Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Monday 16th January 2017

At Seamer Tip pool today there were 16 White-fronted Geese and a ♂ Goldeneye and nearby at Burton Riggs a Great-crested Grebe.

2♂1♀ Goosander and a Kingfisher were at The Mere, 3 Red-throated Divers off Scalby Mills, 3 Mediterranean Gulls at Holbeck and in the Harbour the 2 Great Northern Divers and a Black-necked Grebe remained faithful.

In Cornelian Bay there were 4 Grey Plovers and in the next bay south, Cayton Bay, the Velvet Scoter was seen again.

Mediterranean Gull 1st winter - Holbeck - Tony Clarke


Monday, 16 January 2017

Sunday 15th January 2017

Perhaps the most interesting thing today was the rediscovery of 16 Shore Larks in the field to the south of Crook Ness; this is obviously the same flock that was last seen about a month ago. Also, nearby at Long Nab a Great Northern Diver went north at 08.35, 10 Red-throated Divers also went north as did 14 Common Scoter and there were a further 9 Red-throated Divers on the sea feeding.

At Scalby Mills a 1st winter Glaucous Gull was seen early on and then this or another was seen three times; once off the Harbour and then twice off Marine Drive, on the sea by a visiting birder and then drifting north close in at 13.15. Finally one was back at Scalby Mills in the mid-afternoon. Also seen here was a Ringed Plover and to the north there was a Dunlin in Jackson’s Bay.

In North Bay there were a Black-throated Diver, 2 Red-throated Divers and a female Common Scoter, on the southern side at least one Black Redstart and the Stonechat remained near the Albert Drive Café.

The Harbour still had 2 Great Northern Divers and a Black-necked Grebe that were still attracting quite a lot of visiting admirers.

Elsewhere in the area there were Pintail, 2 Wigeon and 2 Brambling at Harwood Dale Lake and 3 Red-throated Divers and 2 Grey Plovers in Cornelian Bay.

Shore Lark - Crook Ness - Nick Addey


Saturday 14th January 2017

White-winged gulls were the stars of the show again today. An immature Iceland Gull was at Scalby Mills at 10.30, found by Micky McNaghten and still present until at least 13.30. Now the fun begins – how many Glaucous Gulls were there today? The following are all the records received, 2 juveniles around Scalby Mills and 1 North early on, juvenile South past Long Nab, a juvenile off Scalby Mills then North about 11.30, 3 juveniles North past Cornelian Bay at 10.35, 11.40 and 11.55,  an adult North past the Harbour at 13.05 and then past Jackson’s Bay 13.09, a juvenile South off the Harbour similar time to the adult, a 2nd winter North off the Harbour at 14.20, finally another juvenile at Scalby Mills from c14.00 to 14.25 when drifted North round Scalby Nab. This is only a personal opinion but I would suggest a figure of 8 individuals.

4 Puffins were seen heading North off Long Nab this morning, which is unusual in January and a site rarity was a Little Grebe on the sea.

The Harbour held on to both Great Northern Divers and both Black-necked Grebes but today they were joined by a couple of Guillemots and a Shag, green FCZ ringed on the Isle of May on 7 June 2016.

On the south side of North Bay the 2 Black Redstarts and Stonechat were still in the vicinity of the Albert Drive Café.

19 White-fronted Geese were seen at both Burton Riggs and Seamer Tip pool, 3 Pink-footed Geese with the Greylag Geese along Queen Margaret’s Road and 3 (2♂1♀) Goosanders on The Mere.

At Wykeham South Lake Great-crested Grebe, Gadwall, Goldeneye, Pochard and Stonechat were all reported and in Cornelian Bay there were 2 Red-throated Divers, Grey Plover, 3 Ringed Plovers and 21 Purple Sandpipers.

Iceland Gull - Scalby Mills - Tony Clarke

Glaucous Gull - Scalby Mills - Chris Bell

Glaucous Gull - Scalby Mills - Dave Mansell


Friday, 13 January 2017

Friday 13th January 2017

Interesting start to the day with snow affecting movements throughout the area and strong NW winds on the coast.

