Monday, 20 May 2019

Monday 20th May

2 Wood Warblers were again singing in Wykeham Forest this morning. A pair of Yellow Wagtails were seen on Metes Lane, Seamer, and a Little Egret was at Seamer Mead. A Cuckoo was present behind the Falcon Inn this evening, and a Cuckoo plus a Turtle Dove were in Harwood Dale.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20190520

Wood Warbler - Terry Hobson


Sunday, 19 May 2019

Sunday 19th May

An unusually quiet day: a Little Egret was seen heading north over Johnson's Marsh this morning, and around the Mill Inn in Harwood Dale there were 2 Turtle Doves plus 28 other species.

Whitethroat - Rose Habberley


Saturday, 18 May 2019

Saturday 18th May

Highlights from Long Nab this morning include 4 Wheatears and 3 Garden Warblers present in the area, plus a Greenshank, 5 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 2 Ringed Plover and 2 Common Terns flying past. A pair of Wood Warblers were calling, and the male singing, in Wykeham Forest near the top of the Great Moor Road. 3 Honey Buzzards have been spotted in the Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint area, 2 of which were photographed yesterday. 15 Swifts were feeding over Wrench Green this evening.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20190518

Pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers - Lucy Hobkinson

Honey Buzzard - Judi Kent Pyrah


Friday, 17 May 2019

Friday 17th May

A very quiet day today. At Long Nab the only new migrants were 4 Wheatears and a Sedge Warbler. At Wykeham South Lake there were 5 Common Sandpipers, 2 Little Ringed Plovers and 2 Shovelers.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20190517

Red-legged Partridge - Judi Kent Pyrah


Thursday, 16 May 2019

Thursday 16th May

A Common Sandpiper was spotted at Scalby Mills today, and a Lesser Whitethroat was in blackthorn at the side of the path from there to the cliff top. 323 Swallows flew south past Long Nab and 15 Swifts flew over Lindhead School this evening. At Troutsdale there were 25 Mandarins: 2 males, 3 females and 20 ducklings (broods of 5 and 15). The highlight of the day, however, has been a Woodlark, seen (and photographed - below) on a farm track off High Moor Road, Hutton Buscel.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20190516

Woodlark - Allan Hunt

Fledgling Tree Sparrows - Judi Kent Pyrah


Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Wednesday 15th May

Last night 3 Nightjars were heard churring, and there were at least 7 Woodcock, between the Great Moor Road and the Wykeham raptor viewpoint. A male Honey Buzzard was spotted flying south-west over Harwood Dale Moor this morning. A survey of square SE9797 in Harwood Dale Forest turned up 4 Tree Pipits, 12 Willow Warblers, 7 Blackcaps, 6 Whitethroats, 2 Linnets and a Garden Warbler. Highlights from Long Nab included 2 Whimbrel flying north and 144 Sandwich Terns flying south. 8 Herons were present at Johnson's Marsh, and a Turtle Dove was seen near the cricket pitch in Flixton. Opposite Fen Bog there were 3 male and 1 female Whinchat, a Corn Bunting, 3 Buzzards, and a pair of both Pied and Grey Wagtails. At least 4 Reed Warblers were heard singing at Seamer Tip Pool this evening, while only 3 Tufted Duck remained at Seamer Road Mere. Along the road between Malton Coates Farm and Givendale Head there were 4 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Turtle Doves and 3 Garden Warblers.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20190515

Reed Warbler at Seamer Tip Pool - Melanie Pearl

Barn Owl with breakfast (Field Vole) - Terry Hobson

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Tuesday 14th May

The first Nightjar of spring was at Wykeham Forest this evening plus good Woodcock activity at dusk. The adult Mediterranean Gull was again seen, this time over Crossgates. A cc Marsh Harrier flew NW at Flotmanby Carr, also a Cuckoo there. A Whinchat was at Fylingdales Moor, just north of Burn Howe Wood. A Spotted Flycatcher was just north of Highwood Brow viewpoint at Wykeham Forest. A Corn Bunting at Wykeham Lakes. Two Turtle Doves were in a Hutton Buscel garden.
Five Bottlenose Dolphins were seen moving south at South Bay mid afternoon.

