Thursday, 3 December 2020

Thursday 3rd December

 7 Goldeneye, 2 Goosanders, 3 Mediterranean Gulls (2 adults and a first winter bird) and a Chiffchaff were at Seamer Road Mere this morning. 3 Lapland Buntings were in the stubble field at Long Nab where a Great Northern Diver flew past northwards. Wykeham South Lake was generally quiet, with 8 Goldeneye, 3 Gadwall, 7 Great Crested Grebes, 42 Coot, 17 Mallard and 11 Long-tailed Tits present. Chiffchaffs were newly arrived at both Holbeck and Holbeck ravine. A Water Rail was in Cornelian Ravine and a Great Northern Diver was again in South Bay.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201203

Rock Pipit - Stephen Beaver



Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Wednesday 2nd December

 The Long-tailed Duck returned to the harbour for much of the day, while a Great Northern Diver was feasting on flatfish just off the outer pier. The Common Tern was also still present, fishing in Cornelian Bay, but there was no sign today of the Mealy Redpoll in Holbeck Ravine. A male Blackcap was spotted in a mahonia bush on Heron Lane, and a Red Kite was seen at Wrea Head. A Teal, 5 Goldeneye, a pair of Goosanders, 2 Water Rails, a Coot, 3 Little Grebes, a first winter Mediterranean Gull and a Chiffchaff were at Seamer Road Mere, and a Goldeneye was in South Bay. Highlights from Long Nab include a Goshawk flushed from the ringing plantation with a rat, 5 Lapland Buntings in the stubble, and a Chiffchaff on Rocks Lane, while a Mealy Redpoll and 2 Great Northern Divers flew north.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201202

Redshank - Paul Tozer



Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Tuesday 1st December

 3 male and 2 female Bullfinch were at Plaxton Court this morning. A drake Long-tailed Duck and a Great Northern Diver were both in the harbour from mid-morning till late afternoon, when the former left to roost off Holbeck. Also at the harbour were 2 Guillemots and 14 Purple Sandpipers. Yesterday's Common Tern left its roost in South Bay and spent the morning moving back and forth. It (or another?) was seen off Cayton Bay, where a Great Northern Diver was seen flying south an a Mediterranean Gull  north. Also passing South Bay/Holbeck this morning were a Manx Shearwater and 13 Great Skuas heading north, plus one Great Skua, an Arctic Skua and 2 Velvet Scoters south. 5 Lapland Buntings were again in the stubble field this morning at Long Nab, where a Sooty Shearwater, 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 6 Great Skuas and a Puffin flew past. In the afternoon a Sandwich Tern was again feeding off Long Nab, while 7 Little Gulls flew north and a Manx Shearwater flew south. The Mealy Redpoll was in Holbeck Ravine again, and at Seamer Tip pool 51 Fieldfares left the hedge and flew south. Passing South Cliff this afternoon/evening were 30 Eider heading north and 2 south.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201201

Long-tailed Duck - Steve Race



Monday, 30 November 2020

Monday 30th November

 3 Lapland Buntings were again in the stubble field at Long Nab, and 4 Snow Buntings arrived in from the east while 3 Red-breasted Mergansers and 2 Goosanders flew past. 13 Ringed Plovers were at Scalby Mills and 2 Common Scoter were in North Bay. 2 Long-tailed Ducks flew north through South Bay where a Common Tern and a Puffin were spotted. 3 Guillemots, a Great Northern Diver and a Red-throated Diver were seen from North Marine Drive. At Wykeham South Lake there were 2 Egyptian Geese, 8 Goldeneye, 4 Gadwall and 43 Common Gulls. Just 550 Herring Gulls were in the South Bay gull roost this evening, plus a Great Northern Diver. 8 Eiders flew north and a Chiffchaff was still along South Cliff.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201130

Long-tailed Tit - Alan Hunt



Sunday, 29 November 2020

Sunday 29th November

 The Slavonian Grebe was again in South Bay today, while a Red-necked Grebe flew south past Long Nab and later through South Cliff. Also seen in South Bay were 4 Scaup which flew off south, a first-winter Sandwich Tern, and a pair of Red-breasted Mergansers close in off the Holbeck landslip. Along South Cliff a Woodcock flew in off the sea, a new Chiffchaff had arrived, and the Mealy Redpoll was again in Holbeck Ravine. Two large flocks of Common Scoter (100+) landed about half a mile out at the southern end of Cayton Bay. A pair of Stonechats were at Cromer Point, and a Little Owl was seen on Rocks Lane in Burniston. 2 Teal, 5 Goldeneye and a Chiffchaff were at Seamer Road Mere, and a Great Northern Diver was off the skate park in North Bay. At Long Nab there were again 2 Lapland Buntings in the stubble field, while 3 Woodcocks were in the ringing plantation. 6+ Goldcrests were seen feeding together in conifers in Woodlands Cemetery, a Chiffchaff was on the north side of Castle Hill, and 3 Shag were off Marine Drive.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201129

Blue Tit - Ray Maddison



Saturday, 28 November 2020

Saturday 28th November

 The Slavonian Grebe was still in South Bay this morning, the Great Northern Diver was again in the harbour mouth, and the Mealy Redpoll was still in Holbeck Ravine. A Sandwich Tern was fishing off Long Nab where 2+ Lapland Buntings were present. At Harwood Dale Lake there were 10 Cormorants, a Pink-footed Goose, a female Goldeneye, a Goosander, 18 Wigeon, 8 Teal and 150 Lapwings. 86 Wigeon, 56 Tufted Duck, 15 Great Crested Grebes, 12 Gadwall, 18 Goldeneye, 62 Coot, 43 Mallard and 6 Song Thrushes were at Wykeham South Lake, while 6 Goldeneye were the highlight at Seamer Road Mere. About 300 Pink-footed Geese flew over Yedmandale Road towards Wykeham South Lake. At Scalby Mills this afternoon there were 385 Wigeon; at Scalby Lodge Pond there were 54 Curlew; and at Cromer Point Pond there were 5 Common Snipe and a Stonechat.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201128