The afternoon arrival of two white-winged gulls was mirrored at Filey where 6 were discovered. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was seen going South, a fair way out, at Long Nab at 09.52 and then one was seen at Scalby Mills at 11.40. Next in the story was the location of 2 juvenile Glaucous Gulls at Scalby Mills at 13.20 which remained in the area for at least 40 minutes. But at 13.57 the next twist in the tale was the appearance of a 3rd Glaucous Gull, this one an adult flying North close in. The epilogue of events came at 14.10 when a 2nd winter Iceland Gull also flew North at Scalby Mills about 300 metres off shore.

At Long Nab a Velvet Scoter went North, there were 13 Herons on Johnson’s Marsh, a Brambling at the Forge Valley feeders, a Goosander at Harwood Dale Lake, 5 Whooper Swans at Wykeham South Lake, Mute Swan and 5 Common Scoter in South Bay and in the Harbour there were 2 Great Northern Divers and a Black-necked Grebe.

Thursday 12th January 2017

No new discoveries today but quite a lot of news filtered through.

A total of 9 Mediterranean Gulls were reported today with an adult at Scalby Mills (red ring H1N4 from Hungary) and 8 at Holbeck, 2 1st winter, a 2nd winter and 5 adults (1 with white ring 3LAN from Netherlands).

Wildfowl and Gulls from Wykeham South Lake included 5 Shoveler. 14 Pochard, 5 Goldeneye, 11 Gadwall and 5 Wigeon then in the evening gull roost c1500 Herring Gulls, 30 Greater Black-backed Gulls, c300 Black-headed Gulls, c800 Common Gulls and also a Green Woodpecker was heard calling. Other wildfowl reports today included 14 Gadwall and 15 Teal at Scampston; 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 2 Velvet Scoters and 5 Common Scoters in South Bay; 2 Common Scoters in North Bay; 4 Goosanders and 44 Tufted Ducks at The Mere with 3 Pink-footed Geese with the Greylag flock nearby on Queen Margaret’s Road and 18 White-fronted Geese seen at both Burton Riggs and Seamer Tip pool. 

In the Harbour area there were 2 Great Northern Divers, 2 Black-necked Grebes and 52 Purple Sandpipers whilst nearby 4 Red-throated Divers off Marine Drive and on Royal Albert Drive the 2 Black Redstarts and Stonechat remained.

Elsewhere in our area a Chiffchaff was seen in Trough Gulley, a Grey Plover and 2 Dunlin were in Jackson’s Bay, a Green Sandpiper was on Star Carr and 2 Bramblings were at Malton Cote Farm near Ebberston.

Mediterranean Gull (ringed) - Scalby Mills - Tony Clarke

Peregrine - Marine Drive - Tony Clarke


Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Wednesday 11th January 2017

Not much news today but the wind didn’t make things easy. Also please note that the next talk for the Scarborough Birders meeting on the 18th January will now be Mark Pearson on Filey International and that by Ian Robinson on Arctic Canada will be next month.

The only news today came from the South Bay/Harbour area where there were 2 Black-necked Grebes and a Great Northern Diver in the Harbour and 2 Red-throated Divers, 2 Velvet Scoters and a Long-tailed Duck in South Bay. Also at high tide there were 74 Turnstones on the West Pier.


Tuesday 10th January 2017

A juvenile Glaucous Gull was seen flying South at Long Nab at 09.20 by Micky McNaghten but whether this is the Scalby Mills bird or a different individual is open to conjecture.

Waxwings appeared again today with 3 being seen briefly on Stepney Drive by Terry Hobson.

4 Whooper Swans flew Southwest over Gildercliffe this morning and were then seen on Seamer Tip pool before finally being recorded flying Southwest over Star Carr at 09.40. Also at Star Carr there was a Green Sandpiper on the River Hertford and a Little Egret.

At Pottor Brompton Carr 10+ White-fronted Geese were seen early morning but flew towards Wykeham South Lake and there were also a Woodcock, a Snipe, 190 Teal and 13 Wigeon.

The 3 Goosanders were still present on The Mere and just along Queen Margaret’s Road there were 3 Pink-footed Geese with the feral Greylag flock.

Burton Riggs hosted 19 White-fronted Geese, a Great-crested Grebe, 2 Gadwall and a Barnacle Goose during the day and nearby on the east side of Seamer Tip there was a Willow Tit.

The South Bay/Harbour area still held the usual culprits with 2 Long-tailed Ducks and a Velvet Scoter opposite The Spa and a Great Northern Diver and 2 Black-necked Grebes in the Harbour.

