen at Brompton Ponds. Birds passing Long Nab included 16 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 28 Pink-footed Geese and 3 Greylag Geese all heading south, plus 2 Pintails, 4 Red-throated Divers, and 43 Common Scoter all heading north. A Twite flew in off the sea then continued southwards. A Raven was spotted flying south at Cloughton Wyke, where there were also 4 Red-throated Divers, a Peregrine, 80 Redwings, 4 Fieldfares, 2 Chiffchaffs, 6 Goldcrests, 60 Tree Sparrows and 20 Yellowhammers. 4 Red-throated Divers, 5 Guillemots and 2 drake Eiders were seen off North Marine Drive, 2 Merlins flew together south over South Bay from the Castle to Holbeck, and a pair of Peregrines were on the Grand Hotel. 26 Bramblings, 9 Redwings, a Fieldfare and a Chiffchaff were on the south side of Castle Hill, and a single Sanderling was spotted in Cayton Bay.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201013

Brambling - Chris Dalton




Monday, 12 October 2020

Monday 12th October

 A Guillemot was seen in the harbour this morning, and 4 Goldeneye were at Wykeham South Lake. 7 Skylarks, 2 Jays, a Kestrel, a Bullfinch and 10 male Blackbirds were seen on Cockrah Road, where the Blackbird numbers have been generally increasing. Highlights passing south through South Cliff include: 21 Whooper Swans, 56 Lesser Redpolls, and 68 Crossbills (plus 2 Crossbills north), while small numbers of Starlings and Redwings have been observed arriving in off the sea. 22 Fieldfares flew over Dean Road this afternoon, and at least 100 Redwings came in off the sea this afternoon before continuing west up Valley Road.

Stonechat - Stephen Beaver



Sunday, 11 October 2020

Sunday 11th October

 A Short-eared Owl was seen in the grass on the cliff top near the Long Nab observation hut before flying off northwards. Small numbers of Redwings and Blackbirds were along the Cleveland Way and at Cliff Top House, while at least 50 Redwings were around town at first light. A Kingfisher was seen at the Open Air Theatre, 2 Whooper Swans flew inland over Johnson's Marsh, and about 80 Pink-footed Geese flew south just inland of North Bay. Highlights from a short sea watch from Marine Drive include 2 Velvet Scoter, 4 Sooty Shearwaters and a Red-breasted Merganser all heading north, plus an Arctic Skua and another Red-breasted Merganser heading south. Highlights from Castle Hill this morning include 25 Blackbirds, a Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaffs, a Yellow-browed Warbler, and a Brambling. 3 Purple Sandpipers were on East Pier.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201011


Whooper Swans at Wykeham Lakes - Alan Hunt


Saturday, 10 October 2020

Saturday 10th October

 5 Bottlenose Dolphins were spotted in South Bay this morning, heading south, while in Cornelian Bay there were 2 Red-throated Divers. 200+ Greylag Geese were in a field near Wykeham East Lake, where there were about 250 Lapwing and small groups of Bramblings flying south-west. 7 Whooper Swans were on the South Lake. A flock of about 100 Greylag Geese with one white bird was in a field near Jackson's Lane, between Oliver's Mount and Eastfield. The main highlight at Long Nab was a first winter Mediterranean Gull flying north. An adult Mediterranean Gull was at Seamer Tip large pool, together with 7 Gadwall and a single Teal. 84 Lapwings were at Harwood Dale Lake.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201010

Dunnock - Ray Maddison



Friday, 9 October 2020

Friday 9th October

 A Yellow-browed Warbler and 2 Blackcaps were at Crook Ness this morning. Highlights seen passing south through South Cliff include 812 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Swallows, 2 House Martins and 157 Crossbills, while a Goosander flew north. 5 House Martins were feeding over Oliver's Mount, A small pod of Bottlenose Dolphins were spotted travelling north past Marine Drive. A Little Egret was feeding in Cornelian Bay, while in the ravine there were a pair of Blackcaps, a Grey Wagtail and a Goldcrest. In the Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint area there were 2 Willow Tits, while skeins of 63 and 12 Pink-footed Geese were seen flying south.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201009

Stonechat - Stephen Beaver



Thursday, 8 October 2020

Thursday 8th October

 8 Redwings were seen in Wrench Green this morning, and a large flock of Pink-footed Geese flew over North Bay. A Short-eared Owl flew in high over Scalby Nab shortly after midday before circling high over the Dean Road area and heading off towards the castle. A Barred Warbler was seen briefly at Crook Ness.

