Sunday, 20 August 2017

Saturday 19th August 2017

A Red Kite flew east over West Ayton at 11.30; a juvenile Little Egret was seen along the Cleveland Way to the south of Ravenscar this afternoon and in the North Bay/Scalby Mills area there were 28 Redshanks, 26 Turnstones and a solitary Ringed Plover.


Friday 18th August 2017

A ♀ Honey Buzzard was seen at Wykeham Raptor View Point this evening at 17.55 with a supporting cast of 5 Goshawks, 3 Crossbills and 2 Willow Tits.

At Scalby Mills this evening the juvenile Mediterranean Gull was seen again today and there was also a Great Skua. Much to the disgust of some tourists the Skua flew in from the north, proceeded to drown a Herring Gull and then start to devour it. Isn’t nature wonderful?

Thursday 17th August 2017

A juvenile Turtle Dove and 15 Crossbills were seen at the top of Heck Dale in Dalby Forest; 2 Little Egrets flew over Thornton-le-Dale this evening and also this evening at Scalby Mills we had a juvenile Mediterranean Gull, 68 Greater Black-backed Gulls, 8 Turnstones and a Kingfisher.

Wednesday 16th August 2017

Unfortunately the Rose-coloured Starling was not seen at all today.

A seawatch from Marine Drive this morning was not very inspiring but did produce 5 different species of wader moving south in small numbers including 23 Redshanks but the highlight was surely the 2 Arctic Skuas that went north.

Late afternoon on Scalby Mills rocks we had a Whimbrel, 5 Redshank, 6 Turnstones, a Lesser Black-backed Gull and 9 Sandwich Terns; a Honey Buzzard was reported from Wykeham Raptor View Point at 10.00 this morning and at Harwood Dale Lake this evening 11 Teal, 21 Mandarins and 114 Pied Wagtails.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Tuesday 15th August 2017

Our local celebrity, the Rose-coloured Starling, was still calling into the area of 33 Londesborough Road but again today it was going missing for long periods. It has also been brought to our attention that this or another was photographed in an East Ayton garden on 3rd June.

A couple of hours at Wykeham Raptor View Point yesterday afternoon produced a Hobby with House Martin as prey, a Peregrine, 5 Buzzards and 4 Goshawks with 63 House Martins moving southwest in several groups.

35+ Pied Wagtails coming out of roost by Pindar, Thornburgh Road at 05.30; a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull flew north past Crook Ness at 18.44 and at Long Nab this evening 3 Golden Plovers flew west, 11 Sandwich Terns (N), 9 Sand Martins (S) and 19 Swallows (S).

Rosy Starling - Londesborough Road - Chris Bull

Monday, 14 August 2017

Monday 14th August 2017

The Rose-coloured Starling was still present on Londesborough Road but seemed to have changed its habits a bit as today the bird went missing for long periods and when it was in view it was only briefly in comparison to yesterday.

Up at Wykeham Raptor View Point the Honey Buzzards were putting on a show again today with three different birds being seen.

Long Nab produced quite a variety today with a total of 34 species being recorded the highlights of which included 6 Shelduck (S), 8 Mallard (S), 3 Pintail (N), 3 Teal (S), 5 Eider (N), 70 Common Scoter (1 S, 69 N), a Red-throated Diver (S), a juvenile Marsh Harrier (N) at 07.00, 6 Ringed Plover (S), 12 Black-tailed Godwits (S) at 06.49, a Curlew (N), 99 Redshank (S), a Knot (S), an adult Curlew Sandpiper (S) at 10.00, 56 Dunlin (S), 19 Sandwich Terns (N), 3 Common Terns (S), an Arctic Skua (S) and 8 Yellow Wagtails (S), also in the area a juvenile male Sparrowhawk was trapped and ringed and a Great Spotted Woodpecker was in the ringing plantation. Also some late news in from this afternoon - a Golden Plover flew south and a Bonxie came from the north and landed on the rocks below the Nab.

Elsewhere around Scarborough we had 24 Mandarins, 12 Teal and 4 Tufted Duck on Harwood Dale Lake; 11 Mediterranean Gulls around Holbeck (including a juvenile, a 2cy, a 3cy and 8 adults) also a Greenshank flew NW there: 2 Ringed Plovers in Jackson’s Bay and at Potter Brompton Carr a Green Sandpiper and a Yellow Wagtail.

