Monday, 18 April 2016

Monday 18th April 2016

Migration watch; 07.28 – 17.30hrs.
The highlight of a rather interesting day was undoubtedly a SHORT-TOED LARK at Long Nab, only the second record for the district, the first being almost two years ago to the day (20th April 2014) and only a few hundred yards further along the cliffs!
Unfortunately, unlike the first, it was rather illusive, regularly disappearing in the fast growing crops. It then flew a short distance towards the car park at Crook Ness where it again dropped into vegetation and wasn’t seen again after 10.25hrs.
Other migrants in the Long Nab area included 1 Whimbrel, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Wheatear and 5 White Wagtail.
On the move (north unless stated) were 1 Common Scoter + 1 south, 11 Gannet, 1 female Hen Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 12 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, 2 Black-headed Gull + 9 south, 31 Common Gull south, 3 lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Sandwich Tern + 2 south, 13 Carrion Crow, 4 Sand Martin + 4 south, 8 Swallow + 11 south, 2 House Martin + 4 north, 2 Flava, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Alba, 2 White Wagtail, 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit south, 1 Chaffinch, 57 Linnet + 70 south and 1 Goldfinch + 2 south.
Elsewhere 9 Ring Ouzel were at Ravenscar where the Raven was seen again, nearby a Wheatear was at Stoupe Brow.
2 Wheatear were on Scalby Nab, 6 House Martin and 10 Sand Martin were over Scalby Beck, the second Osprey in two days flew north over Thornton le Dale at 14.55hrs, a Red-breasted Merganser and a Common Scoter were in Cornelian Bay, a Wheatear was on South Cliff, a Brambling was in Crossgates and 4 Great Crested Grebe were at Burton Riggs.

Short-toed Lark - Long Nab - Chris Bradshaw

Whimbrel - Long Nab - Chris Bradshaw

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