At Wykeham South Lake there were 19 White-fronted Geese, 3 Tundra Bean Geese, an Egyptian Goose and 2 Peregrines.

At other locations in the area, 4 Pink-footed Geese and a Shelduck on Harwood Dale Lake and at Scalby Mills 165 Wigeon, 2 Lapwing and a Common Scoter. 

2 Black-necked Grebes - Scarborough Harbour - Kevin Groocock

Monday, 9 January 2017

Monday 9th January 2017

The juvenile Glaucous Gull reappeared at Scalby Mills briefly today, flying off towards North Cliff at 10.53.

Along Royal Albert Drive both the Stonechat and the Black Redstart were seen again.

The best location around Scarborough recently has been the South Bay/Harbour area and today was no exception; all the stars remained and most showed well. Off The Spa/Holbeck the 2 Long-tailed Ducks and 2 Velevt Scoters were with 6 Common Scoters and in the Harbour today 2 Black-necked Grebes and 2 Great Northern Divers also 2 Great-crested Grebes and 6 Red-throated Divers were also seen today in South Bay.

A Snow Bunting flew North over the hut at Long Nab at 08.24 and 2 Whooper Swans flew South at 12.56 also 973 large Gulls went South before 13.00. An estimated 4000 large Gulls went to roost in South Bay this evening, most of which were Herring Gulls.

3 Tundra Bean Geese were at Wykeham South Lake as well as 22 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 5 Pochard and 3 Goldeneye.

18 White-fronted Geese were still near Seamer Tip pool as were 2 Barnacle Geese and at Holbeck 6 Mediterranean Gulls including the 1st winter and 5 adults.


Sunday 8th January 2017

The first news of the day was a Great Northern Diver that flew South past Long Nab at 08.20.
 
The goose flock on Seamer Carr had shown a small increase today with now 39 Tundra Bean Geese, 6 White-fronted Geese and 2 Greylag Geese in the group.

In the Long Nab area a Stonechat, 20 Curlews, 3 Snipe and 25 Reed Buntings and at Johnson’s Marsh 21 Teal, 60 Wigeon and 8 Herons.

At The Mere today’s count included 37 Mute Swans, 2♀ Teal, 11 Mallard, 33 Tufted Duck, 3 (2♂1♀) Goosander, 22 Cormorants including 19 of the race sinensis, 17 Moorhen and 1 Coot.

The South Bay/Harbour area was still productive with 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 2 Velvet Scoter, Common Scoter, 2 Great Northern Divers, 3 Red-throated Divers and a Black-necked Grebe. In neighbouring North Bay 2 Common Scoter and 74 Wigeon were on the sea and the Black Redstart was seen again on the sea defences near the Albert Café.

In Cayton Bay the Velvet Scoter remained with 8 Common Scoter and at Holbeck there were 6 Mediterranean Gulls including the 1st winter bird.

Black Redstart - Royal Albert Drive - Nick Addey

Mediterranean Gull - Holbeck - Chris Bell


Saturday, 7 January 2017

Saturday 7th January 2017

The highlight of the day was the discovery of a Great White Egret seen flying NE over Flixton Carr at 14.40 by Chris McNaghten.

The Tundra Bean Geese remained on Seamer Carr but there were now 2 White-fronted Geese, Pink-footed Goose and 2 Greylag Geese with them also in this area were a Little Egret, a Water Rail, a Little Grebe, a Green Sandpiper and 250 Lapwing. On the edge of neighbouring Willerby Carr by A64 opposite the entrance to Merry Lees Park there was a flock of 800+ Lapwings.

The harbour was still hosting the Black-necked Grebe and just outside were a Great Northern Diver, a Red-throated Diver, a Razorbill, 14 Purple Sandpipers and 100+ Turnstones, just around the corner along Royal Albert Drive the 2 Black Redstarts and the male Stonechat were all still present on the sea defences opposite the Albert Café and in South Bay between The Spa and Holbeck the sea duck present today were 2 Long-tailed Ducks and 5 Common Scoter.

Near to Seamer Tip pool the Barnacle Goose was still present with 19 White-fronted Geese associating with the Greylags and Canadas.

