Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Monday 24th April 2017

A reasonable number of Wheatears were seen at various locations today with 8 at Long Nab, 3 at Malton Cote near Ebberston, 2 inside Marine Drive and a single in the Givendale Farm area.

Potter Brompton Carr held a White Wagtail, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, a Redshank, 6 Wigeon, 2 Teal and 2 Lapwing chicks, and Wykeham South Lake had 3 Common Sandpipers.

Other records today included a pair of Willow Tits on feeders in a garden on Yedmandale Road, West Ayton; 2 Ring Ouzels in a paddock next to Stony Marl Moor and a ♂ Redstart near to the Dalby visitors centre.

Sunday 23rd April 2017

A good arrival of Ring Ouzels into the area today with 3 seen early morning, 05.45, by Seamer Tip pool that arrived from the east, 2♂2♀ in the fields below the Radio Mast at Ravenscar, another was by the Cleveland Way at Ravenscar and a final ♂ was seen by the railway line from Salt Pans Road, Cloughton. Nearby in Newlands Dale a Water Rail was seen on a small pond.

At Long Nab today a cream crown Marsh Harrier flew south at 10.05 and in the area there were also 2 Shore Larks, 3 Wheatears, a Yellow Wagtail, 5 White Wagtails and a Short-eared Owl, a record breaking 166 Carrion Crows flew north as did a single Whimbrel.

The first Cuckoo of the Spring was both seen and heard in Castlebeck Woods, Harwood Dale today and at Harwood Dale Lake there was a Yellow Wagtail.

The Grasshopper Warbler at Seamer Tip pool remained for its second day but was moving about a bit more today although it made itself visible at times it was easier to hear its distinctive, reeling, insect-like song.

Grasshopper Warbler - Seamer Tip Pool - Chris Bell
Yellow Wagtail - Long Nab - Nick Addey

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Saturday 22nd April 2017

At Long Nab today, between 05.55 and 11.55, we had 11 Common Scoter, 4 Red-throated Divers, 7 Sand Martins and 4 Swallows all heading north along with a 2cy Iceland Gull at 06.20, a breeding plumage Great Northern Diver, a Short-eared Owl and a Whimbrel. The Shore Larks were seen again to the north of the Obs and today 18 birds were present. Moving south along the coast there was a Wheatear near the now dry Scalby Lodge Pond and 5 Teal on the small pond, and at Scalby Nab there was a Lesser Whitethroat. Nearby on Johnson’s Marsh we had 2 Snipe, 3 Teal and a Yellow Wagtail.

At Wykeham South Lake today there were 6 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Wheatears, 2 Whitethroats, 6 House Martins and small numbers of both Swallows and Sand Martins

Seamer Meads had 3 Corn Buntings, a Wheatear and 9 Whimbrel and 3 Curlew flew over to the north, nearby to the north of Seamer Tip pool the first Grasshopper Warbler of the year was discovered in the afternoon. It was rather elusive but was seen a few times when it broke cover to sing from exposed perches before it got too dark to see well in the gloom of dusk.

Grasshopper Warbler - Seamer Tip Pool - Dave Mansell

Friday 21st April 2017

The highlight of the day was a female Montagu’s Harrier that was tracked from Hunmanby Gap at 07.00 and then seen heading west from Gristhorpe Bay at 07.40 was chased down in our area at Folkton/Flixton Carr at 08.07 heading towards Seamer Tip. Whilst searching the Seamer area for the harrier a singing Corn Bunting was found on Taylor Way.

Wheatears were well represented today with 5 at Scalby Lodge, 2 at Long Nab and 4 at Stoupe Brow; Green Sandpiper and Snipe on Johnson’s Marsh and at Reasty Hill Top 4 Crossbills came to drink in a small puddle.

Crossbill - Reasty Hill Top - Steve Wignill

Thursday 20th April 2017

Waxwings were back in the news again today with 2 being seen by John Harwood at Staintondale near the former Shire Horse Centre and nearby 5 Crossbills in the car park of the Heyburn Wyke pub.

The first Osprey for our area this year went southeast over Gristhorpe Bay early morning although this is the border of our area we have confirmation from the observer that it was seen in the Scarborough recording area. Other raptors reported today were a Marsh Harrier going northwest at Gristhorpe Bay mid-morning and a Red Kite went north over Scalby Manor, also mid-morning.