Long Nab count here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20190514

Turtle Dove Hutton Buscel - Allan Hunt
 

Monday, 13 May 2019

Monday 13th May

Scarborough's fifth record of Bee-Eater came today as a single flew north over Crook Ness at 07.58am. It was calling constantly but unfortunately did not hang around and continued north just east of Cliff Top House. Two Corn Buntings were at Seamer Mead. A female Peregrine flew over Crossgates. At Newgate Moor; 7 Whinchats, 5 Stonechat (2adults, 3 juveniles), 3 Wheatears, Curlew, Snipe, Golden Plover, and 2 Cuckoos. Plenty of activity at the Castle Cliffs Peregrine nest where the pair are presumed to be feeding chicks.

Long Nab counts here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20190513

Turtle Doves have returned to the feeders around the Mill Inn at Harwood Dale - Stuart Baines (12/05/2019)
 

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Sunday 12th May

Two ringtail harriers were observed moving over Hutton Buscel , one at 11am flying north was photographed at distance and showed features consistent with a first summer Pallid Harrier. A Green Sandpiper and two Dunlin were at Wykeham Lakes.  A pale male Honey Buzzard was photographed at Wykeham Forest.
Early this morning a Short-eared Owl was spotted over the A171 near the Boggle Hole junction, and 3 Fieldfares were seen on the entrance road to May Beck. A BBS survey of square NZ8702, north-west of May Beck, included 3 Cuckoos, 2 Tree Pipits, a Woodcock, a Peregrine, Red Grouse and several groups of Crossbills. Also around the May Beck area were 6 Garden Warblers, 15 Willow Warblers and a Buzzard. The Cetti's Warbler remains at Potter Brompton Carr, where there was a drake Teal and an Oystercatcher this morning, plus a Great Egret which then left eastwards. Highlights from Long Nab include 105 Sandwich Terns, 204 Swallows and 4 Corn Buntings all flying south, plus a fifth Corn Bunting by the scrape. There was no sign of the Woodchat Shrike today. At 11 o'clock this morning a whale with white flukes, thought to be a Humpback, was sighted off Ravenscar. Late this afternoon 3 Turtle Doves were seen at the Mill Inn in Harwood Dale.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20190512
Male Honey Buzzard Wykeham Forest - Allan Hunt

Sedge Warbler - Melanie Pearl

Probable Pallid Harrier over Hutton Buscel - Allan Hunt

Saturday, 11 May 2019

Saturday 11th May

The Woodchat Shrike remained in the Long Nab area through the day, where there was also a  Wheatear in the field 100m north of the observation hut, a Sedge Warbler at Crook Ness, and 4 Whimbrels flew past. In the Bridestones area of Dalby Forest there were 2 Redstarts, 6 Tree Pipits, a Turtle Dove, 2 Nuthatches, 2 Whitethroats and a Treecreeper. Another Turtle Dove was seen in grid square SE8875 near East Knapton, together with 2 Oystercatchers and good numbers of Tree Sparrows. A further 2 Turtle Doves have also arrived back at the Mill Inn in Harwood Dale. In the Troutsdale Moor area there were 3 Tree Pipits, 3 Crossbills, 2 Garden Warblers, a Jay and a Redstart. At Bent Rigg Farm there were 4 Wheatears; at Wykeham South Lake there were 3 Goldeneye; and a male Pied Flycatcher was photographed in a Hutton Buscel garden. The first Honey Buzzard of spring was seen over Wykeham Forest.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20190511

Tawny Owl chick - Mick Francis

Fulmar - Nick Addey


Friday, 10 May 2019

Friday 10th May

The Woodchat Shrike was seen near Cliff Top House, Long Nab throughout the day, feeding in the arable fields. Also near Cliff Top House were a Spotted Flycatcher and a Garden Warbler, while a female Redstart was at Middle Plantation and 4 Wheatears were in the field north of Long Nab. An Osprey was seen circling about a mile inland from Long Nab this morning, drifting north. A female Pied Flycatcher was spotted near the Youth Hostel on Burniston Road, and a Redwing was at Oliver's Mount. A Marsh Harrier flew east over Burton Riggs, there were 16 Whimbrel at Seamer Mead, and 15 Sedge Warblers were singing around the perimeter of Seamer Tip. At Wykeham South Lake there was a Yellow Wagtail, a Whimbrel, 2 Black Terns, a second Ring-necked Duck and a passage of 20+ Swifts. 

