Thursday, 25 February 2021

Thursday 25th February

250+ Pink-footed Geese flew north over East Ayton this morning, while the Slavonian Grebe was seen in Cayton Bay again, though this time further out. 18 Gadwall, 6 Teal and a Marsh Tit were at Seamer Tip Pool, while at Seamer Road Mere there were 3 Little Grebes, 5 Goldeneye, a Water Rail and 4 Coot, and in the field immediately north of the entrance to the mere 2 Russian White-fronted Geese were with Greylags. 2 Corn Buntings flew south along South Cliff in the morning, and at least 4 Great Northern Divers were between South Bay and Cornelian Bay. A pair of Lesser Redpoll were seen feeding in alders by the river in Wrench Green, and about 50 were seen at Jugger Howe, along with a Woodcock and a Grey Wagtail. 2 Golden Plover were seen at Lilla Cross. At Johnson's Marsh there were 43 Teal, 2 Mallard and 2 Moorhens, and at Long Nab the highlights were 340 Pink-footed Geese headiong north and 6 Dunlin south. A Buzzard was being mobbed by Crows at Pinewood Park, and a mixed flock of 30 Yellowhammers and Chaffinches were seen at Cloughton Wyke.

Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Wednesday 24th February

The Slavonian Grebe was feeding in Cayton Bay again this morning. 2 Oystercatchers and a Goldeneye were at Burton Riggs, a Stonechat was on the east side of Seamer Tip, 2 Golden Plover flew south over Star Carr, and a mixed flock of about 100 Redwing and Fieldfare were south of the tip. 20+ Fieldfare were on the field before Betton Industrial Park. 2 Goosanders flew south over Crossgates in the afternoon.

Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Tuesday 23rd February

A Little Egret was at Brompton today, and at Johnson's Marsh there were 2 Shelduck, 4 Wigeon, 38 Teal, 4 Mallard and 6 Herons. 800 Pink-footed Geese were seen on the move this morning, 413 heading north offshore past South Cliff and about 395 north-west along Row Brow, inland of Long Nab. Also passing Long Nab, heading south, were a Great Northern Diver and a Lesser Black-backed Gull. 5 Grey Plover and 152 Redshank were seen in Gristhorpe Bay.

Monday, 22 February 2021

Monday 22nd February

A Lapland Bunting was showing well on the rock armour at the base of the Holbeck landslip through much of the day. A female Black Redstart was spotted on the cliffside at the south end of Cayton Bay, while a Grey Plover, a Greenshank and 3 Stonechats were at Gristhorpe Bay. 1291 Pink-footed Geese, 20 alba Wagtails and a Brambling flew north past Long Nab through the morning and 17 Barnacle Geese flew south. 11 Snipe, 215 Greylag Geese and 3 Barn Owls were at Thronton Carrs this afternoon, and at Wrench Green this evening 4 male and one female Tawny Owls were calling. 8 Stonechats were seen at Cayton Bay, and a Short-eared Owl was near Folkton.

Sunday, 21 February 2021

Sunday 21st February

The Slavonian Grebe was in Cayton Bay again throughout the day, together with 3 Red-throated Divers and up to 6 Great Northern Divers, some of which moved between there and Cornelian Bay. Another Great Northern Diver flew south, while 3 were in South Bay. 2 Red-throated Divers, 5 Shags, 6 Cormorants, 10 Guillemots, 2 Peregrines and a Grey Seal were seen off Marine Drive, another Shag was in the harbour, a Peregrine was above lamp post 51, and 19 pairs of Fulmar were on Castle Headland. At Seamer Tip pools there were 21 Gadwall, 7 Tufted Duck, 3 Wigeon, 2 Teal, and a Barn Owl. A pair of Mute Swans were on Taylor Way pool, in addition to the usual family on the main pool. A Coot was on Peasholm Lake and 2 were on Cloughton Pond with 5 Tufted Duck. Passing through South Cliff this morning were 164 Skylark heading south and 27 north, 3 Lapland Buntings going north, 47 Siskin going south, and the first Stonechat of the spring. 2 Lapland Buntings were still present in the stubble field at Long Nab where a Corn Bunting and 345 Skylarks flew south and 21 Skylarks flew north.

Saturday, 20 February 2021

Saturday 20th February

A Great Northern Diver was seen off Holbeck this morning, having been seen in the harbour earlier. 4 male Goosanders were at Throxenby Mere, and a Bittern was spotted flying over Crossgates in the afternoon. 5 Little Grebe, a drake Gadwall, 19 Tufted Duck, 7 Goldeneye, 2 Coot and 2 Water Rails were at Seamer Road Mere, and a Dipper was in Cow Wath Beck, Scalby. A Little Egret and a Stonechat were at Thornton Carrs, a Barn Owl was was at Upper Cornbrash on the north side of Castle Hill and another was seen at Yedingham. A Great Northern Diver was again seen in South Bay in the afternoon, while 6 more were in Cayton Bay along with the Slavonian Grebe, a Red-throated Diver and a female Eider, while Gannets were seen on the move. At Scalby Mills there were 28 Redshank.

Friday, 19 February 2021

Friday 19th February

A Great Northern Diver, 22 Purple Sandpipers, 54 Turnstones, a Cormorant and a Shag were seen around the harbour this morning, while 2 Great Northern Divers were in Cayton Bay. About 40 Siskins were seen in Hutton Buscel. In the late afternoon 11 Gannets were diving about 100m out in Cayton Bay, the 2 Great Northern Divers were still present, feeding at the southern end, and there were several Razorbills. A Peregrine was at Redcliffe.