Single Crossbills flew south over Scalby Nab and over Knipe Point, time difference would make them separate birds unless it stopped for a couple of hours en route.

The Shore Lark flock was still in the fields north of the Obs at Long Nab with a maximum of 19 being seen in the late afternoon, also in the area 5 Wheatears, 4 White Wagtails and a Lesser Whitethroat and just to the south along the coast 3 Wheatears at Cromer Point.

Other records from today were a Green Sandpiper on Johnson’s Marsh, Whitethroats at Seamer Tip and near Burton Riggs and in the fields below Seamer Tip pool there were 2 Willow Tits and 27 Carrion Crows.

Waxwing - Staintondale - John Harwood
 Normally I wouldn't use back of camera shots but as the photographer accidentally deleted the original photo then I have no option here.

Osprey - Gristhorpe Bay - Mark Pearson

Wednesday 19th April 2017

The first Lesser Whitethroat for the year was reported today from Taylor Way where there was also a Wheatear present. Another first for the year was a Garden Warbler at Seamer Road Mere which was heard singing and showed briefly during the early afternoon.  

At Long Nab today a Great Skua flew north in the morning and also there 21 Shore Larks in the field to the north of the Obs at 19.00, a ♂ Ring Ouzel went north at 09.01, a young ♂ Marsh Harrier went north at 09.13 and a Corn Bunting and a Whitethroat were also present. Just down the coast a bit at Cromer Point there was a Tree Pipit and the first Common Sandpiper of the year.

Harwood Dale Lake produced a single Pink-footed Goose, 24 Swallows, a single House Martin, about 40 Sand Martins, a Yellow Wagtail and a Grey Wagtail, and finally today there were 5+ Crossbills at Highwood Brow Viewpoint.

male Crossbill - Highwood Brow Viewpoint - Chris Bell

Tuesday 18th April 2017

The 2cy Glaucous Gull was seen again today among the seal colony at Ravenscar and at Long Nab the Shore Larks were still present in the field north of the Obs but when seen this evening the flock had increased to 24 individuals which is the second highest count for our area.

A Green Sandpiper was seen today on Johnson’s Marsh but could not be located this evening, there was a Little Egret on Cayton Carr and a Brambling was still present in a Crossgates garden.

Shore Lark - Long Nab - Nick Addey

Monday 17th April 2017

An interesting Chiffchaff at Stoupe Brow was a new discovery today, the bird was very grey in colour and was giving an unusual call but after long deliberation the observer withdrew his initial thoughts of it being a ‘Siberian’ Chiffchaff. Also at Stoupe Brow today was a female Redstart.

At Long Nab today 17 Shore Larks remained in the field to the north of the Obs where there was also a Wheatear; passing north were a Blue Fulmar, a Manx Shearwater, 9 Sandwich Terns, a White Wagtail, 59 Sand Martins and a single Swallow whilst a female Redstart was seen near Cliff Top House.

Records from other locations in our area today included a Yellow Wagtail on the roundabout at the bottom of Thornburgh Road, Seamer; 3 House Martins, 10 Swallows and several Blackcaps at Troutsdale Bridge; 9 singing Blackcaps on Castle Hill; 2 Bramblings in a Crossgates Garden; 2 Swallows over Ganton and 3 on Folkton Carr.

Brambling - Crossgates - Mick Francis
Shore Lark and Castle - Long Nab - Nick Addey

Sunday 16th April 2017

The highlight of the day was the discovery of the first Whitethroat for the year by the motorcycle cross circuit at Seamer Tip.

At Long Nab there were still 4+ Shore Larks, but today they were only seen in flight over the first field to the north of the Obs.

Harwood Dale forest had Lesser Redpoll and several Crossbills, Ravenscar observations included 11 Oystercarcher, 2 Redshanks and a pair of Rock Pipits and at Johnson’s Marsh there were 6 Teal, 2 Tufted Ducks and a Snipe.

Lapwing - Taylor Way - Pauline Dent
 My apologies for including the next photo in a birding site but I could not resist as it looked so cute.

Grey Seal - Ravenscar - Jen Addey

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Saturday 15th April 2017

Another Hooded Crow for the year flew north along the cliffs at Long Nab at 07.28.

Most of the news today came from the Ravenscar area where the 2cy Glaucous Gull was seen again in the seal colony at 11.00 and also in the vicinity were a Blackcap, 15+ Chiffchaffs, 30+ Willow Warblers and a pair of Bullfinches.