Great Northern Diver - Terry Hobson



Friday, 27 November 2020

Friday 27th November

 A Woodcock was seen in the Dean Road cemetery this morning. At Seamer Road Mere there were 4 Goldeneye, 3 Little Grebes, 2 Water Rails, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (a first and a second winter bird) and 2 Chiffchaffs, while a Woodcock flew south. At least one Great Northern Diver was in South Bay, as was a Slavonian Grebe, the latter just off the old outdoor swimming pool. 24 Purple Sandpipers were on the outer harbour, and a Mealy Redpoll was showing well in Holbeck Ravine. At Long Nab there were 43 Snow Buntings, 2+ Lapland Buntings, 17 Rock Pipits, and 42+ Meadow Pipits in the stubble field, while 6+ Woodcock were at the ringing plantation and 3 Velvet Scoters flew north. A Pink-footed Goose, a Shoveler, 6 Goosanders, 16 Great Crested Grebes, a Blackcap and a Chiffchaff were at Wykeham Lakes, where the gull roost contained 1700 Common Gulls, 300 Black-headed Gulls, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 230 Great Black-backed Gulls and 400 Herring Gulls. 1000+ Herring Gulls were in the South Bay roost this evening, gathering well out offshore in the calm conditions. 3 Goldeneye were in South Bay.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201127

Snipe - Terry Hobson



Thursday, 26 November 2020

Thursday 26th November

 9 Lapland Buntings were in the stubble field at Long Nab today, together with 14 Snow Buntings and 3+ Twite. 7 Long-tailed Tits were on feeders in a Ravenscar garden, and at Seamer Road Mere there were 4 Goldeneye, 3 Little Grebes and 10 Redwings. 3 Great Northern Divers, including a juvenile, were close inshore just off Holbeck in South Bay, later moving south into Cornelian Bay.  A Red-throated Diver was at Cloughton Wyke along with 14 Wigeon and a flock of 50+ Tree Sparrows. In the late afternoon 32 Pink-footed Geese flew south over Gristhorpe, and a Fieldfare, 15 Pied Wagtails, 2 Stonechats and at least 5 Red-throated Divers were at Long Nab. 900 Herring Gulls, 15 Great Black-backed Gulls, 190 Black-headed Gulls and 7 Mediterranean Gulls were roosting in South Bay, and a white-winged gull, most likely a Glaucous Gull was sitting on the sea about 2 miles out. 32 Pink-footed Geese and 2 Shelduck flew south. A Dunlin was among 12 Purple Sandpipers at the harbour. A male Hen Harrier was seen near Wykeham Lakes.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201126

Coot - Stephen Beaver




Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Wednesday 25th November

 The number of Lapland Buntings sighted in the stubble field at Long Nab today had risen to 9, and 2 Marsh Tits were at Oliver's Mount.  25 Curlew flew north-east over Johnson's Marsh, where there were 9 Snipe and a Redshank. 12 Ringed Plover were with a Turnstone in Jackson's Bay. A Red-necked Grebe and a Great Northern Diver flew north past Long Nab, and a total of 52 Red-throated Divers plus 6 different species of duck also flew past, mostly south. In the Haygate area of Dalby Forest a Green Woodpecker and 3 Marsh Tits were the only birds of note.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201125

Great Crested Grebe - Paul Tozer



Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Tuesday 24th November

 A Buzzard was seen over Low Yedmandale this morning, and a Diver (species uncertain) flew east over Wykeham South Lake. A Red-throated Diver was in an otherwise quiet North Bay, while a Great Northern Diver flew north past Long Nab. 5+ Lapland Buntings were again in the stubble field between Crook Ness and the observatory. A drake Goosander was at  Burton Riggs, and at Wykeham Lakes there were 13 Wigeon, 11 Goldeneye, 4 Pochard, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 80 Siskins. 

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201124

Lesser and Mealy Redpolls - Alan Hunt



Monday, 23 November 2020

Monday 23rd November

 About 80 Lapwings flew west over Wykeham South Lake this morning, while 2 skeins of Pink-footed Geese flew north over Cayton Bay (75, 80 and c50). 2 Great Northern Divers and 29 Red-throated Divers flew south past Long Nab, and 10 Red-throated Divers, 266 Pink-footed Geese and 3 Goldeneye flew north. A Snow Bunting, 6 Lapland Buntings, 14 Rock Pipits and 30 Skylarks were seen in the stubble field behind the observatory. 43 Curlew and 2 Stonechats were in the Scalby Lodge pond field, and a Bittern was spotted and photographed at the large Seamer Tip pool before it flew off to the south. 2 pairs of Stonechats were on the Cleveland Way above Redcliff, where 90 Curlew were in the adjacent sheep field and a very late House Martin was spotted. A Mealy Redpoll was seen at Wykeham Lakes. A Swallow flew south and 441 Pink-footed Geese flew north/north-west through South Cliff. A drake Goldeneye was again in South Bay, 3 females were in Cornelian Bay, and 3 more flew south. 900+ Herring Gulls were in the roost this evening, gathering over a mile offshore.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201123

Bittern - Stephen Beaver



Sunday, 22 November 2020

Sunday 22nd November

 6 Whooper Swans flew in off the sea over Scalby Lodge ponds after passing Long Nab. Also passing Long Nab were a Long-tailed Duck and 3 Great Northern Divers, while a Lapland Bunting, a Snow Bunting and 44+ Skylarks were in the stubble field. At Wykeham South Lake there were 3 Pochard, 5 Goldeneye, a Willow Tit and a Chiffchaff, plus 5 Whooper Swans which flew in off the carrs at midday, and a pair of Redpolls feeding on the Alder, while 5 White-fronted Geese and 21 Pink-footed Geese flew over. A drake Goldeneye was seen on the sea, close in off the old South Bay pool around midday, and was still present in the late afternoon together with a Great Crested Grebe. 900 Herring Gulls, 400 Black-headed Gulls and 6 Mediterranean Gulls were roosting in South Bay this evening, while 3 Whooper Swans, 271 Pink-footed Geese and 2 Goldeneye flew south. A Raven flew south over Seamer Road Mere where there were 2 Goldeneye, a Goosander, a Water Rail and a Mediterranean Gull. At Bent Rigg near Ravenscar there were a pair of Stonechats and 2 Willow Tits, and a flock of 30+ Snow Buntings flew north. A Red Kite was seen over Beedale, a Goshawk flew low over Irton Moor Lane heading west, and a Great White Egret flew east over the A64 near Seamer. 

