Saturday, 12 October 2013

Saturday 12th October 2013

Another superb day with that true autumn excitement feel!
A RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER on Castle Hill was the highlight of the passerines found during the day, the first in Scarborough for a few years!!
Other migrants between Ravenscar and Cornlian Bay were 1 Merlin (Long Nab), 1 Woodcock (Cromer Point), 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (3 Long Nab, 1 Castle Hill), 43 Skylark, 81 Meadow Pipit, 91 Robin, 1 Redstart (Long Nab), 1 Stonechat, 199 Redwing, 45 Song Thrush, 90 Blackbird, 4 Fieldfare, 3 Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaff, 129 Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper (Long Nab), 30 Starling, 8 Brambling, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Siskin, 1 Crossbill (Long Nab), 21 Reed Bunting, 2 Lapland Bunting (Long Nab, Cromer Point) and 1 Snow Bunting (in off at Long Nab).
The sea didn't disapoint either, on the move (north unless stated) were 1 Red-throated Diver + 5 south, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 39 Fulmar including 1 'Blue Fulmar', 1 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Manx Shearwater, 1 Leach's Petrel, 953 Gannet + 59 south, 59 Cormorant south, 1 Grey Heron south, 55 Wigeon + 5 south, 1 Mallard south, 3 Eider + 3 south, 3 Pintail, 278 Common Scoter + 1 south, 1 Velvet Scoter + 2 south, 1 Goldeneye, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Goosander, 1 Dunlin, 15 Great Skua, 3 Arctic Skua, 2 Little Gull, 18 Black-headed Gull + 15 south, Common Gull 6 north + 17 south, 131 Kittiwake + 1 south, 1 Arctic Tern, 187 Auk sp, 1 Black Guillemot and 1 Swallow south.

Goldcrest, Crook Ness - Michael McNaghten

Goldcrest, Castle Hill - Michael McNaghten

Red-breasted Flycatcher, Castle Hill - Michael McNaghten
 

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