Sunday, 21 October 2018

Saturday 20th October

Whooper Swans were on the move; a herd of 10 south over town at 08.40 followed by 7 south past Long Nab at 08.56, a single also went north there. Other highlights at Long Nab included 56 Golden Plover and a Great Spotted Woodpecker north plus 5 Dunnocks leaving south-east over the sea at dawn. Two Great Crested Grebes were still in the harbour.

Long Nab counts here:

Drake Gadwall at Seamer tip pool - Pauline Dent


Friday, 19 October 2018

Friday 19th October

A herd of 10 Whooper Swans flew north along the coast, seen at Knipe Point and Long Nab. (belated news of 6 flying south over Scalby yesterday). A good selection of migrants logged at Long Nab including 29+ Crossbills south. At Castle Hill there was a Yellow-browed Warbler and Blackcap on the north side. The Whimbrel was seen at Crook Ness. A Snow Bunting was present today at Long Nab.

Long Nab counts here:

Wigeon Scalby Mills - Rose Habberley


Thursday, 18 October 2018

Thursday 18th October

Skeins of 76 + 80 Pink-footed Geese south along the coast today. Rather quiet in the bushes with a general clear out of birds overnight. The Water Rail was still at the Open Air Theatre viewable from the railway bridge. The Eider was still at Scalby Mills. Six Bullfinches at Castle Hill. A Purple Sandpiper at the harbour.

Long Nab counts today here:

Presumed Continental Robin at Crook Ness this eve - Nick Addey


Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Wednesday 17th October

Castle Hill totals included 6 Yellow-browed Warblers, 6 Chiffchaffs, Blackcap, 6 Goldcrests, 11 Song Thrush, 16 Redwings, 5 Fieldfare, 2 Brambling and 2 Twite. Two Great Crested Grebes in the harbour. Another Yellow-browed Warbler plus two Blackcaps were in a garden at Westwood Court where two Crossbills flew south.  Single Blackcaps at Sycarham Wood and Holbeck, two Coal Tits at the latter site. Skeins of Pink-footed Geese moving north were 500 over Thornton-le-Dale and 200 over Spikers Hill. A Ring Ouzel was near the radio mast at Ravenscar plus a "Commic" Tern and three Sandwich Terns on rocks below the hotel. A Short-eared Owl was on the cliffs at Scalby Mills p.m.

Long Nab count:

Great Crested Grebe harbour - Joe Bamfield


Tuesday 16th October

Low cloud and easterlies overnight brought large numbers of thrushes arriving from the east, most observed carrying on westwards. A Yellow-browed Warbler was found on Valley Road. Ravenscar  saw 2 Wheatears, Chiffchaff, 245 Redwings, 290 Fieldfare, also Jay there. A late afternoon watch at Long nab saw a Short-eared Owl by the Cleveland Way plus 155 Redwings and 75 Fieldfare in off the sea. An adult Mediterranean Gull was at Wykeham South Lake.

Long Nab count here:

Monday, 15 October 2018

Monday 15th October

NNE winds and periods of low cloud and rain gave us an interesting watch at Long Nab; highlights included a Leach's Petrel, lots of wildfowl, 61 Little Gulls, a Short-eared Owl and a Hawfinch in the ringing plantation which eventually left south. The lingering Whimbrel, presumably last winter's returning bird, was seen over Burniston tip and fields at Long Nab. Additional Short-eared Owls were seen low south over Falsgrave plus one over Crossgates. Two Barnacle Geese were at Burton Riggs. A Woodcock flew in off the sea at Scalby Mills and one was flushed by the Cleveland Way at Long Nab. 80 Sky Larks in the stubble at Long Nab was an increase from just seven on Saturday. Two Yellow-browed Warblers and a Chiffchaff were on the north side of Castle Hill. A wildfowl count at Wykeham South Lake gave the following; 9 Mute Swans, one Egyptian Goose, 9 Teal, 15 Mallard, 6 Gadwall, 55 Wigeon, 17 Tufted Ducks, 3 Pochard, 4 Little & 2 Great Crested Grebes, 29 Coot, small numbers of Canada & Greylag Geese, and interestingly three Rock Pipits got up from the shoreline and circled calling late afternoon.