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201122

Guillemots - Mark Hepples



Saturday, 21 November 2020

Saturday 21st November

 A juvenile Glaucous Gull flew north past Long Nab this morning, as did 4 Great Northern Divers, 8 Bar-tailed Godwits and a Snow Bunting, while 7 Lapland Buntings were spotted in the stubble field. One Great Northern Diver and an adult Mediterranean Gull flew south. A Great Northern Diver was also seen passing Marine Drive,  4 Red-throated Divers, plus 10 Common Scoter in 2 groups. 3 Guillemots and 2 Shags were in the harbour. 15 Whooper Swans, a Dunlin, 430 Herring Gulls and 60 Black-headed Gulls were on Wykeham East Lake, and 51 Pink-footed Geese flew over south-west. Also at the lakes were 47 Gadwall, 41 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 3 Pochard and 8 Goldeneye. A Great Grey Shrike was again seen at Derwent Head in Langdale this afternoon, and a flock of 200 Siskins was seen in Dalby Forest. 3 Whooper Swans (a juvenile and 2 adults) flew south over North Bay, while a juvenile Iceland Gull was spotted flying from the south into the South Bay gull roost, which contained upwards of 1100 Herring Gulls. A Great Crested Grebe, 4 Teal and 4 Goldeneye were also in South Bay. 

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201121

Chaffinch - Chris Bell



Friday, 20 November 2020

Friday 20th November

 80 Common Gulls, 13 Wigeon, 2 Teal and 4 Cormorants were at Harwood Dale Lake this morning. 10 Snow Buntings and 2 Woodcock were in the stubble field at Long Nab, where a very productive seawatch included a redhead Smew and a Slavonian Grebe heading north and 7 Fieldfare arriving in off the sea, while also passing were 9 Whooper Swans, 27 Goldeneye, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers and 4 Great Northern Divers. In the afternoon 14 Goldeneye and 2 Pochard were at Wykeham South Lake, 8 Common Scoter flew south past Long Nab, and 14 Curlew were in the field by the observatory. 3 Guillemots were in the harbour, a Red-throated Diver was off Marine Drive, and a Kingfisher was feeding from the island at Peasholm Lake. Seamer and Star Carrs were busy this afternoon with 2 Great White Egrets, a Long-eared Owl, a Woodcock, 900 Starlings, 359 Lapwings, 5 Little Egrets, a Stonechat, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 10 Snipe and impressive numbers in the Rook/Jackdaw roost. Sightings in the Ellerburn Valley this afternoon included 6 Little Grebes, 2 Grey Wagtails, 65 Siskins, 60 Fieldfare, 22 Redwing, a Nuthatch and 4 Marsh Tits. 410 Herring Gulls and a Lesser Black-backed Gull were in the South Bay roost this evening, where a Great Crested Grebe and 2 Goldeneye were on the sea and a female Goosander flew south. 

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201120

Tufted Duck - Alan Hunt



Thursday, 19 November 2020

Thursday 19th November

 7 Little Auks flew north past Marine Drive this morning, while 3 Pomarine Skuas, a Great Skua and a Great Northern Diver flew south. A Common Scoter was in South Bay and 42 Purple Sandpipers were on the outer blocks at the harbour. 2 Pomarine Skuas and 402 Kittiwakes flew south past Long Nab and a Sooty Shearwater and a Puffin flew north. 2 Golden Plover were in the third field north of Long Nab. 8 Goldeneye, 5 Pochard, a Buzzard, a Stonechat and 12 Siskins were seen at Wykeham South Lake. At Seamer Road Mere this afternoon there were 2 Little Grebes, 2 Goldeneye, 2 Water Rails, 91 Moorhens and 2 Chiffchaffs. 2 Snipe and a Stonechat were at Johnson's Marsh. c2000 Pink-footed Geese flew NW just east of Pickering.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201119

Marsh Tit - Chris Bell



Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Wednesday 18th November

 A Great Northern Diver flew south past Long Nab this morning, as did a Little Egret and 110 Pink-footed Geese, while another 12 Pink-footed Geese flew north-west and a Lapland Bunting was present in the stubble field. 2 Red Kites were seen over Hutton Buscel, and one was over Causeway Plantation at Wykeham Lakes.

Full count from Long Nab here; https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201118

Goldeneye - Terry Hobson



Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Tuesday 17th November

 At Wykeham South Lake this morning there were 4 Pochard, 7 Goldeneye, 2 Marsh Tits and a Buzzard. In the afternoon in the causeway area there were 6 Marsh Tits, a Willow Tit, 33 Siskin, 17 Lesser Redpoll, 34 Fieldfare, 260 Pink-footed Geese flew over in 2 skeins, and 2 Stonechats were spotted very distantly in the sheep field at the south end of the lake. Later in the afternoon a Red Kite flew over Causeway Plantation and 13 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were seen in the gull roost. 4 Eiders flew south past Long Nab in the morning, a Buzzard flew in off the sea in North Bay in the early afternoon, and a couple of Crows were seen trying to see off a Red Kite near Hutton Buscel.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201117

Fieldfare - Alan Hunt



Monday 16th November

 A Sparrowhawk was seen from Yedmandale Road early this morning. 4 Little Egrets were at Folkton sewage works and another was by Flixton Bridge, where a Kingfisher was seen along the Hertford. A Snipe was at Taylor Way, and at Seamer Road Mere there were a pair of Goldeneye, a female Pochard, 3 Chiffchaffs, 57 Mute Swans, 37 Moorhens, a first winter Mediterranean Gull and 2 Sparrowhawks. 2 Willow Tits were at the back of Deans Garden Centre. 47 Teal, 23 Gadwall, a Shoveler and 8 Wigeon were at Scampston Park Lake, while at Wykeham South Lake there were 4 Goldeneye, 400 Woodpigeons, a Whooper Swan, and a gull roost with a minimum of 800 Black-headed, 600 Common, 6 Lesser Black-backed, 260 Great Black-backed and 400 Herring Gulls. In the sheep field south of Wykeham Lakes there were 3 Stonechats plus a possible "Eastern" Stonechat. Skeins of Pink-footed Geese were heard over the town centre, Dean Road and Yedmandale Road.