Finally at least one Mediterranean Gull was seen this morning at Holbeck, 2 Pink-footed Geese were seen at Rudda Road Flash and in Cornelian Bay there were 6 Red-throated Divers, 16 Teal, 8 Grey Plover, 23 Curlew, 65 Redshank, 20 Oystercatchers, 12 Turnstone and 2 Purple Sandpipers.

All of today's photos were taken by Chris Bell and so my thanks goes out to him for his many contributions to this site.

Black-necked Grebe - Scarborough Harbour

Black Redstart - Royal Albert Drive

Stonechat - Royal Albert Drive


Friday, 6 January 2017

Friday 6th January 2017

Even less to report today but the 36 Tundra Bean Geese remained on Seamer Carr with a single White-fronted Goose and a single Pink-footed Goose and around Seamer Tip pool there were 18 White-fronted Geese, a Barnacle Goose, 4 Snipe and 6 Grey Partridges.

The only news from the harbour today was a Great Northern Diver.

In Langdale Forest a Yorkshire Coast Nature group reported 100+ Siskins, 20+ Crossbills and 2 Goshawks.

Tundra Bean Goose - Seamer Carr - John Harwood

Tundra Bean Goose - Seamer Carr - Tony Clarke


Thursday, 5 January 2017

Thursday 5th January 2017

Not all that much to report today but the discovery of 36 Tundra Bean Geese on Seamer Carr was a record count for the Scarborough area, there was also a White-fronted Goose in the flock.

The Black Redstart and Stonechat were seen on the sea defences near the Albert Café by lamp post 27. In the harbour the 2 Great Northern Divers and Black-necked Grebe maintained their status and in South Bay there were 2 Long-tailed Ducks and 3+ Common Scoter.

Approximately 40 Pink-footed Geese flew east over Hutton Buscel at 15.50, a Water Rail was at the Open Air Theatre and a mere 1730 Starlings came in to roost in Old Town this evening.

Finally there were 6 Mediterranean Gulls at Holbeck but today only 4 adults, the other two were a 1st winter and a 2nd winter.

1st winter Mediterranean Gull - Holbeck - Tony Clarke
Tundra Bean Geese - Seamer Carr - Dave Mansell


Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Wednesday 4th January 2017

Headline news today involved two 'white-winged' gulls, the first was a juvenile Iceland Gull which flew south, rapidly, past Long Nab at 08.54 and the other was the juvenile Glaucous Gull that reappeared today at Scalby Mills at 12.30 before departing to the south just 25 minutes later.

At Wykeham South Lake there were 14 White-fronted Geese and a Tundra Bean Goose while other geese reports included 35 Pink-footed in a field at the end of Pasture Lane, Seamer, the Barnacle remained with the Canadas east of Seamer Tip pool and 26 White-fronted flew over Seamer Carr.

In South Bay there were 2 Long-tailed Ducks, Velvet Scoter, 4 Common Scoter and 10 Kittiwakes and in the harbour 2 Great Northern Divers, a Red-throated Diver, a Black-necked Grebe and 2 Guillemots.

Other sightings today included 6+ Bramblings at Cockmoor Hall, 50+ Fieldfares above Mile Bush Farm, 2 Bramblings at Forge Valley, Brambling at Hackness Lake, 8 Goosander including 3 drakes at Harwood Dale Lake, Jack Snipe at Taylor Way, Little Egret and Kingfisher on River Derwent at A64 crossing, 6 adult Mediterranean Gulls at Holbeck and a group of about 20 Meadow Pipits on Star Carr.

Finally 2 Waxwings were reported in the top of a tall tree near the Police Station by two visiting birders from York.

As for mammals, there were three Otters seen well in the Star Carr area.

All the following photos were taken today by Steve Race, so thanks for letting us use them here.

Glaucous Gull - Scalby Mills

Great Northern Diver - Scarborough Harbour

Red-throated Diver - Scarborough Harbour

Tuesday 3rd January 2017

18 Waxwings were seen feeding on West Garth, Cayton this morning and resting up in trees at the end of South Lea Road. These birds were rather jumpy and didn’t hang around for long with the last report at 10.05.

A female Scaup was seen in South Bay, forced down after being chased by a Peregrine. Also in the Harbour/South Bay area there were 2 Great Northern Divers and a Black-necked Grebe plus a Long-tailed Duck and 3 Common Scoter. In North Bay the Stonechat and the Black Redstart were still on the rocks opposite the Albert Café.

