Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Tuesday 31st March

A pair of Goldeneye were at Seamer Road Mere this morning, and a Brent Goose was seen in the sea off Scalby Mills. The Hooded Crow was again in the fields south of Scalby Lodge cottages. 79 Wigeon were at Scalby Mills this afternoon.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20200331

Chiffchaff - Lynn Comley

Monday, 30 March 2020

Monday 30th March

A Teal was at Seamer Tip this morning, and a Snipe was flushed from the mounds. A juvenile Sparrowhawk was observed behaving strangely, hopping around the vegetable patch in a Scalby garden (possibly looking for insect prey).The pairs of Shelduck and Grey Wagtails were again at Northstile pool, joined today by 4 Tufted Ducks, and briefly by 6 Mandarins. About 250 Common Gulls flew east over Spring Bank this evening.

Robin in The Glen - Nicholas Brazier

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Sunday 29th March

4 Mandarins, 2 Shelduck, 2 Teal, 4 Moorhens, 2 Grey Wagtails and 4 Mallards were at Northstile pool this afternoon, and 36 Purple Sandpipers were roosting at the harbour this evening.

Nuthatch - Stuart Baines

Saturday, 28 March 2020

Saturday 28th March

A Common Buzzard, a Redshank, 2 Shelduck and 3 Wigeon were at Johnson's Marsh this morning. At Low Yedmandale there was a Kestrel, a Lapwing and a Nuthatch, while at High Yedmandale a Buzzard, 3 Nuthatches, 2 Treecreepers and a Jay were seen. 2 Buzzards flew over ex-Yorkshire Coast College field, Scalby Road,and a Great Crested Grebe was at Scalby Mills. 4 Turnstones flew north past Castle Headland where there was a Peregrine and a Kestrel. 2 Shelduck remained on the flash beside Cayton Bowling Club, together with 7 Redshank and a pair of Mallards. A Heron was in a paddock off Yedmandale Road.

Long-tailed Tit - Judi Kent Pyrah

Friday, 27 March 2020

Friday 27th March

2 Snipe, a Redshank, 2 Teal, 2 Shelduck and 4 Wigeon were at Johnson's Marsh early this morning. In Wykeham Forest there was a large flock of Bramblings, 4 Willow Tits, 5 or 6 Crossbills and numerous Siskins. The Hooded Crow remained with Carrion Crows near Scalby Lodge Pond, and at the motor cycle track at Seamer Tip there were 2 Barn Owls, a Buzzard, a Sparrowhawk, 2 Linnets, and 2 Reed Buntings. 2 Buzzards flew over Cayton village, and 2 more were seen heading towards the woods at the top of Limestone Road. A Treecreeper was observed going up each gate and fence post at the bridge near the Downe Arms on North Moor Road. A dark Skua sp. flew east along Valley Road with Common Gulls, and at the harbour there were 23 Purple Sandpipers and 32 Turnstones. 2 Nuthatch territories were observed at the northern end of Oliver's Mount.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20200327

Great Spotted Woodpecker - Judi Kent Pyrah


Thursday, 26 March 2020

Thursday 26th March

Many Chiffchaffs were at The Mere and Oliver's Mount this morning, and a Swallow and a Sand Martin flew south at Long Nab. A Great Crested Grebe was opposite the North Bay chalets, and at The Mere there were 3 Goldeneye and a Goosander. At Seamer Tip there were 12 Redwings, 2 Water Rails, and a Green Sandpiper in the New Dike. 2 Little Egrets were on Seamer Mead and about 100 Fieldfares were by Seamer Carr. 7 Bottlenose Dolphins were spotted about 300m off Cayton Bay heading north. The drake Eider was still in North Bay, and at Scalby Mills there were 93 Wigeon, 4 Curlew, 6 Oystercatchers, 3 Redshanks, a Great Crested Grebe, and a Yellow-legged Gull, plus a Grey Seal sitting on the outer rocks, while a steady trickle of Gannets passed by southwards. 3 Chiffchaffs and a Bullfinch were at the Open Air Theatre, and a Swallow flew north over Hutton Buscel. A Common Buzzard flew east over Cayton Village
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Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20200326