Rosy Starling - Londesborough Road - Tony Dixon

Sunday 13th August 2017

An excellent find today by John Burnham who discovered a very attractive adult Rosy (Rose-coloured) Starling in his garden in Londesborough Road this morning. Only the seventh record for the Scarborough area and the first since a juvenile visited gardens in Burniston on 24th–27th September 2008. According to one of John’s neighbours the bird may have been present for a couple of days but John had only just returned from a family holiday. I would like to take this opportunity to thank John for allowing access to his front garden so people could view the bird, a gesture much appreciated by many of us.

The Wykeham Forest area was also very productive today but a lot depended on where you were positioned, reports were received of 5 Honey Buzzards in the air together, at least 3 Goshawks, 2 Hobbys, a Peregrine plus support from many Common Buzzards, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk. Also whilst still discussing raptors a juvenile Marsh Harrier was seen near Hutton Buscel today.

At Long Nab this morning 12 Common Scoter (N), 105 Oystercatchers (S), 9 Black-tailed Godwits (S) 1 at 07.23 and 8 at 09.42, 7 Whimbrel (S), 32 Sandwich Terns (18 S, 14 N), a Great Skua (S), 18 Swift (S), 12 Sand Martin (S), 24 Swallow (S), 12 House Martin (S) and 4 Willow Warblers.

At Harwood Dale Lake today we had a Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpipers, a Greenshank, 6 Rosy StarlingTeal and 9 Mandarins; 6 Teal were on Johnson’s Marsh and finally there were two adult Mediterranean Gulls on the Holbeck rooftops this morning.

Rosy Starling - Londesborough Road - Chris Bell
Rosy Starling - Londesborough Road - Alex Meek
Rosy Starling - Londesborough Road - Nick Addey
Rosy Starling - Londesborough Road - Tony Clarke
Marsh Harrier - near Hutton Buscel - John Harwood

Saturday 12th August 2017

A nice variety at Potter Brompton Carr this morning where the juvenile Marsh Harrier remained and was supported by a Dunlin, 2 Green Sandpipers, 3 Snipe, a Wigeon, a Teal and too add a bit of colour to the proceedings a Kingfisher.

Wykeham Raptor View Point came good again with 2 Honey Buzzards and 2 Goshawks being seen at 10.15.

A fairly quiet time at Long Nab today with a Black-tailed Godwit (S), 16 Common Terns (N) and 19 Common Scoter (N) being the highlights.

Harwood Dale Lake hosted a Greenshank, a Green Sandpiper, a Dunlin, 14 Mandarin and 7 Teal; there were 5 Mediterranean Gulls on the shore at Holbeck; a Hobby was seen flying north over Osgodby this afternoon and along Bent Rigg Lane near Ravenscar a Green Sandpiper on a flooded field plus Little Owl, Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Willow Tits.

Friday 11th August 2017

At Potter Brompton Carr this morning there was a juvenile Marsh Harrier, a Lapwing and 55 Mallard. Wykeham Raptor View Point again hosted a couple of Honey Buzzards but there wasn’t any news of a supporting cast and finally 3 adult Mediterranean Gulls flew over Knipe Point this evening while I was putting out the rubbish!!


Friday, 11 August 2017

Thursday 10th August 2017

With the winds still in the north seawatching seemed like a good idea. A couple of hours, 05.30 – 07.30, at Marine Drive shelter was rather unproductive with the highlights being an Arctic Skua south and a Sooty Shearwater north at 06.20. Meanwhile off Log Nab 07.10-10.50 there were 3 Teal, 26 Common Scoter, 84 Fulmar, a large shearwater sp. possibly Cory’s, 16 Manx Shearwater, a Golden Plover, a Curlew and 14 Sandwich Terns all heading north and a Red-throated Diver, 12 Fulmar, 3 Sanderling, 4 Sandwich Terns and a Common Tern going south. Also in the fields and hedgerows there was a sign of some passerine movement with 12 Chiffchaff, 11 Whitethroats and a Yellow Wagtail.