At least one Water Rail and the Kingfisher continued their sojourn to the Open Air Theatre whilst at other locations there were 2 Bramblings at the Forge Valley feeders, at Cockmoor Hall car park 20 Bramblings and 12 Siskin, 20+Mandarin Ducks and 12+ Teal at Hilla Green and 80 Lapwing at Harwood Dale.

Waxwings - Cayton - Peter Dunn

Waxwings - Cayton - Peter Dunn


Monday 2nd January 2017

In the Harbour area the Great Northern Diver and Black-necked Grebe continued their long stay and there was also a Red-throated Diver and a Velvet Scoter. In South Bay there were 2 Long-tailed Ducks and 2 Common Scoter and in North Bay near the Albert Café the Stonechat and Black Redstart were seen again.

Johnson’s Marsh had 80 Wigeon and 2 Teal, the Open Air Theatre continued to host a Kingfisher and 2 Water Rails and at Scalby Mills the juvenile Glaucous Gull was seen late in the afternoon, also there was a Ringed Plover and a Mediterranean Gull flew south.

At Willerby Carr (about ¼ mile NE of the crossing) there was a good selection of wildfowl including c25 Whooper Swans, 10+ Pink-footed Geese, a White-fronted Goose and 5+ Tundra Bean Goose and in the Star/Seamer Carr area 19 White-fronted Geese, Little Egret, c100 Lapwing, 2 Redshank, 2 Snipe, Green Sandpiper and 10 Bean Geese flew SW.

7 Waxwings were seen flying low to the north over the junction Londesborough Road and St. James Road towards the Tap and Spile on Falsgrave.

Elsewhere the Barnacle Goose was still with the Canada Geese at Seamer Tip pool with a Merlin and Buzzard also seen there, 5 Mediterranean Gulls at Holbeck, 30 Pink-footed Geese flying around fields by the A64 bypass, 2 Goosanders at Harwood Dale Lake, 6 Mandarin Duck on Hackness Lake, c50 Fieldfares at Hutton Buscel, there were 2265 Starlings seen going to roost in Old Town and at dusk c200 Rooks were seen moving north over the town.

Barnacle Goose - Seamer Tip pool - Chris Bell


Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Sunday 1st January 2017

First of all may I wish all readers a Happy New Year and let’s hope it is as bird filled as 2016 was.

Today’s highlight was the rediscovery of yesterday’s Glaucous Gull. this time at Scalby Mills, by Micky McNaghten and Steve Wignill. The bird remained here from 12.23 until 13.45 when it flew off in the direction of Peasholm.

In the South Bay and Harbour area today there were some new discoveries such as 2 Long-tailed Ducks and a Velvet Scoter with 3 Common Scoters off The Spa/Holbeck, plus some old favourites like the Great Northern Diver and Black-necked Grebe and there was also a Red-throated Diver. 5 Eiders, a drake and 4 females, went south off Marine Drive where there was also a Red-throated Diver off shore.

In the Seamer area there was a Barnacle Goose with the Canada Geese at Seamer Tip pool and a Mandarin Duck in Black Dike.

Elsewhere sightings today included 4 Little Egrets at Folkton Carr, a Goosander and 2 Shelducks at Harwood Dale Lake, 9 Grey Herons at Johnson’s Marsh, 50 Teal on Scalby Lodge Pond and 4 Kittiwakes in South Bay.

A mammal record from today concerned a Weasel seen at the entrance to Knipe Point Drive at 12.30.

Finally just outside the area, about 200 metres, there were 20 Waxwings at Lidl in Pickering.

Glaucous Gull - Scalby Mills - Tony Clarke


Saturday, 31 December 2016

Saturday 31st December 2016

The highlight of the day was the discovery of a juvenile Glaucous Gull along Marine Drive by Chris Bradshaw at 13.38 when it was heading in the direction of the harbour. Despite being looked for in the harbour area and in South Bay the bird went missing until 15.50 when it was seen by Steve Turner on the sea off the harbour wall. Also in the harbour area were the Great Northern Diver and the Black-necked Grebe continuing their long residency and 2 Velvet Scoters seen at 10.00am.

The Velvet Scoter remained in Cayton Bay with the small group of Common Scoter and there was a Sanderling there as well.