Blackbird - Alan Hunt



 

Sunday, 15 November 2020

Sunday 15th November

 A first winter Mediterranean Gull, a male Goldeneye, 3 Little Grebes, a female Pochard, 3 Water Rails and a Chiffchaff were all spotted at Seamer Road Mere this morning. 2 Common Scoter were present and a Swallow flew south through Cayton Bay in the early afternoon. A Goosander was at Wykeham South Lake and a Willow Tit was in the Causeway plantation. 50 Pink-footed Geese flew over Stepney, a Kingfisher was at the Open Air Theatre, and a Great Egret was seen visiting a garden pond in East Ayton. 134 Wigeon were at Scalby Mills; a Common Scoter, 87 Oystercatchers, 16 Ringed Plover, 2 Purple Sandpipers, 15 Turnstones, 25 Redshank and 23 Curlew were in Jackson's Bay; and in Peasholm Park there were 85 Canada Geese, 63 Mallard and 13 Tufted Duck.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201115

Cormorant - pike with lunch becomes lunch - Mark Hepples



Saturday, 14 November 2020

Saturday 14th November

 10 Fieldfares were seen over Yedmandale Road this morning, and 2+ Redpoll were with a flock of 80+ Siskins near Wrench Green. A Great Northern Diver flew south, close in, past Long Nab, while another was in the north-east corner of Wykeham South Lake. A Red-throated Diver was in the entrance to the harbour, and a Guillemot and 4 Cormorants were seen off Lighthouse Pier. A Blackcap was the only bird of note seen along South Cliff this morning. 4 Little Egrets and a Great White Egret were seen on Cayton Carrs.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201114

Great Northern Diver at WSL - Nick Addey



Friday, 13 November 2020

Friday 13th November

 A Siberian Chiffchaff was located at Wykeham South Lake this morning, where later in the day there were 2 Chiffchaffs, 10 Little Grebes, 2 Shoveler, 29 Gadwall, 120+ Lapwings, 3 Kingfishers and 35 Siskins. A Red-throated Diver was in the harbour in the morning, and later 2 were just outside, along with a Common Seal and 9 Purple Sandpipers. In the late afternoon 21 Purple Sandpipers and 42 Turnstones were roosting on the harbour wall and a Woodcock was seen inside Marine Drive wall. At Seamer Road Mere a Great White Egret and a Grey Heron were in the trees, while also present were 3 Little Grebes, a Coot, 2 Water Rails, 32 Tufted Duck, a female Goldeneye, 4 Pochard, 2 Chiffchaffs, 10+ Goldcrests, a Treecreeper, a Nuthatch, 3 Long-tailed Tits and a Grey Wagtail. 45 Pink-footed Geese and a Snow Bunting flew south at Long Nab, a Chiffchaff was at Hood Lane in Cloughton, another Chiffchaff was by the cafe at the top of Oliver's Mount, and 10 Crossbills and 2 Bramblings were seen around Raven Hall in Ravenscar.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201113

Great Egret and Grey Heron - Rose Habberley



Thursday, 12 November 2020

Thursday 12th November

 7 Fieldfares were seen at Low Yedmandale early this morning. At Wykeham Lakes there were 65 Lapwings, a Little Egret, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Shoveler, 119 Teal, 25 Gadwall, 6 Pochard, 9 Goldeneye, 3 Water Rails, 67 Coot, 250 Jackdaws (in a roost), a Chiffchaff, a Willow Tit and 5 Marsh Tits. About 1100 Lapwings and 90 Golden Plover flew low over Low Marishes, and 4 Whooper Swans and 2 Twite flew south past Long Nab. A Goldeneye and a Goosander were at Seamer Tip large pool.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201112

Barn Owl - Alan Hunt



Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Wednesday 11th November

 A Yellow-browed Warbler was spotted in a hedge near Cliff House Farm in Gristhorpe, and 4 Little Egrets were at Folkton Bridge. 4+ Lapland Buntings were seen in the stubble field at Long Nab, a Black-throated Diver flew south close in past Crook Ness, two Swallows flew south by the observatory, and 3 Bramblings flew south past Ravenscar. A single Whooper Swan was at Wykeham South Lake, 2 Green Woodpeckers were in woodland to the west of there, and a Red Kite was seen just north of Hutton Buscel.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201111 

Black Redstart - John Harwood



Tuesday, 10 November 2020

Tuesday 10th November

 Early this morning a Great White Egret flew south-west over Irton, and about 40 Bramblings were spotted at Rocks Lane in Burniston. 120 Pink-footed Geese flew south over Seamer Road in 2 groups. Highlights passing Long Nab include an Egyptian Goose, a first winter Caspian Gull and 97 Pink-footed Geese heading south, plus 2 Great Northern Divers and a Merlin heading north. A pair of Common Scoters remain in North Bay together with a Red-throated Diver and a Guillemot. A male Black Redstart was seen on the roof of Cliff House Farm, Gristhorpe Bay. 79 Teal, 11 Grey Herons, 3 Curlew and a Canada Gooses were at Johnson's Marsh; a Green Woodpecker was in Harwood Dale Forest; 214 Lapwing were at  Harwood Dale Lake; and 4 Pochard and a Goosander were at Seamer Tip pool. A Great Grey Shrike was again present in the Derwent Head area of Langdale Forest, together with 3 Goshawks and 16 Lesser Redpoll, while 4 Woodcock were seen on the roadsides in the forest. A Ring Ouzel was sound recorded over Crossgates last night.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201110

Purple Sandpiper - Melanie Pearl



Monday, 9 November 2020

Monday 9th November

 350+ Fieldfares were reported over Ayton this morning, heading towards Wykeham Lakes, and a Woodcock was reported near Ayton Castle.  A Kittiwake and 2 Guillemots were off Marine Drive, a pair of Peregrines were above lamp post 51, 2 Common Scoter and 3 Red-throated Divers were in North Bay, and a Short-eared Owl flew over Holbeck car park. 14 species of wildfowl flew south through South Cliff, the highlights being: 263 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Shoveler, 5 Gadwall, 16 Mallard, a Pintail, 29 Goldeneye and a Red-breasted Merganser. A Jack Snipe, 2 Short-eared Owls and a Snow Bunting flew in off the sea, together with small numbers of thrushes and Starlings. A Twite flew south along the golf course, and a Little Grebe was in Cornelian Bay. At Crook Ness a Lapland Bunting was seen in the field west of the car park, where a Twite was spotted in a Linnet flock. 3 Twite flew south along the cliffs and a Woodcock was near Cliff Top House, while 2 Dark-bellied Brent Geese flew south past Long Nab. 25 Wigeon in 2 rafts were in Cayton Bay where 5 Red-throated Divers and a Common Scoter were feeding. 3 Red-breasted Mergansers were in North Bay, and a Whooper Swan, 70 Wigeon and 6 Pochard were at Wykeham S0outh Lake.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201109