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20190510

Moorhen chicks - Andy Brown


Thursday, 9 May 2019

Thursday 9th May

The Woodchat Shrike was again on gorse bushes 100m north-east of Cliff Top House this morning, but was not seen in the afternoon. At Wykeham South Lake the Ring-necked Duck remained, though was at times elusive, and just one Black Tern was seen early in the morning. A Greenshank and 4 Whimbrels were seen there also. Highlights passing Long Nab included a Great Northern Diver in full breeding plumage, a Sanderling, 5 Dunlin, a Turnstone and a Great Skua. At Burton Riggs there were 2 Common Sandpipers, a Willow Tit, a Reed Warbler and 2 Sedge Warblers, while at Seamer Tip Pool there were 2 Teal and a male Shoveler. Harwood Dale Lake again had the male Goosander, plus a Shelduck, 6 Mandarin, a Common Sandpiper, and a Sedge Warbler singing on the island. A Hobby flew east over Crossgates and a few Swifts were around the area through the afternoon.  A Swift was also seen on Yedmandale Road. At Ravenscar there were 4 Wheatears and a Ring Ouzel on the cricket pitch.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20190509

      Sometimes instincts lead birds astray:

Bullfinch attacking his reflection - Ian Mennell

Robin feeding a Blackbird fledgling - Judi Kent Pyrah


Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Wednesday 8th May

Yet more excitement today, this time at Wykeham South Lake where first of all a drake Ring-necked Duck was spotted this morning in among a bunch of Tufted Ducks, and then in the afternoon 3 Black Terns turned up (sorry!). Also at the lake in the morning were 2 Common Terns, plus 3 Arctic Terns flying east and in the afternoon 5 Teal, a drake Pintail, 51 Tufted Duck, a Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpipers and 4+ Common Terns, plus 3 Greenshank which flew south-east. At Seamer Road Mere there were 160 Sand Martins, 40 Swallows and a House Martin. Highlights from Long Nab included a Wheatear on the clifftop, and 2 Gadwall, a Whimbrel, a Common Tern and 2 Arctic Terns passing by.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20190508

Ring-necked Duck among Tufted Duck - Terry Hobson 

Wheatear - Nick Addey


Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Tuesday 7th May

Yet more excitement at Long Nab - 8 Dotterel in the field just north of the observation hut, which stayed for a couple of hours. The Woodchat Shrike remained around gorse bushes north-east of Cliff Top House, and there were 2 Wheatears north of the observation hut. Also seen flying north past Long Nab were a Golden Plover, a Ringed Plover, 10 Turnstone, 5 Curlew and 13 Whimbrel, plus a Great Crested Grebe floating north. A Marsh Harrier was spotted on the railway side of Gristhorpe, and a Brambling was still at Hutton Buscel. At Potter Brompton Carr there were 3 Curlew and 2 Oystercatchers. At Wykeham South Lake there were 3 Common Terns, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Shelduck, 8 Arctic Terns and 6+ Swifts, while a Dunlin and a Whimbrel were seen flying past eastwards.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20190507