Full Long Nab counts here:

Teal / Cormorant combo past Long Nab - Nick Addey


Sunday, 14 October 2018

Sunday 14th October

Highlights from this morning's watch at Long Nab included 6 Little Gulls, a Mediterranean Gull, Common Tern, Arctic Skua and three Twite south along the cliffs. At Seamer Rd Mere: a Pink-footed Goose, 5 Teal and 2 Tufted Ducks. Jackson's Bay held a Bar-tailed Godwit and five Dunlin. At Cromer Point a flock of 180 Linnets plus 65 Sky Larks were feeding. An adult Mediterranean Gull at Scalby Mills plus 53 Wigeon. Peasholm Park held 75 Mallard and 24 Tufted Ducks.

Full Long Nab counts here:

A flock of Cormorants south at Long Nab - Chris Bell

Wigeon and Teal moving past Long Nab - Chris Bell



Saturday, 13 October 2018

Saturday 13th October

A Lapland Bunting was in the stubble fields at Long Nab, also two Yellow-browed Warblers, two Chiffchaffs there. A Great Egret was reported flying over Castle Hill plus 6 Yellow-browed Warblers on the north side ( An Eider was in North Bay and Great Crested Grebe in the harbour.

Long Nab counts here:

Eider North Bay - Emma Telford


Friday, 12 October 2018

Friday 12th October

A Long-eared Owl was found resting in Crook Ness gully no doubt having just crossed the North Sea, also there was a Yellow-browed Warbler and the lingering Whimbrel. The north side of Castle Hill held 8 Yellow-browed Warblers, 4 Ring Ouzels, 2 Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs, a Willow warbler, 12 Robins, a Goldcrest, 36 Blackbirds, 32 Redwings, 45 Song Thrushes and 3 Bramblings. A Yellow-browed Warbler was in the sweet chestnut tree south of Holbeck car park.

Long Nab counts here:

Record shot of the Long-eared Owl (took flight as the photographer was focussing) - Terry Hobson


Thursday 11th October

A big arrival of migrants along the coast which included 20 Yellow-browed Warbler (8 Long Nab, 2 Scalby Beck, 1 Ravenscar, 1 South Cliff, 2 Cornelian Bay, 1 Holbeck, 5+ Castle Hill), 7 Ring Ouzels (3 Long Nab, 2 Castle Hill, 1 Ravenscar, 1 Scalby Lodge), a Hawfinch on South Cliff, a Shore Lark at Ravenscar, two Snow Buntings at Long Nab, 150 Brambling at Castle Hill, four Redstarts (2 Long Nab, 1 Castle Hill, 1 Cromer Point). Also past Long Nab were a Red-necked Grebe, Merlin, Mediterranean Gull, Jay, and 741 Black-headed Gulls flew south. 14 Dunlin and 10 Ringed Plovers were in Jackson's Bay. Red-throated Diver and Great Crested Grebe at the harbour.

Full counts at Long Nab here:

Shore Lark Ravenscar - Chris McNaghten


Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Wednesday 10th October

A migration count at Long Nab logged three Crossbills, 53 Siskin and 9 Reed Buntings. Two Snow Buntings were also seen there this morning. A Fieldfare was at Taylor Way (Scarborough Business Park AKA Seamer tip pools) plus 4 Pink-footed Geese flew west with the feral goose flock. The lingering Whimbrel was feeding in fields at ScalbyLodge, in nearby Jackson's Bay a Dunlin and 4 Ringed Plovers. A Chiffchaff was at Scalby Nab. A Water Rail was found at Brompton Ponds (far side of lower pond in lower end). 5+ Mediterranean Gulls were at Holbeck.

Full counts at Long Nab here:

Snow Bunting Long nab - Terry Hobson

Water Rail Brompton Ponds - Chris Bell


Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Tuesday 9th October

A new Yellow-browed Warbler was found by the pond at the north end of Cayton Bay, also there were a Bar-tailed Godwit and Great Crested Grebe. At Long Nab the Yellow-browed Warbler was still at Crook Ness, the Snow Bunting near the observatory and lingering Whimbrel still. At the Wykeham Forest Raptor Viewpoint three Goshawks performed plus 30+ Crossbills were present, Twenty-six Mandarins were in Troutsdale and the Barnacle Goose remains at Harwood Dale Lake. Nine Grey Herons and 16 Teal at Johnson's Marsh.

