No news was received today.
Friday, 31 August 2018
More negative news on the Great White Egret at Seamer Tip Pool today.
At Long Nab we had 60 Canada Geese (S), a Sooty Shearwater (N), 12 Manx Shearwater (S), 2 Golden Plover (S), 2 Knot (S), 19 Sandwich Terns, 26 Common Terns, 4 Arctic Terns, 5 Great Skua (N), 5 Arctic Skuas (3 S, 2 N), a juvenile Long-tailed Skua (N) at 06.15, 5 Swallows (N), 9 House Martins (N) and around the fields a Wheatear and a Yellow Wagtail.
Also today 41 Oystercatchers in Jackson’s Bay; a Little Egret was on Johnson’s Marsh; 2 Mediterranean Gulls at Scalby Mills (the PNN5 adult back for its 5th autumn/winter and a 2cy) and at Scalby Nab a Whimbrel, 8 Curlew, 9 Turnstones, 16 Redshank, 2 Common Terns and 25 Sandwich Terns.
Wednesday, 29 August 2018
Negative news today on the Great White Egret at Seamer Tip Pool.
The rest of the news today came from Long Nab where 6 hours 40 minutes of seawatching produced the following data - 3 Wigeon (S), 128 Teal (N), 32 Common Scoter (N), a Red-breasted Merganser (S), 4 Red-throated Divers (3 S, 1 N), 8 Sooty Shearwaters (N), 284 Manx Shearwaters (23 S, 261 N), a Balearic Shearwater (N), a Red-necked Grebe (N), six species of waders (S), 74 Sandwich Terns (39 S, 35 N), 205 Common Terns (89 S, 116 N), 3 Arctic Terns (1 S, 2 N), 7 Great Skuas (N), a Pomarine Skua (S), 14 Arctic Skuas (7 S, 7 N), a Puffin (S), a Sand Martin (S), 6 Swallows (S) and 2 Meadow Pipits (S), also today 2 Minke Whales went north.
At Long Nab today 29 Teal (N), 113 Manx Shearwaters (27 S, 86 N), 12 Whimbrel (4 S, 8 N), a Bar-tailed Godwit (S), 3 Sanderling (S), a Dunlin (N), 3 Snipe (N), a 1cy Mediterranean Gull (N), 78 Sandwich Terns (33 S, 45 N), 32 Common Terns (13 S, 19 N), 30 Arctic Terns (5 S, 25 N), 4 Great Skua (3 S, 1 N), 4 Arctic Skua (S), 20 Swallows (N), 19 House Martins (N) and 11 Meadow Pipits (S) also a Wheatear was by the Obs.
A Common Sandpiper was at Scalby Mills, a Turtle Dove flew away from the 3 ponds at Seamer Tip and a Green Sandpiper was at Burton Riggs.
This morning at Wykeham South Lake a Greenshank and a Redshank but they departed together to the south, a Snipe, a Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, a Little Egret, 7 Egyptian Geese, 360 Greylag Geese, 2 Pochard, 2 Little Grebes, 3 Great Crested Grebes (2 of which left high to the east) and 2 Meadow Pipits flew south.
There were 2 Honey Buzzards and a female Marsh Harrier seen from the Wykeham Raptor View Point and this evening at Long Nab 12 Manx Shearwaters (S), 3 Dunlin (N), 7 Sandwich Terns (S), 16 Common Terns (2 S, 14 N) and a juvenile Black Tern (N).
The Great White Egret continued its extended stay at Seamer Tip Pool and has now been enjoyed by many observers since it arrived on the 13th of this month. Also in this area a cream crown Marsh Harrier was seen on Star Carr and 11 Teal were on the three ponds by Seamer Tip.
A Little Egret was in Jackson’s Bay this morning and it or another was seen briefly on Johnson’s Marsh before heading off high to the west, there was also a Green Sandpiper at the latter location and a large gathering of over 100 House Martins were nearby at the Sealife Centre, Scalby Mills.
Monday, 27 August 2018
The highlights at Long Nab today were a Greenshank (N), 25 Sandwich Terns (2 S, 23 N), 123 Common Terns (N), an Arctic Tern (N), an Arctic Skua (S) and a juvenile Long-tailed Skua also went south quite close in at 18.08. Nearby at Scalby Mills an immature drake Eider was seen during the day and this evening 37 Common Terns and 7 Sandwich Terns were on the rocks.