Female Dotterel at Long Nab - Nick Addey


Monday, 6 May 2019

Monday 6th May

The Woodchat Shrike remained in the Long Nab area through the day, moving from the hedge just north of the observation hut to gorse bushes 100m north-east of Cliff Top House. Other birds passing by Long Nab included 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Whimbrel, a Sanderling and 6 Dunlin. An adult Mediterranean Gull was seen at Burton Riggs, and a Pink-footed Goose was with Greylags near Seamer Tip Bridge. A Redwing was still around in Burniston, and 2 Turtle Doves were purring at Sneverdale Rigg, Dalby. A female Wheatear was spotted on the inner side of the Marine Drive wall, and a Red-throated Diver and 2 Sandwich Terns were feeding off the castle headland. At Wykeham South Lake there were still up to 50 Sand Martins and 20 House Martins.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20190506

Turtle Dove - Rose Habberley

Sunday, 5 May 2019

Sunday 5th May

Today's big excitement was a Woodchat Shrike, found late in the afternoon in a hedge near Long Nab. Other highlights from Long Nab in the morning included 23 Manx Shearwaters, 3 Eiders, a Great Skua, 46 Whimbrel, 48 Knot, 3 Dunlin, a Golden Plover and 10 Turnstones, all heading north. An Arctic Tern and a second Great Skua were also seen passing by northwards later in the day. Both a Great Egret and a Little Egret were spotted together at Seamer Mead, plus at least 10 Whimbrel and a male Yellow Wagtail. 4 Whimbrel were also seen at Star Carr, and a Marsh Harrier flew north west over Seamer Tip Pool. Large numbers of Sand Martins were feeding over Wykeham South Lake, along with 2 Swifts, 6 House Martins and an Arctic Tern. Also seen at the lake were 6 Yellow Wagtails, a Little Ringed Plover, 2 Egyptian Geese, 610 Herring Gulls, 1 Great Black-backed Gull and 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Harwood Dale Lake had a drake Goosander and 2 Mandarins. At New May Beck, at the south end of Sneaton Low Moor, there was a Cuckoo and a displaying Curlew, and 2 Redstarts were singing in Helwath Wood.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20190505

Woodchat Shrike - Nick Addey

Swallow - Mark Hepples

Saturday, 4 May 2019

Saturday 4th May

Not a lot of birding news in today - maybe the Arctic weather, or everyone watching the Tour de Yorkshire? 507 Fulmars, 5 Manx Shearwaters, a Whimbrel and 3 Arctic Terns passed by Long Nab early morning. A Swift was seen at Cayton, and this evening there were 10 Purple Sandpipers roosting on the harbour's East Pier at high tide.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20190504

Arctic Tern - Terry Hobson


Friday, 3 May 2019

Friday 3rd April

A drake Mandarin was seen at Johnson's Marsh this morning, while at Long Nab 18 Manx Shearwaters were seen heading north and an Arctic Tern was going north-east. Highlights from BBS square SE8674 near Scampston  included a Hobby, a Common Swift, 56 Swallows, 24 Sand Martins, 5 House Martins, 3 Common Buzzards, a Red Kite, 67 Greylag goslings and breeding Oystercatchers. There was a Turtle Dove on wires at East Heslerton Carr. At Wykeham South Lake this afternoon there were numerous Sand Martins, Swallows and House Martins as well as 5 Arctic Terns.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20190503

Peregrine - Christopher Bell


Thursday, 2 May 2019

Thursday 2nd May

The main highlight from Long Nab this morning was a Hooded Crow which initially flew north with 8 Carrion Crows, then half an hour later was seen again flying south (assuming it was not a second individual). Also seen going north past Long Nab were 2 Common Sandpipers and 795+ Razorbills. A Turtle Dove was purring in Dalby Forest this morning, where there were also several Tree Pipits, and another Turtle Dove was found in Wykeham Forest in the afternoon. In Troutsdale there were 4 Buzzards, 2 Dippers, a Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Garden Warblers, a Jay, and several  Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers. 14 Whimbrel were reported from Seamer Mead, and a second calendar year Hobby flew east over Crossgates. There were 2 Mandarin Ducks on Seamer Road Mere and a drake Goosander still on Harwood Dale Lake.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20190502