Thursday, 18 February 2021

Thursday 18th February

A pair of Shelduck, 6 Oystercatchers, a Kestrel, 3 Yellowhammers and 2 Chaffinches were seen this morning in the Scalby Lodge Pond area, plus 6 Tree Sparrows in a House Sparrow flock. At Johnson's Marsh there were 6 Wigeon, 23 Teal, a Redshank, and 3 Skylarks singing in the rain. 2 Green Sandpipers, 3 Grey Wagtails and a Chiffchaff were at Thornton Carrs, and 3 Dark-bellied Brent Geese flew south past Long Nab mid-morning. In the afternoon a Slavonian Grebe was spotted in Cayton Bay, feeding close inshore. A Willow Tit was in a copse east of Seamer Tip, while 4 Woodcock, 9 Mistle Thrush, 20 Redwing and 70 Fieldfare were also in the area.

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Wednesday 17th February

A Woodcock was seen at the Seamer Tip motorcycle track this morning, a Goosander was at Burton Riggs, and 5 Stockdoves and a Snipe were by Cayton approach road. 2 Lapland Buntings were again in the stubble field at Long Nab, where 294 Skylarks and an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull flew south and 7 Skylarks flew north. A Chiffchaff and 2 Grey Wagtails were at Thornton Dale sewage works.

Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Tuesday 16th February

2 Greenfinch, one calling/singing, were at Yedmandale Road early this morning. 47 Mallard, 21 Gadwall, 4 Wigeon, 11 Tufted Duck, a Pochard and a Heron were seen at Seamer Tip pool, while 11 Gadwall, 1 Teal and a drake Goosander were at Burton Riggs. A male Blackcap was in a garden on Flower Garth, and a female Merlin was hunting on Cayton Carrs. 4 Great Northern Divers were seen between South bay and Cornelian Bay, one of which then entered the harbour. 312 Skylarks and a Lapland Bunting were seen heading south and 22 Skylarks north, along South Cliff. 3 Buzzards were at Low Yedmandale in the afternoon, while at Harland Wood there were 5 Mistle Thrush, 2 Woodcock, 2 female Sparrowhawks and 3 singing Song Thrush. At Long Nab a Great Northern Diver, 334 Skylarks, 41 Chaffinch and a Brambling were seenn heading south, plus 8 Skylarks and 2 Snow Buntings north. 5 Twite were in a Linnet flock on Rocks Lane, and 2 Lapland Buntings were still in the stubble field.

Monday, 15 February 2021

Monday 15th February

2 Mediterranean Gulls, 3 Goldeneye, a Coot and a Sparrowhawk were at Seamer Road Mere, and a Twite and 2 Lapland Buntings were at Long Nab. 3 Great Crested Grebes and a Great Northern Diver were seen between South Bay and Cornelian Bay. 66 Siskins flew south through South Cliff where 10 Snipe and a Jack Snipe were present. A Green Woodpecker was west of Long Causeway in a large sheep pasture, and a Great Spotted Woodpecker was drumming at Castle Rise. A Greenfinch, a Nuthatch, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Long-tailed Tits, a Treecreeper, a Blackcap, a Jay, 4 Siskins and a Sparrowhawk were in a garden in Scalby. A Green Woodpecker was at Haygate, Dalby in the late afternoon, along with 5 Brambling and 80 Yellowhammers. 6 Little Grebe, 4 Goldeneye, a Woodcock and a Water Rail were at Seamer Road Mere. Highlights from a WeBS count at Wykeham Lakes included: a Great White Egret, 4 Pintail, 190 Mallard, 17 Goldeneye, a Pink-footed Goose, 15 Great Crested Grebes, 93 Coot, a Water Rail, 2 Oystercatchers, a Jack Snipe, 2 Woodcock, an adult Mediterranean Gull and a Stonechat, plus 9 Skylarks which flew west.

Sunday, 14 February 2021

Sunday 14th February

A Long-tailed Duck flew south past Marine Drive early this morning, a Great Northern Diver was in the harbour, and 24 Purple Sandpipers were on the steps next to the lighthouse. At Seamer Tip and the adjacent carrs there were a Merlin, a Peregrine, 17 Snipe, a Jack Snipe, 16 Lapwings and a Buzzard. In the fields below Seamer Tip pool 4 Tundra Bean Geese, a White-fronted Goose, and a few Pink-footed and Barnacle Geese were among a goose flock (the Bean Geese being 2 fields west of the main group). 2 Lapland Buntings and 37 Woodcock were seen at Long Nab and another Woodcock was on the north side of Castle Hill. A second Great Northern Diver was in the harbour in the afternoon.

Saturday, 13 February 2021

Saturday 13th February

4 Tundra Bean Geese, 4 Pink-footed Geese, a Russian White-fronted Goose and 4 Barnacle Geese were in the field south-west of Seamer Tip pool this morning. A female Barn Owl was behind Boyes' warehouse in Eastfield, while a male was in the field behind Plaxtons and another was at the motorcycle track near Seamer Tip. 2 Lapwings were at Taylor Way. The Water Pipit remains in the field north of the Long Nab observatory, where there were 10 Snipe and 14 Woodcock. A Great Northern Diver was in the harbour this afternoon, and at Cayton Bay there were 5 female Goldeneye, a female Eider, and 2 Dark-bellied Brent Geese flew south. 3 Dunlin and 9 Ringed Plover were spotted in Jackson's Bay, where a male Stonechat was on the cliffs. 5 Little Grebe, 6 Goldeneye, a Coot and 3 Woodcock were at Seamer Road Mere, and 6+ Woodcock were at Oliver's Mount. Male Hen Harrier again SW of Wykeham Lakes.