The Great White Egret was present for another day at Seamer Tip Pool and 6 Curlew flew out of the field to the south; 2 Honey Buzzards were reported from Wykeham Raptor View Point; a Green Sandpiper was on Johnson’s Marsh; 60+ House Martins were at Wrench Green; a cream crown Marsh Harrier was near South Cliff Golf Course at 13.20 and at Ellerburn 81 Lapwing flew east and 2 Swifts went south.
The Great White Egret graced Seamer Tip Pool for another day but was seen to fly off at 13.35;
there were 2 Wheatears at Ravenscar and an adult and a juvenile Mediterranean Gull were at
Scalby Mills this evening.
Meanwhile at Long Nab today it was rather quiet compared to yesterday with the highlights including 5 Manx Shearwaters (N), a Great Crested Grebe (N), a Grey Plover (S) and a Greenshank (S) plus in the area were a Little Egret, 2 Wheatears, a Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Willow Warblers and a Spotted Flycatcher.
Species passing Long Nab were quite varied today with ducks, divers, shearwaters, waders, gulls, terns and skuas all being recorded. Totals were a Shoveler (N), 37 Teal (24 S, 13 N), 28 Common Scoter (3 S, 25 N), 2 Red-throated Divers (N), 231 Manx Shearwaters (9 S, 222 N), 168 Oystercatchers (163 S, 5 N), 3 Golden Plovers (S), 2 Whimbrel (S), 6 Curlew (4 S, 2 N), 5 Turnstone (S), 42 Knot (S), a Ruff (S), a Sanderling (S), 10 Dunlin (6 S, 4 N), 45 Redshanks (43 S, 2 N), a Greenshank (S), 2 juvenile Little Gulls (1 S, 1 N), a 2cy Mediterranean Gull (S), 72 Sandwich Terns (38 S, 34 N), 367 Common Terns (7 S, 360 N), 25 Arctic Terns (4 S, 21 N), 5 Great Skua (2 S, 3 N), a Pomarine Skua (N) and 7 Arctic Skuas (4 S, 3 N). 2 Minke Whales were also seen today from the Obs and present in the surrounding area were 15 Sand Martins, 40 Barn Swallows, a House Martin, 15 Willow Warblers, 5 Chiffchaffs, a Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcaps, 2 Whitethroats, 3 Whratears, 3 Yellow Wagtails, 350 Linnets near the Obs and a Corn Bunting.
Still present today was the Great White Egret at Seamer Tip pool and a Honey Buzzard was reported from Wykeham Raptor View Point. Elsewhere in the area 10 Crossbills and a Green Sandpiper went east over Seamer Tip; a Willow Tit, a Hobby and 6 Blackcaps were at New Dyke; 3 Snipe, 2 Sedge Warblers, 3 Reed Warblers and a Swift flew over Seamer Tip Pool; Ringed Plover and Common Sandpiper were on Harwood Dale Lake; around North Bay we had a Whimbrel, 48 Redshank (plus 3 south), 36 Sandwich Terns and 8 Common Terns; 3 Willow Warblers along Scalby Beck plus two more by the Sealife Centre and 11 were on the south side of Castle Hill with 3 Chiffchaffs.
Finally a Wheatear was seen along Marine Drive this morning.
|Great White Egret - Seamer Tip Pool - Chris Bell|
The Great White Egret was back on Seamer Tip Pool this morning where there was also a Green Sandpiper; 2 Black-tailed Godwits went east over the Filey Road park-and-ride at 11.00; 5 Willow Warblers and 2 Chiffchaffs were on the south side of Castle Hill; in Cornelian Bay there were 2 Eiders, a Common Sandpiper and a lingering Arctic Skua; at Scalby Mills another Eider, a Teal and 42 Sandwich Terns and in North Bay 7 Sandwich Terns, a Common Tern and a Great Skua.
At Long Nab today 12 Teal, 10 Common Scoter, 3 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Oystercatchers, a Golden Plover, 5 Ringed Plover, 12 Whimbrel, 4 Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Turnstone, 3 Knot, 3 Dunlin, 9 Redshank, a Greenshank, 54 Sandwich Terns, 9 Common Terns, 38 Arctic Terns, a Great Skua, an Arctic Skua and 62 Swifts.
