Sunday, 22 October 2017

Thursday 12th October 2017

At Potter Brompton Carr today just 120 Teal and 2 Wigeon were reported.

The Ravenscar area held 40 Chaffinches, 30+ Blackbirds and a Yellow-browed Warbler on the cinder track near to the first bridge also just down the road at Staintondale a Hobby flew over.

At the Holbeck car park there were 3 adult Mediterranean Gulls and a little further south a Yellow-browed Warbler was in Cornelian Ravine.

In the North York Moors National Park there was a Stonechat at Spikers Hill and at Bridestones in Dalby Forest the first Great Grey Shrike for the autumn/winter was reported

The Long Nab area had a Willow Warbler and a Yellow-browed Warbler by Cliff Top House and nearby at Crook Ness there was a Chiffchaff, 22 Redpoll sp. flew south and 120 Meadow Pipits were near the car park.

The Wigeon flock at Scalby Mills numbered 45 where there were also 4 Ringed Plovers, to the south at Jackson’s Bay field we had 47 Pied Wagtails and a Wheatear and finally a male Stonechat was on Royal Albert Drive just west of the skateboard park. 

Wednesday 11th October 2017

In the Ravenscar area today a Snow Bunting flew over to the south as did 2 Swallows, a Yellow-browed Warbler frequented an area by the tea rooms and there were about 20 Goldcrests and 2 Redwings also around the village.

Crook Ness this evening hosted a Wheatear, a Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaffs and 2 Goldcrests.

Tuesday 10th October 2017

The only news today came from Long Nab where a Swallow, 4 House Martins moved south over Crook Ness which also held a Redwing; there was a Chiffchaff at Cliff Top House and 32 Meadow Pipits were by the car park.
 

Monday 9th October 2017

Today the visible migration from Long Nab between 06.20-11.25 included 204 Pink-footed Geese (S), 24 Wigeon (N), 16 Teal (N), a Velvet Scoter (N), 39 Common Scoter (2 S, 37 N), 5 Red-throated Divers (1 S, 4 N), a Golden Plover (S), a Ringed Plover (S), 4 Starling (in off), 7 Blackbird (in off), 2 Fieldfare (S), a Redwing (in off), 3 Song Thrush (in off), 19 Tree Sparrows (S), 2 Brambling (S), 31 Redpoll sp. (27 S, 4 N) and 23 Siskin (S). Also in the area were a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Yellow-browed Warblers, a Blackcap, a Garden Warbler, 14 Goldcrests, a Redwing, 4 Stonechats and 96 Meadow Pipits.

In other areas today we had a couple of Fieldfares in Troutsdale, 2 Yellow-browed Warblers on Castle Hill and 3 House Martins and a Brambling along South Cliff.

Sunday 8th October 2017

Long Nab was again the centre of records again today and included 184 Pink-footed Geese (182 S, 2N), 96 Barnacle Geese (5 S, 91 N), 87 Teal N, a Tufted Duck (N), 154 Common Scoter (8 S, 146 N), 6 Red-breasted Mergansers (S), 23 Red-throated Divers (8 S, 15 N), 14 Lapwing (S), 2 Golden Plover (S), a Snipe (in off), an adult Little Gull (N), an Arctic Skua (N), 2 Stock Doves (S), a ♀ Merlin (S), 11 Skylarks (S), 13 Meadow Pipits (S), 25 Rock Pipits (8 S, 17 N),  Also seen in the Long Nab area today were 2 Grey Heron, a Woodcock, a Jack Snipe, 4 Snipe, a Stock Dove, 2 Barn Owls, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Kestrels, 6 Coal Tits, 6 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tits, 60 Skylarks, 7 Chiffchaffs, 7 Yellow-browed Warblers including 2 at Crook Ness and 2 at Cliff Top House, a Blackcap, a Garden Warbler, 18 Goldcrests, 48 Blackbirds, 6 Redwings, 12 Song Thrushes, 45 Robins, 3 Stonechats, 25 Tree Sparrows, 14 Dunnocks, 30 Meadow Pipits, 5 Rock Pipits, 60 Chaffinches, 4 Bramblings, 7 Reed Buntings.

There were also 2 Yellow-browed Warblers on Castle Hill and another was seen at Cornelian Bay. 2 Ravens were seen over the Ravens Hall Hotel; an Osprey flew south past Ellerburn Bank towards the Trout Farm at 13.00 and a ringtail Harrier, probably a Hen Harrier, was seen from a car 2Km north of RAF Fylingdales this afternoon.