Mandarin Duck - Rose Habberley


Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Wednesday 1st May

A Whitethroat and a Yellow Wagtail were seen at lunchtime today at Foulbridge Lane in Snainton, and a Lesser Whitethroat and a House Martin were seen in the Scalby Lodge area. At Long Nab a Corn Bunting was singing on wires behind the observation hut before flying off northwards. Also seen flying past Long Nab were 2 Common Terns and 2 Eiders going north, and 5 Eiders, 4 dark-bellied Brent Geese, 4 Tufted Duck, a Red-breasted Merganser and 6 Whimbrel going south. A Tree Pipit was singing and displaying near Cockrah House, Wrench Green late in the afternoon, and a pair of Swallows were feeding over the field at the top of Sandybed Lane. At Harwood Dale Lake this evening there was a drake Goosander, a pair of Teal, 3 drake Mandarin, a Shelduck, 3 Oystercatchers, and 2 broods of Mallard ducklings.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20190501

Lesser Whitethroat - Terry Hobson

Sedge Warbler - Chris Bull

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Tuesday 30th April

A Brambling and 2 Egyptian Geese were at Wykeham South Lake this morning, and 2 Tree Pipits were seen in Wykeham Forest. In Seamer, at Metes Lane there was a male Blue-headed Wagtail, and by the 3 ponds at Seamer tip there was a Garden Warbler. A Brambling was seen at the ringing plantation at Long Nab, and an acredula type Willow Warbler was near there, by Cliff Top House. 2 Swifts flew over Crossgates this afternoon, and on South Cliff there were 4 Wheatears at Holbeck, a Whinchat at the Holbeck landslip area, and a Garden Warbler and 2 Lesser Whitethroats near the Italian gardens. 2 Bar-tailed Godwits and 3 Stonechats were spotted at Jackson's Bay, and 18 Whimbrel were seen from North Street in Flixton this evening. Highlights from a BBS square (TA0078) included a Curlew, a Yellow Wagtail, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 2 Oystercatchers and 16 Stock Doves.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20190430

Whitethroat - Terry Hobson

Female Blackcap - Melanie Pearl


Monday, 29 April 2019

Monday 29th April

A Little Egret, 4 Shelduck and a drake Teal were seen at Johnson's Marsh this morning, while at Wykeham South Lake there were 3 Shelduck, 3 Egyptian Geese, 30+ Sand Martins and 6 Whitethroats. The Cetti's Warbler was still singing at Potter Brompton Carr, where there were also 2 Garden Warblers, 10 Reed Warblers, 9 Sedge Warblers, 4 Gadwall, 9 Teal, 3 Snipe and 25 Curlew. The big excitement of the day was a White-tailed Eagle which was spotted flying south over Hovingham Drive and then over Cayton, after which it was not seen again. A Mediterranean Gull was also seen over Cayton, plus another bathing at Burton Riggs. 2 Turtle Doves were present in Staintondale, a Marsh Harrier flew west over Crossgates, and an Osprey was spotted fishing at Wykeham South Lake in the late afternoon. 2 Grasshopper Warblers were present, one of them reeling, at Middle Deepdale this evening.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20190429

Moorhens having a bit of a scrap - Scarborough Porpoise


Sunday, 28 April 2019

Sunday 28th April

The Turtle Dove was still in a garden in Pickering this morning. A Hooded Crow flew low over Seamer Tip towards Eastfield, and Greenland Wheatears were in fields east and south of the tip. At Wykeham South Lake there were 3 Egyptian Geese, 2 Little Ringed Plovers and a Dunlin, but no sign of the Long-tailed Duck. This afternoon 5 Bar-tailed Godwits (one in summer plummage) were in Jackson's Bay, and a female Redstart was in the north-south hedge inland from the cliffs there. A pair of Teal, 2 Shelduck and a Snipe were on Cromer Point Pond, and 2 Whimbrel were flushed from the Scalby Lodge Pond by a dog walker. 2 Purple Sandpipers were roosting on the harbour at high tide. In the early evening 2 Common Sandpipers flew into Jackson's Bay, while at Scalby Mills there were 3 Turnstones, 4 first summer Black-headed Gulls, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 7 Great Black-backed Gulls and 480 Herring Gulls. 2 Ring Ouzels, a Wheatear, a Redstart, a Peregrine, 6 Tree Pipits, a Stonechat and a Cuckoo were spotted in the Newgate Brow area.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20190428