Friday, 12 February 2021

Friday 12th February

A Bittern was seen at Seamer tip pools. 130+ Redwing and 60+ Fieldfare flew south-west over William Street car park mid-morning, and 40 Redwing were seen at Dark Wood in the early afternoon. At Long Nab there were 350 Redwing (plus 242 heading south) and 60 Fieldfare (plus 88 heading south), while also present were 21 Golden Plover, 21 Snipe and 2 Lapland Buntings. 2 Woodcock, 19 Snipe, 4 Jack Snipe and 188 Redwing (59 heading south) were seen along South Cliff. A Pink-footed Goose, a pair of Teal, 5 Goldeneye and an adult Mediterranean Gull were at Seamer Road Mere, and a pair of Stonechats were at the Open Air Theatre. There were 480 Wigeon at Scalby Mills and another 15 at Scalby Lodge pond, while also in the Scalby Lodge area were 4 Snipe, 20 Lapwing, 45 Curlew, 30 Fieldfare and 10 Skylark. A Dunlin was in Jackson's Bay, and 30 Skylark were around Cromer Point. On a 2 mile walk along the cut east from Folkton sewage treatment works the following were seen: 2 Corn Buntings, 11 Woodcock, 14 Snipe, 40 Redwing, 15 Song Thrush, 10 Fieldfare, 2 Little Egrets and 20 Teal.

Thursday, 11 February 2021

Thursday 11th February

A flock of 50+ Siskins were feeding in alders and conifers at the top of Cornelian Ravine this morning, and 15 Curlew were feeding in the bay, where the remains of 4 Woodcock were found along the strand line. 150+ Pink-footed Geese flew south-east over Cayton Bay. At Long Nab there was a further increase in birds, including 700 Redwing, 330 Fieldfare, 60 Skylarks, a Lapland Bunting, 19 Snipe and a Jack Snipe, plus a Water Pipit feeding in the field north of the observatory near the 'scrape'. A single Whooper Swan and a Twite flew over south. A Grey Plover, 18 Ringed Plover, a Dunlin and a Brent Goose were seen in Jackson's Bay. The Grey Plover then flew north to Cromer Point where 44 Curlew and a pair of Stonechats were seen. A second pair of Stonechats were at Scalby Lodge, and in the Scalby Lodge pond area there were at least 50 Fieldfare, 2 Yellowhammer, 2 Reed Bunting and a few Skylark. At least 100 Golden Plover were around Crook Ness and Long Nab, where 4 Red-throated Divers were on the sea. A pair of Bullfinch were at the Open Air Theatre, and a flock of about 80 Goldfinch were seen gathering in tree tops on Sandybed Lane. 10 Wigeon were at Johnson's Marsh, and a Barn owl and a Kestrel were seen in the next field. Opposite The Barn there was a Curlew and 135 Redwing. Along the River Hertford (Folkton Water Treatment to Flixton Car bridge): 30 Teal, Woodcock, 4 Snipe, 22 Golden Plover, 150 Lapwing, Barn Owl, 6 Stonechats (3 pair).

Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Wednesday 10th February

A Great Northern Diver was again in the harbour this morning, and a Goldeneye, a Great Crested Grebe, a Common Gull and 40 Black-headed Gulls were at Burton Riggs. 2 Bitterns are still in the reedbed at Seamer Tip pool (located using thermal imaging optics), where there were also 3 Water Rails, a Jack Snipe, a Barn Owl and a Dark-bellied Brent Goose (which flew off east after a short time). A Snipe , 12 Yellowhammers and 5 Goldfinch were seen on Ings Road, and 5 Bullfinch on Church Lane in Cayton. In Dalby Forest this morning 32 Yellowhammers and a Woodcock were seen at Nabgate, while 6 Marsh Tits, 3 Willow Tits, a Woodcock and 4 Buzzards were at Sand Dale. A Barn Owl was seen below Hutton Buscel and another below Wyedale on Main Road, while a Little Owl was seen in Snainton. A Woodcock flew east over the mounds near Seamer Tip pool this afternoon, and a pair of Stonechats were seen this morning on the cliff top near Alpamare. 16 Snipe, 2 Jack Snipe, a Woodcock and 40 Siskins were seen along South Cliff. Good numbers of Redwing were on North Cliff golf course this afternoon, and a large flock was also in Raincliffe Woods. More were in the Scalby Mills/ Scalby Beck area and a Barn Owl was hunting just north of there. Long Nab saw a big influx of birds: 78 Golden Plover (plus 3 heading north), 160 Fieldfare, 250 Redwing and 60 Yellowhammers, while a dead Puffin was on the shoreline. Also dead on the shoreline at Black Rocks in South Bay were 2 Fulmar, 10 Woodcock, a Jack Snipe, a Song Thrush, 2 Common Gulls, and Herring and Great Black-backed Gulls.

