Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Wednesday 12th December

At Wykeham South Lake today: female Pintail, male Scaup, Shelduck, 52 Coot, 36 Tufted Duck, 36 Gadwall, 2 Little Grebes, a Buzzard, 7 Great Crested Grebes, and 180 Lapwings in the fields nearby. Up to 4 Waxwings were seen off and on in the car park near B&Q.
 Thrush - Doris Drainpipe

Grey Partridge - Terry Hobson

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Tuesday 11th December

A Barn Owl and a Scaup were seen early this morning at Wykeham South Lake, plus a displaying Goldeneye. Nearby at Ings Farm were 14 Pink-footed Geese and a covey of 11 Grey Partridge. Sightings in Langdale Forest included: 2 Goshawks, lots of Crossbills including one flock of 25, a Great Grey Shrike at High Greens, 2 Stonechat at Lunn Rigg, and 12 Meadow Pipits at Maw Rigg. In the early afternoon there were 3 Waxwings in the B&Q car park, and at Seamer Tip 2 Barnacle Geese and (briefly) a Great White Egret.

Treecreeper - Andy Brown

Monday, 10 December 2018

Monday 10th December

There was just one Waxwing in the B&Q car park this morning. A Great White Egret was seen at Seamer Tip pool and 42 Moorhens at Seamer Road Mere. Wykeham South Lake hosted 94 Greylag Geese, 5 Teal, 9 Mallard, 8 Wigeon, 33 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 34 Tufted Duck, 4 Pochard, 6 Goldeneye, 1 Scaup, 1 Little Grebe, 61 Coot, 2 Moorhen and a Heron. On Johnson's Marsh there were 83 Teal and 5 Wigeon, on Cayton Carrs there were 100+ Lapwing, and in the fields near Long Nab there was a Whimbrel. An Asio owl (probably Long-eared) was seen briefly in the Seamer tip area.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Waxwing - Terry Hobson

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Sunday 9th December

Rather little news in today. There were 2 Great White Egrets at Wykeham South Lake. A Goshawk was seen at Ellerburn this afternoon, plus 5 Common Buzzards, 2 Bullfinch, 9 Siskin, 2 Jays and a Marsh Tit.

Counts from Long Nab:

Common Buzzard at Oliver's Mount - Beverley Senturk

Grey Heron at Seamer Road Mere - Beverley Senturk

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Saturday 8th December

5 Waxwings were seen again this morning in the car park outside B&Q, and 7 were seen on Heron Lane, Crossgates. There were 2 Goldeneye and 2 Barnacle Geese at Burton Riggs, and 12 Gadwall at Seamer Tip pool. The drake Scaup remained at Wykeham South Lake, plus 8 Goldeneye. At Potter Brompton Carr there were 180+ Fieldfare, 130+ Wigeon, 30 Teal, a Pink-footed Goose and 226 Greylag Geese. A Little Egret was spotted off Irton Moor Road, and a female Blackcap was seen in Pickering garden this afternoon in the Scarborough recreation area.

Little Egret - Melanie Pearl

Friday, 7 December 2018

Friday 7th December

8 of the Waxwings were seen again first thing this morning outside Halfords on Seamer Road, before flying off. A Great White Egret was again present at Seamer Tip pool. 50+ Chaffinches, 6 Bramblings and 20 Yellowhammers were seen at Wilton Heights, plus a Grey Wagtail in a cattle field nearby. There was a Goshawk over Sandale, a Little Egret at Ellerburn fish farm, and a Kingfisher on the stream there.
Barnacle Geese on Seamer Tip Pool - Melanie Pearl

Red-throated Diver - Stuart Baines

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Thursday 6th December

Waxwings were drawing the crowds outside B&Q today, starting with 5 early morning and increasing to 16 by early afternoon. At the harbour there were 4 Shags, 4 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Divers, a Guillemot and a Great Crested Grebe. On Wykeham South Lake there were 250 Wigeon, 42 Gadwall, 1 Scaup, 6 Goldeneye and 8 Great Crested Grebes.