Long Nab counts here:

Bar-tailed Godwit Cayton Bay - Chris Bull


Monday, 8 October 2018

Monday 8th October

Snow Buntings were found on the Cleveland way at Cromer Point and near the observatory at Long Nab. Also at Long Nab a Yellow-browed Warbler was in Crook Ness gully feeding in the tall Sycamores, a Chiffchaff nearby. The Barnacle Goose was still at Harwood Dale Lake. The Water Rail was still behind the stage at the Open Air Theatre viewable from the railway bridge near the reed bed. An escaped Bar-headed Goose was at Seamer tip pool. A Great-crested Grebe in North Bay.

Full Long Nab counts here:

Turnstone at the harbour - Steve Routledge

Barnacle Goose at Harwood Dale Lake - Nick Addey


Sunday, 7 October 2018

Sunday 7th October

The first Yellow-browed Warblers of autumn finally came with singles at Long Nab and Castle Hill. Good numbers of thrushes were arriving from mid morning to mid afternoon; 142 Redwings at Long nab, 95 at Castle Hill and 12 at Ravenscar. 40 Fieldfare were at Ravenscar, 27 at Long Nab and a single at Castle Hill. Bramblings included 8 through Long Nab and 3 at Ravenscar. Five Whooper Swans circled North Bay and left south. Jack Snipes were at Seamer tip and Long Nab where passage included 207 Pink-footed Geese, 247 Common Scoter, 8 Eiders, 6 Goosanders, single Sandwich and Arctic Terns, a Mediterranean Gull and four Snow Buntings moving south. A Garden Warbler and three Coal Tits were new in at the ringing plantation. The lingering Whimbrel was seen at Scalby Mills and fields at Long Nab today. The Water Rail was again at the Open Air Theatre. Single Eiders at Scalby Mills and Jackson’s Bay. A Wheatear was at Esplanade Gardens in South Bay. A Kingfisher at Burton Riggs.
Full counts for Long Nab here:-

Kingfisher and Moorhen Burton Riggs - Rose Habberley

Pink-footed Geese passing Long Nab - Nick Addey


Saturday, 6 October 2018

Saturday 6th October

The day started with rain and northerly winds and an increase in birds, mostly ducks, moving north past Long Nab. Highlights there included 8 Pintail, 4 Pochard, 2 Goosanders, 494 Common Scoters, 26 Red-throated and two Great Northern Divers, a Sooty Shearwater, Mediterranean Gull, three Sandwich and one Common Tern plus a Short-eared Owl flying high south. Sixteen Barnacle Geese were feeding in the stubble fields. A Redwing and two Chiffchaffs were in Crook Ness gully. Elsewhere Scalby Mills had a Mediterranean Gull, Goldeneye, Teal and 24 Wigeon. 80 Oystercatchers, 16 Redshank were in Jackson’s Bay and a Wheatear, 12 Skylarks and 30 Meadow Pipits were at Cromer Point. A Water Rail was at the Open Air Theatre behind the stage. At Seamer tip pool; adult Mediterranean Gull, 5 Gadwall and a Wigeon. The Dunlin remains at Johnson’s Marsh. At Wykeham South Lake there were two drake Pochard and 15 Wigeon.
Full counts at Long nab here:-

Sandwich Tern past Long Nab - Nick Addey

Barnacle Geese at Long Nab - Nick Addey



Friday, 5 October 2018

Friday 5th October

A Lapland Bunting was feeding in fields north of the observatory at Long Nab today (mostly 2nd/3rd field north), also an increase in Skylarks grounded there, at least 40. The Barnacle Goose was viewable from Crook Ness car park (looking NE). A genareal increase in GBB Gulls along the coast, 280+ at Scalby Mills and 105 past Long Nab plus 20+ in the harbour.  A Purple Sandpiper was on East Pier rocks plus 26 Turnstones in west Pier car park. Two Arctic Terns were at Scalby Mills. 73 Mallard at Johnson’s Marsh was a high count for that site, also 14 Teal and a Dunlin. A Fieldfare, 6 Gadwall, 2 Wigeon were at Seamer tip pool. A Kingfisher at Burton Riggs.
Full Long Nab counts here:-

Barnacle Goose Long Nab Nick Addey

Dipper Scalby Mills Rose Habberley

Thursday 4th October

The Barnacle Goose remained in the obs field at Long Nab. A large movement of auks (mostly Razorbills) north totalled 4802, also past there were two Pomarine, six Arctic and two Great Skuas, a Sooty Shearwater, single Sandwich and Common Terns. Flying in from the east were a flock of seven Snipe, a Kestrel, Grey Heron and a single Starling. Wildfowl included a Pintail at Potter Brompton Carr, 25 Wigeon at Scalby Mills and 120 Teal at Wykeham South Lake. 13 Ringed Plovers were feeding in Jackson’s Bay. The Eider remains at Scalby Mills, also a Kingfisher there.
Full Long Nab counts here:-

