Sunday, 11 October 2015

Sunday 11th October 2015

Migration watch; 07.15 - 10.20hrs and 13.30 - 17.30hrs.
On the move (south unless stated) were 73 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Grey Heron, 16 Black-headed Gull, 1 Common Gull, 5 Skylark, 6 Meadow Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 3 Chaffinch, 11 Linnet, 6 Goldfinch and 3 Siskin.
The main feature of the day was an arrival of Goldcrest that began late morning with birds seemingly arriving through till dusk, a minimum of 322 were recorded between South Cliff and Ravenscar.
A breakdown of those conservative estimates are 60 on Castle Hill, 55 between Scalby Nab and Cromer Point and 120 at Long Nab, elsewhere 4 were on South Cliff, 30 were between St Mary's Church and the Market Hall, 5 were in Peasholm Park, 18 were at Cloughton Wyke and 30 were at Ravenscar.
Also seen were 16 Redwing, 8 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, a lingering Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff and a Brambling on Castle Hill, a Chiffchaff, a Wheatear and 18 Reed bunting at Cromer Point, a new Yellow-browed Warbler at Stoupe Brow, the Ring Ouzel, 12 Mistle Thrush and 6 Redwing along Bent Rigg Lane,
Extra at Long Nab were the Short-eared Owl, 20 Robin, 22 Song Thrush, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Blackcap, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler in Crook Ness, 2 Chiffchaff and 10 Siskin
Also a Snipe was on Johnson's Marsh, 60 Wigeon were at Scalby Mills, 40 Pink-footed Geese flew west over Cayton and and a Yellow-browed Warbler was found slightly inland at Crossgates.

One of many Goldcrests to arrive - Michael McNaghten

Sparrowhawk - Long Nab - Michael McNaghten

Sparrowhawk - Long Nab - Michael McNaghten

Song Thrush - Long Nab - Michael McNaghten

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