Tuesday, 9 February 2021

Tuesday 9th February

Two Lapland Buntings in the stubble at Long Nab, 12 Golden Plover flew north, 2 Lapwing and 30 Redwings flew south. A pair of Buzzards were seen at Bedale this morning, while 4 Wigeon were at Seamer Tip pool and a Woodcock, a Grey Wagtail and 20 Fieldfares were at the motorcycle track. A Stonechat was in a garden in Wrench Green. A flock of 90+ Yellowhammers together with a smaller number of Chaffinch and 9+ Reed Buntings were seen in a small field near the river between Hackness and Woodhouse. Also nearby were 4 Bullfinch, 3 Mistle Thrush, a flock of 40+ Goldfinch, 2 Buzzards, a Kestrel plus 2 Dippers on the river. 4 Woodcock were in Eastfield Dell, while at Hackness Lake there were 8+ Mandarins, a pair of Tufted Duck and a pair of Little Grebes. 5 Redwing were up Great Moor Road, Hutton Buscel, and a Buzzard was seen off Middle Lane. 10 hares, in 3 groups, were also seen there.

Monday, 8 February 2021

Monday 8th February

A Goosander was seen on the river in Wrench Green this morning, and another was at Burton Riggs along with a Goldeneye. A Merlin flew east over Crossgates, and a Stoat was spotted carrying a Blackbird on Taylor Way. In Cayton Bay a Dunlin was with an Oystercatcher flock, and a Great Crested Grebe was in the inner harbour. In the Ellerburn/Sand Dale area of Dalby Forest there were 3 Willow Tits, 5 Marsh Tits, 80 Siskins and 120 Linnets. 37 Dunlin flew south at Long Nab plus an influx of 6 Snipe to the fields there.

Sunday, 7 February 2021

Sunday 7th February

21 Wigeon and a Woodcock were seen at Burton Riggs this morning, and a Goldeneye at Seamer Tip pool. A Woodcock was also seen at Scarborough Bowls Club, while the Coot remains in Peasholm Park. A Great Northern Diver was in the outer harbour while 29 Purple Sandpipers were again on the lighthouse steps and 2 more were at the usual roost location around midday. 7 Purple Sandpipers were also spotted roosting on the North Bay sea defenses at high tide. At Thornton Carrs there were 2 Green Sandpipers, a Little Egret, 450+ Fieldfare, 350+ Redwing and 900+ Starlings. At Low Marishes there were 5+ Shelduck, 160+ Pink-footed Geese, 1100+ Lapwing and 600+ Golden Plover. A Blue Fulmar flew south at Long Nab. 38 Teal and 22 Wigeon at Johnson's Marsh.

Saturday, 6 February 2021

Saturday 6th February

Yesterday 2 Shovelers flew from Seamer Tip pool, while 4 Pink-footed Geese and a Buzzard were seen flying over fields to the south of the pool. Today 2 Great Northern Divers were seen together in the inner harbour and 29 Purple Sandpipers were on the steps near the lighthouse. 2 Razorbills were seen off the outer pier, though an hour later one was being eaten by Great Black-backed Gulls. 9 Little Egrets were near Folkton sewage treatment works this afternoon. An influx of Woodcocks along the coast totalled 29 (11 South Cliff, 14 Long Nab, 3 Castle Hill, 1 Sycarham Wood). 3 Dark-bellied Brent Geese were at Cromer Point pond.

Thursday, 4 February 2021

Thursday 4th February

A white Greylag Goose was with the goose flock at Seamer Tip pool today. 6 Whooper Swans, 2 Mute Swans and 12 Teal were on flood water near Yedingham, while 2 Buzzards were in the trees above. A pair of Shelduck were back on Lebberston Carrs/flash. A Brent Goose sp. flew north at Long Nab.

Wednesday, 3 February 2021

Wednesday 3rd February

A few days of dreadful weather with very little news coming in. 150 Pink-footed Geese were seen flying west over the harbour on Monday 1st February. Today a drake Goosander, 2 Wigeon and 20 Tufted Duck were seen at Burton Riggs. A Great Northern Diver flew south at Long Nab. MONDAY 1st Feb Two Lapland Buntings at Long Nab, 3 Dark-bellied Brent Geese flew north. The male Hen Harrier was seen again Sw of Wykeham Lakes. TUESDAY 2nd Feb Four Goldeneye flew south past Long Nab.

Sunday, 31 January 2021

Sunday 31st January

70 Pink-footed Geese heading west, and 2 Little Egrets, were seen just south of Gristhorpe village this morning. In Dalby, at Haygate and on the forest edge, there were about 50 Brambling, about 70 Skylark, 100+ Fieldfare, 9 Lesser Redpoll, about 100 Yellowhammer and a yaffling Green Woodpecker. A Kingfisher was seen at the Open Air Theatre, an adult Mediterranean Gull and a Coot were on Peasholm Park Lake, and a Nuthatch was in the glen. A Barn Owl was spotted at the motorcycle track near Seamer Tip, while a Siskin was with a small flock of Goldfinches behind the Boyes warehouse in Eastfield. A Great White Egret flew south-west from Wykeham South Lake in the early afternoon and in the late afternoon a male Hen Harrier was again seen along Causeway Road south-west of the lake. 5 Little Grebes, 3 Goldeneye and 2 drake Goosanders were at Seamer Road Mere. Three Lapland Buntings at Long Nab, 18 Siskin flew south. A Snow Bunting flew south over Wykeham Lakes, also a Green Woodpecker in Causeway Plantation and a mixed finch flock NW of the lakes held 20+ Brambling.