Waxwing - Rose Habberley

Goldeneye - Terry Hobson

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Wednesday 5th December

Not many reports in today - hardly surprising given the awful weather. However, a Buzzard and a soggy Barn Owl were seen at Wykeham South Lake, plus 12 Pochard, 1 Shoveler, 32 Tufted Ducks, 8 Great Crested Grebes, 26 Gadwall and 32 Coot. 13 Waxwings were spotted opposite Dunelm on Seamer Road, and a Great White Egret was seen at Seamer Tip pool before it flew off towards the Carrs.

Fieldfare - Terry Hobson

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Tuesday 4th December

No further sign today of yesterday's Black-throated Diver. Wykeham South Lake this morning had the usual duck species including the male Scaup still. Also present was a Great White Egret, a small flock of Redwing/Fieldfare, 13 Greenfinches, and 150 Lapwings in the fields nearby. A Great White Egret was also seen in the field below Seamer Tip pool before flying to the adjacent field to the east. A Snow Bunting was seen on Reasty Bank above Low North Camp. 3 Waxwings were spotted mid-morning beside the A165, firstly just south of the Harwood Dale turn-off, then later just north of this turn-off, after which they flew off to the south.

Black-throated Diver - Andrew Leggett

Black-throated Diver - Andrew Leggett

Monday, 3 December 2018

Monday 3rd December

A number of reports of Whooper Swans today: 21 seen heading onto the Carrs near Wykeham South Lake this morning, 11 still present in the stubble field at West Flotmanby, 13 by the rail track near Staxton this afternoon, which were then seen flying over the A64. Also several reports of flocks of Pink-footed Geese (14 over Wykeham Lakes, about 60 over town and 150 over Crossgates), and flocks of Lapwings (approx 150 over Wykeham Lakes this morning and 80+ over Wrench Green in the afternoon). At Wykeham South Lake there were also 3 Great White Egrets, a male Scaup, a Merlin and 100+ Fieldfares/Redwings. Along the riverbank in Wrench Green there were 2 flocks of 45+ and 60+ Siskins, 25+ Redwings, 4 Treecreepers and 4 Mistle Thrushes. 2 Barnacle Geese were seen on Seamer Tip pool. There was a Black-throated Diver off East pier, as well as 2 Red-throated Divers in South Bay.

Reed Bunting - Nick Addey

Sunday, 2 December 2018

Sunday 2nd December

Lots of Pink-footed Geese moving south today - 527 counted from Long Nab. Also south at Long Nab were 2 Tundra Bean Geese, 2 Snow Buntings and a Great Northern Diver. A Whimbrel landed in the field south of Crook Ness. A male Scaup remained at Wykeham South Lake, plus 45 Gadwall, 5 Shoveler, 14 Pochard, 5 Goldeneye, 10 Great Crested Grebes and several Wigeon. A Goldeneye was also spotted in Peasholm Park. A Great White Egret flew from Seamer Tip pool early morning, and a Little Egret flew over Star Carr. A Raven, which was initially seen among sheep on Seamer Mead, flew onto Seamer Tip. This afternoon there were 4 Common Scoter in the North Bay; 4+ Red-throated Divers, a Razorbill and 5 Guillemots off Marine Drive; 130 Wigeon at Scalby Mills; and 14 Ringed Plover and a Common Scoter in Jackson's Bay.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Cormorant - Iain Leadley

Red-throated Diver - David Caulfield

Friday, 30 November 2018

Friday 30th November

At Wykeham South Lake this morning: 4 Red-crested Pochard, 12 Pochard, 1 Shoveler, 8 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Scaup, 2 Little Grebes, 23 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 1 Goosander, 16 Tufted Duck and a male Pintail. A Great White Egret was present at Seamer Tip pool, and a first year Kittiwake was seen in the South Bay. 8 Waxwings were spotted in Eastfield round midday, but were not seen again. At Potter Brompton Carr there were 155 Wigeon, 110 Teal, 197 Greylag Geese, 8 Snipe and 20 Yellowhammers.There were 4 Common Scoter in North Bay, 12 Herons on Johnson's Marsh, and a Chiffchaff at Seamer Road Mere.