3 adult Mediterranean Gulls were in the Holbeck car park, a Brambling was seen in the Forge Valley and a Nordic type Jackdaw was on Stepney Drive.

Finally today at Wykeham South Lake there was a Kestrel, an Egyptian Goose and 3 Great-crested Grebes.

Sanderling - Cayton Bay - Chris Bull

Velvet Scoter - Cayton Bay - Chris Bull

Friday, 30 December 2016

Friday 30th December 2016

A Tundra Bean Goose was found this morning, being seen in the field by the track to Scalby Lodge Pond and in the fields south and west of Johnson’s Marsh where there was also 120 Wigeon and 10 Curlew.

The Black-necked Grebe was in the harbour again and today the Great Northern Diver had returned as well, also the Black Redstart was seen again on the sea defences and a Red-throated Diver was close in shore.

No Waxwings today but a Mistle Thrush had laid claim to the berries on the trees outside B&Q.

There were 2 Green Sandpipers on Thornton Carr, 4 adult Mediterranean Gulls at Holbeck and in Cornelian Bay a Shelduck, Grey Plover, 7 Ringed Plover and 13 Purple Sandpipers.

Tundra Bean Goose - Scalby Lodge - Terry Hobson

Tundra Bean Goose - Scalby Lodge - Terry Hobson


Thursday 29th December 2016

The group of Waxwings at the front of Halfords on Seamer Road had increased to 33 today but were only seen in the morning.

The Black-necked Grebe was in the harbour again today with 16 Purple Sandpipers in the roost on East Pier and 31 Turnstones on the jet boat slipway.

14 White-fronted Geese were in the field below Seamer Tip pool and there was a Pintail on Harwood Dale Lake.

In Cornelian Bay there were 2 Gadwall, 10 Mallard and a Goldeneye flew south.

Waxwing - Seamer Road - Chris Bull

Wednesday 28th December 2016

Waxwings were back in the news again today with 27 being seen on Seamer Road, at the front of Halfords.

At Ravenscar there was a Raven at the hotel and a pair of Stonechats about 200 metres south of the station.

The long staying Great Northern Diver and Black-necked Grebe were in South Bay just outside the harbour entrance and 3 adult Mediterranean Gulls were at Holbeck.

At Cayton Carr there were a Barn Owl, Peregrine, Kingfisher and 3 Chiffchaffs.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Tuesday 27th December 2016

Just one single Waxwing was reported today, seen by a single observer and photographed in a garden in Scalby.

In the Seamer area there was a Goosander at Burton Riggs and a Jack Snipe and Little Egret at Taylor Way.

In Langdale Forest today a single Great Grey Shrike at May Moss and 3 Goshawks and 20+ Crossbills in the Maw Rigg area.

Star Carr was quite productive today with 18 White-fronted Geese, 6 Pink-footed Geese and another 34 flew over to the southwest with a Greylag Goose, 2 Little Egrets, 100 Fieldfares, 30 Redwings, 200 Lapwings and a Kingfisher;

Elsewhere other records included 2 Water Rails at the Open Air Theatre, 97 Wigeon at Johnson’s Marsh and 3 Barn Owls and a Tawny Owl at Ruston Carr/Brompton Road.
Mammal news concerned a Mink seen in New Dike, Seamer Tip.

White-fronted Goose - Star Carr - Dave Mansell

Pink-footed Geese - Star Carr - Dave Mansell


Monday, 26 December 2016

Monday 26th December 2016

A bit more news today as people were obviously trying to get rid of those calories added yesterday.

At Long Nab a Long-tailed Duck, a Bonxie and 122 Fulmars flew north and nearby at Scalby Mills a Great Northern Diver went high to the south.

At Harwood Dale Lake there were 3 White-fronted Geese and 4 Goosanders, nearby a Raven flew over Helwath Road, Harwood Dale in the morning, while Johnson’s Marsh had 15 Grey Herons, 72 Wigeon, 29 Teal and 22 Curlews.

There was a Chiffchaff at Burton Riggs, a Kingfisher at the Open Air Theatre and 3 adult and 1 second winter Mediterranean Gulls at Holbeck.

This afternoon in Ellerburn and Dalby Forest there were Peregrine, Common Buzzard, Goshawk, Willow Tit and good numbers of Crossbills.