Little Ringed Plover - Judi Kent Pyrah


Saturday, 27 April 2019

Saturday 27th April

A Marsh Harrier was spotted on Flotmanby Marsh this morning, and another possible sighting was made over Valley Road in the afternoon. A Little Egret and 2 Shelduck were on Johnson's Marsh. A Swift was seen over Crossgates in the early afternoon, and another 4 were seen later over Dean Road. At Wykeham South Lake there was a Long-tailed Duck, a Black-tailed Godwit, a Common Sandpiper, a Yellow Wagtail, 4 Egyptian Geese, 3 Whitethroats and a Little Egret (briefly before flying off), while a Whimbrel flew over eastwards. A Turtle Dove was in a garden in Pickering this afternoon, feeding with Collared and Stock Doves. 3 drake Mandarins and a drake Teal were at Harwood Dale Lake this evening.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20190427

Turtle Dove - Rose Habberley


Friday, 26 April 2019

Friday 26th April

A male Marsh Harrier passed by Long Nab early this morning, travelling north, and a Cuckoo was reported from the west side of Wykeham Lakes. Wheatears have been seen today at Marine Drive (on the rock armour near lamp post 50), on the North Bay miniature golf course, on Fylingdales Moor (2 individuals), and at Seamer Tip (a Greenland race individual). Also present on Fylingdales Moor were a Ring Ouzel and a Stonechat, and at Seamer Tip there was also a Whinchat by New Dyke. There were 6 singing Lesser Whitethroats in the vicinity of the tip, and 5 Whimbrels and a Green Sandpiper near Star Carr crossroads. A Common Sandpiper was seen at Scalby Mills and a Little Egret at Johnson's Marsh.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20190426

Water Rail at the Open Air Theatre - Stuart Baines


Thursday, 25 April 2019

Thursday 25th April

A Garden Warbler was at Long Causeway early this morning. At Long Nab there were 2 Wheatears, while 8+ Bottlenosed Dolphins went past northwards and 3 Eiders went south. A Dunlin was at Scalby Lodge small pond, and a Hooded Crow was in the fields north of there. In the afternoon there were 2 Egyptian Geese, a drake Pintail, a Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpipers and 80+ Sand Martins at Wykeham South Lake, while at Northstile pool near Wrench Green there was a Common Sandpiper, 2 drake Mandarins, 3 Swallows and several Sand Martins, plus a Wheatear near Northstile House. A Turtle Dove was reported to have returned to a site in Burniston, and a Common Tern flew over Crossgates towards Seamer. Early evening 3 Wheatears were spotted behind Marine Drive wall.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20190425

Wheatear - Nick Addey


Wednesday 24th April

Highlights from Long Nab this morning included 15 Whitethroats, 10 Eiders drifting slowly south, and a Bar-tailed Godwit, a Whimbrel and 47 Sandwich Terns passing by. 2 Bar-tailed Godwits were also present in Jackson's Bay, and another Whimbrel was seen over Sycarham Wood early afternoon. A Wheatear and 2 Ring Ouzels were spotted at Ravenscar, a Lesser Whitethroat was seen at Thornton Carrs, and a Red Kite was seen south of Brompton and then near Ruston Carr Bridge. Whitethroats were plentiful around Hutton Buscel and Wykeham, and 2 Common Sandpipers were seen at Burton Riggs.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20190424