Chiffchaff - Joe Bamfield

Long-tailed Tit - Doris Drainpipe

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Thursday 29th November

Early morning Wykeham South Lake had 3 male and 1 female Red-crested Pochard, plus a Goosander, 72 Wigeon, 28 Gadwall, 5 Goldeneye, 26 Tufted Duck, a Great White Egret and 300+Lapwings. These were joined later by a single Whooper Swan. 4 Bewick Swans were seen flying east over Taylor Way. There were 5 Shovelers on Seamer Tip Pool, while at Burton Riggs there were 2 Goldeneye, 2 Wigeon, 15 Tufted Duck and a Great Crested Grebe.

Tufted Duck at Seamer Road Mere - Rose Habberley

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Wednesday 28th November

On a wet and windy morning a drake Scaup and a drake Goosander were present at Wykeham South Lake, together with a similar community of ducks as in recent days. A Great White Egret remains at Burton Riggs, plus Chiffchaff, Shoveler and Little Grebe. A Green Sandpiper and 26 Teal flew over Seamer Tip. Potter Brompton Carr hosted 130 Wigeon, 62 Teal, 30 Mallard, a Shelduck, a female Peregrine, 25 Fieldfares and 40 Linnets. 4 Snipe were seen on the hillside between Forge Valley and Wrench Green. At 01:00 last night several Redwings were heard flying over Westwood Court.

Red-throated Diver in Cayton Bay - Chris Bull

Goldeneye - Hayley Richardson

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Tuesday 27th November

There has been no further sighting of yesterday's Hume's Leaf Warbler at Seamer Road Mere. A drake Goosander and a drake Goldeneye remain there, plus a first winter Mediterranean Gull, and the Chiffchaff count has now risen to 6. Yesterday's 2 Great White Egrets also remain in the area, one at Burton Riggs and the other at Wykeham South Lake. 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls were also seen at Scalby Mills. A male Stonechat was spotted on the rock armour opposite the old Albert cafe site, Marine Drive. In Dalby Forest: 3 Nuthatches and 3 Marsh Tits were seen in the Low Dalby area, 20 Crossbills and 2 Willow Tits in Flax Dale, a Willow Tit at Sutherbruff Rigg, and 2 Willow Tits at Sneverdale. A Dunlin flew east over Seamer Tip Pool.

Grey Heron at Throxenby Mere - Beverley Senturk

Monday, 26 November 2018

Monday 26th November

A Waxwing was seen in Halfords car park early morning but has not been spotted since. Highlights at Seamer Road Mere included 7 Little Grebe, Teal, 44 Tufted Duck, 4 Goldeneye, a Blackcap, at least 4 Chiffchaffs a drake Goosander and a Kingfisher. In addition, a Hume's Warbler was heard calling several times but was not seen. At Wykeham South Lake this morning a Peregrine was seen hunting Fieldfares. There also, were 150 Lapwings, 43+ Gadwall, 26 Wigeon, 6 Pochard, 2 Shoveler, 6 Goldeneye, 26 Tufted Duck and a Buzzard. In the afternoon 4 White-fronted Geese flew overhead southwards, while a Great White Egret, a drake Scaup, a Green Sandpiper, 3 Egyptian Geese and a Dunlin were present. The Lapwing count had risen to 300. In the Long Nab area this morning there were a White-fronted Goose, a Tundra Bean Goose and a Bark-bellied Brent Goose feeding in fields. 2 Great Northern Divers and 3 Little Gulls flew past Long Nab. In the Crosscliffe area of Dalby Forest 51 Common Crossbills were spotted, plus 3 Willow Tits and 5 Jays. An adult and 3 juvenile Whooper Swans were seen on the carrs at Lingholm Court estate, and another 6 adults and 5 juveniles in the field next to this. 72 Teal were on Johnson's Marsh and a Great White Egret flew over Burniston towards there.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Redshanks - Stuart Baines