Elsewhere there was a Green Woodpecker west of Wykeham Lakes in the field to the west of the causeway and the ♂ Garganey remained for another day on Johnson’s Marsh.

Although not birds the lovely photos below of Adders were taken by Nick Addey on the edge of Fylingdales Moor.

Adder - Nick Addey
Adder - Nick Addey

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Friday 14th April 2017

Another very quiet day today with very little being reported from within our area.

At least 4 Shore Larks were seen at Long Nab.

The first Tree Pipit for the year was located this morning to the west of Wykeham Lakes whilst at Wykeham South Lake there were 4 Pink-footed and 2 Barnacle Geese plus a few Sand Martins, Swallows and 7 Common Buzzards.

The injured Dark-bellied Brent Goose was still surviving at Burton Riggs, a Snipe was on Johnson’s Marsh and there are now good numbers of Willow Warblers in our area.

Sand Martins have returned to the small colony on Cayton Bay with a total of eleven birds being seen today.

Sand Martins - Cayton Bay - Chris Bull

Friday, 14 April 2017

Thursday 13th April 2017

Today was a rather quiet day as we are supposed to be in Spring now. In the field to the north of the Obs at Long Nab there were 15 Shore Larks, also in the area 4 Wheatears and moving north 3 Sandwich Terns, 14 Sand Martins and 4 Swallows.

On Star Carr we had a Wheatear, a Swallow and 30 Linnets and at Potter Brompton Carr there were 9 Wigeon, 4 Egyptian Geese, 6 pairs of Lapwings, 2 pairs of Curlew, a pair of Oystercatchers and a Greylag Goose on a nest.

Wykeham South Lake had 2 Little Ringed Plovers and in the field to the south a solitary Wheatear, Seamer Tip pool was still holding on to 2 Pink-footed Geese and on Johnson’s Marsh the ♂ Garganey was hanging on for another day with 2 Shelduck, 6 Teal, a Wigeon and a Common Snipe.

Other odds and sods included a Mute Swan at Scalby Mills and 5 Swallows and 2 Sand Martins heading north at South Cliff.

Mammal news today involved a couple of Otters in the river only 100 yards from the A64.

Wheatear - Long Nab - Nick Addey
Peregrine - Marine Drive - Deb Schild

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Wednesday 12th April 2017

On Long Nab 10+ Shore Larks remained in the 2nd field north of the Obs, by the Obs was a Wheatear and past there a Manx Shearwater, 2 Puffins, 42 Common Scoter, 16 Sandwich Terns, a 2cy Mediterranean Gull and 212 Common Gulls. Further south at Scalby Lodge the Stile Scrub held a Willow Warbler and a Blackcap.

A new discovery today was a Pale-bellied Brent Goose on Star Carr scrape, the injured Dark-bellied Brent Goose was not surprisingly still on Burton Riggs and the ♂ Garganey successfully started its fourth week at Johnson’s Marsh with a Wigeon, 4 Teal, 2 Shelduck and a Common Snipe.

A 2cy Glaucous Gull was seen flying south past Scalby Mills at 13.05, it continued past Marine Drive and was noted going into the harbour having rested briefly on the roof of the Harbour View Café at 13.11. It remained here until 13.53 when the tourist Speedboat Rib flushed it from the middle of the inner harbour; it circled the harbour being harassed by the local Herring Gulls before heading off in a northerly direction.

2cy Glaucous Gull - Scarborough Harbour - Steve Wignill
2cy Glaucous Gull - Scarborough Harbour - Tony Clarke

Tuesday 11th April 2017

All the major highlights of the day came from the Long Nab area where initially a Hooded Crow was seen flying north just behind the Obs at 08.46. Then the 17 Shore Larks reappeared again in the 1st to 3rd fields north of the Obs and then at 12.26 a 2cy Glaucous Gull circled and departed to the north. Also moving north off the Nab today were a ♂ Eider, 29 Common Scoter and a Red-throated Diver plus 12 Meadow Pipits and 6 Sand Martins (and 3 south).

On Johnson’s Marsh today the ♂ Garganey was still present and if there tomorrow it will move into its fourth week at this location, also here were a Wigeon, 6 Teal, a Common Snipe and a Jack Snipe.

Potter Brompton Carr held a Redshank, 4 Wigeon, 22 Teal and 4 Egyptian Geese and at Knipe Point, Osgodby a House Martin flew north around 10.15.