Saturday, 30 January 2021

Saturday 30th January

3 Barnacle Geese, 76 Canada Geese, 90+ Greylag Geese, 10 Gadwall and a Wigeon were at Seamer Tip pool this morning, and a Jack Snipe was on the flat ground near there in the early afternoon. 8 Ringed Plover and 25+ Oystercatchers were at Scalby Mills and a Great Northern Diver was in the harbour. 107 Pied Wagtails, 97 Black-headed Gulls, 10 Lapwing and 65 Woodpigeons were in a field opposite The Barn near Burniston, while a Bullfinch was in the hedge. 3 Buzzards were seen over Seamer Road, a Grey Wagtail was in Woodlands Ravine, and 45 Purple Sandpipers were roosting at the harbour this evening. A male Hen Harrier was seen south of Wykeham Lakes in the Ings Bridge area, and at Starr Carr there were 1100 Starlings, 320 Fieldfare, 120 Redwings, 60 Lapwings, 760 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Stonechats, a Snipe and a Grey Wagtail.

Friday, 29 January 2021

Friday 29th January

162 Pink-footed Geese flew west over Thornton Dale this morning, and another 100 were seen heading west over Seamer Tip pool. Also at Seamer Tip pool this morning were 2 Bitterns, a White-fronted Goose and a Water Rail, while a Barn Owl was seen there in the afternoon. 9 adult Whooper Swans were at Willerby Carr, 3 Barnacle Geese and a Great Crested Grebe were at Burton Riggs, and 40 Siskins were in alders at Hopper Hill Road on the Eastfield industrial estate. A Dipper was in the Glen and a Coot was on Peasholm Lake. At Wilton Heights this afternoon there were about 20 Brambling with 200+ Chaffinch, 100 Linnets and 30 Yellowhammers. 2 Willow Tits and 2 Marsh Tits were seen/heard at Sand Dale. 34 Purple Sandpipers and 43 Turnstones were present at the harbour and a Razorbill was in the harbour mouth. 7 adult Mediterranean Gulls were roosting at the north end of South Bay with about 60 Black-headed Gulls. A great Northern Diver and 3 Shelduck flew north at Long Nab. Five Lapland untings in the stubble field there.

Thursday, 28 January 2021

Thursday 28th January

Another quiet day. 2 Little Egrets at Thornton Carrs and a Great White Egret near Seamer water treatment works. One Lapland Bunting in the stubble at Long Nab.

Wednesday, 27 January 2021

Wednesday 27th January

At Low Marishes today there were 280 Greylags, 420 Pink-footed Geese, 1200 Starlings, a Little Egret and a Sparrowhawk. At Long Nab 115 Pink-footed Geese and 9 Shelduck flew north, one Lapland Bunting in the stubble field.

Tuesday, 26 January 2021

Tuesday 26th January

A flock of 70+ Fieldfare and 20+ Redwings were in a field on the south-east edge of Wykeham Forest this morning. A Jack Snipe was flushed from a ditch near Pete's Pond (just east of Seamer Tip pool) and a Barn Owl was hunting nearby. 4 Barnacle Geese were with a goose flock near Seamer Tip bridge and 7 Pink-footed Geese could be seen distantly in the field below the tip pool.

Monday, 25 January 2021

Monday 25th January

A Green Sandpiper was spotted at Seamer Tip pool this morning. At Peasholm Park there were a Coot, 56 Tufted Duck, 68 Herring Gulls and 105 Black-headed Gulls. 15 Golden Plover were in the stubble field at Long Nab before leaving to the north. 29 Fieldfare, a Buzzard, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a flock of Siskins were at Long Causeway; 27 Fieldfare and a Lapwing were in the field opposite the entrance to Hanson's quarry; and 2 Buzzards were over Farside drifting towards Charm Park. 24 Purple Sandpipers and a Razorbill were at the harbour late this afternoon. 2 Little Egrets were seen at Broadmires Drain near Thornton Dale, and a Great Grey Shrike was spotted in Sneaton Woods.

Sunday, 24 January 2021

Sunday 24th January

A Great Crested Grebe, a Little Grebe, 16 Tufted Duck, about 60 Mallards and 6 Cormorants were at Burton Riggs this morning; a Barn Owl was at Seamer Tip pool; and a female Blackcap was in the park in front of Heron Lane. 98 Common Gulls, 61 Lapwings, 9 Fieldfare, 8 Greylags and 2 Bullfinches were seen from Garth End Road, and about 200 Golden Plover were seen in fields at the western end of Row Brow. A Little Egret was at Thornton Carrs, and at Low Marishes there were 420 Pink-footed Geese, 300+ Wigeon, 200+ Teal, 300+ Golden Plover and 600+ Lapwing. 5 Little Grebes, a pair of Teal, 10 Goldeneye, and 3 Water Rails were seen at Seamer Road Mere, and a Green Sandpiper was on the River Hertford near Starr Carr.

Saturday, 23 January 2021

Saturday 23rd January

14 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Nuthatch and 4 Goldfinch were seen at Dean Road cemetery this morning, plus a Peregrine flying over. 53 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Kingfishers and a Little Egret were at Thornton Carrs, while 200 Pink-footed Geese were spotted heading north-west over Gristhorpe, Cayton Bay and Scarborough, where 303 in 2 skeins were seen flying north over Newlands and later over Long Nab. Another 300 Pink-footed Geese were at Low Marishes, along with a Great Egret, 120 Golden Plover and a Peregrine, plus 2 Otters which were seen in a dyke. In fields southeast of Ruston Carr Bridge there were 15 Whooper Swans, 120 Pink-footed Geese, 20 Golden Plover, and a Great White Egret was seen heading north towards the lakes then west back past the bridge again at dusk. 2 Barn Owls were hunting around the Cromer Point pond area from mid-afternoon, while also seen in the area were 2 pairs of Stonechats, 31 Curlew, 2 Snipe, 3 Reed Buntings and 17 Skylarks. A Great Northern Diver was once more at the harbour and a Coot was on Peasholm Lake again, while at Scalby Mills there were 260 Wigeon, 2 Mallard and 11 Cormorants.