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Sunday 25th November

Highlights from Long Nab today included 5 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 14 Eiders, 9 Shags, 2 Great Northern Divers and 2 Little Gulls. 65 Teal were present at Johnson's Marsh while Wykeham South Lake had a Great White Egret, a drake Scaup, 41 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 6 Goldeneye, 5 Pochard, 1 Goosander, 8 Great Crested Grebes and 3 Little Grebes. A Raven was seen flying north this afternoon over Harwood Dale Road inland from Burniston. Great White Egrets were also seen today at both Seamer Road Mere and Throxenby Mere. 2 or more in the area now.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Goldeneye - Mark Hepples

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Saturday 24th November

Great Egret, drake Scaup, 85 Lapwings flew east plus 135 Pink-footed Geese also east at Wykeham South Lake. Three Ringed Plovers at Scalby Mills, 6 Purple Sandpipers North Bay and 2 Goldeneye at Seamer Road Mere. Eight Dark-bellied Brent Geese flew south at Cornelian Bay, 2 Grey Plover present there. 33 Purple Sandpipers at the east pier roost at high tide plus a Great Crested Grebe still in the harbour. A Red-throated Diver and 3 Shags in South Bay. Water Rail at the Open Air Theatre viewed from the footpath over the railway bridge.

Goldeneye Seamer Road Mere - Chris Bell

Purple Sandpiper North Bay - Stuart Baines


Friday, 23 November 2018

Friday 23rd November

The drake Velvet Scoter was again at Wykeham South Lake early afternoon, also there a drake Scaup, 6 Pochard, 7 Goldeneye, a Shelduck, 35 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler. The Great Egret was seen at Burton Riggs and Seamer Mead this morning. Also a Little Egret at the latter site. In the Wilton Heights area; a male Goshawk, 2 Common Buzzards, a mixed flock of 100 finches (mostly Chaffinches) including a few Brambling and Yellowhammers. 38 Pink-footed Geese flew south there.

Great Egret at Burton Riggs - Rose Habberley


Thursday, 22 November 2018

Thursday 22nd November

A "redhead" Smew was briefly at Wykeham South Lake before leaving east. The Great Egret was seen flying over Crossgates mid morning and later at Burton Riggs early afternoon, also there 3 Goosanders and a Kingfisher. Four Dark-bellied Brent Geese were at Yons Nab close to the seal colony south of Cayton Bay. A juvenile Whooper Swan was at Harwood Dale Lake , the herd of 11 were still grazing at Flotmanby Carr. Highlights past Long Nab included 7 Eider, 3 Little Gulls, an Arctic and 3 Great Skuas, also 2 Fieldfare there. At Johnson's Marsh there were 46 Teal and 4 Wigeon.

I wonder if the owner of this bin below realises that they are contributing to the continuing conflict between humans and gulls in Scarborough?

Full counts at Long Nab here:

Herring Gulls & a Gbb Gull enjoying breakfast today from an overflowing bin in the town centre!

Dark-bellied Brent Goose Yons Nab - Chris Bull

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Wednesday 21st November

Today started badly for a Guillemot in the harbour which was dispatched by a Great Black-backed Gull. Also in the harbour was a Great-crested Grebe. Wykeham South Lake hosted a drake Velvet Scoter, 6 Goldeneye and 420+ Greylag Geese. 30+ Fieldfare were spotted near Ruston Carr bridge, and 11 Whooper Swans remained in a stubble field at the west end of Flotmanby Carrs. At Burton Riggs  there were 3 Goosander, 2 Goldeneye, a Kingfisher and a Woodcock, while at Seamer Road mere there were a male and a female Goldeneye plus a male Goosander. A Little Egret was seen near Thornton Dale.