Pied Wagtail with a Small Tortoiseshell for tea - Chris Bell



Sunday, 8 November 2020

Sunday 8th November

 47 Blackbirds, 57 Fieldfare and 36 Redwings flew in off the sea at South Cliff this morning, and a Twite flew along the golf course. A Woodcock was flushed from a Newby garden. A Tristis Chiffchaff was seen and heard calling on the North side of Castle Hill where there were also 10 Fieldfare, a Woodcock, 35 Blackbirds, a Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaffs, 5 Goldcrests, 6 Bramblings, and a wing-barred warbler which could be a Yellow-browed or Pallas's. Another Woodcock was seen arriving and dropping in between Westwood Court and Tesco. 22 Golden Plover and a Kestrel were seen over Scalby Lodge pond. 

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201108

Goldeneye - Iain Leadley



Saturday, 7 November 2020

Saturday 7th November

 A Grey Phalarope flew south through Cornelian Bay this morning, 18 Purple Sandpipers were at the harbour, and a Great Grey Shrike was at Derwent Head Rigg in Langdale Forest. Again a number of flocks of Pink-footed Geese were seen through the day: 230 over town and to Knipe Point before turning inland, a flock over Gristhorpe, 562 past South Cliff, 250+ over Crossgates, about 100 heading towards Wykeham Lakes, and a large flock over Manor Road Park late afternoon. Also passing South Cliff were an Egyptian Goose and a Dark-bellied Brent Goose heading north. 13 Lapwings, 4 Redwings, a Blackbird, 8 Fieldfare, 16 Starlings and a Brambling arrived in off the sea. 5 Curlew and a Great Spotted Woodpecker were at Johnson's Marsh, 80+ Lapwings were at Harwood Dale Lake, and a drake Pintail was at Seamer Tip Pool. In Dalby Forest 9 Willow Tits were at Nabgate and Sand Dale, 3 Marsh Tits were at Pexton Lake, and 3 Buzzards and 30 Yellowhammers were at Wilton Heights. A Buzzard was also seen over Crossgates, and a flock of 40+ Fieldfare were at the far north end of North Lane, in with cattle. Through the thick fog at Wykeham Lakes 20+ Goldeneye, 50+ Canada Geese, 3 Egyptian Geese, 6 Cormorants, 24 Lapwing, a female Stonechat and the usual wildfowl were seen at South Lake, while at East Lake there were 165 Lapwing, 190+ Greylag Geese, an Egyptian Goose, 38 Mallard, 2 Cormorants, a mixture of  gulls (Black-headed, Common, Herring and Great Black-backed), a Grey Heron, and 2 Great Crested Grebes. Later in the day about 45 Whooper Swans, 35+ Goldeneye, 2 Goosanders, 2 Great Egrets and a Little Egret were seen there. Between South and Cornelian Bays there were 10 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebes, a juvenile Mute Swan, 13 Wigeon, 2 Goldeneye, 3 Common Scoter, 3 Eiders, 9 Guillemots, 2 Razorbills and a Kittiwake. 2 Bramblings, a Lesser Redpoll, a Goldcrest, 2 Marsh Tits, a Coal Tit, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Fieldfare flew in off the sea at Castle Hill. A Marsh Harrier was spotted over Great Moor Road heading towards Yedmandale.

Tufted Duck - Mark Hepples


Friday, 6 November 2020

Friday 6th November

 A probable Water Pipit flew south along South Cliff this morning, and 3 Snow Buntings and 2 Twite were seen along the 5th fairway. A Common Scoter and 2 Great Crested Grebes were in South Bay, and 14 Purple Sandpipers were on Black Rocks. At Wykeham South Lake there were 100+ Whooper Swans, 400+ Pink-footed Geese, and 4 Bean Geese round midday, and in the afternoon there were also 4 juvenile male Pochards and 9 Goldeneye, while another 66 Whooper Swans flew in off the carrs. Several flocks of Pink-footed Geese were seen flying south again today: 200 over Gristhorpe, 100+ over Burniston, one over Seamer Road, and 80+ over Cayton. 66 Teal were on Johnson's Marsh, while at Scalby Mills there were 5 Curlew, 5 Redshank, 14 Turnstones, 9 Oystercatchers, 6 Ringed Plovers and an adult Mediterranean Gull. 

Goldfinch - Terry Hobson



Thursday, 5 November 2020

Thursday 5th November

 Lots of Pink-footed Geese flying over again today: 80 south over Cayton Bay and 1302 south through South Cliff in the morning, 145 north-west over Thornton Dale around midday, and a large flock heard over Peasholm in the late afternoon. 3 separate groups (one of about 200 birds and the other 2 of 60+ birds) were present round the Open Air Theatre. A pair of Stonechats, 5 Curlew, 62 Teal, 3 Herons and 3 Roe Deer were at Johnson's Marsh. A Stonechat, 4 Willow Tits, 4 Marsh Tits and 2 Crossbills were seen/heard at Maw Rigg. Also passing through South Cliff were a Goldeneye and a Brambling heading south, a drake Eider north, and 11 Fieldfare and a Woodcock arriving in off the sea. The latter was sadly killed by a Peregrine only feet from making landfall. A Merlin was on the golf course, a Brambling was spotted at Holbeck, and 5 Blackcaps were along the coast there. In South Bay there was a Great Crested Grebe and a Common Scoter. 16 Goldeneye, 2 Great White Egrets, about 40 Tufted Ducks, 10 Little Grebes, 20+ Snipe and 10 Great Crested Grebes were on Wykeham South Lake, plus 3 Stonechat (a pair of them just by the viewing platform). At East Lake there were large numbers of Herring Gulls and Greylags, 23 Mallard, 5 Egyptian Geese, 70 Lapwing, 3 Great Crested Grebes, a Little Egret, 7 Cormorants and 2 Little Grebes. 