Elsewhere in the area observations included a Green Sandpiper and 50+ House Martins at small Scalby Lodge pond; 2 Honey Buzzards, 4 Goshawks, female Marsh Harrier and a Raven at Wykeham Raptor View Point today; 3 adult Mediterranean Gulls at Holbeck car park and at Ravenscar we had 14 Sandwich Terns, 1 ‘Comic’ Tern, a Peregrine and 50+ Grey Seals.

Greater Black-backed Gull - Scarborough Harbour - Deb Schild

Wednesday 9th August 2017

The wind having moved to the north some seawatching was the order of the day. Species passing North off Long Nab including 6 Wigeon, 37 Teal (+1 S), 200 Common Scoter (+1 S), 139 Fulmar (+6 S), a Sooty Shearwater at 07.47, 15 Manx Shearwaters (+5 S), 2 Dunlin, 451 Kittiwakes, 2 Sandwich Terns (+18 S), 12 Common Terns, 74 Arctic Terns, 6 Great Skua (+3 S) and 2 Arctic Skuas (+5 S). Off Marine Drive highlights included c60 Common Scoters, 4 Arctic Skuas, 2 Great Skuas and a Sooty Shearwater.

There was also an evening visit to Long Nab which produced the following going north 77 Common Scoter, 15 Manx Shearwaters, 19 ‘Comic’ Terns, 10 Sandwich Terns (2 S), a Great Skua and 2 Arctic Skuas went south, one of which was a pale morph.

The only other news today concerned a Hobby hunting over Ellerburn this evening but again no sign of the Osprey; a Honey Buzzard was reported at Wykeham Raptor View Point and at Potter Brompton Carr a Cuckoo, a Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 3 Teal and 63 Mallard.

Tuesday 8th August 2017

The only news today came from Long Nab where there were two observation periods, 07.15 – 11.20 and then again from 18.45 – 20.05. The morning session produced 24 Teal, an Eider, 689 Common Scoter, 24 Fulmars, 2 Manx Shearwaters, a Curlew, 2 Dunlin, 518 Kittiwake, a Common Tern and an Arctic Skua and then in the evening everything was going north 8 Manx Shearwater, a Balearic Shearwater, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 7 Arctic Terns and 20 ‘Comic’ Terns.

A gathering of 63 Swifts over Valley Road this evening was also noteworthy and strongly suspected to be none local birds.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Monday 7th August 2017

A new find today was an Osprey hanging around the Ellerburn Trout Farm this morning, it could not be located this afternoon but a Hobby and a family of Spotted Flycatchers (an adult with 3 young) were in the same area.

No news of Honey Buzzards today at Wykeham Raptor View Point but Goshawks were showing well again and at Johnson’s Marsh there were 7 Grey Herons.

Sunday 6th August 2017

The juvenile Green Woodpecker first seen on 29th July was still present today on the slopes to the south of Cornelian Ravine but it can be hard to locate at times, also in this area was a juvenile Stonechat. Nearby on the shore of Cornelian Bay the waders included 4 Whimbrel, a Dunlin, 14 Redshank, 5 Turnstone, c20 Curlew and c20 Oystercatchers and also a Little Egret, 38 Cormorants and a Grey Wagtail.

Also today the Honey Buzzards at Wykeham were showing again with 2 birds being seen, the supporting cast included 3+ Goshawks and a Marsh Harrier and at Harwood Dale Lake there was a Green Sandpiper.

Honey Buzzard - Wykeham Raptor View Point - Brian Martin

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Saturday 5th August 2017

At Seamer Tip pool the Garganey, Wigeon and 3 Gadwall were all still present also there were 2 Common Snipe on the flashes nearby and at Harwood Dale Lake this afternoon there were 53 Lapwing, a Cormorant, a Grey Heron, c70 Pied Wagtails, 11+ Teal, 24 Mandarins, a Sparrowhawk, a Dunlin, a Common Snipe and 2 Green Sandpipers.

Wykeham Raptor View Point was quite productive again today with 3 Honey Buzzards, at least 4 Goshawks, a Peregrine and 2 Ravens being the highlights of the day, with the juvenile Goshawks giving some really exceptional views.

Finally today there was a juvenile Dipper on Scalby Beck by the Old Scalby Mills pub and on the coast nearby there were a Greenshank, 8 Redshank, 4 Turnstone, 17 Oystercatchers, a Peregrine and 150+ Sandwich Terns were offshore.