The following photos were all taken at Long Nab today by Nick Addey so my thanks to him for letting me use them here.

Hooded Crow
Glaucous Gull
Shore Lark

Monday 10th April 2017

The first Ring Ouzel of the year, a male, was discovered today in the last field on the left before the Radio Mast at Stoupe Brow, near Ravenscar and the first Redstart for the year was at Low North Camp near Harwood Dale. Also two more firsts for the year were seen from Long Nab this morning first a Manx Shearwater flew north at 08.12 and then a female Marsh Harrier also flew north about 1  miles out to sea at 09.00. Also seen in the Long Nab area were 5 Common Scoter (1S, 4N), 2 Red-throated Divers (1S, 1N), 11 Sand Martins north and 2 Swallows south.

The ♂ Garganey was still present on Johnson’s Marsh along with 5 Herons, 2 Curlew and a Common Snipe.

Also at Stoupe Brow today 3 Wheatears were in the fields adjacent to the Radio Mast and nearby there was another one seen on Howdale Moor.

At The Mere on Seamer Road 2 Pink-footed Geese were still lingering and hirundines were represented by 45 Sand Martins and 2 Swallows, another congregation of Sand Martins was in the vicinity of Jackson’s Bay where an estimated 60 birds were present and finally 2 Swallows were seen at Cook House, Fylingdales.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Sunday 9th April 2017

The first Yellow Wagtail for the year was recorded early morning flying over Peasholm and
the first Whimbrel was also seen today flying north along the cliffs at Scalby Lodge.

There was a Sanderling on the beach in North Bay, 2♀ Goosanders on the sea off Crook Ness and the ♂ Garganey was still present on Johnson’s Marsh.

Another interesting discovery today was a 2cy Iceland Gull at Harwood Dale Lake, a 2cy Mediterranean Gull flew southwest over Seamer Tip pool and a Red Kite went south over Scalby Main Road at 17.10.

Other interesting migrants included a Swallow at Burton Riggs and 2 Wheatears on Castle Hill tops.

2cy Iceland Gull - Harwood Dale Lake - Chris McNaghten

Saturday 8th April 2017

An unusual sighting today was that of a Quail seen in flight on the south side of Castle Hill.

A cliff top field at Jackson’s Bay hosted a Wheatear and a Stonechat whilst in the bay itself there was a Grey Plover. A little further south at Scalby Mills we had 4 pairs of Teal and 11 Wigeon.

Ravenscar today produced 3 Willow Warblers, Seamer Tip had a Short-eared Owl and on Willerby Carr there were a Green Sandpiper and 2 Willow Warblers.

Chiffchaff - The Mere - Jan and Gary Powell
Grey Plover - Jackson's Bay - Pauline Dent

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Friday 7th April 2017

At Potter Brompton Carr today a Little Egret, 3 Wigeon, 25 Common Snipe, 3 Blackcaps and a Brambling and there was also a Brambling in town in a garden on Westwood Court.

At Ravenscar the 2cy Glaucous Gull was seen again among the seal colony, a Willow Tit was seen on the feeders below the visitors centre and a Green Woodpecker calling from the ravine to the north of the golf course.

Some of the long stayers were still present today, the remaining ♂ Garganey on Johnson’s Marsh, the Great Grey Shrike at Maw Rigg in Langdale Forest and the Dark-bellied Brent Goose with the damaged wing at Burton Riggs.

A couple of unusual sightings to finish today were a Treecreeper which flew through an office window on Plantation Hill this morning and this evening a Black Redstart appeared in a front garden in The Dene in Peasholme as Nick Addey was watching a bit of TV. The neighbours were a little surprised to see him out on the street with bins and camera in hand.

Black Redstart - The Dene, Peasholme - Nick Addey

Thursday 6th April 2017

The first Sedge Warbler of the year was reported today from Burton Riggs, nearby at Seamer Tip Pool the variety of species included 2 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Barnacle Geese, 2 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall and 4 Oystercatchers and on Star Carr we had a Green Sandpiper, 2 Shelduck and a Wigeon.

At Long Nab this afternoon in the field to the north of the Obs there were 11 Shore Larks, further south in Jackson’s Bay we had 2 Eider, in the Scalby Beck area about 30 Sand Martins and a Red Kite drifted over Scalby Village in the early afternoon.