Pied Wagtail - Rose Habberley
Sparrowhawk - Lynn Comley


Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Wednesday 25th March

A Buzzard was seen over Scalby Beck, near the Youth Hostel this morning. 3 singing Chiffchaffs and 4 Yellowhammers were along Cockrah Road, 2 Peregrines at the quarry, and 2 more singing Chiffchaffs and a Lapwing at Low Yedmandale. A Kingfisher, a Dipper and 4 Grey Wagtails were near Hilla Green bridge. A Peregrine was circling over Taylor Way, along with a Buzzard, while a Buzzard was also seen over Northstead and 2 flew south over the sea at Cayton Bay. Yet another Buzzard was seen flying south, high over Westwood Court, and 4 were sparring over Stepney and heading inland. A pair of Blackcaps were in Crescent Gardens, and 5 Eiders, a pair of Stonechats and a Goldcrest were at Gristhorpe Bay. Highlights from Long Nab include a Buzzard, 3 Sparrowhawks, a Sand Martin, 293 Meadow Pipits, 72 Linnets, 45 Goldfinches and 43 Chaffinches all heading south. A Hooded Crow was in the field just north of Scalby Lodge Cottages, and 4 Goldcrests were in the coastal gullies near Scalby Lodge.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20200325

Dunnock - Chris Bell




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Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Tuesday 24th March

At least our first day of lockdown was a beautiful sunny one. A day of singing Chiffchaffs - including at Cockrah, 3 in Falsgrave Park, at least 10 at Burton Riggs, 2 at Seamer Tip pool, and one in a Stepney Road garden. 3 Yellowhammers and a flock of 12 Blackbirds were seen on the Yedmandale roads; a singing Blackcap was in Falsgrave Park and another at Burton Riggs. A newly arrived Firecrest was at Crook Ness (influx of Goldcrests/Chiffchaffs today), and at Long Nab a Snow Bunting flew south and Goldcrests and Chiffchaffs were newly in. At Seamer Tip pool there were 14 Tufted Ducks and 2 Oystercatchers. Most of the Kittiwakes, however, have gone back out to sea, leaving only 6 under the Spa bridge.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20200324

Greenfinch - Paul Tozer


Monday, 23 March 2020

Monday 23rd March

Early this morning an Avocet flew north at Long Nab, and a single Sand Martin was seen at Wykeham South Lake. A Red Kite was seen along the A170 between Pickering and Thornton Dale, and another flew north inland of Long Nab. 5 Bottlenose Dolphins were spotted heading south off Marine Drive, and a Great Crested Grebe was off the harbour. Chiffchaffs were at Yedmandale Road and Stepney Drive, and one flew south at Long Nab, as did 184 Meadow Pipits, 4 White Wagtails and 74 Chaffinches, while 99 Jackdaws headed north. On the River Derwent a pair of Grey Wagtails were seen in Wrench Green, and a pair of Dippers and a Kingfisher were seen near Woodhouse. This afternoon 12 Oystercatchers and a Grey Heron were at Long Nab and 2 Stonechats were in the hedge north of the observatory there. On the flash next to the Cayton Bowling Club there was a pair of Shelduck, and this evening 589 Common Gulls and 534 Black-headed Gulls flew out east to roost over Valley Road.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20200323

Cormorant - Scarborough Porpoise


Sunday, 22 March 2020

Sunday 22nd March

A Chiffchaff was at Woodall Avenue this morning, and a drake Eider was in the harbour again. The Hooded Crow was once again at Flotmanby, opposite the entrance to Lingholm Farm. At Wykeham South Lake there were 6 Goldeneye, 2 Chiffchaffs and an adult Little Gull. 41 Fieldfares were seen in the field to the south-west of Seamer Tip, while 12 Tufted Duck were at Seamer Tip pool and 6 more were on the newt pond at Burton Riggs. Several Chiffchaffs were at both sites. 2 Velvet Scoters, 1 Common Scoter and 2 Eiders flew south at Cornelian, and off the headland above Scalby Mills there were 4 Curlew, 12 Oystercatchers and 12+ Wigeon. A Peregrine flew over Crossgates and a Red Kite was spotted half a mile north-east of the A64/A169 Pickering roundabout.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20200322