Goshawk - Wykeham RVP - John Harwood
Goshawk - Wykeham RVP - John Harwood
Marsh Harrier - Wykeham South Lake - Terry Hobson
Turnstone - Scarborough Harbour - Deb Schild

Friday 4th August 2017

The Garganey discovered yesterday evening at Seamer Tip pool was still present this morning along with the 3 Gadwall plus a Wigeon and 2 Little Grebes.

The stars of the day again were the raptors seen over Wykeham Forest from the view point which included 3 Honey Buzzards, at least 3 Goshawks, a Marsh Harrier, a Hobby, a Peregrine and Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and Buzzard. Eight species of raptor recorded in a day has to be a good day anywhere in the country at a single location.

Some late morning sea watching from Marine Drive was very unproductive with just 3 Common Scoters going north and a feeding flock of about 80 Sandwich Terns being the best.

Barn Owl - Stuart Baines

Friday, 4 August 2017

Thursday 3rd August 2017

So, after a day’s absence the Wykeham Forest Honey Buzzards were back in the news again today with 3 being seen from the raptor view point this morning and Goshawks were also showing well in the area.

At Potter Brompton Carr this afternoon 4 Green Sandpipers, 2 Snipe and a Yellow Wagtail; 4 adult Mediterranean Gulls were at Holbeck car park and this evening at Seamer Tip pool a Garganey was discovered along with 3 Gadwall.

juvenile Goshawk - Wykeham Forest - Dave Mansell
another of the same bird

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Wednesday 2nd August 2017

The highlight of the day came from Long Nab but for once it wasn’t a bird, at 08.35 a Minke Whale was recorded moving slowly northwards. There was little bird movement evident today but the following were all recorded going south between 07.10 and 09.45 – 11 Oystercatchers, 3 Whimbrel, 12 Curlew, 8 Knot, 2 Dunlin, 10 Sandwich Terns, a Common Tern, 16 Swift, 6 Sand Martin and 10 Swallows.

The eclipse male Garganey was still present on Harwood Dale Lake with 14 Teal, 19 Mandarins and 52 Lapwings: Johnson’s Marsh had a Little Egret, 12 Herons, 2 Little Grebe and 19 Moorhens; 4 adult Mediterranean Gulls were enticed to Holbeck car park and at Wykeham Raptor View Point there were a Hobby, 3 Goshawks, a few Buzzards and some Crossbills but no reports of any Honey Buzzards today.

Tuesday 1st August 2017

The day started well but at a time when the vast majority of us were tucked up in bed, an impromptu night time ringing session at Crook Ness caught a couple of Storm Petrels.

Early morning 2 Little Egrets went east over Snainton Carrs and also this morning 2 Honey Buzzards were seen from Wykeham Raptor View Point. Also today there were 4 adult Mediterranean Gulls, 3 of which were at Holbeck car park and a different bird was on South Beach opposite the Futurist; c20 Mandarins, 11 Teal and a Garganey on Harwood Dale Lake and a Ringed Plover at Scalby Mills.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Monday 31st July 2017

The eclipse male Garganey was still present on Harwood Dale Lake this morning along with 20+ Mandarins and about 10 Teal, also on the small flash west of the main lake there was a Wood Sandpiper which is the first record for the area this year.

At Long Nab today the highlights included 17 Common Scoter (2 S, 15 N) , 4 Manx Shearwaters (2 S, 2 N), 34 Oystercatchers (S), a Curlew (S), 14 Redshanks (S), a Sanderling (S), 3 Dunlin (S), 5 Common Gulls (S), 149 Sandwich Terns (42 S, 107 N), 26 Swift (S), 93 Sand Martin (S) and 34 Swallows (S).

Also today we had a Green Sandpiper and 2 Little Grebes on Johnson’s Marsh; 4 adult Mediterranean Gulls at Holbeck car park; in Jackson’s Bay this evening 3 Sanderling, 3 Dunlin and a Ringed Plover all on the beach and flying south a Whimbrel and a Greenshank; and at Broad Grain Head, Langdale a very recently fledged Cuckoo with Meadow Pipit ‘parents’ and a family group of Crossbills.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Sunday 30th July 2017

Another excellent day at Wykeham Raptor View Point where 3 Honey Buzzards (2 males and a female) were seen this morning with birds on view virtually all the time and much wing clapping being observed. Also in this area a Hobby and 3+ Goshawks were noted.