Ringed Plover - Pauline Dent



Wednesday, 4 November 2020

Wednesday 4th November

 A mixed flock of tits, Tree Sparrows and Bullfinches was at Yedmandale Road early this morning, and 93 93 Pink-footed Geese flew north over Garth End Road. 90 Pink-footed Geese were also seen heading south over Knipe Point, and 260+ (in 3 flocks) had been seen heading south over Long Nab by 10:00am. In the afternoon another 120 Pink-footed Geese were seen high over Stepney, heading south. 3 Twite were in the stubble at Long Nab and a Snow Bunting flew over north. 6 Whooper Swans flew in off the sea at Ravenscar in the early afternoon and continued south. A Great Grey Shrike was spotted at Maw Rigg in Langdale Forest, and a Hen Harrier was seen near Blakey Topping.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201104

Bullfinch - Stuart Baines



Tuesday, 3 November 2020

Tuesday 3rd November

 This morning 30 Whooper Swans flew west over Fylingdales Moor, groups of 5 and 6 were seen flying south over Scarborough Castle, and 15 flew south through South Cliff. Also heading south at South Cliff were 3 Lapland Buntings and 3 Snow Buntings, while a Willow Warbler and 3 Blackcaps were still in Cornelian Ravine and a Yellow-browed Warbler remained in Holbeck Ravine. At Wykeham Lakes in the morning there were 12 more Whooper Swans, plus a Little Egret, 5 Goldeneye, 16 Lesser Redpoll, 28 Siskin, about 200 Greylags, 4 Egyptian Geese, about 120 Canada Geese, while skeins of 120 and 70 Pink-footed Geese flew over southwards. In the afternoon 180 Lapwings, 3 Shovelers, a Gadwall, 6 Great Crested Grebes, another 42 Lesser Redpoll, 6 Marsh Tits, 2 Treecreepers and a Great White Egret were present, while another 90 Pink-footed Geese flew over. At Long Nab 4 Lapland Buntings were again in the stubble field, and a Snipe and a Stonechat were at the scrape. 3 Twite, 62 Linnets, 16 Reed Buntings and a single Corn Bunting were with about 130 Tree Sparrows at the end of Station Lane. A further 32 Tree Sparrows and a Sparrowhawk were at Crook Ness and about 60 Pink-footed Geese flew over south. 10 Ringed Plover were at Scalby Mills and a Wheatear was on Marine Drive.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201103

Chaffinch - Stephen Beaver




Monday, 2 November 2020

Monday 2nd November

 4 Lapland Buntings were seen this morning in the stubble field behind Long Nab, where the other highlights were a Black-throated Diver flying north, plus 2 Eiders and a female Merlin flying south. A Short-eared Owl was seen along a hedge north of Long Nab. 35 Linnets, 7 Skylarks, 8 Fieldfare, 2 Bullfinch, 4 Yellowhammers, 4 Greenfinch and several Blackbirds were seen at Spikers Hill; 4 Jays were at High Yedmandale; and nearby at Coverdale Moor there were 12 Lapwing and large numbers of finches. 4 Hawfinch were spotted at Limekiln Lane, opposite the churchyard in Cayton. At Wykeham Lakes there were 4 Goldeneye, 2 Wigeon, a female Merlin, a Water Rail, 3 Shoveler, 60+ Teal, 15 Gadwall, 10 Little Grebe, 104 Lapwings and 16 Fieldfare, as well as 8 Crossbills flying south-west. A Goosander was at Scalby Mills, and 2 groups of 5 and 11 Whooper Swans were seen heading south just off Ravenscar.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201102

Female Goosander with Wigeon - Alan Hunt



Sunday, 1 November 2020

Sunday 1st November

 A Yellow-browed Warbler remains in Holbeck ravine, loosely associating with a tit flock. At Wykeham Lakes 2 Lapwing, 212 Greylag Geese and 5 Egyptian Geese were on East Lake, while on a rather choppy South Lake there were 2 Great Crested Grebes, 68 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag Geese, 12 Cormorants, a Goldeneye, 6 Tufted Duck, 35 Coot and a Grey Heron. 2 Knot, 3 Mediterranean Gulls and a Lesser Black-backed Gull were at Black Rocks, while 2 Red-throated Divers were in North Bay close in to the beach. By mid-afternoon a third Red-throated Diver was in North Bay, 140 Wigeon were at Scalby Mills, a Kingfisher flew north over the sea defence rocks by the skate park, 3 Guillemots were off Marine Drive, and 10 Purple Sandpipers were roosting at the harbour. A Red Kite was seen hunting low over Lowdales.

Nuthatch in Raincliffe Woods - Stephen Beaver

Saturday, 31 October 2020

Saturday 31st October

 50 Fieldfares were seen flying west over Cockrah Road early this morning, and another 200 were in the field above the caravan park. In the afternoon 11 Whooper Swans landed at the south end of Cayton Bay, 100m offshore. A White-fronted Goose, 4 Pink-footed Geese and 5 Barnacle Geese were at Wykeham Lakes.

Jay - Alan Hunt



Friday, 30 October 2020

Friday 30th October

 3 Whooper Swans flew south past Marine Drive early this morning, and a Velvet Scoter was again in Jackson's Bay, diving frequently. A Marsh Tit was in Scalby Beck. A Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaffs and a Blackcap were in Cornelian Ravine, and a Water Rail was along the beck there. A Yellow-browed Warbler  and a Chiffchaff were in Holbeck Ravine, and a female Merlin was seen flying south through South Cliff. 6 Red-throated Divers and a Common Scoter were feeding in Cayton Bay. 80+ Pink-footed Geese flew south over Mere Valley and 130+ were seen over Hovingham Drive. A Peregrine was spotted over Yedmandale Road. 3 Lapland Buntings were in the stubble field near the Long Nab observatory, where a Black-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, and a Velvet Scoter flew north, and 3 Whooper Swans, a Grey Plover, 11 Rock Pipits and 2 Twite flew south. A Great White Egret was still at Wykeham Lakes, and in the Bridestones area of Dalby Forest there were 6 Marsh Tits, a Green Woodpecker, 5 Crossbills, 3 Mistle Thrushes and 4 Jays.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201030