Teal - Mark Hepples

Saturday, 21 March 2020

Saturday 21st March

A Hooded Crow was with 40 Carrion Crows in a recently-sown field west of Johnson's Marsh. 3 Goldeneye were at Seamer Road Mere, and at Potter Brompton Carr there were 38 Wigeon, 14 Teal, 3 Gadwall, 4 Snipe, a Stonechat and a Chiffchaff. A Velvet Scoter flew south at Long Nab, and at Wykeham Lakes there were 2 Egyptian Geese, 5 Goldeneye, 11 Great Crested Grebes and a Chiffchaff. A Stonechat, 2 Snipe and 12 Teal were at Cromer Point pond, and 4 Lapwings were in the Scalby Lodge pond area. A drake Garganey was spotted on the sea at Scalby Mills briefly before it flew south. Also at Scalby Mills were a drake Eider, a Great Crested Grebe and 125 Wigeon, while a/the drake Eider was also seen off Marine Drive opposite the skateboard park, and later was spotted in the harbour. A male Blackcap, now beginning to sing, was again on Valley Road, and a male Stonechat was at Scalby Nab. A Hooded Crow remains at Flotmanby in the tilled field opposite the entrance to Lingholm Court Estate.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20200321

Chiffchaff - Lucy Hobkinson


Friday, 20 March 2020

Friday 20th March

An Eider was in North Bay opposite the skate park this morning, and also a Great Crested Grebe in the afternoon. 19 Common Scoters and 150 Kittiwakes passed by Long Nab and 2 male Stonechats were near the observatory. 1200 or more Kittiwakes were back on the Castle Headland, and many also in the town centre, while Nuthatches, Greenfinches and singing Chiffchaffs, were in the Glen and near the Open Air Theatre. 3 Goldeneye (2 drake and 1 female) were at Seamer Road Mere, and a Curlew flew over Peasholm in the early evening.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20200320

Kittiwakes on Castle Headland - Scarborough Porpoise

Thursday, 19 March 2020

Thursday 19th March

A Red Kite flew south past Long Nab early this morning, and a Snow Bunting was again in the fields between Cromer Point and Crook Ness, where the Firecrest remains, plus at least one Twite with 80 Linnets. 60 Fieldfares and a Yellowhammer were at Star Carr, and at Wykeham South Lake there were 4 Goldeneye, 2 Gadwall, 17 Cormorants and a singing Chiffchaff. 2 more Chiffchaffs were singing on the Cleveland way between Holbeck and Cornelian. In the Dalby/Crosscliffe area there was a Green Woodpecker in the valley, plus a single and a pair of Willow Tits, 7 Buzzards and 3 Goshawks. 4 Pink-footed Geese were at Harwood Dale Lake and the Hooded Crow was at Scalby Lodge pond. An Egyptian Goose flew high south-east over Crossgates, dodging a pair of circling Buzzards, and one was also seen at Throxenby Mere.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20200319

Peregrine food pass - Joe Bamfield

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Wednesday 18th March

A male Wheatear was in the field by Scalby Lodge pond early this morning, and the Hooded Crow was on the rocks below the cliffs just north of there. The Firecrest was seen again at Crook Ness, and in the field immediately west of the gully were at least 2 Twite with 40 Linnets, and a White Wagtail (which flew off south). A Littoralis Rock Pipit, 3 Snipe and 18 Teal were at Cromer Point pond, and 6 Chiffchaffs were between there and Scalby Mills. An Iceland Gull was with a gull flock on the sea off the Scalby Lodge pond field/Jackson's Bay, and a second juvenile flew north at Long Nab. Later the Iceland Gull was at Scalby Mills, where there were also Kittiwakes, a Mediterranean Gull. A Barn Owl was seen at the motor cycle track, Seamer Tip, and among the mounds near Seamer Tip pool there was a Barn Owl and a Short-eared Owl. A Jack Snipe was at Taylor Way. A Firecrest was seen in a variety of locations: the Long Nab ringing station, the eastern end of Scalby Beck, and on the north side of Castle Hill. A Great Crested Grebe was in South Bay, as was a small raft of Kittiwakes. Kittiwakes were also back on Spa Bridge and the Grand Hotel. Chiffchaffs and Goldcrests were reported at Scalby Beck, Castle Hill and St Mary's churchyard. 2 Great Crested Grebes were in North Bay, and at Thornton Carrs there were 2 Chiffchaffs and a Curlew.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20200318