Johnson’s Marsh today was still clinging on to a single ♂ Garganey plus 2 Snipe, 2 Redshank, 12 Teal and 3 Wigeon and at Wykeham South Lake a Willow Warbler, a Blackcap, 2 Goldeneye and 2 Grey Wagtails.

Last but not least the Great Grey Shrike remained on Stony Marl Moor for another day.

Shore Lark - Long Nab - Chris Bell
11 Shore Larks - Long Nab - Chris Bell

Wednesday 5th April 2017

The Great Grey Shrike was still present on Stony Marl Moor but most of the views today were rather distant.

At Long Nab today 5 Common Scoter and a Sandwich Tern went north, an Eider and a Red-throated Diver went south and there was a ♂ Stonechat by the Obs. Moving south a nice pair of Eider were in Burniston Bay and at Scalby Mills we had a pair of Goosanders.

Johnson’s Marsh was quite productive today although things seem to appear as the day went on but in the end we had during the day 2♂ Garganey, 2 Shelduck, 4 Teal, 3 Wigeon, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Redshanks, 2 Common Snipe and a Jack Snipe.

At Wykeham South Lake the wildfowl included 4 Pink-footed Geese, a Shelduck and 2 Goldeneye and on Knipe Point at the northern end of Cayton Bay there was a roost of 31 Purple Sandpipers with a couple of Redshanks.

Purple Sandpipers and Redshank - Knipe Point - Chris Bull

Tuesday 4th April 2017

A nice discovery today was a Great Grey Shrike at Stony Marl Moor which was viewable from the main Scarborough to Whitby road, the A171, on the right just after the turning to Harwood Dale.

In Pickering today just 7 Waxwings remained near the Co-Op on Eastgate at 11.10 this morning.

Wykeham South Lake hosted 2 Shoveler, 2 Goldeneye, a Wigeon, 6 Gadwall, 8 Sand Martins and a Swallow and Potter Brompton Carr chipped in with 21 Teal, 2 Wigeon, a Redshank, a Jack Snipe and 13 Common Snipe.

The Wigeon flock at Scalby Mills is reported to have dropped to 21 birds and nearby at Scalby Nab a female Goosander flew north.

Goldcrest - Gary Fletcher

Monday 3rd April 2017

Today started with the report of Redwings moving over the town in the early morning fog. Continuing the theme of migration we had some movement at Long Nab today with 169 Linnets, 46 Goldfinches, 11 Chaffinches, 27 Meadow Pipits and 6 Sand Martins all heading south, also in the Long Nab area 13 Shore Larks, a Redwing, a Wheatear and 15 Brambling.

Johnson’s Marsh still had a ♂ Garganey and a single Swallow went south over North Bay this evening.

The ♂ Garganey was still present at Potter Brompton Carr along with a Little Egret, 22 Teal, 4 Wigeon and a Little Ringed Plover. Wykeham South Lake had 4 Egyptian Geese, 2 Goldeneye and 3 Little Ringed Plovers and to the west of the lakes there was a Green Woodpecker and a Willow Warbler.

News from some less frequently visited areas today included 7 Buzzards, 7 Golden Plovers and 3 Stonechats on High Moor, a Willow Warbler at Muston, a Blackcap near the depot at Low Yedmandale and 2 Sand Martins and 2 Shelducks north and 3 Siskins south at South Cliff.

Finally in Ellerburn this evening there were 2♀ Goosander, a Goshawk, 5 Common Buzzards, a Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtails, 4 Swallows and 3 Willow Tits. 

Linnet - Pauline Dent
Shore Lark - Long Nab - Chris Bradshaw

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Sunday 2nd April 2017

The 2cy Glaucous Gull was seen again at Ravenscar today.

At Crossgates 2 Ravens flew east at 09.10 and 3 Black-tailed Godwits went west at 15.55.

Potter Brompton Carr produced a pair of Shovelers, 4 Egyptian Geese, a Little Egret, an arrival of Snipe with 21 Common and 2 Jack, 32 Fieldfares flew east, a pair of Willow Tits and a Willow Warbler. Meanwhile at Wykeham South Lake we had 2 Little Ringed Plovers by the life belt, 2 Goldeneye and 3 Sand Martins with 4 Pink-footed Geese and a Whooper Swan in the field to the south of the lake.