Wigeon Scalby Mills Melanie Pearl

Wednesday 3rd October

A male Ring Ouzel flew past Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint this morning where Goshawk, Sparrowhawk and three Common Buzzards were recorded. The first autumn Redwings were seen; two at Ravenscar and two flying in off the sea at Long Nab. The latter site held a grounded Barnacle Goose in the observatory field plus six flew past. Also past was at least one Pomarine Skua. Six Whooper Swans flew south along the coast and 13 Barnacle Geese flew inland at Jackson’s Bay. A flock of 20 Siskin were at Hilla Green. Three Song Thrushes were seen to drop in near Seamer tip, no doubt fresh in from the continent. An Eider remains at Scalby Mills.

Full Long Nab counts here:-

Eider Scalby Mills - Kevin Groocock


Tuesday 2nd October

Today’s watch at Long Nab saw 6 Pomarine, 8 Arctic and 17 Great Skuas past. Wildfowl included 95 Wigeon, 17 Pintail and three Eiders. A Whimbrel north at dawn may be a lingering bird, perhaps last year’s wintering bird which arrived in late September. 4 Common Terns flew north and two Chiffchaffs were at Crook Ness. Four Little Egrets, 19 Wigeon and 14 Teal were at Johnson’s Marsh. In North Bay there were singles of Red-throated Diver, Great Crested Grebe and Guillemot plus four Eiders flew south.

Curlew Johnson's Marsh - Nick Addey


Monday 1st October

A more productive watch at Long Nab today highlights including single Pomarine and Long-tailed Skuas, 26 Arctic Skuas, 2 Great Northern Divers, 16 Sooty Shearwaters, 4 Pintail and eight Tufted Ducks. Two Sanderling were again in North Bay. Three Whooper Swans were at Wykeham South Lake and two Green Sandpipers at Thornton Carrs. A Willow Tit was at Seamer tip.
Full Long Nab counts here

Whooper Swans Wykeham Lakes Terry Hobson

Sanderling North Bay Mike Randall

Sunday 30th September 2018

At Long Nab today 265 Pink-footed Geese (N), 2 Gadwall (N), 5 Wigeon (N), 23 Teal (18 S, 5 N), 9 Common Scoter (N), 22 Red-throated Divers (9 S, 13 N), 2 Manx Shearwaters (N), 8 Sandwich Terns (S), an Arctic Skua (N), a Swallow (S), a Lapland Bunting (S) and a Reed Bunting (S).

At other locations today we had 10 Redshank and 4 Oystercatchers at Scalby Mills; a Dunlin, 16 Teal and 7 Wigeon on Johnson’s Marsh; 30+ Crossbills in small groups around the Lun Rigg area of Langdale Forest plus more than 40 Siskin and a Marsh Tit and 2 Sanderlings were in North Bay this morning.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Saturday 29th September 2018

Away from Long Nab c70 Pink-footed Geese flew south over Knipe Point Drive at 09.38, 3 adult Mediterranean Gulls were on the Holbeck rooftops and a little later 2 first winter birds were flying around the car park, a Whimbrel was at Crook Ness, was on the rocky shore just south of Burniston Steps and the Eider was still at Scalby Mills.

At Long Nab today 229 Pink-footed Geese (176 S, 53 N), a Shelduck (N), 32 Wigeon (N), 150 Teal (14 S, 136 N), a Tufted Duck (N), 107 Common Scoter (2 S, 105 N), 4 Goosander came in off the sea near Hundale Point and then went southwest, 28 Red-throated Divers (22 S, 6 N), 2 Ringed Plovers, 6 Dunlin, 15 Meadow Pipits and a Reed Bunting.

Friday 28th September 2018

The details of the ringed Osprey were revealed today and it was ringed near Tain in Easter Ross on the 3rd July and was one of a brood of two.