Saturday 7th October 2017

From Long Nab today a Dark-bellied Brent Goose (N), 3 Whooper Swans (N), 2 Gadwall (N), 131 Wigeon (N), 63 Teal (14 S, 49 N), 3 Eider (N), a Velvet Scoter (N), 54 Common Scoter (N), a Red-breasted Merganser (N), 39 Red-throated Divers (22 S, 17 N), a Great Crested Grebe (S), a Whimbrel (S), a Curlew (N), 40 Auks (34 S, 6 N), a Swallow (N), a Grey Wagtail (S) and 31 Rock Pipits (14 S, 5 N and 12 in off).

A Whooper Swan was two fields west of Folkton Sewage Works, north of the River Hertford and at Potter Brompton Carr we had a Pintail, 81 Teal, 21 Wigeon, 2 Dunlin, 12 Lapwing and 2 Snipe.

Friday 6th October 2017

At Long Nab today between 07.00 and 11.15 and then again 17.00 to 18.00 we had 3 Pink-footed Geese (N), 2 Whooper Swans (an adult S, a juvenile N), 53 Wigeon (5 S, 48 N), 19 Teal (N), a ♂ Eider (N), 39 Common Scoter (4 S, 35 N), 49 Red-throated Divers (31 S, 18 N), 2 Manx Shearwaters (N), 7 Sandwich Terns (N), 15 Great Skuas (11 S, 4 N), 3 Arctic Skuas (S) and 86 Auks (64 S, 22 N), also present in the area were 5 Pink-footed Geese, a Snipe, a Ruff, a 2cy Mediterranean Gull (presumed same bird as yesterday) and 7 Blackbirds came in off the sea.

At other locations 20 Pink-footed Geese flew over Wykeham South Lake in the morning; 2 Stonechats were at Scalby Lodge Pond and at Harwood Dale Lake we had a Redshank, 22 Teal and 2 Swallows.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Thursday 5th October 2017

Most of the news today came from the intrepid observers at Long Nab and Marine Drive and the counts were as follows. From Long Nab today between 07.10 and 12.10 we had 3 Pink-footed Geese (2 S, 1 N), a Pale-bellied Brent Goose (N), 7 Whooper Swans (S), a Tufted Duck (N), 8 Common Scoter (S), 26 Red-throated Divers (11 S, 15 N), a Great Northern Diver (S), 10 Great Skua (S), 5 Arctic Skua (S), 11 Guillemots (2 S, 9 N) and 3 Swallows (2 S, 1 N), there were also 15 Pink-footed Geese and a 2cy Mediterranean Gull in the area. Off Marine Drive this evening between 17.10 and 18.10 6 Teal (N), 2 Red-breasted Mergansers (S), a Red-throated Diver (S), 2 Manx Shearwaters (N), a Snipe (N), 12 Dunlin (N) and 2 Arctic Skuas (S).

At Wykeham South Lake this morning a Peregrine flew through; at Scalby Lodge Pond we had 9 Pink-footed Geese and 2 Stonechats and a little further afield 75 Pink-footed Geese went south over Thornton Carr at 18.30.


Wednesday 4th October 2017

Around town today 110 Pink-footed Geese flew south at 17.00, there were 110 Greater Black-backed Gulls around the harbour and a ♂ Common Scoter was frequenting South Bay.

Meanwhile at Long Nab between 07.15 and 10.30 the highlights included a Whooper Swan (S), 11 Common Scoter (10 S, 1 N), a Goosander (N), 23 Red-throated Divers (20 S, 3 N), a Great Northern Diver (S), a Little Gull (S) and an immature female Merlin (S).


Tuesday 3rd October 2017

At Long Nab today 88 Pink-footed Geese in 4 skeins (S), 2 Golden Plovers (S), 5 Snipe (S), 4 House Martins (S), 54 Meadow Pipits (S), 30 Linnets (S), 25 Redpoll sp. (S), 153 Goldfinch (S), 2 Siskin (N), 6 Reed Buntings (S), a Wheatear was also present in the area and there was a Whimbrel at Crook Ness.

Elsewhere in our area 750 Pink-footed Geese and 130 Greylags went south over Fylingdales and at Wykeham South Lake 88 Pink-footed Geese flew over, different from the 88 at Long Nab as they were in 3 skeins, plus 4 Gadwall and a Kingfisher.


