Friday, 11 August 2017

Thursday 10th August 2017

With the winds still in the north seawatching seemed like a good idea. A couple of hours, 05.30 – 07.30, at Marine Drive shelter was rather unproductive with the highlights being an Arctic Skua south and a Sooty Shearwater north at 06.20. Meanwhile off Log Nab 07.10-10.50 there were 3 Teal, 26 Common Scoter, 84 Fulmar, a large shearwater sp. possibly Cory’s, 16 Manx Shearwater, a Golden Plover, a Curlew and 14 Sandwich Terns all heading north and a Red-throated Diver, 12 Fulmar, 3 Sanderling, 4 Sandwich Terns and a Common Tern going south. Also in the fields and hedgerows there was a sign of some passerine movement with 12 Chiffchaff, 11 Whitethroats and a Yellow Wagtail.

Elsewhere in the area observations included a Green Sandpiper and 50+ House Martins at small Scalby Lodge pond; 2 Honey Buzzards, 4 Goshawks, female Marsh Harrier and a Raven at Wykeham Raptor View Point today; 3 adult Mediterranean Gulls at Holbeck car park and at Ravenscar we had 14 Sandwich Terns, 1 ‘Comic’ Tern, a Peregrine and 50+ Grey Seals.

Greater Black-backed Gull - Scarborough Harbour - Deb Schild

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