Cetaceans today included no less than 5 different Minke Whales with 4 moving south and the other heading north off Long Nab and presumably one of these also being seen from Queens Parade.
|Great White Egret - Seamer Tip Pool - Iain Leadley|
The Great White Egret was still at Seamer Tip pool this morning but it departed to the west at 12.10 and no further reports were received during the day.
The only other news today was a Hobby being mobbed by Swallows over Wrench Green.
Friday, 24 August 2018
There were 12 Crossbills at Highwood Brow this morning whilst one flew north over Knipe Point Drive at 08.20; the Great White Egret remained for another day on Seamer Tip Pool and a pair of Honey Buzzards were seen along Troutsdale.
|Common Buzzard - Oliver's Mount - Melanie Pearl|
|Great White Egret - Seamer Tip Pool - Ruth Dale|
The Great White Egret continued its stay on Seamer Tip Pool and was still present late evening; a Willow Tit was in Scalby Beck; a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was seen hanging around Scalby Mills, 2 Mediterranean Gulls were on the Holbeck rooftops this morning and another was on South Bay beach next to the RNLI building.
|Great White Egret - Seamer Tip Pool - John Hume|
The Great White Egret remained on Seamer Tip Pool for another day and nearby at Burton Riggs an adult Kingfisher was observed feeding a juvenile.
3 Honey Buzzards were reported from Wykeham Raptor View Point today but a more unusual species was 2 Hobbie at the same location; a Lesser Black-backed Gull was at the Open Air Theatre this evening and a Swift went east over Woodhall Avenue at 19.40.
|Great White Egret - Seamer Tip Pool - Kevin Groocock|
Thursday, 16 August 2018
The Great White Egret at Seamer Tip Pool was still present today but initially it was a little nervous and on a couple of occasions flew off to the northwest. At one point a second bird was suspected as whilst one was being watched in a tree on the Mere there was also one reported at Seamer Tip Pool. However, after this one off incident the bird remained fairly faithful to its original location and even though it flew off on a couple of occasions it returned fairly quickly and a second bird was not reported again. Also on the pool today were a Pintail, 4 Teal and 4/5 Tufted Duck among the resident Mallards.
Elsewhere, there were two reports of Ospreys in our area with one southwest over Westwood Court towards The Mere at 11.32 and then another flew low over the A1039 towards Hunmamby at 17.35; the 2 Wood and 2 Green Sandpipers remained on the North Stile Farm pool and had been joined by 2 Snipe and a Lapwing and at Wykeham South Lake this evening a Little Egret, 1200 Herring Gulls, 25 Greater Black-backed Gulls, 14+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 25 Common Gulls and 40 Black-headed Gulls.
|Great White Egret - Seamer Tip Pool - Hayley Richardson|
|Great White Egret - Seamer Tip Pool - Tony Clarke|
The big surprise today was the discovery by Chris Bull of a Great White Egret that flew in to Seamer Tip Pool at 12.58 and despite looking nervous at times was still present until at least 17.00; also at this location today were a Pintail (seen on Taylor Way pool as well), 2 Wigeon, 3 Shoveler and 3 Teal.
At other locations today we had 15 Mandarin Duck and 3 Common Sandpipers on Harwood Dale Lake; a group of 8 Mistle Thrushes in Harwood Dale Forest; 3 Snipe and a Dunlin on Johnson’s Marsh; 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls on a Holbeck rooftop and off Marine Drive this evening 19 Sandwich Terns (15 S, 4 N), 8 Common Terns (3 S, 5 N) and an Arctic Tern.
|Great White Egret with Grey Heron - Seamer Tip Pool - Chris Bull|
|Great White Egret (with Perch?) - Seamer Tip Pool - Chris Bell|
Wednesday, 15 August 2018
Unfortunately, the planned Scarborough Pelagic, a highlight for any seabird enthusiast, was cancelled because of a bad weather forecast.