Monday 2nd October 2017

The Potter Brompton Carr survey today included a ♂ Merlin, 125 Teal, 26 Wigeon and 5 Snipe; there was a Black-tailed Godwit at Harwood Dale Lake; 14 Herons were on Johnson’s Marsh and at Scalby Mills 28 Wigeon, 2 Dippers and 2 Kingfishers.

Movement today at Long Nab included 39 Pink-footed Geese (S), a Common Scoter (N), 2 Snipe in off the sea, 3 Sandwich Terns (N), 3 Kestrels in off, a male Peregrine (S), 27 Swallows (S), 940 House Martins (S), 153 Meadow Pipits (S), 69 Linnets (S), 31 Redpoll sp. (S), a site record of 1115 Goldfinches (S) and a Siskin (S).

Some late news in concerned 8 Wheatears seen on Brow Moor today.


Sunday 1st October 2017

There wasn’t a lot of movement today at Long Nab but the highlights included 5 Wigeon (S), 8 Red-throated Divers (S), a Dunlin (S), an adult Mediterranean Gull (S), 2 Stock Doves (S), 25 House Martins (S), a Starling in off the sea, 21 Meadow Pipits (S) and 78 Goldfinches (S).

At Scalby Mills a Great Skua was lingering off shore and there were 34 Wigeon, 5 Kittiwakes and 2 Sandwich Terns and on Castle Hill there was a Yellow-browed Warbler with the tit flock on the northern slope.


Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Saturday 30th September 2017

The visible migration at Long Nab today was quite special with large numbers of some species, all of the following counts were of birds moving south; 18 Skylark, 12 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 12 Starling, 40 Tree Sparrow, 2 Grey Wagtails, 8 alba Wagtails, 443 Meadow Pipits, a Rock Pipit, 54 Chaffinch, 331 Linnets, 108 Redpoll sp., 737 Goldfinches (a site record), 6 Siskin and 18 Reed Buntings. Also present in this area were a Golden Plover, a Whimbrel, 2 Stonechats, a Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaffs and the Yellow-browed Warbler continued its stay at Cliff Top House.

Elsewhere there were a couple of Yellow-browed Warblers on South Cliff with an increase in Goldcrests and Chiffchaffs in the same area.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Friday 29th September 2017

The only news received today was the Yellow-browed Warbler still present at Cliff Top House, Long Nab this afternoon.

 

Thursday 28th September 2017

This morning the Common Rosefinch was seen again at Crook Ness and despite going missing for a while during the morning it showed well on and off in the afternoon from 12.20 until the early evening. Also around Long Nab were 2 Willow Warblers, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Whinchat, a Wheatear and a ringed Yellow-browed Warbler.

Still 3 Yellow-browed Warblers at Ravenscar today with one in the copse at the junction of Bent Rigg Road and the cinder track, one also on the cinder track about ½ mile north of first bird and the third was in the garden of Ness House. Also seen in this area were 2 Stonechats, a Whinchat, Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 10 Chiffchaffs and a Blackcap.

The Yellow-browed Warbler remained at Cliff Top House for another day.

Common Rosefinch - Crook Ness - Alex Meek
Common Rosefinch - Crook Ness - Dave Mansell

Wednesday 27th September 2017

At Long Nab today a Chiffchaff, 7 Goldcrest, 30 Chaffinches, a Reed Bunting and just a single Yellow-browed Warbler; this was the star species again today with other individuals by the Clock Tower on South Cliff, just south of the Holbeck car park and 2 were around Cliff Top House near Crook Ness. The only other news concerned a Lesser Whitethroat at Crook Ness and a Brambling was heard in the bushes below the Putting Green on South Cliff. 

 

Tuesday 26th September 2017

Today the reports of Yellow-browed Warblers came from Long Nab where a new unringed bird was found and a total of three were present, two were seen associating with a small Tit flock at Crook Ness and there were two at Ravenscar, one along the cinder track and the other at the entrance to Raven Hall Hotel.

At Long Nab today in addition to the Yellow-broweds there were a Golden Plover, 2 Coal Tits, a Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, 8 Goldcrests, a Redwing, 13 Song Thrush, a female Redstart, 45 Chaffinches and 2 Bramblings.