Up at Ravenscar a Marsh Harrier was seen flying north at 11.15, two adult Mediterranean Gulls were around the Holbeck car park and at Harwood Dale Lake this afternoon a nice find in the form of an eclipse male Garganey in the company of 20+ Mandarins and a few Teal.

Garganey - Harwood Dale Lake - John Harwood

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Saturday 29th July 2017

Unfortunately there was no sign of the reported Golden Orioles at Holbeck today but there were a minimum of 7 Mediterranean Gulls in the area, 5 adults and 2 2cy birds, and a ♂ Common Scoter was close offshore there as well. Just along the coast in Cornelian Ravine prize of the day went to a juvenile Green Woodpecker which is a very rare bird in our area away from traditional sites and particularly along the coastal strip away from Ravenscar, and in Cornelian Bay we had a Common Scoter and a Whimbrel.

At Wykeham Raptor View Point the Honey Buzzards didn’t disappoint and two put on a good display with much wing clapping for over an hour this morning. Also today a Hobby was seen a couple of times and there were at least three Goshawks seen as well.

At other locations we had yesterday’s summer plumaged Knot was seen on the harbour wall at 11.00, a Cuckoo flew around the Castle Headland before disappearing off inland (only the second record for the site in recent times) at 11.25, 2 Dunlin and 2 Common Sandpipers were at Wykeham South Lake this morning, also this morning a Green Sandpiper and 3 Teal at Potter Brompton Carr and at Harwood Dale Lake a Black-tailed Godwit, 11+ Mandarins and 7 Teal.

Knot - Scarborough Harbour - Andy Hall
Mediterranean Gulls - Holbeck - Steve Wignill

Friday, 28 July 2017

Friday 28th July 2017

Good to see that visitors to the Wykeham Raptor View Point are still being successful in getting views of the Honey Buzzards in the area with 3 birds being reported today.

The only other report today came from North Bay where a summer plumage Knot was located around lunchtime. 

Late news in this evening concerned a report of a pair of Golden Orioles seen at Holbeck during the morning which flew into the bushes on the cliff. Let’s hope they are still around for everyone to see tomorrow.
Honey Buzzard - Wykeham Raptor View Point - Dave Mansell
Honey Buzzard - Wykeham Raptor View Point - Dave Mansell
Knot - North Bay - Andy Hall

Thursday 27th July 2017

At Potter Brompton Carr this morning a juvenile Greenshank was present for just 5 minutes before flying off west, an adult female Marsh Harrier, a Green Sandpiper, a juvenile Dunlin and a Yellow Wagtail.

At Holbeck today four different adult Mediterranean Gulls and also a 2cy and below in South Bay there was a second 2cy bird so six in total today. Also reported today were two Hobbys, one from the Wykeham Raptor View Point in the early afternoon and then late in the day another was seen at Crosscliff in Dalby Forest. Another Marsh Harrier, a cream crown, was seen just north of the Downe Arms in Wykeham at 14.10 as it headed south.

Different head patterns of adult Mediterranean Gulls - Holbeck - Tony Clarke

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Wednesday 26th July 2017

At Long Nab today the passage south included 2 Teal, 43 Oystercatcher, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 8 Curlew, 46 Redshank, 34 Turnstone, 361 Knot (a record count for Long Nab, the previous best being 174 on 5th August 2013), 9 Sanderling, 14 Dunlin, a Ruff, 10 Puffins and 4 Swifts. Moving north we had 148 Common Scoter, 3 Manx Shearwater, a Shag, an Oystercatcher, 2 Curlew, 110 Sandwich Terns, a Common Tern, a Great Skua and 2 Puffins. From Marine Drive this evening a few more Knot, Oystercatcher, Whimbrel, an Arctic Skua and a juvenile Common Gull all heading south.

A Red Kite was seen over Scalby Mills this evening and a little later over Holbeck, 6 Mediterranean Gulls were in the South Bay area below Holbeck (3 adults, 2 2nd summers and a 2cy) and a Green Sandpiper was on Johnson’s Marsh.