Wood Sandpiper - Terry Hobson
Great Crested Grebes - Judi Kent Pyrah

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Tuesday 23rd April

3 Black-tailed and one Bar-tailed Godwits flew south past Long Nab this morning, and a Red Kite flew north. At Castle Hill there were 23 Blackcaps, 3 Willow Warblers, 6 Chiffchaffs, a Wheatear, a Goldcrest and 2 Red-legged Partridge. A Greenshank was at Harwood Dale Lake, a Mediterranean Gull was calling over Seamer Tip main pool, and a Red Kite was spotted west of the Snainton to Yedingham road. A Firecrest was seen/heard throughout the day at Ravenscar, in conifers just north-west of the tea room. The Cetti's Warbler remained at Potter Brompton Carr, plus 2 Reed Warblers, 4 Sedge Warblers, a Wigeon, a Snipe and 16 Curlew. 2 Bar-tailed Godwits and a Ringed Plover were at Jackson's Bay, a Wood Sandpiper was at Johnson's Marsh, and a Water Rail was at the Open Air Theatre.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20190423

Little Owl - Rose Habberley

Little Ringed Plover - Terry Hobson

Monday 22nd April

At Wykeham South Lake this morning there were 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, a Dunlin, a drake Pintail. a Whitethroat and a Yellow Wagtail, plus at least 15 singing Willow Warblers on the west side of the lake. Also there in the evening were 3 Reed Warblers. A Reed Warbler was singing on the north side of Seamer Tip Pool, where there were also 3 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall, 2 Sedge Warblers, a singing Whitethroat and 3 singing Lesser Whitethroats. The Cetti's Warbler was still at Potter Brompton Carr, where there were also 3+ Sedge Warblers, a Red Kite, a Reed Warbler, a Whitethroat, 4 Teal and a Shelduck. A Wheatear was in a field near Gristhorpe, a Yellow Wagtail was at Harwood Dale Lake, and a Green Sandpiper was at Cromer Point pond. A Ring Ouzel and 15 Wheatears were seen at Ravenscar, in the field containing a small quarry east of the Stoupe Browe mast. 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 4 Whitethroats, 4 Yellow Wagtails and 3 Wheatears were spotted on the coast between Scalby and Cloughton. At Nabgate there were 2 Tree Pipits, 2 Buzzards, a Crossbill, 4 Siskins and good numbers of Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers.

Sandwich Tern - Paul Malton

Sunday, 21 April 2019

Sunday 21st April

5 Ring Ouzels were east of the mast in Ravenscar again today, and also in the area were 6 Curlew and 8 Wheatears including one Greenland race male. Another Ring Ouzel was seen flying south past Scalby Lodge pond, where there were 10 Swallows, a Whitethroat, and a Green Woodpecker calling. 5 Teal were at Johnson's Marsh; a Whooper Swan was at Harwood Dale Lake; 2 Sedge Warblers, a Whitethroat and 2 Shovelers were at Seamer Tip Pool; and a Whitethroat and a Lesser Whitethroat were at Burton Riggs. 5 Yellow Wagtails flew south past Long Nab this morning and a drake Goosander flew north west. The Mediterranean Gull was again flying and calling around the Eastfield/Pindar area, a Red Kite flew south over Crossgates, and a Grasshopper Warbler was singing at Deepdale, just north of Eastfield. 5 House Martins flew south past Scarborough College. This evening a male Wheatear and a Chiffchaff were behind the wall on Marine Drive, and on the north side of the Castle Hill there were 6+ Willow Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs and 4 Blackcaps.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20190421

Reed Bunting - Judi Kent Pyrah

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Saturday 20th April

Early this morning at Long Nab there were 3 Whitethroats, a Lesser Whitethroat on Rocks Lane, and a Marsh Harrier flew south. A Yellow-browed Warbler was seen and heard singing at Gallows Close play area. An adult Mediterranean Gull was seen flying around Cayton, calling strongly. At Seamer Tip Pools there was a Jack Snipe, a Snipe, a pair of Shovelers, 6 Gadwall, 8 Tufted Duck, 4 Bullfinches and 2 Grey Partridge. A Tree Pipit was singing near the top of Troutsdale.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20190420