Elsewhere in the area a Hobby flew NE over Burniston and a Tree Pipit went south behind Cornelian Bay.


Friday, 29 September 2017

Monday 25th September 2017

Well with winds finally in the east plus mist and drizzle the anticipation was high today and it didn’t take long before the first discovery of the day was reported from Crook Ness, an immature Common Rosefinch. The bird was found by Dave Mansell but had only been seen briefly on a couple of occasions before other observers arrived on site to help with the search. After a while it popped up again and was seen perched briefly by one observer and in flight by another, this was definitely a rather elusive individual until c12.30 when it showed well for a while feeding in the open. The bird was seen at least four times during the afternoon although the quality of the views left a lot to be desired at times. This is the eighth record for the Scarborough area with the last one being at Long Nab on 3rd September 2010. 

The first Yellow-browed Warbler of the autumn was found at a similar time to the Rosefinch on the opposite side of town in the small copse on South Cliff to the south of Holbeck Car Park. More of these autumn sprites were discovered soon after with three at Long Nab, two of which were trapped and ringed, another at Trough Gully (north of Scalby Lodge Pond) and an additional 2nd bird south of Holbeck near the Golf Course on South Cliff.

Also at Long Nab a Redstart and a Brambling; in the Scalby Lodge Pond area there were a Wheatear, 2 Whinchats, 12 Curlew and a Whimbrel; a Grasshopper Warbler was seen very well at Cloughton Wyke; 25 Wigeon graced Johnson’s Marsh and at Wykeham South Lake just 15 Wigeon and 2 Great Crested Grebes.

Common Rosefinch - Crook Ness - Dave Mansell
Yellow-browed Warbler - Long Nab - Chris Bradshaw
Common Rosefinch - Crook Ness - Chris Bell
Yellow-browed Warbler - Trough Gully - Terry Hobson



Sunday 24th September 2017

At least 10 Ruff were seen again in the field south of Seamer Tip pool but as with previous days they disappeared at times, most notably when I was there.

Two skeins of Pink-footed Geese, one of c50 and the other c70, went south over Wykeham Lakes at 10.00 this morning.

At Ravenscar there was a Wheatear, Whinchat, 2 Stonechats, a Lesser Whitethroat and 10 Chiffchaffs.

Ruff - near Seamer Tip Pool - Dave Mansell

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Saturday 23rd September 2017

The 13 Ruff were still in the vicinity of Seamer Tip pool and the Wood Sandpiper was seen again briefly in exactly the same spot as yesterday.



On Johnson’s Marsh today 24 Wigeon, 7 Teal, a Little Grebe and a single Grey Heron and there was a Wheatear opposite the skateboard park on Royal Albert Drive.
 
Wheatear - Royal Albert Drive - Stuart Baines
Ruff - Seamer Tip Pool - Dave Mansell

Friday 22nd September 2017


Today was a noteworthy day as we actually had a few unusual waders reported from our area, at last I hear you say well my comments are not repeatable in this blog as I was out of town today. All records came from the area around Seamer Tip pool and started with the report of a Wood Sandpiper seen briefly on the main pool, then in the fields to the south of here the same observer discovered 13 Ruff, a Green Sandpiper and a Common Sandpiper.

The only other report today was that of a flock of c80 Pink-footed Geese that flew inland over Valley Bridge at 08.45.

Ruff - Seamer Tip Pool - Dave Mansell
Wood Sandpiper = Seamer Tip Pool - Dave Mansell

Thursday 21st September 2017

At Long Nab today there was some sign of visible migration but only in small numbers 48 Swallows, 2 House Martins, 38 Meadow Pipit and 29 Linnets all moving south and at Potter Brompton Carr 2 Shoveler, 160+ Teal and 9 Wigeon.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Wednesday 20th September 2017

The only information received today concerned c160 Teal, 9 Wigeon, 2 Dunlin, 29 Snipe, a Golden Plover and 81 Lapwings at Potter Brompton Catt and South Cliff was being patrolled by at least 3 Mediterranean Gulls.

Tuesday 19th September 2017

A small amount of vismig today with 6 Swallows, a House Martin, 12 Meadow Pipits, 2 Chaffinches, 36 Linnets and 6 Goldfinches all moving south at Long Nab and also in the area 2 Lapland Buntings in the stubble field to the north of the Obs at 08.00, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, plus 14 Goldcrests and 16 Robins would indicate a small arrival of migrants.