Movement past Long Nab today included 49 Teal (33 S, 16 N), 117 Common Scoter (5 S, 112 N), a Sooty Shearwater (N) this evening, 24 Manx Shearwater (18 S, 6 N), a Little Egret (S) this evening, 64 Oystercatchers (56 S, 8 N), 2 Golden Plovers (S), a Grey Plover (S), 3 Ringed Plover (S), 5 Whimbrel (S), a Curlew (N), a Black-tailed Godwit (S), 10 Turnstone (9 S, 1 N), a Knot (S), 7 Sanderling (S), 10 Dunlin (S), 8 Redshank (S), 188 Sandwich Terns (3 S, 185 N), 25 Common Terns (16 S, 9 N), Arctic Tern (5 N), a Great Skua (N), 2 Arctic Skuas (N), 2 Puffins (N), 36 Swifts (S) and a Yellow Wagtail (S) also at 10.10 a Minke Whale was seen about 1.5 miles southeast of Long Nab.
At Wykeham South Lake 2 Egyptian Geese, 2 Little Grebes, a Great Crested Grebe and a Lesser Black-backed Gull; 2 Eider and 3 Teal were in Cornelian Bay; 2 Wood Sandpipers remained and there were also 2 Green Sandpipers on the pond below North Stile Farm and at Scalby Mills we had 3 Teal, 7 Ringed Plover, 11 Redshank, 3 Turnstone, 12 Oystercatchers and a single Knot.
|Egyptian Goose - Wykeham South Lake - Terry Hobson|
|2 Wood Sandpipers - North Stile Farm - Terry Hobson|
Sunday, 12 August 2018
A nice find for one lucky observer was a female Honey Buzzard that went west over Morrison’s at 09.58 this morning, meanwhile a little later 3 Honey Buzzards were seen together at Wykeham Raptor View Point plus sightings of 9 Goshawks and 8 Common Buzzards!!!
Also today 2 Wood Sandpipers were on the pool below North Stile in the Forge Valley and on Fylingdales Moor in the Derwent Head - Lilla Cross area a juvenile Cuckoo, 3 Goshawks (over Sneaton Forest), 2 Stonechats and 25 Mistle Trushes.
|Honey Buzzard - over Morrison's - John Harwood|
Saturday, 11 August 2018
At Scalby Mills today just a single Knot, 6 Redshanks, 15 Turnstones, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 50+ Sandwich Terns, 7 Common Terns and a single Arctic Tern. The only other news today was from Harwood Dale Lake where there were 14 Mandarin Ducks and a Snipe.
Thursday, 9 August 2018
This morning there was a Teal and a Snipe on Johnson’s Marsh and 3 Golden Plovers and a Sedge Warbler at Long Nab. Later in the day we had 6 Snipe on Cromer Point Pond and in Wykeham Forest 3 Spotted Flycatchers, a Willow Tit and 6 Crossbills.
This afternoon/evening 17 Turnstones on the Harbour high tide roost including 3 returning colour-ringed birds; at Scalby Mills 2 Knot, 3 Turnstone (plus 6 flew south), 2 Ringed Plover and a Dunlin flew south and in Old Town there were 130 Starlings.
|Knot - Scalby Mills - Chris Bell|
This mornings highlights off Long Nab included a Shelduck (S), 20 Teal (S), Common Scoter (2 S, 59 N), 2 Manx Shearwater (S), a Balearic Shearwater (seen in feeding flock at 08.30 but went S at 08.38), a Little Egret (S at 09.35), a juvenile Marsh Harrier (S at 09.28 and was seen later hunting around Cromer Point), 7 Knot (S), a Greenshank (S), 38 Sandwich Terns (11 S, 27 N), 3 Common Terns (S), a Great Skua (N), 112 Swifts, 78 Sand Martins, 136 Swallows, 36 House Martins and 6 YellowWagtails (all S), also 2 Minke Whales went south at 13.25.
This evening at Scalby Mills a juvenile Shelduck, 3 Mediterranean Gulls (3cy, 2cy and adult), an adult and a juvenile Common Tern, 3 Knot and 4 Sanderling.
At Wykeham South Lake species included a Little Egret, 6 Grey Herons, 5 Egyptian Geese, a Common Sandpiper, 8 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 700 Herring Gulls, 3 Common Gulls, 4 Black-headed Gulls and 2 Yellow Wagtails.
