Monday, 1 September 2014

Sunday 31st August 2014

Migration watches; 07.15 - 11.00hrs and 15.15 - 18.50hrs.
The 2nd Scarborough Pelagic of the year ran this morning, however it was rather predictably quiet at sea, even the usual attending Herring Gulls were nowhere to be seen until close inshore. Highlights on the trip were obviously few, although a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull following the boat off Long Nab and the 2nd Ocean Sunfish of the year were worthy of note.
Another record from out at sea was of a Great Skua seen 10 miles off Long Nab by one of our resident birders returning from a 'quiet' weekend in Amsterdam!
On the move (south unless stated) were 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Diver sp north, 1 Wigeon north, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Golden Plover, 2 Arctic Skua + 1 north, 1 Great Skua north, 5 Sandwich Tern + 1 north, 25 Common Tern north, 2 Arctic Tern north, 1 Auk sp north, 105 Swallow, 10 House Martin, 2 Flava, 3 Alba and 12 Linnet.
Migrants seen throughout included the Greenish Warbler on Castle Hill which was still proving very elusive at times, fortunately though it occasionally gives its self away with a burst of song, a Barred Warbler, the 221st species this year, was found in the hedge by Cliff Top House at Long Nab but soon disappeared and 2 Skylark, 12 Meadow Pipit, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 9 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler and 2 Goldcrest in the Long Nab area.
Also the showy Greenshank was still at Scalby Mills.

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