Red Kite - Scalby Mills - Andy Hall
Mediterranean Gull - South Bay/Holbeck - Andy Hall

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Tuesday 25th July 2017

At Long Nab this morning from 06.25 to 11.25 the following were all recorded going north 28 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 272 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 70 Fulmars, a Sooty Shearwater (the first of the year), 71 Manx Shearwaters, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 5 Curlew, 2 Redshank, 4 Dunlin, 66 Sandwich Terns, 31 Common Terns, 4 Arctic Terns, 3 Great Skuas, an Arctic Skua and 20 Puffins. While birds moving south included 5 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Divers, 4 Oystercatchers, 3 Sandwich Terns, a Great Skua, an Arctic Skua and a Puffin.

Apart from that the pale male Honey Buzzard was seen seven times between 09.45 and 18.45 at Wykeham Raptor View Point with a lot of wing clapping involved. In Jackson’s Bay the wader count was a Dunlin, 9 Redshank and 14 Turnstones and there was a Dipper just upstream from the footbridge at Scalby Mills.

Monday 24th July 2017

Not much news today but that is hardly a surprise considering the bad weather. Those intrepid observers at Long Nab tried their best but could only manage 37 Common Scoter and 2 Sandwich Terns all going north.

juvenile Sparrowhawk - Crossgates - Mick Francis

Sunday 23rd July 2017

Today’s seawatching at Long Nab between 06.20 and 09.45 produced 64 Common Scoter (21 S, 43 N), 2 Red-throated Divers (S), 25 Manx Shearwaters (23 S, 2 N), a Balearic Shearwater (S at 06.52 and past Filey 23 minutes later), 7 Sandwich Terns (5 S, 2 N), a Great Skua (S), an Arctic Skua (N) and there was a female Eider on the sea.

The regular pale male Honey Buzzard was seen at Wykeham Raptor View Point at 11.10, there was a Dunlin and a Teal at Potter Brompton Carr and a Whimbrel flew over Crossgates.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Saturday 22nd July 2017

Off Long Nab from 06.50 – 11.45 and then 17.20 – 18.20 a Mallard (S), a Teal (S), 5 Tufted Duck (4 S, 1 N), 134 Common Scoter (N), 50 Fulmar (45 S, 5 N), 39 Manx Shearwater (S), 22 Oystercatcher (S), 13 Whimbrel (S), 14 Curlew (13 S, 1 N), a Turnstone (S), 52 Knot (S), a Dunlin (S), 48 Sandwich Terns (11 S, 37 N) and 2 Common Terns (N). Off Marine Drive between 10.00 and 11.00 4 Manx Shearwaters and two single Whimbrels went south and 33 Common Scoters went north.

The only other news today concerned an adult Mediterranean Gull at Holbeck.

Friday 21st July 2017

The big surprise of the day and the rarest bird nationally for the year so far was a reported  Black Stork that flew southwest at Wykeham Raptor View Point at 15.10, also here a single Honey Buzzard was reported during the morning.

Long Nab was rather quiet this morning with the highlights including 2 Manx Shearwater (S), 5 Sandwich Terns (N), 2 Great Skuas (S), 2 Puffins (S) and 85 Swifts (S).

Waders were quite prominent today with Jackson’s Bay playing host to a Whimbrel, a Dunlin, 16 Redshank and 25 Turnstones; there was a Dunlin on the sea defences at Holbeck and going south off Marine Drive this evening 3 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, a Turnstone, 11 Knot, 5 Sanderling and 2 Dunlin. Also off Marine Drive this evening were a Tufted Duck (S), 10 Fulmars (S), 8 Manx Shearwater (6 S, 2 N), 6 Sandwich Tern 1 S, 5 N) and 2 Common Tern (S).

Dunlin - Holbeck - Steve Wignill

Thursday 20th July 2017

Today’s highlights included a Green Sandpiper at Rudda Road flash, Staintondale which departed to the south at 15.00; a single adult Mediterranean Gull at Holbeck: 8 Sandwich Terns at Scalby Mills and 5 Teal and 19 Mandarins at Harwood Dale Lake.

Negative news today on the Quail near Givendale but the family party of Yellow Wagtails was still present and there were 24 Tree Sparrows in the area.