Iceland Gull - John Harwood

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Tuesday 17th March

At Long Nab this morning a Woodlark flew south and 25 Whooper Swans flew north. A Razorbill was spotted in North Bay, and on the cliffs Chiffchaffs were singing and Meadow Pipits were displaying. 3 Purple Sandpipers were again in Jackson's Bay along with Turnstones, Curlew and a Lapwing. A drake Eider was in the harbour, and a Firecrest was singing at Crook Ness, where there were also 3 Chiffchaffs, and a Snow Bunting flew north and 182 Chaffinches flew south. At Burton Riggs there were 2 Willow Tits and 4 Chiffchaffs, and a Red Kite and 4 Buzzards were between Ebberston and Allerston. A Chiffchaff was also at McCain's stadium and 4 Buzzards were seen in Osgoodby. At Scalby Mills this afternoon there was a juvenile Iceland Gull and 2 Mediterranean Gulls. In the Haygate area of Dalby Forest there were about 150 Bramblings, 200+ Siskins, 20 Crossbills and a Chiffchaff.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20200317

Eider in the harbour - Terry Hobson

Firecrest at Crook Ness - Terry Hobson

Monday, 16 March 2020

Tuesday 16th March

8 Purple Sandpipers were with Turnstones and Redshanks in Jackson's Bay this morning, while 2 Chiffchaffs and 2 Reed Buntings were on the cliffs above. At Seamer Mead there were 6 Teal and a Little Egret, plus 24 Carrion Crows in a tree watching a Peregrine in the adjacent field. 2 Linnets were by New Dike, Seamer Tip. 633 Chaffinches flew south past Long Nab through the morning. 6 Twite were at Crook Ness and one flew north. An adult Mediterranean Gull was at Johnson's Marsh this afternoon, and a drake Eider was off Marine Drive.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20200316

Eider Duck off Marine Drive - Scarborough Porpoise

Sunday, 15 March 2020

Sunday 15th March

47 Whooper Swans flew north over Long Nab this morning, as did a third winter Glaucous Gull. 2 Chiffchaffs were at Burton Riggs, another was again at The Dene, another was singing at Seamer Road Mere, and yet another was singing at Crook Ness. A Barn Owl was seen at Taylor Way, and a Lesser Black-backed Gull without a tail was to the west of Seamer Tip pool. Red Kites were seen at various places: one flew west over Hutton Buscel, 2 flew west over Woodlands Ravine and Stepney Road, one was at Ellerburn, and another at Scampston Park. The Hooded Crow was again in a ploughed field at Flotmanby, south of the A1039, while 12 Herons were in the field north of the road. A Little Egret was near the sewage works on Cayton Carr, a Great Crested Grebe was in North Bay, and an adult Little Gull was spotted at Wykeham South Lake. At Seamer Road Mere there were 17 Tufted Duck, a Pink-footed Goose, a female Goosander and 3 Goldeneye. 2 Kingfishers, a male and a female, were behind the Open Air Theatre.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20200315