Greylag Geese coming in to land - Roy Thackeray

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Tuesday 20th November

Not a lot of news in today. 33 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 9 Pochard, 19 Goldeneye and 63 Wigeon were reported at Wykeham South Lake. 24 Gadwall were also present at Seamer Tip pool, and 3 Goosander (2 male, 1 female) and a male Pintail at Burton Riggs. A flock of 70+ Fieldfare together with about 10 Redwing were feeding in the Spiker's Hill farm area, plus 9 Yellowhammers.

Tufted Duck at Seamer Road mere - Melanie Pearl

Monday, 19 November 2018

Monday 19th November

The highlights today passing Long Nab were 8 Scaup, 2 Pintail, 3 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 2 Goldeneye, 21 Eider, a Manx Shearwater, 2 Bonxie and 8 Little Gulls, while a Snow Bunting remained in the area. A female Snow Bunting was also in the Cromer Point area, and 108 Wigeon and a female Pintail were at Scalby Mills. A female Mandarin and a Chiffchaff were spotted at Peasholm Park and 6 Goldeneye at Burton Riggs. 4 Goosanders were seen flying upstream along Scalby Beck.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Sparrowhawk - Gary Fletcher

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Sunday 18th November

A slightly quieter day today. The highlights passing Long Nab this morning were 2 Dark-bellied Brent Geese and 2 more Brent Geese of uncertain species, a Velvet Scoter, 57 Eiders, a Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Goosanders, 2 Great Northern Divers and 13 Little Gulls. A Whimbrel and a Snow Bunting remained in the area. There were also 9 Little Gulls feeding in Cornelian Bay. A Blackcap was seen in Falsgrave Park and a Shelduck on Harwood Dale Lake.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Pochard on Seamer Road Mere - Jan and Gary Powell

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Saturday 17th November

Wow, lots happening today! Early morning at Long Nab a Snow Bunting flew south and several Redwings and Fieldfares arrived from the east. Other highlights through the day from there were 41 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, a Long-tailed Duck, 26 Eiders, 59 Red-throated Divers, 1 Great Northern Diver, a Manx Shearwater, 14 Little Gulls and a Mediterranean Gull. A Whimbrel remained feeding in the fields, and a Lapland Bunting was feeding on the Cleveland Way 50m south of the observation hut. Away from Long Nab, 3 Goosander were seen going south and a Short-eared Owl was moving south along the cliffs above Marine Drive. A Great White Egret was spotted this morning on the pond on Stone Quarry Road, Burniston, then later flying over Cloughton. A Green Sandpiper flew west over the A64/River Hertford intersection. 54 Teal flew east over Selley Bridge Farm, where there were also 150+ Golden Plover, a Barn Owl and a Water Rail. A Water Rail was also seen at the south end of Scarborough Mere, along with 3 Goldeneye. Flotmanby Carrs had 11 Whooper Swans and Burton Riggs had 2 Barnacle Geese. This afternoon there were 41 Turnstone and 20 Purple Sandpipers roosting in the harbour, plus 2 more of the latter in North Bay. Scalby Mills hosted a count of 105 Wigeon, 450 Herring Gulls, 35 Great Black-backed Gulls, 60 Black-headed Gulls and a Mediterranean Gull. Phew!

Full count from Long Nab here:

Lapland Bunting near Long Nab - Nick Addey

Friday, 16 November 2018

Friday 16th November

A busy day, beginning with a report of about 100 Redwing and 150 Lapwing flying over Seamer, and 50+ Fieldfare and 60+ Redwing flying south along the valley near Wrench Green. Also near Wrench Green at least 60 Siskin, 3 Treecreepers, 2 Marsh Tits, 4 Goldcrests and 2 Mistle Thrushes. The Great White Egret still remains at Wykeham South Lake, along with 32 Gadwall, 36 Teal, 24 Wigeon, 31 Tufted Duck and 6 Goldeneye. A Whooper Swan was reported to be at Burton Riggs, and 3 more Whooper Swans were at Potter Brompton Carr, together with 11 Wigeon and 60+ Teal. A Merlin was seen at Thornton Carrs, a Kingfisher on Thornton Beck, and a Swift (species uncertain) was seen heading south over North Cliff golf course. There were 45 Crossbills, 34 Siskins, 2 Willow Tits, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Jay, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers and 2 Common Buzzards seen at Sand Dale in Dalby forest.