At Long Nab not much moving today with the best being an adult Mediterranean Gull going south this evening, also in the area today 2 Common Sandpipers just north of the Obs, 7 Willow Warblers, 9 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcap, a Lesser Whitethroat, 19 Whitethroat and 11 Yellow Wagtails; just down the coast at Crook Ness a Sedge Warbler and 4 Willow Warblers; a Snipe and a Yellow Wagtail at Cromer Point and 6 Dunlin in Jackson’s Bay. At Scalby Mills today an Eider, a 2cy Mediterranean Gull, 5 Common Gulls (4 ads, 1 juv), 250 Herring Gulls, 10 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 30 Greater Black-backed Gulls then across town at Holbeck there were 6 Mediterranean Gulls (5 ads and a 3cy).
Around Peasholm there were about 30 Swifts this morning; a Dunlin and a Snipe were on Johnson’s Marsh: a Little Egret on Seamer Mead; a Hobby was chasing hirundines at Herdborough Farm on Seamer Carr and 2 Honey Buzzards were reported at Wykeham Raptor View Point today.
Finally today a Minke Whale was seen about 2 miles off Marine Drive between 09.50 and 10.08.
This morning a Dunlin and a Snipe were on Johnson’s Marsh and a Little Egret dropped in for a couple of minutes before heading off to the west. Later this morning three Honey Buzzards were seen together from Wykeham Raptor View Point and 3 Willow Tits, an adult and two young birds, were seen around the car park.
A Hobby went south along the A64 between the Flixton and Seamer roundabouts this afternoon and then it or another took a Swift over Valley Road at 20.50 this evening. Also during the afternoon 2 Sanderling were in Jackson’s Bay where 4 Whimbrel flew over to the south.
Out of town 3 fledged Little Owls were at Thornton-le-Dale sewage works and an Osprey was at the Ellerburn Fish Farm at 17.40 this evening.
A mixed group of approximately 150 Barn Swallows and House Martins on the wires at Ravenscar and at least 5 Hummingbird Hawk Moths in the area.
At Long Nab this evening a juvenile Mediterranean Gull, a Great Skua and a flock of 110 Common Scoter went north and a Common Sandpiper south; there was also Snipe this evening on Johnson’s Marsh.
|juv. Common Gull - Marine Drive - Andy Hall|
|Egyptian Goose - Wykeham South Lake - Terry Hobson|
|Turnstone - Harbour - Andy Hall|
Friday, 3 August 2018
At Wrench Green there were 3 Green Sandpipers and a Common Sandpiper on the pond below North Stile; another Green Sandpiper and 5 Egyptian Geese were at Wykeham South Lake and at Wykeham Raptor View Point a single Honey Buzzard was reported.
At Long Nab today a fully spooned adult Pomarine Skua was sat on the sea at 07.20 but departed south at 07.50, also from here 2 Little Egrets went south, as did 7 Whimbrel and 113 Swifts.
Elsewhere a Barn Owl on a roadside fence post on Filey Road near the Cayton turning at 06.35 and 57 Whimbrel went west over the Lebberston Car Boot field.
A quiet evening seawatch from Long Nab today with 4 Knot being the highlight, this brings the total for the last 6 days of July to 787 Knot recorded moving south.
Elsewhere today 14 Herons on Johnson’s Marsh; 3 Teal on the Scalby Lodge small pond; 2 Teal and 2 Grey Wagtails on the Taylor Way pond; an Eider off Marine Drive and 4 Mediterranean Gulls in South Bay.
Moving south past Long Nab today we had a Shoveler, 3 Teal, 13 Common Scoter, 5 Manx Shearwater, 20 Oystercatcher, 16 Whimbrel, a Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Turnstone, 23 Knot, 5 Sanderling, 6 Dunlin, 7 Redshanks, 50 Sandwich Terns, a Common Tern, 2 Puffins, 63 Swift, a Yellow Wagtail and a Grey Wagtail whilst moving north were 2 Common Scoter, a Little Gull, 7
Sandwich Terns, an Arctic Skua and 3 Puffins.
Sandwich Terns, an Arctic Skua and 3 Puffins.
Also today a Green Sandpiper was on Johnson’s Marsh, a Hobby flew south over Crossgates at 14.40 and in South Bay below Holbeck there were 8 Mediterranean Gulls (3 adults, 4 1st summer and a 1st winter).