Barn Owl - Melanie Pearl

Saturday, 14 March 2020

Saturday 14th March

2 Oystercatchers, a pair of Shelduck, 15 Wigeon and a singing Yellowhammer were at Johnson's Marsh this morning. A Dunlin was seen flying south-east over Seamer Tip pool and a Barn Owl was at the motor cycle track near there, while 2 Oystercatchers, a Great Crested Grebe and 6 Tufted Ducks were at Burton Riggs. A Scandinavian Rock Pipit and 2 male Stonechats were by the Long Nab observation hut, where there was some duck movement, including 2 Shelduck, 37 Wigeon, 4 Eiders and 4 Goosanders. A Chiffchaff was singing in Wrench Green this afternoon, and the Hooded Crow was again at Flotmanby. 9 Gadwall and 6 Tufted Duck were at Seamer Tip pools, and 6 Goldeneye were at Wykeham South Lake. 32 Purple Sandpipers and 2 Rock Pipits were roosting on East Pier this evening, and a Guillemot was in the outer harbour.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20200314

Stonechat - Chris Bell

Friday, 13 March 2020

Friday 13th March

2 Egyptian Geese, 5 Goldeneye, 12 Great Crested Grebes, 7 Oystercatchers and a Chiffchaff were present at Wykeham Lakes this morning.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20200313

Yellowhammer - Beverley Senturk


Thursday, 12 March 2020

Thursday 12th March

4 Whooper Swans flew north past Long Nab early this morning, a Chiffchaff was at Crook Ness, and later in the morning 36 Pink-footed Geese flew past north. A Kingfisher, 2 Gadwall, 3 Goldeneye and 4 Little Grebes were seen at Wykeham South Lake, and 10 Whooper Swans were on Cayton Carr throughout the day. A Short-eared Owl was spotted among the mounds near Seamer Tip pool early in the morning and again in the late afternoon, while a Chiffchaff was in the hedge by the Sirius headquarters in Eastfield. The Hooded Crow was again on Flotmanby Carr and 2 Red Kites were seen at Scampton. A Chiffchaff was again in gardens at The Dene, and a Water Rail and a Redshank were at the Open Air Theatre.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20200312

Little Owls at Hutton Buscel - Judi Kent Pyrah


Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Wednesday 11th March

A Red Kite was spotted over Cayton  this morning, and an hour later one was seen over Wykeham. 200+ Fieldfares and 100+ Starlings were at Coverdale Moor, 21 Skylarks and 7 Yellowhammers were seen from Cockrah Road to Coverdale Moor, and a Buzzard was at High Yedmandale. Highlights past Long Nab included 54 Pink-footed Geese, a Crossbill heading north, and 52 Chaffinches south (the highest spring count). A Mink was by the observatory. At Wykeham South Lake there were 2 Egyptian Geese, a Shoveler and 3 Goldeneye.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20200311

Crossbill - Wendy Goulty


Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Tuesday 10th March

Flocks of 180+ Fieldfare, about 80 Redwings and about 70 Starlings were seen in the Coverdale Moor area this morning. 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were at Scalby Mills this afternoon, and the Hooded Crow was again in a field near Scalby Lodge pond. At Harwood Dale Lake there were 45 Wigeon, 6 Teal and 4 Mandarins.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20200310

Siskin - Melanie Pearl


Monday, 9 March 2020

Monday 9th March

A Chiffchaff was singing at Burton Riggs this morning, and a Hawfinch flew south-east over Troutsdale. 5 Twite were spotted near the Crook Ness car park before flying south-west into a cover crop, and good numbers of passerines were on the move past Long Nab. At Seamer Road Mere there were 3 Little Grebes, a Pink-footed Goose, 13 Tufted Duck, a female Goosander, 2 pairs of Goldeneye, a Coot, a singing Chiffchaff, and a Red Kite flew over, heading south and along Oliver's Mount. 4 Goshawks, 7 Buzzards, a Sparrowhawk and a Kestrel were seen over Troutsdale, and a Goshawk, a Kestrel, a Buzzard, a Snipe and 2 pairs of Stonechats were seen at Jugger Howe. A flock of 150 Yellowhammers were feeding on a newly sown field at Flotmanby Carr.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20200309