Friday, 22 January 2021

Friday 22nd January

22 Gadwall and a Wigeon were at Seamer Tip pool this morning. A Goshawk, a Woodcock and 9 Buzzards were spotted in the Dalby/Haygate area, and about 200 Golden Plover were in the field below Irton Boatyard. 120+ Redwing, a Fieldfare and 7 Mandarins were at Harwood Dale Lake, and a Great White Egret was seen heading west over West Ayton. 2 Great Northern Divers were in the harbour/South Bay again, and this evening a small skein of Pink-footed Geese was heard heading south over Aldi. One Lapland Bunting at Long Nab.

Thursday 21st January

5 Tundra Bean Geese flew south at Long Nab.4 Redwings were seen at Irton Moor this morning and 12+ Goldfinches were on the lane from there down to East Ayton. 7 Little Egrets were near Folkton water treatment works. At Johnson's Marsh there were 40 Teal and 10 Herons, and at Seamer Road Mere there were 6 Goldeneye, 5 Little Grebes and 3 Goosanders. At Charity Farm, Thornton Carrs this afternoon 4 Green Sandpipers and 2 Peregrines were seen.

Monday, 18 January 2021

Monday 18th January

3 Barnacle Geese were seen at Burton Riggs this morning, and a Red Kite was over Yedingham. A flock of 50 Yellowhammers were at Hutton Buscel, and flocks totalling several hundred Siskins were between Wrench Green and Northstile. Wader totals from Jackson's Bay to Long Nab were; 49 Curlew, 46 Oystercatchers, Purple Sandpiper (Cromer Point), 9 Redshank, 7 Turnstone. The WeBS count at Wykeham South Lake gave totals of; 55 Coot, 98 Mallard, 8 Gadwall, 190 Wigeon, 11 Teal, 17 Tufted Ducks, 7 Goldeneye, 15 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Little Grebes plus a Great White Egret. Two Lapland Buntings at Long Nab.

Sunday, 17 January 2021

Sunday 17th January

A group of 5 Buzzards were seen at Hackness today, and another 3 at Suffield, where there were 60 Fieldfare. 2 Buzzards were also at Low Yedmandale, 2 Jays and a Nuthatch were at Kimlin Slack, 7 Fieldfare at Kimlin Hill, 23 Fieldfare at Spiker's Hill, and 4 Yellowhammers at Cockrah Road. 3 Bullfinches were seen at Plaxton Court, plus a Sparrowhawk being mobbed by 2 Rooks, while a Chiffchaff was spotted in gardens at The Dene, Peasholm. 3 adult Mediterranean Gulls were at Holbeck car park, a Great Northern Diver was again in the harbour, a Red-throated Diver was in South Bay, 2 Razorbills were close in off Marine Drive, and a Coot was on Peasholm Park Lake. At Scalby Mills tere were 8 Ringed Plover, while at Long Nab there were 2 Redshank, 4 Oystercatchers and a Snow Bunting and a Lapland Bunting. Also 44 Pink-footed Geese flew north there.

Saturday, 16 January 2021

Saturday 16th January

A number of Pink-footed Geese were seen today: 150 south over Gristhorpe this morning, 25 south-west off North Bay, about 90 west over Hutton Buscel in the afternoon, and 500 heading south over Seamer/Starr Carrs. Just one Great Northern Diver was in the harbour today, and a Kingfisher and a Water Rail were at the Open Air Theatre. A Barn Owl was seen at the entrance to Wykeham South Lake and another was hunting over hedges above Cayton Bay, where a Common Scoter and a Peregrine were spotted at the south end of the bay. 100 Fieldfare, a mixed finch flock of about 100, 28 Common Gulls and a Buzzard were in the Sandybed/Amshaws area. 643 Wigeon, 14 Ringed Plover and a second calendar year Mediterranean Gull were at Scalby Mills, while 36 Redshank, 18 Curlew and 72 Oystercatchers were in Jackson's Bay. At Seamer/Starr Carrs there were 70 Pink-footed Geese, a Tundra Bean Goose, 2 Woodcock, 395 Fieldfare, 240 Lapwing and 78 Linnets. A female Shoveler was at Seamer Tip pool.

Friday, 15 January 2021

Friday 15th January

45 Teal were at Johnson's Marsh yesterday. Today 4 Bean Geese and 4 Barnacle Geese were with other goose flocks below Seamer Tip pool, where a Wigeon and 8 Gadwall were on the pond. 2 Great Northern Divers were again in the harbour, about 200 Starlings were at Scarborough cricket ground, and 4 Ringed Plover were at Scalby Mills. On flood plains south of Wilton there were 460 geese, a mixture of Greylags and Pink-footed Geese, together with 125 Teal, 230 Golden Plover and a Little Egret. At Wilton Heights/ Nabgate there was a Green Woodpecker, a Crossbill and a Grey Wagtail, while at Sand Dale there were 4 Willow Tits, 3 Marsh Tits and a Woodcock, plus 2 Marsh Tits at Howl Dale. 4 Little Grebe, 6 Goldeneye, 3 Goosanders, a Water Rail and 14 Siskins were seen at Seamer Road Mere, while large numbers of Pink-footed Geese were noted going over Gristhorpe. 4 Lapland Buntings at Long Nab.

Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Wednesday 13th January

At Thornton Carrs this morning there were 260 Greylags, 130 Pink-footed Geese, 80 Skylarks, 25 Meadow Pipits, 24 Reed Buntings, 2 Snipe, a Peregrine, a Sparrowhawk and a Little Egret. A small flock of Redwings were seen on Weaponess Drive. At Scalby Mills there were 239 Wigeon, and in Jackson's Bay there were 6 Ringed Plover. 4 Little Grebes, 5 Goldeneye and a female Goosander were at Seamer Road Mere, while 2 Great Northern Divers were in South Bay. Two Lapland Buntings and 2 Twite at Long Nab. Thursday 14th January A Velvet Scoter flew south at Long Nab.

Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Tuesday 12th January

3 Woodcock, a Kestrel and a Sparrowhawk were seen this morning at Harland Wood. About 224 Greylags were in the field above Darrell's Low Farm. At Wykeham South Lake there were 310 Wigeon, 3 Goldeneye, 17 Coot, 6 Great Crested Grebes, a Red-necked Grebe, 2 Pochard and 2 Tufted Duck, while in the flooded fields below there were 35 Fieldfare and 2 Reed Buntings. A male Hen Harrier was spotted heading east at Charm Park. At Sandybed/Amshaws below Hutton Buscel there were 70 Linnets, 15 Goldfinch, 35 Fieldfare, 7 Blackbirds and a Buzzard. A Peregrine was on the Grand Hotel and a pair of Kestrels were hunting near the Marine Drive toilets.

Monday, 11 January 2021

Monday 11th January

4 Tundra Bean Geese still near Seamer tip pools. About 232 Greylags were in the field above Darrell's Low Farm this morning, and at Pigg's Farm there was a large mixed finch flock including 50 Goldfinch, Chaffinch and Bullfinch. A melanistic Great Tit was seen among a mixed tit flock in Peasholm Glen and an argentatus type Herring Gull was on Peasholm Lake. A Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Nuthatch, a Marsh Tit, 6 Bullfinches and 4 Song Thrushes were with a mixed tit flock (which had an abundance of Greats over Blues) at Harland Wood.

Sunday, 10 January 2021

Sunday 10th January

4 Tundra Bean Geese at Seamer tip pools.40 Pink-footed Geese flew north over St Mary's Church early this morning. A Woodcock flew over Burton Riggs towards Seamer Tip, while 20 Redwings were at Sweetbecks Planataion by Burton Riggs. 17 Common Gulls, 7 Fieldfare, a Buzzard and a Bullfinch were seen at Hutton Buscel. In the fields just north of Thornton Dale there were groups of Chaffinches and Tree Sparrows, totaling over 100, with small numbers of Bramblings, Reed Buntings and Yellowhammers mixed in. A Green Woodpecker was at Wilton Heights, and in Lower Sand Dale there were 5 Willow Tits and 6 Marsh Tits. Two Lapland Buntings and a Twite at Long Nab.

Saturday, 9 January 2021

Saturday 9th January

A ringtailed Hen Harrier was hunting over the fields at Long Nab this morning, and in the fields just south of Seamer Tip pools there were 4 Tundra Bean Geese, a White-fronted Goose and a Barnacle Goose. 2 Purple Sandpipers were on the rock armopur in North Bay opposite Chain Hill. A Tawny Owl was at East Ayton; 7 Fieldfare were at Skell Dykes, Irton Moor; a Buzzard and 14 Greylags were seen heading south over Forge Valley; and a Goshawk was at Spiker's Hill. Near Cromer Point Pond a Chiffchaff was spotted on the muck heap. Sadly a Great Northern Diver was seen looking very unwell in the harbour (possibly due to chemical deposits in the harbour, having been feeding there for some time). A Guillemot was also in the harbour, 2 Red-throated Divers were in South Bay, and a Peregrine and 3 Fulmars were on the Castle Headland. 4 Little Grebes, 4 Goldeneye and a drake Goosander were at Seamer Road Mere. At Seamer Carr there were 247 Fieldfare, 77 Teal, 11 Mistle Thrush, a Kingfisher, 2 Little Egrets, a couple of 'argentatus' Herring Gulls and a Stonechat.

Friday, 8 January 2021

Friday 8th January

Not much bird news in on this wet, sludgy day. Just 6 Long-tailed Tits and a female Great Spotted Woodpecker on feeders in Ravenscar.

Thursday, 7 January 2021

Thursday 7th January

4 Siskins were feeding in Alders by the angling lake at Burton Riggs this morning. 2 Great Northern Divers were again in the harbour area, together with 57 Turnstones, a Shag off lighthouse pier, and 12 Purple Sandpipers on East Pier. At Thornton Carrs, just south of Charity Farm, there were 2 Peregrines, 90 Skylarks, 21 Pied Wagtails, 9 Reed Buntings, 45 Meadow Pipits, 3 Corn Buntings, 6 Buzzards, a Snipe and a Little Egret. 53 Oystercatchers were feeding in the field next to Cayton Bay surf shop, a Peregrine and a Porpoise were seen from Castle headland, and 3 Goosanders were at Seamer Road Mere. Two Lapland Buntings and a colour ringed Scandinavian Rock Pipit at Long Nab.

Wednesday, 6 January 2021

Wednesday 6th January

100+ Fieldfare were seen in Suffield this morning, and 103 were in the Spiker's Hill/Kimlin Slack area, together with 30+ Yellowhammer. A Buzzard was seen over Sheepwalk Plantation and another over Hutton Fields, together with a Skylark. A Willow Tit was in a mixed flock in Harland Wood, and 7 Yellowhammers were at Limestone Road. A Great Northern Diver was in South Bay this evening, and 2 Eiders flew north. A Hawfinch was in Troutsdale along with 15 Mandarins. 3 Velvet Scoters flew north at Long Nab, 2 Lapland Buntings in the stubble and 4 Twite with 80 Linnets along Rocks Lane.