At Long Nab today although the waders were still moving but in smaller numbers the highlight today was a record movement of Swifts, all the waders were moving south again except for four Turnstones that went north. The count today was 31 Oystercatcher, a Golden Plover, a Grey Plover, 34 Whimbrel, 16 Turnstone, 230 Knot, 2 Dunlin and 3 Redshank plus a Common Scoter (N), 2 Manx Shearwaters (1 S, 1 N), 2 juvenile Mediterranean Gulls (1 N, 1 S), 163 Sandwich Terns (116 S, 47 N), 3 Common Tern (S), a Great Skua (N), 5 Puffins (S) and an astonishing 4,264 Swifts went south before mid-day (well counted guys!!!).
Also today in Cornelian Bay 2 Eider, 6 Knot, 5 Whimbrel, 12 Curlew, 25 Oystercatchers, 2 Common Terns and c30 Sandwich Terns while at the same location 12 Knot, 9 Whimbrel and 3 Turnstone flew to the south. Harwood Dale Lake had 12 Mandarin Duck, a Snipe and a Common Sandpiper and Johnson’s Marsh had a Green Sandpiper.
A Minke Whale was also seen today off Long Nab, it was moving south at 08.30 about 2.5 miles out.
Another good day for wader passage at Long Nab today with 10 species recorded for the second consecutive day and all of those recorded were heading south apart from a single Oystercatcher that went north, figures as follows – 68 Oystercatchers, 122 Whimbrels, 7 Curlews, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits, a Black-tailed Godwit, a Turnstone, 233 Knot, 7 Sanderling, 2 Dunlin and 5 Green Sandpipers that flew in from the east and continued west. Also moving today were a Garganey (S) at 07.08, a Shoveler (N), 79 Teal (65 S, 14 N), a Tufted Duck (S), 2 Eider (N), 356 Common Scoter (16 S, 340 N), a Sooty Shearwater (S), 4 Manx Shearwater (S), a juvenile Mediterranean Gull (S), a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull following a fishing boat north at 07.33 and then south at 10.29, 295 Sandwich Terns (55 S, 240 N), 10 Common Terns (5 S, 5 N), a Great Skua (N) and 11 Swifts (S).
Also today two Green Sandpipers were noted elsewhere in our area with one on Johnson’s Marsh at 04.45 at least and another was reported later in the day at Stoupe Brow.
Wader passage was still a feature of the movement off Long Nab but only 10 species were involved today with all birds moving south, 5 Oystercatchers, a Lapwing, a Ringed Plover, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 6 Black-tailed Godwits, 52 Knot, 37 Sanderling, 42 Dunlin and 7 Redshanks, also today 2 Shelducks, 77 Teal, 77 Common Scoter, a Sooty Shearwater, 16 Manx Shearwater, 62 Sandwich Terns, 5 Common Terns, an Arctic Tern, a Great Skua, 13 Puffins and 570 Swifts.
Also today 3 Green Sandpipers on Johnson’s Marsh and 2 Whimbrel went south over Cayton.
Finally a Hummingbird Hawk Moth was seen again on the Buddleia on Knipe Point Drive.
13 species of waders past Long Nab today 114 Oystercatchers (113 S, 1 N), a European Golden Plover (S), 2 Ringed Plovers (1 S, 1 N), 32 Whimbrel (28 S, 4 N), 4 Curlew (3 S, 1 N), a Bar-tailed Godwit (S), 11 Black-tailed Godwits south over the sea at 18.05, 5 Turnstones (S), 245 Knot (215 S, 30 N), a Curlew Sandpiper (S), 9 Sanderling (S), 79 Dunlin (S) and 23 Redshank (S) plus 275 unidentified small waders went south. Also from Long Nab today a Shelduck (N), 58 Teal (23 S, 35 N), 328 Common Scoter (11 S, 317 N), 18 Goosander (S), 32 Manx Shearwaters (28 S, 4 N), a Little Gull (N), 2 Mediterranean Gulls (N), 163 Sandwich Terns (21 S, 142 N), 32 Common Terns (12 S, 20 N), a Great Skua (N), an Arctic Skua (N), 22 Puffins (11 S, 11 N) and 5 Swifts (S).
Also reported today on Johnson’s Marsh were 16 Herons, 25 Moorhen, a Teal and a Green Sandpiper.
