Sunday, 24 May 2015

Friday 22nd - Saturday 23rd May 2015

Another generally quiet few days.


Friday 22nd;
Migration watch; 08.40 - 10.45hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 1 Cormorant north, 6 Swift north, 42 Swallow + 9 north and 18 House Martin.
The first Honey Buzzard of the year was seen heading west over Harwood Dale early afternoon and a singing Reed Warbler was found in Falsgrave Park.


A Long-eared Bat was seen at Harwood Dale.


Saturday 23rd
Migration watch; 05.55 - 12.55hrs.
It was another slow mornings watch at Long Nab, on the move there (north unless stated) were 39 Fulmar + 9 south, 4 Manx Shearwater, 1 Cormorant + 1 south, 2 Shag, 7 Common Scoter, 1 Oystercatcher south, 3 Dunlin, 1 Black-headed Gull + 8 south, 1 Common Gull + 1 south, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull + 2 south, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern + 12 south, 1 Puffin south, 3 Sand Martin, 48 Swallow + 35 south, 3 House Martin, 1 Jay, 7 Carrion Crow + 1 south, 2 Goldfinch south and 5 Linnet.
Equally disappointing was the virtual absence of any drift migrants despite the change in conditions, a Spotted Flycatcher was the only bird of note.
Elsewhere 2 Shelduck, 2 Shoveler, 1 female Wigeon, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Wood Sandpiper and 2 Yellow Wagtail were at Potter Brompton Carr (no general access), 2 Turtle Dove were in Staintondale, 3 Garden and 3 Sedge Warbler were on Willerby Carr and the first Nightjar was reported from Wykeham Forest.

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