Redwing - Rose Habberley

Sunday, 8 March 2020

Sunday 8thMarch

At Potter Brompton Carr this morning there were 9 Shoveler, 22 Wigeon, 40+ Teal, 55 Lapwing, 7 Golden Plover and a Barn Owl. Another Barn Owl was seen at Scalby Lodge pond, plus 26 Curlew and 2 Shelduck. A Jack Snipe was at Taylor Way, and 10 Tufted Duck and a Little Grebe were at Seamer Tip pool, plus a pair of Shelduck later in the day. At Seamer Road Mere there were 3 Little Grebes, a pair of Teal, 17 Tufted Duck, a Goosander and a Water Rail. 5 Pink-footed Geese were with Greylags south of Wykeham Lakes. Also at the lakes were 2 Goldeneye, 17 Cormorants and 28 Coot, and in the late afternoon 2 Egyptian Geese, 9 Goldeneye and 6 Oystercatchers. A Great Crested Grebe was spotted in Cornelian Bay and a Stonechat in the ravine. Harwood Dale Lake hosted 55 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 2 Shelduck, 5 Pink-footed Geese and 740 Common Gulls. At least 1100 more Common Gulls were present in several scattered flocks between Staxton and Scampston, with a Red Kite also at the latter site. In Troutsdale this afternoon there were 4 Buzzards, 2 Sparrowhawks, 3 Goshawks and a Kestrel, while a Red Kite was seen in Harwood Dale Forest.

Yellowhammer - Stuart Baines

Saturday, 7 March 2020

Saturday 7th March

A female Merlin was spotted on Jugger Howe Moor this morning, and a Red Kite was at Scampston Park. Two female Kingfishers were at the Open Air Theatre this afternoon.

Jackdaw - Beverley Senturk

Kingfishers near the Open Air Theatre - Stuart Baines


Friday, 6 March 2020

Friday 6th March

A Great White Egret and 4 Goosanders were at Wykeham South Lake this morning, and at Seamer Road Mere there were 3 Little Grebes, a Pink-footed Goose, a pair of Teal, 28 Tufted Duck, a pair of Goldeneye and a Water Rail. A Jack Snipe was at the Long Nab scrape, and the Hooded Crow was again seen south of Scalby Lodge 'pond', where there were also 42 Curlew in the fields. At the Open Air Theatre there was a Water Rail, while at Scalby Mills there were 398 Wigeon, 3 Mediterranean Gulls (2 adults and a third calendar year bird), a Lesser Black-backed Gull, 8 Common Gulls, a Great Black-backed Gull, 315 Black-headed Gulls and 540 Herring Gulls. At Scalby Nab/Jackson's Bay there were 36 Redshank, 41 Oystercatchers, 15 Turnstones and 6 Purple Sandpipers.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20200306

Barn Owl - Daniel Morley

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Thursday 5th March

A Chiffchaff was spotted along the Cleveland Way this morning, and 3 Teal, 5 Snipe, a Stonechat and a Jack Snipe were by Cromer Point Pond. In the Scalby Lodge pond area there were 42 Curlew, a Stonechat and again the Hooded Crow. A Ringed Plover and 2 Purple Sandpipers were in Jackson's Bay, and 250+ Black-headed Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull were feeding in the clifftop fields above. At Scalby Mills there were 174 Wigeon and a Kittiwake. A skein of about 180 Pink-footed Geese was seen heading north over Crossgates, most likely the same group of 172 that was also seen over Ravenscar. A Red Kite flew east over Newby. 4 Goshawks were seen both from Troutsdale and from Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint, from where 6 Buzzards were also seen. A male Stonechat was seen along the Cleveland Way just south of Cayton Bay, and a pair remain near the Long Nab observatory. At Wykeham South Lake there were 10 Great Crested Grebes, a Little Grebe, 7 Goldeneye, 27 Tufted Duck and 4 Gadwall, while at Holbeck car park there were 4 adult Mediterranean Gulls, 1 in breeding plumage, 2 in winter plumage, and 1 in part breeding plumage (the latter getting amorous with a Black-headed Gull!)