From Long Nab today 72 Barnacle Geese (44 S, 28 N), 106 Common Scoter (2 S, 104 N), 38 Red-throated Divers (33 S, 5 N), a Great Northern Diver (S), a Sooty Shearwater (N), 14 Manx Shearwaters (1 S, 13 N), 10 Great Skuas (8 S, 2 N), 4 Pomarine Skuas (S) and a House Martin (S).

The only news away from Long Nab was a flock of c80 Pink-footed Geese that went south over Crossgates at 13.20 and in Jackson’s Bay a Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Dunlin, 2 Curlew and 12 Oystercatchers.

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Thursday 27th September 2018

The only news today involved Pink-footed Geese with a flock of 70 going south over Thornton-le-Dale this morning and a flock of c80 went over Hutton Buscel at 09.55.

Wednesday 26th September 2018

This morning a 1st winter Mediterranean Gull was at Wykeham South Lake; 23 Teal and 7 Wigeon were on Johnson’s Marsh and at Scalby Mills we had an Eider, 3 Sandwich Terns and 320 Greater Black-backed Gulls.

Early evening the Osprey was on its usual post and fishing in the trout lakes at Ellerburn.

Tuesday 25th September 2018

This morning a flock of 91 Teal flew in to Wykeham South Lake but only stayed for a short time before departing.

The only other news today was the Osprey still at Ellerburn, it has been shown from photographs that the bird is sporting a blue darvic ring on the left leg with white lettering KT2.

Monday 24th September 2018

At Long Nab today all of the following were moving north 162 Wigeon, 6 Pintail, 211 Teal, 152 Common Scoter, 5 Common Goldeneye, a Red-breasted Merganser, 12 Sooty Shearwaters, 21 Manx Shearwaters (and 1 S), 4 Great Skuas, 3 Arctic Skuas (and 7 S), 6 Swallows and 2 House Martins (S).

The only birds of note today at Wykeham South Lake were a group of 100+ Goldfinches and 12 Pink-footed Geese flew over and at Ellerburn the Osprey was still around the fish farm and a Kingfisher was on the stream.

Sunday 23rd September 2018

6 hours of observation at Long Nab produced some interesting sightings today including 14 Pink-footed Geese (N), 2 Whooper Swans (N) at 08.54 the first in our area for the season, 28 Wigeon (7 S, 21 N), 67 Teal (5 S, 62 N), 13 Common Scoter (N), 53 Red-throated Divers (48 S, 5 N), a Sooty Shearwater (N), 36 Manx Shearwater (7 S, 29 N), a Balearic Shearwater (N), a Red-necked Grebe (S), 107 Cormorants (103 S, 4 N), a Whimbrel (N), 11 Sandwich Terns (4 S, 7 N), 12 Common Terns (N), 4 Arctic Terns (N) 5 Great Skuas (3 S, 2 N), 18 Arctic Skuas (6 S, 12 N) and 18 House Martins (4 S, 14 N).

Also today 100+ House Martins were sheltering on the Sealife Centre Pyramid and a Black-tailed Godwit flew west over Crossgates at 14.45.

Saturday 22nd September 2018

This morning a Wheatear and a Black Redstart were behind the Marine Drive wall by lamp post number 55 and later around Denny Howe woods Crossbills were represented by a single flock of c50 birds and several smaller groups also in the area a Grey Wagtail, 2 Stonechats, a male Sparrowhawk plus c30 Pink-footed Geese flew over to the south.

At Long Nab a brief visit produced an Arctic Skua plus 5 Red-throated Divers (S), 6 Sandwich Terns (S) and an Arctic Tern (N).

Friday, 28 September 2018

Friday 21st September 2018

An immature Osprey was at Ellerburn as was a Hobby and 50 Pink-footed Geese flew over to the south; 22 Teal were on Johnson’s Marsh which has water in again after last nights rain; a Wheatear was at Crook Ness and there were 70+ House Martins between Crook Ness and Cromer Point. 

Thursday 20th September 2018

Everything moving at Long Nab today was heading south and included 40 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Red-throated Divers, 8 Skylarks, 3 Sand Martins, 9 Swallows, 562 House Martins, 608 Meadow Pipits, 308 Linnets, 4 Redpolls, 46 Siskins and 3 Reed Buntings in 3 hours this morning between 06.30 and 09.30.

House Martins were moving through Wykeham South Lake this morning and there was also a Whitethroat there and nearby House Martins were also moving south above Hutton Buscel plus a total of 9 Buzzards and a Goshawk were in the area. Finally today three Wheatears were present on Seamer Mead.