Rock Pipit - Stephen Beaver



Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Wednesday 7th October

 A Swallow was spotted in Hutton Buscel this morning, and 2 House Martins were at Oliver's Mount. 120 Lapwings were at Wykeham South Lake, a Snipe was at the South Lake, another Snipe was at Taylor Way pools, a Green Sandpiper was at Potter Brompton Carr, and 80 Starlings were at Ganton Golf Club.

Oystercatcher - Stephen Beaver



Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Tuesday 6th October

 2 juvenile Buzzards were seen this morning from Far Lane in Hutton Buscel, as was a mixed finch/tit flock which included 20 Yellowhammers and 6 Long-tailed Tits. A Little Bunting was seen at 09:50 south of the Holbeck car park but was not then seen again. A Yellow-browed Warbler and a Chiffchaff were at Cloughton Newlands by the sewage works, while at Cloughton Wyke there were 2 Stonechats, 80 Goldfinch and 2 Red-throated Divers. 4 Redwings, 6 Bullfinches and 2 Crossbills were seen at Pye Rigg, Staintondale, and a Little Owl was spotted in Snainton. A Yellow-browed Warbler was on the south side of Castle Hill.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201006

Little Owl - Chris Bell



Monday, 5 October 2020

Monday 5th October

 A Great White Egret was at Johnson's Marsh this morning, and 62 Wigeon were at Scalby Mills. 60 Pink-footed Geese flew south over Wrench Green where a Stonechat and 2 Willow Tits were present. At Wykeham East Lake this afternoon there were 126 Greylags, 18 Canada Geese, 2 Egyptian Geese, 4 Cormorants, 20+ Lapwings, 12 Tufted Duck, 3 Great Crested Grebes and 33 Mallards.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201005

Red-throated Diver - Stuart Baines



Sunday, 4 October 2020

Sunday 4th October

 Early this morning a Wryneck was spotted in a clump of willows just south of the Holbeck car park. Other migrants along South Cliff included 2 Blackcaps, 8 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, a Yellow-browed Warbler, 13 Goldcrests, 61 Robins, 3 Redwings and 6 Song Thrushes. A Whitethroat, a Yellow-browed Warbler, a Chiffchaff and 15+ Robins were seen at Sycarham Woods, while a Redstart, a Garden Warbler and a Chiffchaff were in a copse south of Newlands Road, Cloughton. A Short-eared Owl flew in off the sea at Ravenscar. Also in the Bent Rigg area were 3 Chiffchaffs, 4 Goldcrests, about 20 Song Thrushes, 15 Redwings, a Brambling and 10 Siskins, while 30 Crossbills flew north. A Chiffchaff was in Heron Lane gardens, 2 Greenshank were at Wykeham Lakes, and 75 Pink-footed Geese flew south over Cayton Bay. Highlights at Long Nab included 6 Blackcaps, 6 Chiffchaffs, 55 Goldcrests, 70 Robins, 10 Bramblings, 8 Redwings, 8 Song Thrushes, 6 Swallows and 120 Starlings. 6 Sandwich Terns were on the rocks at Scalby Mills this afternoon, 120+ Pink-footed Geese flew south over Hoxton Road, and at Scarborough Bowls Club there were 10 Robins, a Chiffchaff, 12 Blackbirds and a Sparrowhawk.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201004