Chiffchaff - Paul Malton


Friday, 19 April 2019

Friday 19th April

A Lesser Whitethroat was at Crook Ness early this morning, while a Red-breasted Merganser and a Whimbrel passed Long Nab and a Marsh Harrier flew out to sea there. A Tree Pipit was also seen going south past Crook Ness, and Lesser Whitethroats were present at Scalby Mills and at Seamer Tip. Ring Ouzels were again seen at Ravenscar throughout the day, with the count rising to 9 by early evening, plus 8 Wheatears, 15 Fieldfares and 6 Willow Warblers. Another Wheatear was spotted at Stoupe Brow, plus a Red Grouse and a pair of Stonechats. A Sedge Warbler, 2 Shovelers and 3 Oystercatchers were at Seamer Tip Pool, 9 Brambling were at Hutton Buscel, and a Blackcap was singing on Cockrah Road, West Ayton. In Cornelian Bay there were 6 Sandwich Terns, 3 Common Scoter and a Red-throated Diver.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20190419

Brambling - Judi Kent Pyrah

Wheatear - Terry Hobson

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Thursday 18th April

3 Ring Ouzels were spotted in Ravenscar first thing this morning (2 males and 1 female), and a Harrier (species uncertain) was also seen in the area. The Cetti's Warbler was still present at Potter Brompton Carr, where there were also 14 Teal, 2 Oystercatchers and a Willow Warbler. An adult Mediterranean Gull was at Seamer Tip Pool mid-morning before flying off northwards, while another/others were seen flying over 2 houses in Cayton in the afternoon. At Johnson's Marsh there were 2 pairs of Shelduck, 2 Snipe, 5 Teal and a Moorhen. Common Whitethroats were seen in Hutton Buscel and at Snainton golf course, with 2 Oystercatchers also at the latter site. 6 Whimbrel and 2 Corn Buntings flew south at Long Nab this morning and a Brambling was seen at the ringing plantation there. 3 Red Kites were seen over Yedingham at lunchtime. 9 Blackcaps and a Willow Warbler were singing on Castle Hill, and 17 Purple Sandpipers were roosting at the harbour.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20190418

Treecreeper - Lucy Hobkinson

Oystercatcher chicks at Burton Riggs - Rose Habberley


Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Wednesday 17th April

Early this morning a drake Eider was seen off Marine Drive, an Osprey flew south past Long Nab and over the castle, and a Lesser Whitethroat flew in off the sea at Long Nab. At Wykeham South Lake there was a Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, a Blackcap, a Goldeneye, 8 Tufted Duck, and a trickle of Swallows and Sand Martins passing through. At Seamer Tip Pool the Garganey was back, 14 Arctic Terns flew over eastwards, and there were 3 Willow Warblers, a Jack Snipe and a male Yellow Wagtail. 5 Teal, 15 Tufted Duck, 16 male Blackcaps and a mixture of all 3 hirundine species were at Seamer Road Mere. A Ring Ouzel was spotted feeding in a field south-west of Ravenscar, along with 6 Song and 2 Mistle Thrushes. A male Stonechat was on moorland at Three Lords' Stones, Ravenscar and a Wheatear was in nearby fields. A report came in this evening of a Rose-coloured Starling by the hospice on Throxenby Lane. A busy day!

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20190417

Eider - Stuart Baines


Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Tuesday 16th April

A male Northern Wheatear was seen this morning on the Marine Drive rock armour, and 3 more were at Long Nab. Also at Long Nab were 7 Blackcaps, 9 Chiffchaffs and a Willow Warbler, while 2 Sandwich Terns flew north and a Puffin flew south. A Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Buzzards and 4 Swallows were at Seamer Tip Pool, and 3 Redwings flew over. 14 Curlew flew north from Seamer Mead. 7 Swallows were seen at Burton Riggs, while 7 Swallows, 4 Shelduck, 8 Teal, 2 Herons and a White Wagtail were at Scalby Lodge Pond. 4 Swallows, 3 House Martins and 5 Grey Wagtails were at Ellerburn fish farm, a Dipper was by the mill in Thornton Dale, and a Little Owl and a Blackcap were on the Carrs.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20190416

Goldcrest - Melanie Pearl