Tuesday, 5 January 2021

Tuesday 5th January

Three Lapland Buntings were in the stubble field at Long Nab. A Great Crested Grebe and 2 Great Northern Divers were in the harbour today, and a Kingfisher was spotted at the Open Air Theatre.

Monday 4th January

25 Tufted Duck were at Burton Riggs, a Barnacle Goose was at Seamer Tip Pool, and a Great Northern Diver was again in the harbour today. 9 Greylags were in the field before Darrel Low Farm, 4 Goldfinch were at Garth End Road, and at Wykeham South Lake there were 2 Egyptian Geese, 9 Goldeneye, 9 Great Crested Grebes, 60+ Wigeon, 100+ Mallard, 2 Stonechat, 31 Teal, 60 Coot, a Sparrowhawk, a Kestrel and a Buzzard. A Little Egret and a Kingfisher were on the beck behind Thornton Dale sewage works, and a Kestrel was seen at Scalby cricket pitch. 21 Eiders, 8 Common Scoter and 58 Kittiwakes flew past Long Nab in the morning, where there were 22 Curlew. About 250 Siskins were in a flcok at Troutsdale Bridge, and at Harwood Dale Lake 50+ Redwing were with a Chaffinch flock. On floods at Low Marishes there were a Great Egret, a Little Egret, a Peregrine, 2 Whooper Swans, 780 Wigeon, 260 Teal, 34 Gadwall, 25 Tufted Duck, a Goldeneye, 340 Fieldfare, 810 Lapwing and 200 Golden Plover. A male Hen Harrier was again seen south-west of Wykeham Lakes.

Sunday, 3 January 2021

Sunday 3rd January

2 Peregrines were seen hunting over the foreshore this morning. In the afternoon 2 Grey Partridges were on the track from Oliver's Mount to Eastfield, and in Thornton Dale a Goosander was spotted flying over while a Dipper and a Little Egret were near the car park. 3 Great Northern Divers were again in the harbour/South Bay, and a Woodcock was at Seamer Road Mere. 17 Grey Partridges were at Long Nab, a Stonechat and a Snipe were at Cromer Point Pond, and a Purple Sandpiper and 4 Ringed Plover were at Scalby Mills.

Saturday, 2 January 2021

Saturday 2nd January

2 Little Egrets and 50+ Fieldfare were seen at Folkton near the water treatment works this morning, and 17 Pink-footed Geese and a Barnacle Goose were with Greylags/Canada Geese in the field south-west of Seamer Tip Pool. 370+ Pink-footed Geese flew south past Long Nab and 28 flew over Seamer Tip pool, as did 30 Teal. A Goosander flew north past Long Nab where 1 or more Lapland Buntings were again present. 6 Mediterranean Gulls were at Holbeck, including the Polish-ringed bird PNN5. In the Johnson's Marsh area there were 19 Curlew, 9 Redshank, 3 Song Thrush, 6 Reed Buntings and 6 Herons. 2 Great Northern and 3 Red-throated Divers were just outside the harbour, and 7 Goldeneye and 2 drake Goosanders were still at Seamer Road Mere. In the afternoon 2 Lesser Redpoll, a Kingfisher, 6 Marsh Tits, 30 Fieldfare and 14 Redwings were seen from Wykeham Causeway Plantation Road, while 6 Little Egrets and 13 Long-tailed Tits were at the water works on Carr Lane. At Wykeham South Lake There were: a pair of Pintail, 50+ Canada Geese, 30+ Greylags, 2 Barnacle Geese, 16+ Great Crested Grebes, 8+ Goldeneye, 125+ Mallard, 8 Gadwall, 20+ Tufted Duck, 50+ Coot, 65+ Wigeon, 35+ Teal, 4 Great Black-backed Gulls, 15 Common Gulls, 8 Cormorants, 3 Mute Swans and a Heron. Low Marishes hosted a Great Egret, 2 Whooper and 7 Mute Swans, 34 Pintail, 920 Lapwings, 115 Golden Plover, 740 Wigeon, 323 Teal, 2 Shoveler and 36 Mallard. Towards dusk 3 Great Northen Divers were at the harbour and 32 Purple Sandpipers were roosting on East Pier.

Friday, 1 January 2021

Friday 1st January

Happy New Year everyone. The year begins with 24 Pink-footed Geese seen feeding in the grass field north of Folkton Bridge before flying off east towards Filey. 3 Great Northern Divers and 2 Red-throated Divers were again in/around the harbour, and 3 Lapland Buntings were again at Long Nab. 4 Little Grebes, 7 Goldeneye, 2 drake Goosanders, 2 Water Rails, 3 Mediterranean Gulls (2 first-winter and an adult) and a Chiffchaff were at Seamer Road Mere. A Green Woodpecker was in Dalby Forest on the Haygate circuit, and 11+ Bramblings were seen among a flock of about 200 Chaffinch in the Wilton Heights/Nabgate area. 300+ Wigeon, 50+ Teal, 20 Gadwall and a Cormorant were at Low Marishes. Peasholm Park hosted an adult Mediterranean Gull and 45 Tufted Duck in the afternoon, while in the morning a Great Spotted Woodpecker was seen flying from there to the Open Air Theatre.