Dunlin - Mark Hepples



Saturday, 3 October 2020

Saturday 3rd October

 A Kingfisher was seen at Seamer Road Mere this morning, a Wheatear was on the outer harbour rock armour, and 100+ Lapwings were at Wykeham South Lake. Migrants observed at Long Nab included 2 Redstarts, a Whitethroat, 5 Blackcaps, 9 Chiffchaffs, 5 Bramblings, 55 Robins, 65 Redwings, 34 Song Thrushes and 34 Goldcrests, plus a second Whitethroat at Crook Ness. Migrants observed on Castle Hill were a Redstart, 6 Blackcaps, 6 Chiffchaffs, 5 Bramblings, 65 Robins, 15 Redwings, 35 Song Thrushes, a Ring Ouzel, a Willow Warbler and 60 Goldcrests. 5 Golden Plover and 26 Wigeon flew past south, and 7 Wigeon and 2 Shoveler flew past north.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201003


Wheatear - Chris Bell



Friday, 2 October 2020

Friday 2nd October

 A Merlin was seen at Long Nab early this morning, where the sea watch was generally quiet with highlights being 7 Shelduck passing by north, and a Pintail plus 2 Red-throated Divers heading south. 16 Wigeon, a female Goldeneye and 2 Pochard were at Wykeham South Lake, while at East Lake there were 59 Mallard and 3 Shoveler, plus 75 Pink-footed Geese flew over. 125 Pink-footed Geese were also seen hale a mile east of Pickering, flying north. 71 Wigeon, 27 Teal and 2 Pintail flew south past South Cliff, while 33 Teal and 3 Brent Geese flew north. A Yellow-browed Warbler remained on Castle Hill this afternoon, while passing by were 5 Brent Geese and 2 Manx Shearwaters heading north and 31 Teal and 62 Wigeon heading south.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201002

Great White Egret - Melanie Pearl



Thursday, 1 October 2020

Thursday 1st October

150 Starlings flew over Cockrah Road this morning, at Northstile Pool there was a Little Egret plus 25 Teal, and at Burton Riggs there were 19 Tufted Ducks. A Swallow flew over Scalby Lodge, where 80+ Pink-footed Geese were also seen flying south. Chiffchaffs and a Yellow Wagtail were along the beck at Scalby Mills. A juvenile Goshawk, a Bullfinch and 2 Jays were spotted in Forge Valley, and a Nuthatch was seen at Yedmandale Road. At Wykeham South Lake there were 6 Little Grebes, a Goldeneye, 43 Coot, 5 Great Crested Grebes and a Redwing. 2 Yellow-browed Warblers were together on the south side of the castle above the play area, and another was calling mid-morning at the start of the Sandybed nature trail near Sandybed Stores.

Curlew at Scalby Mills - Paul Tozer



Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Wednesday 30th September

 2 Yellow-browed Warblers were seen again in the Italian Gardens near Holbeck this morning, and another was again near the castle entrance, along with a Chiffchaff. A Great White Egret was at Wykeham South Lake before flying off west, and this afternoon one was at Johnson's Marsh with 18 Grey Herons and a Little Egret. 2 Goldeneye were also at Wykeham South Lake, while 21 Skylarks flew over the lakes south-west in the space of 30 minutes. 6 Mediterranean Gulls were off Holbeck, and at Seamer Tip small pool there were 2 Redwings. At Scalby Mills there were at least 13 Turnstones, 5 Redshank, 15 Oystercatchers, 20 Wigeon and a Grey Wagtail.

Yellow-browed Warbler - Terry Hobson



Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Tuesday 29th September

 40+ Long-tailed Tits and a Chiffchaff were in Manor Road Park this morning, and a total of 5 Willow Tits were in the area south of Wrench Green. The 3 Brent Geese were still at Scalby Mills by mid-afternoon along with 30 Wigeon, while 2 Stonechats and 12 Goldfinches were at Scalby Nab but there was no sign of yesterday's Red-backed Shrike. A Yellow-browed Warbler was seen at the far end of the jet ski lake at Seamer Road, while also around the complex were 6+ Chiffchaffs, a Wigeon and a Water Rail. Yellow-browed Warblers were also at Salt Pans Road in Cloughton, at the Long Nab ringing plantation, by the entrance to the castle, at Wykeham Lakes in the car park area, at Boggle Hole, and on South Cliff where 2 were in the Italian Gardens area and another was in the ravine to the north of the Holbeck landslip. Also at South Cliff a Snow Bunting arrived in off the sea and flew north . At Johnson's Marsh there were 55 Teal and a Great White Egret, which then moved to Scalby Mills in the mid-afternoon. A Long-eared Owl was at Crook Ness late this afternoon, last seen at the car park end of the north bank. A Nuthatch was caching acorns in the gabion wall at Plaxton Court, Chiffchaffs were calling on Woodlands Drive, and a Jay and a Bullfinch were on the north boundary of the cemetery.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20200929