Some popular long stayers still remained in situ including 8 Shore Larks at Long Nab, the Great Grey Shrike at Maw Rigg, Langdale Forest and the 2♂ Garganey with 2 Shelduck and a Redshank at Johnson’s Marsh.

Finally a little further afield at Ellerburn there were a Mandarin Duck, 2 Goosanders, a Green Woodpecker and a Tawny Owl.

Egyptian Geese - Potter Brompton Carr - Chris Bradshaw

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Saturday 1st April 2017

At Long Nab today there were at least 6 Shore Larks this morning but by the evening that had increased to 17 in the 4th field to the north of the Obs. Also this morning 11 Whooper Swans went north as did 14 Common Scoter, a Red Kite went north about 1.5 miles inland at 09.17, 2 Golden Plover north, a Sand Martin north, a Sand Martin and a Swallow south, a Sandwich Tern north this evening, a Wheatear, 13 Bramblings and a Red-legged Partridge near the top plantation. Further south at Cromer Point Pond there were a ♂ Garganey, 5 Shelduck, 11 Curlew and a Bar-tailed Godwit and at Scalby Nab 2 Sandwich Terns went north and about 20 Sand Martins were in the area.

A new discovery today was a 2cy Glaucous Gull at Scalby Mills which was found at 12.00 and was still present but more distant until at least 12.40. Nearby at Johnson’s Marsh late morning there was a single ♂ Garganey, 3 Shelduck, 26 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 2 Oystercatchers and a Redshank but by the evening they had made friends again and were back to 2♂ Garganey.

On South Cliff we had a pair of Stonechats and to the south in Cayton Bay the Long-tailed Duck was still present and there were 9 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver and a Sandwich Tern.

In a park off Heron Lane, Crossgates we had a singing Blackcap and 20 Redwings and to finish at Wykeham South Lake a Little Ringed Plover, 6 Oystercatchers, 9 Great Crested Grebes and 2 Goldeneye.

Shore Lark - Long Nab - Nick Addey
Sandwich Tern - Cayton Bay - Chris Bull
Glaucous Gull - Scalby Mills - Tony Clarke

Monday, 3 April 2017

Friday 31st March 2017

25 Waxwing still on Eastgate in Pickering this morning but they were very mobile and apparently flew off at 12.30.

7 Shore Larks were in the 4th field north of the Obs at Long Nab

18 Whooper Swans went north over Ayton Castle and 75+ Pink-footed Geese went north over Knipe Point Drive and then over town at 08.15.

The Brent Goose was still at Burton Riggs where there was also a Blackcap and at Wykeham South Lake we had 4 Egyptian Geese, 3 Goldeneye, 8 Tufted Duck and 10 Sand Martins.

Potter Brompton Carr produced 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls going north and calling repeatedly, which was only the second record for the site. Also 22 Fieldfares arrived from the east but then turned south, the ♂ Garganey was still present and other waterfowl included 14 Wigeon, 16 Teal and a pair of Shoveler, plus 2 Common Snipe.

The Bar-tailed Godwit was still in Jackson’s Bay, the 2♂ Garganey were still on Johnson’s Marsh, Scalby Beck had 2 Sand Martins, a Dipper and a Blackcap and there was a 2cy Mediterranean Gull at Holbeck this evening.

Finally the first Willow Warbler of the year was recorded today in Valley Road near to the Co-Op.

Waxwings - Eastgate, Pickering - Chris Bell
Shore Lark - Long Nab - Graham Sigsworth

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Thursday 30th March 2017

Waxwings are on their way back home and today 25+ just made it into our area as they were seen on Eastgate in Pickering from 16.25 onwards.

At Long Nab today a ♂ Eider went south, a Common Scoter and 2 Red-throated Divers went north and there were 15 Bramblings, 4 Siskins and 2 White Wagtails in the area. Moving south along the coast we had a Wheatear at Cromer Point, a Bar-tailed Godwit and 3 Sand Martins in Jackson’s Bay and slightly inland at Johnson’s Marsh the 2♂ Garganey remained for another day.

In and around the Harbour the Great Northern Diver was still a feature and 39 Purple Sandpipers were still using the roost.

Elsewhere there was a Green Sandpiper in New Dyke at Seamer Tip and at Wykeham South Lake we had 3 Goldeneye, 2 Shoveler, 6 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Little Grebes, 4 Fieldfares and a Corn Bunting.

Great Northern Diver - Scarborough Harbour - Chris Bell