At Scalby Lodge Pond there was a fairly late Swift associating with a group of 20+ Swallows and House Martins and at Ravenscar a flock of 227 Pink-footed Geese flew over at 13.45 plus 22 minutes later another 110 birds were logged.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Monday 18th September 2017

Not much moving off Long Nab today with just 12 Wigeon (N), 13 Pintail (N), a Teal (N), a Common Scoter (N) and 2 Swallows (S) being the highlights. Passerines present in the area included a Coal Tit, a Chiffchaff, 11 Goldcrests and 2 Mistle Thrushes.

At other locations in the area we had a juvenile Green Woodpecker on South Cliff; a female Merlin at Ravenscar; 2 Chiffchaffs at the start of Bent Rigg Lane and 48 Turnstones around the harbour.


Sunday 17th September 2017

Another day of seawatching at Long Nab produced the following counts of 2 Brent Geese (N), a Barnacle Goose (S), 247 Wigeon (5 S, 242 N), 4 Shoveler (N), 5 Pintail (N), 227 Teal (36 S, 191 N), a Scaup (N), a Velvet Scoter (N), 509 Common Scoter (7 S, 502 N), 91 Red-throated Divers (73 S, 18 N), 335 Fulmars (N), 27 Sooty Shearwaters (N), 71 Manx Shearwaters (1 S, 70 N), a Red-necked Grebe (N), 3 Curlew (N), 4 Dunlin (N), 2014 Kittiwakes (4 S, 2010 N), a juvenile Sabine’s Gull (N) at 09.38, a juvenile Little Gull (N), a 2cy Mediterranean Gull (N), 3 Sandwich Terns (2 S, 1 N), 6 Common Terns (N), 26 Arctic Terns (N), 21 ‘Comic’ Terns (N), 13 Great Skuas (2 S, 11 N), 58 Arctic Skuas (3 S, 55 N), 2 juvenile Long-tailed Skuas (N) one at 07.56 and the other at 10.07, 18 Swallows (N) and 2 House Martins (N).

Elsewhere, on South Cliff there were 2 Swifts, 4 Stonechats and a Wheatear; a couple of Stonechats by the Obs at Long Nab; a Dipper and 30 Sandwich Terns at Scalby Mills and finally 35 Goldcrests, a marked arrival, in the Hood Lane/Roger Trod area late this afternoon.


Saturday 16th September 2017

Today was another day when all the news collected came from those seawatching from Long Nab or Marine Drive.

At Long Nab today just over 10 hours of seawatching gave rise to the following counts 44 Brent Geese (4 S, 40 N), 131 Wigeon (N), 3 Pintail (N), 120 Teal (N), 6 Tufted Duck (N), 2 Scaup (N), 124 Common Scoter (4 S, 120 N), 27 Red-throated Divers (17 S, 10 N), 383 Fulmars (3 S, 380 N), 84 Sooty Shearwaters (N), 103 Manx Shearwaters (N), 98 Kittiwake (N), 9 Sandwich Tern (N), 2 Common Terns (N), 3 Arctic Terns (N), 22 Comic Terns (N), 44 Great Skuas (10 S, 34 N), 48 Arctic Skuas (39 S, 9 N), a juvenile Long-tailed Skua (N), 2 Puffin (1 N, 1 S), a Short-eared Owl came in off the sea at 17.05 and continued west and 8 Swallows (N) plus c50 Sandwich Terns in Burniston Bay.

From Marine Drive there were 10 Brent Geese (N), 44 Common Scoter (N), 4 Red-throated Divers (S), 2 Storm Petrel (N), 5 Sooty Shearwaters (N), 8 Manx Shearwater (N), a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull (N) moving slowly, 6 Sandwich Terns (N), Arctic Tern just off Marine Drive and on the sea defences, 8 Great Skuas (1 S, 7 N including a group of 5 together) and 2 Arctic Skuas (S).


Thursday, 21 September 2017

Friday 15th September 2017

Seawatching was the order of the day today with people looking from both Long Nab and Marine Drive.