Thursday, 2 August 2018
An early morning report of a Barn Owl over the A64 at Sherburn at 04.30 and at Long Nab the highlights included a 1st summer Mediterranean Gull, 6 Manx Shearwaters (2 S, 4 N), 109 Common Scoter (6 S, 103 N), 7 Sandwich Terns (6 S, 1 N), 7 Puffins (2 S, 5 N) and 2 Yellow Wagtails.
The only news today came from Scalby Mills this evening when three Mediterranean Gulls were seen including the return of an old friend, PNN5 is back for another winter and not a lot at Long Nab this morning but 2 Manx Shearwaters went north and two Puffins going south were the highlights.
Long Nab was very quiet today with 2 Common Sandpipers on the beach to the north of the Obs and a single Ruff flew south.
This morning an adult Mediterranean Gull was in North Bay in front of the skate park and a Red Kite was over Wrench Green while this afternoon there were 5 unringed adult Mediterranean Gulls and 4 Black-headed Gulls hanging around the Holbeck car park at 14.00.
At Long Nab this morning seawatching was rather quiet with the highlights being 8 Teal and 35 Common Scoter to the north, 5 Manx Shearwater (S), 28 Sandwich Terns (4 S, 24 N), a Common Tern (S) and 4 Puffins (1 S, 3 N), also c280 Linnets in the field behind the Obs and a single Yellow Wagtail.
Also today 25 Moorhens on Johnson’s Marsh; in Jackson’s Bay 2 Whimbrel and 14 Oystercatchers and at Scalby Mills 2 Redshanks, 20 Sandwich Terns, 200 Black-headed Gulls including 2 green ringed Norwegian birds and 4 Common Gulls.
Other wildlife today included a Minke Whale heading north in North Bay and viewable from Blenheim Terrace at 16.35 this afternoon plus a Hummingbird Hawk Moth was visiting a Buddleia for a few hours on Knipe Point Drive.
Passing Long Nab this morning we had 73 Common Scoter and an Arctic Tern went north and 9 Knot, 12 Dunlin, 4 Redshank, 4 Whimbrel and a Tree Pipit all went south. Also today 12 Herons and 4 Lapwing on Johnson’s Marsh; a Honey Buzzard was reported from Wykeham Raptor View Point; a Great Egret was on the pike lake at Wykeham Lakes at 07.30 and this evening at Scalby Mills there were 5 adult and 3 juvenile Sandwich Terns.
Seawatching today from Long Nab produced 5 Shoveler (S), 41 Teal (11 S, 30 N), 293 Common Scoter (25 S, 268 N), a Sooty Shearwater (N), 23 Manx Shearwater (15 S, 8 N), 2 Whimbrel (S), a Bar-tailed Godwit (N), 6 Knot (S), 2 Dunlin (S), 87 Sandwich Terns (28 S, 59 N), a Common Tern (S), an Arctic Tern (N), 42 Puffins (19 S, 23 N) and 3 Swifts (N). Also from Long Nab this morning there were 2 Minke Whales one of which went south and the other went in the opposite direction.
Elsewhere today at Harwood Dale Lake there were a Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Mandarin Ducks, 3 Teal and a juvenile Yellow Wagtail all of which were seen this afternoon.
The only bird news today concerned a high count of 17 Grey Herons at Johnson’s Marsh and then this evening a Little Owl was calling in Burniston off and on between 22.55 and 23.30.
Also today a Minke Whale was seen close inshore off Marine Drive this morning as it headed towards North Bay.
Despite searching for a couple of hours or more early morning the Rose-coloured Starling in Osgodby was not seen today; 2 breeding plumage adult Mediterranean Gulls were seen at Holbeck and a Grasshopper Warbler was at Thornton Carrs (possibly the first record for this area).
A Minke Whale was in the inner South Bay briefly this morning at 08.20.
The highlight of the day was undoubtedly the discovery of an adult Rose-coloured Starling on feeders in an Osgodby back garden this morning. The bird was seen around 09.00 and photographed by the house owner, it was seen again briefly in flight at 14.30 but despite searching the area for another couple of hours it was not relocated.
The only other news today was a Whimbrel that flew north over Johnson’s Marsh at 08.20 this morning.