Great Spotted Woodpecker - Chris Bell



Thursday, 29 October 2020

Thursday 29th October

 A Wood Lark was seen heading south over Ravenscar this morning, and a Kingfisher was in the outer harbour. Highlights of the morning's watch at Long Nab included a Black-throated Diver heading north, plus a Great Northern Diver, an Arctic Skua, 9 Whooper Swans, a Merlin and a House Martin all heading south.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201029

Wren - Chris Dalton

Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Wednesday 28th October

62 Teal were on Johnson's Marsh this morning. 9 Whooper Swans were seen heading west over Flixton, a single Whooper was on Seamer Road Mere, and 42 Whoopers and 2 Twite were the highlights going south through South Cliff. A second Yellow-browed Warbler joined the one that has been in Holbeck Ravine for some time. The Great Grey Shrike was seen again at Derwent Head, plus a second individual at Stoney Rigg. A Whinchat was just south of Derwent Head, a cream-crowned Marsh Harrier was seen over the moors behind Stoney Rigg before drifting south-east into Harwood Dale, and a ringtail Hen Harrier was spotted briefly at Lunn Rigg. In the early afternoon 160+ Pink-footed Geese flew south over Wykeham Lakes, where there were 3 Goldeneye, 2 Shoveler, 21 Gadwall, 26 Teal, 5 Barnacle Geese, 120+ Lapwing, 115 Common Gulls, 60 Black-headed Gulls, 180+ Herring Gulls and 2 Kingfishers. 2 Red-throated Divers, 3 Guillemots, 2 Grey Seals and 3 Porpoises were off Marine Drive, and a Water Rail was at the Open Air Theatre. 2 Red Kites were also seen over Wykeham Lakes before leaving eastwards.

Water Rail at the Open Air Theatre - Jan and Gary Powell



Tuesday 27th October

 12 Whooper Swans flew past Long Nab, then over Holbeck, South Cliff and Knipe Point this morning, and a Velvet Scoter was in Jackson's Bay. 4 Willow Tits, 6 Marsh Tits, 2 Nuthatches, 8 Jays and 5 Crossbills were seen/heard round the Dalby Haygate circuit. 3 very large skeins of Pink-footed Geese were seen flying over Barmoor then Hovingham Drive, then 50 minutes later another 43 were seen heading south over Peasholm. Highlights from South Cliff include 10 Tundra Bean Geese, 27 Whooper Swans, 2 House Martins, 304 Chaffinch, 235 Goldfinch and 36 Crossbills all heading south, plus a Short-eared Owl which flew north. Highlights from Ravenscar include: 158 Pink-footed Geese, 15 Coal Tits, 11 Blue Tits, 12 Fieldfare, 278 Chaffinch, 23 Brambling, 172 Lesser Redpoll and a Corn Bunting all heading south, plus another 104 Fieldfare going west.

Marsh Tit - Terry Hobson



Monday, 26 October 2020

Monday 26th October

 A Great Grey Shrike was seen at Derwent Head Rigg early this morning. A Yellow-browed Warbler was again in Holbeck Ravine, together with a Chiffchaff, and 4 Blackcaps were also at Holbeck. A Water Pipit was spotted at Wykeham South Lake before it flew off southwards. Also present at Wykeham Lakes were a Goosander, 2 Goldeneye, 5 Barnacle Geese (East Lake), 19 Gadwall, 24 Tufted Duck, 12 Teal, 5 Little Grebe, 58 Coot and 24 Long-tailed Tits. There was a Kingfisher in the harbour, but no longer any sign of the Red-necked Grebe. 2 Goosanders flew south past Long Nab this morning, a Swallow flew south over Gristhorpe this afternoon, and 3 Bramblings were in a Hutton Buscel garden.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201026

Brambling - Alan Hunt



Sunday, 25 October 2020

Sunday 25th October

 The Red-necked Grebe has again been at the harbour, at times just outside the harbour off lighthouse pier, and at other times in the inner harbour. 3 Purple Sandpipers were also roosting on East pier, and a Chiffchaff was on the south side of Castle Hill. A Merlin flew south at Ravenscar, 94 Teal were at Johnson's Marsh, and a Velvet Scoter was at Cloughton Wyke. A Water Rail was spotted at the Open Air Theatre and a Stonechat at Marvel's. South Cliff was generally quiet this morning with the highlight being 17 Rock Pipits heading south. 5 Barnacle Geese and 4 Pink-footed Geese were at Wykeham Lakes.

Grey Wagtail - Jan and Gary Powell



Saturday, 24 October 2020

Saturday 24th October

 2 Tundra Bean Geese flew north past Long Nab this morning, a Great Northern Diver flew south, and a Jack Snipe was present in the stubble field. A Long-tailed Duck was in the bay at Cloughton Wyke, and at Scalby Mills a Common Scoter flew into North Bay and a Dipper was down the beck. A Merlin flew south over the A170 at Ebberston, and another flew inland over Filey Road in the Cornelian Bay area. A Red-necked Grebe was found in the harbour late in the morning and remained there into the early afternoon. An adult Mediterranean Gull and a Kingfisher were both seen at Scalby Mills this afternoon.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201024

Red-necked Grebe at the harbour - Chris Bell



Friday, 23 October 2020

Friday 23rd October

 2 Richard's Pipits flew north along South Cliff this morning, and a first winter Mediterranean Gull was at Seamer Road Mere. A possible female Velvet Scoter was diving off Jackson's Bay and heading south. Other birds seen along South Cliff this morning include: a Swallow, a House Martin, 202 Meadow Pipits, 166 Chaffinch, 11 Bullfinch, one Twite, 318 Lesser Redpoll, 55 Crossbills and 223 Siskin all heading south, plus a Lapland Bunting heading north. An "eastern" Lesser Whitethroat (blythi or halimodendri race) remains just south of the Ravenscar tea rooms, while 33 Collared Doves were seen in Staintondale. On Castle Hill there were 2 Goldcrests and a Chiffchaff with a tit flock, 6 Redwing flew in off the sea, and a Fieldfare was on Castle Tops. 