Sightings from Long Nab between 06.20 and 12.00 included 42 Wigeon (4 S, 38 N), a Shoveler (N), 30 Pintail (N), 67 Teal (2 S, 65 N), a Tufted Duck (N), an Eider (S), 71 Common Scoter (5 S, 66 N), 2 Goosander (N), 22 Red-throated Divers (14 S, 4 N), a Storm Petrel (N), 147 Fulmars (N), 24 Sooty Shearwaters (N), 41 Manx Shearwater (N), 2 Bar-tailed Godwits (N), a Curlew Sandpiper (N), 3 Sandwich Terns (N), an Arctic Tern (N), 15 Great Skua (10 S, 5 N), 3 Pomarine Skuas (S), 14 Arctic Skuas (10 S, 4 N), 5 Puffin (4 S, 1 N), 20 Swallows (S), 4 House Martins (S) and 6 Meadow Pipits (S).

At Marine Drive observers were present from 07.00 to 09.00, 11.00 to 11.40 and 16.30 to 19.15 and records included the following 6 Pink-footed Geese (S), 8 Wigeon (N), 3 Pintail (N), 4 Eider (S), 20 Common Scoter (4 S, 16 N), 6 Red-throated Diver (1 S, 5 N), 3 Sooty Shearwater (N), 11 Manx Shearwater (N), a Red-necked Grebe (N) at 18.36, 12 Common Tern (N), 6 Comic Terns (N), 4 Bonxie (N), 4 Arctic Skua (2 S, 2 N), a dark  juvenile Long-tailed Skua came up to Marine Drive sat on the sea at 08.30 and then went back into South Bay where it was seen again off The Spa 09.10,


Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Thursday 14th September 2017

Seawatching this morning from 07.05 – 11.30 at Long Nab produced the following highlights 86 Wigeon (N), 6 Pintail (N), 124 Teal (N), 7 Common Scoter (N), 5 Red-throated Divers (4 S, 1 N), 2 Sooty Shearwaters (N), 3 Manx Shearwater (N), 4 Golden Plover (S), a Dunlin (N), 8 Arctic Tern (3 S, 5 N), 2 Great Skua (S), 5 Arctic Skuas (4 S, 1 N) and a Swift (S).

27 Wigeon (N), 17 Teal (N), a Tufted Duck (S), a Scaup (N), 3 Eider (S), 3 Common Scoter (N), 2 Red-throated Divers (1 S, 1 N), 27 Fulmars (N), 10 Sooty Shearwaters (N), 26 Manx Shearwaters (N), 168 Kittiwake (N), 54 Sandwich Terns (19 S, 35 N), 13 Common Terns (N), an Arctic Tern (N), 4 Great Skua (1 S, 3 N), 7 Arctic Skua (% S, 2 N) and 2 Long-tailed Skuas, both were juveniles and both went north (the first at 17.55 and the second at 18.12).

At other coastal sites we had a juvenile Little Gull in Cornelian Bay with also a Pintail, 42 Wigeon, 5 Teal, a Common Tern and 20 Sandwich Terns; there were 2 Dippers at Scalby Mills and a Bar-tailed Godwit in front of the Spa in South Bay. In Falsgrave Park there was a Spotted Flycatcher and a little further afield 65 Pink-footed Geese were seen flying south over Thornton Le Dale at 11.10.

Bar-tailed Godwit - South Bay - Hayley Richardson

Wednesday 13th September 2017

At Potter Brompton Carr today a juvenile Marsh Harrier, 48 Common Snipe which is a good number for the area and 80+ Teal. On Johnson’s Marsh there were 15 Herons, a Wigeon and a Swift flew over; in the Cornelian Bay area there were 4 Wigeon, a Teal, 34 Sandwich Terns, 2 Common Terns and a Kingfisher; in Jackson’s Bay this evening the waders were flushed by a dog but 3 Bar-tailed Godwits and 9 Ringed Plover were counted; there were 4 Mediterranean Gulls in South Bay and finally today 2 Dippers performed well and at close range near the footbridge at Scalby Mills where there was also a Common Sandpiper.

Dipper - Scalby Mills - Stuart Baines
Common Sandpiper - Scalby Mills - Stuart Baines
Dipper - Scalby Mills - Stuart Baines

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Tuesday 12th September 2017

Around Cornelian Bay today were 5 Teal, a Kingfisher, c100 House Martins and 3 Stonechats whilst in next bay along, South Bay, we had 12 Sandwich Terns and a Mediterranean Gull. There was a Dipper showing well on Scalby Beck by the Old Scalby Mills Pub and nearby in North Bay there was a Bar-tailed Godwit and 100+ Great Black-backed Gulls.