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20200305

Nuthatch - David Swann

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Wednesday 4th March

3 Common Buzzards and a total of 6 Goshawks were seen/ heard calling in Troutsdale, where 120+ Pink-footed Geese flew over heading north. 440 Pink-footed Geese in 4 skeins were also seen heading north between 8:00 and 9:00 this morning over Potter Brompton Carr, where there were also a Jack Snipe, 56 Snipe, 4 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, 130 Teal, 30 Wigeon, a Curlew, an Oystercatcher, a Water Rail and 3 Barn Owls on site. At Wykeham South Lake there were 11 Great Crested Grebes, a Little Grebe, 5 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Egyptian Geese, a Shelduck, 2 Gadwall, 16 Wigeon, 3 Shoveler, 33 Tufted Duck, 2 Pochard and 6 Goldeneye. Highlights heading north past Long Nab included 189 Pink-footed Geese, a Shelduck, 3 Common Scoter, and 11 Meadow Pipits. Once again a female Blackcap was at The Dene, and the Hooded Crow was at Flotmanby Carr with about 15 Carrion Crows. 100 Fieldfares and 10 Meadow Pipits were in fields to the south of Seamer Tip, and a Curlew plus several pairs of displaying Lapwings were at Seamer Mead. At Seamer Road Mere there were 2 Little Grebes, a Pink-footed Goose, 23 Tufted Duck, 3 Goldeneye, 4 Goosanders and a Chiffchaff. A single Coot was on flood water at Cayton Carrs.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20200304

Goshawk with lunch - Steve Race

Little Owl at Hutton Buscel - Melanie Pearl

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Tuesday 3rd March

A Kingfisher, a singing Chiffchaff, 3 Song Thrushes and 2 pairs of Bullfinches were in Peasholm Glen this morning, and 2 Rock Pipits, 3 Meadow Pipits, 24 Turnstones and a Fulmar were at the harbour. Pink-footed Geese were seen heading north throughout the morning: 80 over Cayton, 90 over Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint, and 1465 past Long Nab. 2 pairs of displaying Goshawks, a Common Buzzard and a Kestrel were seen over Troutsdale valley, while 5 Buzzards, a Sparrowhawk, 200+ Fieldfares, 120 Chaffinches, 50 Goldfinches and 3 Crossbills were at North Moor. A Snow Bunting flew around Cayton Carrs, a Little Egret was spotted at Thornton Carrs, and the Hooded Crow was still in the Flotmanby area. A Hawfinch was seen at Adderstone Rigg in Dalby Forest this afternoon.

Full count from Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1074/20200303

Goshawk chasing off a Carrion Crow - Steve Race

Monday, 2 March 2020

Monday 2nd March

A "cream crown" Marsh Harrier was at Flotmanby Carr. At Seamer Road Mere a Pink-footed Goose, 6 Goosander, 3 Goldeneye and 3 Water Rails. The female Blackcap still in gardens at The Dene, Peasholm. 26 Tufted Ducks at Peasholm Park was an increase there. A flock of 38 Cormorants flew north at Marine Drive. 9 Purple Sandpipers were roosting on rocks at Cornelian ravine. One adult Med Gull was at Holbeck with 2 Great Crested Grebes nearby in South Bay. A better watch at Long Nab saw an increase in birds moving which included 560 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Common Buzzards, 88 Skylarks. A pair of Stonechats were around the observatory, the male giving snatches of song. 2 Goshawks were over Troutsdale. Lbb Gulls were back on their nesting roof at a factory in Eastfield.

Full counts at Long Nab here: https://www.trektellen.org/count/view/1074/20200302

Drake Goldeneye Seamer Rd Mere - Stuart Baines



Sunday, 1 March 2020

Sunday 1st March

The Hooded Crow was again at Flotmanby Carr. At Seamer Road Mere: 4 Little Grebes, 19 Tufted Duck, 3 Goldeneye, 5 Goosander. The female Blackcap and Chiffchaff were again in gardens at The Dene, Peasholm.

Common Buzzard over Hutton Buscel today - Alan Hunt

Hooded Crow Flotmanby Carr - John Harwood