Wigeon - Jan and Gary Powell



Thursday, 22 October 2020

Thursday 22nd October

 10 Crossbills and 2 Siskins were seen heading south over Cayton early this morning. A Richard's Pipit was spotted in the stubble field at Long Nab, and heading past southwards were 12 Whooper Swans, 2 Pintail, 69 Common Gulls, 12 Redpolls and 3 House Martins. A  Lesser Whitethroat, probably of the race "Halimodendri", was near the tea rooms in Ravenscar, where there were also 2 Willow Tits, and moving south were 2 Swallows, 30 Skylark, 15 Meadow Pipits, 75 Siskin, 35 Crossbills, 30 Redpolls, 10 Linnets and 2 Fieldfares. 30 Siskins were also seen at Yedmandale Road. There was no sign today of the Dusky Warbler but a Chiffchaff and a Blackcap remained in Cornelian Ravine, and a Willow Warbler and a Yellow-browed Warbler were newly arrived there. Also seen on South Cliff were a Yellow-browed Warbler lingering north of Holbeck, plus 25 Pink-footed Geese, 5 House Martins, 2 Swallows, 69 Lesser Redpoll and a Lapland Bunting flying south. A Great White Egret was at Wykeham Lakes.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201022

Great White Egret - Alan Hunt



Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Wednesday 21st October

 The Dusky Warbler was still present in Cornelian Ravine this morning and into the early afternoon. A Great White Egret, 2 Blackcaps, a Marsh Tit and 6 Bramblings were at Cloughton Wyke, where a Sandwich Tern flew south. Along South Cliff there were 5 Blackcaps, a Yellow-browed Warbler, and 4 Chiffchaffs, including a possible tristis but no call was heard. Also seen there were Dark-bellied Brent Goose, a Swallow, 173 Lesser Redpoll, 47 Crossbills and a Lapland Bunting flying south. At Wykeham Lakes there were 7 Whooper Swans and 5 Barnacle Geese on East Lake, and 2 Great White Egrets and a Water Rail at South Lake.


Eastern type Lesser Whitethroat - John Harwood


Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Tuesday 20th October

 A Dusky Warbler was in Cornelian Ravine this morning, where it was calling often and loosely associating with 2 Blackcaps. 5 Barnacle Geese remain on Wykeham East Lake, and 3 Whooper Swans on the new workings lake. Things were generally quiet at Long Nab with the main birds of interest being a first winter Caspian Gull and a first winter Mediterranean Gull, both passing southwards. 2 Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs, 6 Fieldfares and 6 Redwings were seen along South Cliff in the morning, and 6 Redwings were also seen at Cloughton in the afternoon.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201020

Dusky Warbler - Chris Bradshaw





Monday, 19 October 2020

Monday 19th October

 88 Crossbills flew south along South Cliff this morning, and 2 Yellow-browed Warblers were in the ravine north of the Holbeck landslip. 52 Teal were at Johnson's Marsh, while Crook Ness was quiet with just a small tit flock. A Great White Egret was seen over Wrench Green mid-morning.

Short-eared Owl - Ray Maddison



Sunday, 18 October 2020

Sunday 18th October

 Today's big news was a Red-throated Pipit found on the Holbeck landslip area this morning, where it stayed for about an hour before flying off southwards. A Yellow-browed Warbler, 5 Goldcrests, a Blackcap and a Pallas's Warbler were seen at Crook Ness, 2 Snipe were in the Long Nab stubble field, and at Castle Hill there was a Lesser Whitethroat, a Chiffchaff, 6 Redwings and about 10 Goldcrests. A Swallow was spotted flying north at Bent Rigg Lane at midday. A Blackcap, a Chiffchaff and 2 Yellow-browed Warblers were seen on South Cliff, where a Whooper Swan flew over north. A Brent Goose flew over Crook Ness this afternoon, where the Pallas's Warbler was still present but elusive. 200 Pink-footed Geese were seen flying north over Scalby, 80 flew south high over Crook Ness, and about 100 flew south over Hutton Buscel. A Short-eared Owl was at Scalby Nab.

The Holbeck Red-throated Pipit - Steven Wignill



Saturday, 17 October 2020

Saturday 17th October

 3 Richard's Pipits were seen at the Long Nab scrape this morning before they flew north, appearing to land near the ringing plantation. Another flew west from the stubble behind the Long Nab observatory a little later. One was still present behind the observatory in the early afternoon when it flew north towards Cloughton Wyke. Yet another flew in off the sea mid-afternoon at Crook Ness and continued north over the stubble field towards Cloughton. A Kingfisher was seen at the Open Air Theatre lake in the morning, and at Seamer Road Mere there was a first winter Mediterranean Gull, 66 Moorhens and 3 Little Grebes. 5 Barnacle Geese were at Wykeham East Lake, where a pale-bellied Brent Goose and 2 Shovelers were also seen on the new workings lake. The Blythi Lesser Whitethroat was still at Holbeck this morning and a new Yellow-browed Warbler was to the north of the Holbeck landslip. At Scalby Mills there were 193 Wigeon, and at Castle Hill there was a Brambling, a Chiffchaff and a Goldcrest.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201017

Barnacle Geese with Greylags - Chris Bull




Friday, 16 October 2020

Friday 16th October

 A Richard's Pipit was in the stubble field at Long Nab and a ringtail Hen Harrier was hunting over the fields near Fields Farm. A Chiffchaff was at Crook Ness, and a Yellow-browed Warbler was seen in the cliff top scrub just north of there. A blythi type Lesser Whitethroat was at Holbeck, and a Mediterranean Gull an a Kittiwake were at Scalby Mills. 2 Marsh Tits Tits plus small numbers of Goldcrests and Blackbirds were on Castle Hill in the early afternoon, while later the area was quiet, with just 4 Goldcrest, a Redwing and 11 Blackbirds of note. 6 Purple Sandpipers and 52 Turnstones were roosting at the harbour, and 200+ Starlings were at Crook Ness. At Wykeham Lakes a pair of Common Scoter were seen on South Lake, while 5 Barnacle Geese were on East Lake.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201016

Kestrel - John Hume



Thursday, 15 October 2020

Thursday 15th October

 A Little Egret flew north over Cayton this morning towards Cayton Bay, where there were 2 Peregrines and 6 Stonechats, plus small flocks of Starlings which flew in off the sea. 3 Velvet Scoter and 2 Eider flew north, and a Pintail flew south, past an otherwise rather quiet Long Nab. About 100 Wigeon were at Scalby Mills, and at the harbour there was a female Eider, a Guillemot, a Turnstone and a Cormorant.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20201015

Teal - Alan Hunt