A brief seawatch from Marine Drive this evening between 18.05 and 19.05 produced 2 Teal (S), a Red-throated Diver (S), a Manx Shearwater (N), 30 Sandwich Terns (12 S, 18 N) and a single group of 9 Great Skuas (S).

Dipper - Scalby Mills - Chris Bell

Monday 11th September 2017

Potter Brompton Carr today held 110 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 3 Gadwall, 14 Snipe and a Swift and in South Bay 3 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Common Terns and a Sandwich Tern.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Sunday 10th September 2017

A nice variety and good numbers of certain species at Long Nab today including a Pochard (S), 4 Red-throated Divers (S), a Black-throated Diver (S), a Little Egret (N), a Ringed Plover (N), 3 Snipe (2 W, 1 SW), a Black-tailed Godwit (SW), a Bar-tailed Godwit (S), 43 Sandwich Terns, 3 Arctic Skuas, a Swift (S), 7 Sand Martins (S), 43 Swallows (S), 1378 House Martins (S), 957 Meadow Pipits (S) and 173 Linnets (S) plus 2 Lapland Buntings in the stubble field to the north of the Obs and one of these continued to show well into the afternoon. This is the earliest autumn record of this species as the previous earliest record was from Cloughton Wyke on 21st September 1983.

At Jackson’s Bay this afternoon 7 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, 5 Redshanks, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits and 29 Turnstones and there were 15 Teal on Johnson’s Marsh.

Lapland Bunting - Long Nab - Chris Bell
Lapland Bunting - Long Nab - Nick Addey

Saturday 9th September 2017

At Long Nab today the highlights included 5 Golden Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, a Snipe, a Whimbrel, 16 Sandwich Terns, a Swift, 23 Swallows, 95 House Martins, 275 Meadow Pipits, 5 Rock Pipits and also in the area a Chiffchaff, 2 Whitethroats, a Song Thrush, a Stonechat and 2 Wheatears.

The wader count from Jackson’s Bay this afternoon was 16 Ringed Plover, 8 Dunlin, a Sanderling, 77 Oystercatchers, 2 Knot, 24 Redshank and 15 Turnstones. The rest of the reports today were also from the coastal strip with a Common Sandpiper at Scalby Mills; 3 Sandwich Terns in North Bay; a Wheatear opposite the Skateboard Park by North Bay at 15.00 and a Swift was seen over South Bay.


Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Friday 8th September 2017

The only news today concerned a group of 16 Sandwich Terns in Cayton Bay including two birds that were  ringed, one (T51) was traced to the Netherlands and the other (UPK) came from NE England, either Coquet or the Farne Islands.



A piece of late news concerns 3 young Tawny Owls reported tonight at the North Cliff Golf Course.


Sandwich Tern T51 - Cayton Bay - Chris Bull
Sandwich Tern UPK - Cayton Bay - Chris Bull
 

Thursday 7th September 2017

At Long Nab this evening the highlights included a Tufted Duck (S), a Curlew (S), 26 Sandwich Terns (3 S, 23 N), 18 Common Terns (15 S, 3 N), 9 Arctic Skuas (2 S, 7 N), a Swift (S) and a Swallow (S).

Also today we had 4 Mediterranean Gulls in South Bay: a Wigeon and a Shoveler on Johnson’s Marsh; 6 Swifts over Oliver’s Mount and a Whitethroat at The Holmes.


Wednesday 6th September 2017

In Jackson’s Bay today a Sanderling, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatchers, 7 Redshank and 6 Turnstones; along the coast on the rocks below the Holbeck car park were 9 Mediterranean Gulls, a 1st cy, a 2nd cy and 7 adults and finally 6 Swifts flew southwest over Seamer.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Tuesday 5th September 2017

A Dotterel flew south calling constantly over Long Nab (Cliff Top House) at 18.27.

A juvenile Yellow-legged Gull flew south in North Bay at c15.40 and this evening also in North Bay we had an Arctic Tern and 20+ Common Terns.

2 Wigeon had returned to Scalby Mills and at Potter Brompton Carr there were 74 Teal, 2 Wigeon and 19 Lapwing.

Lone Swifts were seen today over Filey Road, another at Ebberston and a third bird on the western side of Rillington.

Arctic Tern - North Bay - Chris Bell
Arctic Tern - North Bay - Chris Bell
Arctic Tern - North Bay - Chris Bell