Collared Dove - Chris Dalton

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Thursday 15th November

The highlights at Long Nab this morning were a Snow Bunting and a Swallow flying south, plus a Corn Bunting in the stubble field north of the observatory. The Great White Egret remains at Wykeham South Lake along with 56 Wigeon and 6 Pochard. 250 Lapwing, 140 Golden Plover, 3 Green Sandpipers and a Buzzard were seen at Thornton Carrs this afternoon. And lastly (oh yippee!), news just in of 10 Waxwings seen earlier this afternoon in tall trees in Foresters Court, Burniston Road barracks estate.

Grey Wagtail - Gary Fletcher

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Wednesday 14th November

This morning's highlights seen passing Long Nab were a Merlin, a Great Crested Grebe, 5 Little Gulls and 1 Mediterranean Gull, plus a Whimbrel present in the field by Crook Ness. Wykeham South Lake hosted 420 Greylag Geese, 7 Great Crested Grebes, 7 Goldeneye, 12 Gadwall, 13 Tufted Ducks, 15 Wigeon, 1 Great White Egret, 2 Pochard and 53 Coot. In addition, 103 Pink-footed Geese flew over heading west. Over 150 Curlew were reported to be spread across 3 fields above Redcliff.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Tuesday 13th November

Highlights from Long Nab today included 5 Tundra Bean Geese flying in off the sea before continuing north-west, and a distant Swift (species uncertain) flying north. There were 6 Goldeneye and a juvenile Whooper Swan at Wykeham South Lake, plus small flocks of Fieldfares moving through. 165 Pink-footed Geese were counted at Ravenscar, flying south, and 40 also flying south over Westwood Court. 2 Chiffchaffs, 6 Pochard and 2 Goldeneye were spotted at Burton Riggs.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Kestrel - Martin Roper

Monday, 12 November 2018

Monday 12th November

The highlights today at Long Nab were a Pallid Swift that circled Crook Ness before flying north along the cliffs, a male Snow Bunting which flew south, a Whimbrel in the fields between Fields Farm and the ringing plantation, a Little Gull flying south and 2 Blackcaps at Crook Ness. A Grey Plover was seen in Cornelian Bay together with 5 Red-throated Divers and 8 Curlew, plus a further 17 Curlew foraging in the field above the bay. There were 100+ Canada Geese at Burton Riggs, plus 8 Greylags, 12 Mallard and 10 Teal. A Mealy Redpoll was spotted at Roger Trod.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Grey Plover in Cornelian Bay - Chris Bull

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Sunday 11th November

Highlights from Long Nab this morning included a Common/Pallid Swift, 3 Velvet Scoters, 41 Red-throated Divers, 2 Great Northern Divers, a Little Gull and a Crossbill, all flying south. There were 3 Teal, 45 Tufted Duck, 2 Goldeneye, 3 Little Grebes, 2 Chiffchaffs and 2 Bramblings at Seamer Road Mere. In Cornelian Bay there was a Bar-tailed Godwit, a Whooper Swan, and briefly a Long-tailed Duck that flew off to the south. Scalby Mills hosted 95 Wigeon, a female Shoveler and an adult Mediterranean Gull, while 3000+ Starlings were reported to be roosting at Selley Bridge Lake, Low Marishes. Finally, a Swallow was spotted at Ravenscar.

Full counts from Long Nab here:

Grey Wagtail at Scalby Mills - Rose Habberley