 Red-backed Shrike at Scalby Nab yesterday - Terry Hobson


Monday, 28 September 2020

Monday 28th September

A good influx of 15 Yellow-browed Warblers. 3 Pale-bellied Brent Geese were at Scalby Mills throughout the day. A Chiffchaff was with a tit flock on Castle Hill, and later a Yellow-browed Warbler was by the castle entrance. 200+ Pink-footed Geese flew south at Long Nab, a Lapland Bunting flew north over the scrape, a Whitethroat and a Stonechat were in the area, and in the ringing plantation there were 3 Chiffchaffs, a Yellow-browed Warbler, a Siskin and a Redwing. More Yellow-browed Warblers were seen along South Cliff: 2 just south of the Italian Gardens, one in the Holbeck area, and 2 in Cornelian Ravine where there were also 2 Blackcaps, a Goldcrest and 2 Chiffchaffs. 52 Teal were at Johnson's Marsh, plus a Great Egret later in the afternoon. At Wykeham Lakes there were 2 Goldeneye, 6 Little Grebes and a Jay at South Lake and 29 Lapwings at East Lake. At Sycarham Wood there were 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps and a Yellow-browed Warbler, while a Snow Bunting was heard calling as it flew high over southwards. In the afternoon 3 Yellow-browed Warblers were seen on Castle Hill, another was near the bridge on Hood Lane, and yet another was at Scalby Beck, where a Whooper Swan flew north. An adult female Red-backed Shrike was spotted at Scalby Nab, and 75 Pink-footed Geese flew south over Troutsdale. 2 Yellow-browed Warblers were at Cloughton Wyke and another was seen at Ravenscar, together with a Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaffs, a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Blackcaps, 6 Goldcrests and 10 Bullfinches. Passing Long Nab later in the day were 4 Brent Geese, 4 Eiders, a Goosander, 2 Sooty Shearwaters and a Mediterranean Gull. A Black-necked Grebe was seen at Wykeham Lakes.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20200928

Brent Geese at Scalby Mills - Stuart Baines



Sunday, 27 September 2020

Sunday 27th September

 Three Black-necked Grebes were at Wykeham South Lake. Highlights from seawatching today included a Grey Phalarope which was seen flying north past both Marine Drive and Long Nab. The latter site also recorded Sabine's Gull and Storm Petrel plus 18 Sooty Shearwaters, 5 Velvet Scoters and 5 Little Gulls. A Long-tailed Skua flew north past Marine Drive late morning. At Castle Hill 9 Pink-footed Geese and 3 Crossbills flew south, also 2+ Yellow-browed Warblers, Willow Warbler and 3 Redwings. Another Yellow-browed Warbler was at South Cliff Gardens near The Spa. 100 Pink-footed Geese flew north over East Ayton.

Long Nab counts: https://www.trektellen.org/count/view/1074/20200927 

Sparrowhawk - Stuart Baines


Saturday, 26 September 2020

Saturday 26th September

A Yellow-browed Warbler was with the tit flock on the sheltered south side of Castle Hill this afternoon. Nine Pink-footed Geese were at Johnson's Marsh. A European Storm Petrel  was feeding off Marine Drive this morning where highlights from the seawatching there included 168 Sooty Shearwaters, 57 Pale-belled Brent Geese, 54 Barnacle Geese, Pintail, Velvet Scoter, and 3 Purple Sandpipers. Highlights past Long Nab today included 514 Sooty Shearwaters, 84 Manx Shearwaters, 91 Barnacle Geese, 62 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, Great Northern Diver, and a Golden Plover in the stubble field. 

Full counts from Long Nab: https://www.trektellen.org/count/view/1074/20200926 

Golden Plover Long Nab - Nick Addey