White-fronted Geese - Harwood Dale Lake - Nick Addey

Mediterranean Gull - Holbeck - Mandy Clarke

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Sunday 25th December 2016

Not unexpectedly there wasn’t much bird news today. In fact there was only two bits of information that came in all day.

The Velvet Scoter remained in Cayton Bay and there were 2 Black-necked Grebes in the harbour.


Finally a group of 12 Crossbills were seen in Wykeham Forest East.

Merry Christmas everyone.

2 Black-necked Grebes - Scarborough Harbour - Frank Moffatt


Saturday 24 December 2016

Unfortunately sad news today not only did we all hear about the passing of Rick Parfitt from Status Quo but the Red-throated Diver that had been frequenting Peasholm Park was found dead on the lake this morning. However, the White-fronted Goose was seen again at this location.

At Potter Brompton Carr there were 16 White-fronted Geese, c90 Teal, 14 Wigeon and abour 60 Linnet.

Johnson’s Marsh had 9 Grey Herons and 8 Curlews and at Long Nab 402 Herring Gulls went south in 2 hours including 6 of the northern argentatus, also in this area 3 Red-throated Divers and a Song Thrush came in off the sea.

The Harbour still held 2 Black-necked Grebes and at Holbeck there were 4+ adult Mediterranean Gulls. 

Song Thrush - in off at Long Nab - Nick Addey

Friday, 23 December 2016

Friday 23 December 2016

Waxwings were back in the news with 17 on Seamer Road outside Pets At Home and Brantano, not just catching up with some shopping this was definitely the crowd before the Boxing Day sales. Also 8 were reported outside Grip Cycles, Dunslow Road in Eastfield today.

The Black-necked Grebe remained in the Outer Harbour, the Red-throated Diver was still in Peasholm Park but was looking rather unwell, North Bay held a Red-throated Diver plus 2 Common Scoter and in South Bay there were 2 Red-throated Divers.

On Harwood Dale Lake there was a Pintail and 3 Goosander, at Staintondale a single Raven was seen and at Seamer Tip pool there were 9 White-fronted Geese.

Elsewhere at Deepdale there was a Woodcock and 2 Crossbills, c70 Redpolls at Staindale, 3 Grey Plovers in Cornelian Bay and 7 Mediterranean Gulls (6 ads and 1 2nd winter) at Holbeck.

I can never resist a nice Waxwing photo so here's one from today.

Waxwing - Seamer Road - Chris Bell


Thursday, 22 December 2016

Thursday 22 December 2016

Most of the news today concerned species that were still present in the area. The Red-throated Diver at Peasholm Park Lake, the Great Northern Diver and 2 Black-necked Grebes in the harbour and the Velvet Scoter in Cayton Bay with 9 Common Scoter and a Red-throated Diver.

Elsewhere at Seamer Tip pool there were 6 White-fronted Geese, a Pink-footed Goose and a Barnacle Goose with the Goose flock and a Shelduck flew over, a Chiffchaff was at Burton Riggs and 3 adult Mediterranean Gulls were around the Holbeck car park this morning. 

Red-throated Diver - Peasholm Park - Deb Schild


Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Wednesday 21 December 2016

The most significant discovery today was a group of 7 Tundra Bean Geese in the field behind Rudda Road flash, Staintondale by Chris McNaghten, there was also a Merlin there.

A White-fronted Goose was also discovered this morning in Peasholm Park giving some great photographic opportunities.

At Ellerburn Fish Farm there were 8 Grey Herons, 40 Redwings, a male Peregrine and 140 Lapwings flew south.

The Red-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Black-necked Grebe and Black Redstart all remained in situ.

A Great Black-backed Gull ringed as a chick in 2012 in Denmark was seen at Scalby Mills by Steve Wignill.

The Purple Samdpipers in North Bay had increased to 5, at Seamer Road Mere the count included 35 Tufted Ducks, 19 Cormorants, 2 Kingfishers, 2 Little Grebes and the Black-headed Gull ringed in Lithuania, at Seamer Tip pool 9 White-fronted Geese dropped in to join the 2 Shoveler and 8 Gadwall and finally at Taylor Way there were 2 Jack Snipe and 3 Common Snipe.

Red-throated Diver - Peasholm Park Lake - Dave Mansell
White-fronted Goose - Peasholm Park - Dave Mansell