Monday, 27 September 2021

Monday 27th September

An unconfirmed report of two Hawfinches at Burton Riggs (Birdguides report). A juvenile Caspian Gull was in front of the hide at Wykeham East Lake early evening, also there Scaup, 46 Wigeon, 10 Cormorants and 80 Lapwing in nearby fields. The Egyptian Goose pair on the Water Park still have 5 goslings. Highlights past Long Nab in gale force SSE winds were 333 Teal, 3 Pintail, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, Mediterranean Gull and 8 Purple Sandpipers. PHOTO - Dipper Scalby Beck - Stephen Beaver

Sunday, 26 September 2021

Sunday 26th September

A female Scaup was with the Tufted Ducks at Wykeham East Lake this evening. Also there were 12 Wigeon, 27 Teal, a female Pochard and 43+ Lbb Gulls roosting. A Brambling was grounded at Crook Ness early morning. Also from Long Nab a Mandarin flew south plus Bar-tailed Godwit and a Med Gull flew north. The two female Eiders were still in the main harbour plus 18 Turnstones and a Dunlin. PHOTO - Mute Swans at Seamer tip pool - Mark Hepples.

Saturday, 25 September 2021

Saturday 25th September

An adult Little Gull was feeding on a ploughed field just north of Long Nab (Hundale) early eve. The first 8 Whooper Swans of autumn flew SW at Long Nab early morning, also 10 Eiders, 3 Red-breasted mergansers and a Hobby south there. 12 Pink-footed Geese were at Johnson's Marsh before leaving north. A Jay flew west there (other sites in England reported Jays moving today). 18 Curlew were in fields at Scalby Lodge and 63 Oystercatchers at Cromer Point. 90 Pink-footed Geese flew south over town early afternoon. PHOTO - Stonechat Scalby Beck - Stephen Beaver.

Friday, 24 September 2021

Friday 24th September

A constant movement of Pink-footed Geese throughout the day gave a new area record day count of 10,715 south past Long Nab. Skeins were reported from several observers at other locations in the district. 3 Ruff also flew north at Long Nab. 50 Lapwings were at Harwood Dale Lake. Two Eiders still in the harbour. PHOTO - Rock Pipit at the harbour - Stephen Beaver.

Thursday, 23 September 2021

Thursday 23rd September

A big movement of Pink-footed Geese southbound over the area: a total of 2,390 were seen from Long Nab , Burniston this afternoon moving south and south-west and no doubt accounted for numerous sightings this afternoon. Little Egret and 3 Eiders also south there. At Wykeham Lakes: Shelduck, 6 Wigeon, 2 Egyptian Geese (with 5 young), 115 Lapwing. A male Merlin flew west over Burniston village.

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Wednesday 22nd September

20 Pink-footed Geese, 5 Whimbrel, 6 Golden Plover flew south at Long Nab. 95 Lapwing flew north and 300+ Linnets were feeding in the fields. At Wykeham East Lake: 2 Gadwall, Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, 3 Teal, Goldeneye, 6 Pochard (4 drakes), 57 Lapwing and a Common Sandpiper. A Red-throated Diver at Cayton Bay. Johnson's Marsh held 18 Teal and a Snipe. PHOTO - Goldcrest Silpho by Mealanie Pearl

Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Tuesday 21st September

Two Eiders in the harbour. At Wykeham Lakes: Shelduck, 6 Gadwall, Goldeneye, 6 Herons, 85 Coot (52 Water Park, 33 East Lake), Common Sandpiper. 22 Teal, 12 Herons Johnson's Marsh. A Wheatear at Marine Drive. 140 Lapwing north past Long Nab, 12 Rock Pipits south. PHOTO - Eider in the harbour - Joe Bamfield

Monday, 20 September 2021

Monday 20th September

The first Pink-footed Geese of autumn were 31 that flew north(!) inland of Long Nab mid-morning and were later seen over Ravenscar. Also past Long Nab were 3 Shelduck, Gadwall, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers and a Puffin. Wykeham East Lake held a Shelduck, 8 Wigeon, Goldeneye, Dunlin and Snipe. 10 Wigeon were at Scalby Mills. PHOTO - Ringed Plover Jackson's Bay by Stephen Beaver.

Sunday, 19 September 2021

Sunday 19th September

Long Nab highlights included a Pomarine Skua south and Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 6 Shelduck and an Eider north. At Wykeham East Lake: 27 Wigeon, 7 Teal, drake Pochard, 71 Lapwing, Snipe and single Green and Common Sandpipers. PHOTO - Curlew Marine Drive by Chris Bell.

Saturday, 18 September 2021

Saturday 18th September

The news of the day was not a bird but a butterfly; a rare Camberwell Beauty was photographed at Seamer Road Mere! Quiet on the bird front - a Snipe and 10 Teal at Johnson's Marsh, Chiffchaff in song at the Sea Cut. Photo - Mark Hepples

Friday, 17 September 2021

Friday 17th September

At Wykeham Lakes (Water Park): 9 Wigeon, 6 Little Grebes, 42 Coot, 3 Swallows. A Snipe and Little Egret at Johnson's Marsh. A Willow it in a garden on Stepney Road. 2 Chiffchaffs in a garden in Crossgates. The highlights at Long Nab: south past were a Pomarine Skua, Swift, 686 Meadow Pipits, 163 Goldfinches and a Lapland Bunting. PHOTO - Razorbill in the harbour - Stephen Beaver

Thursday 16th September

Highlights past Long Nab: Sooty Shearwater and 3 Mediterranean Gulls flew north. 13 Bar-tailed Godwits flew west and 1040 Razorbills flew south. 110 Goldfinches were feeding along the cliffs. A Whimbrel was on Black Rocks in South Bay. Scalby Ness/Jackson's Bay: 6 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plovers and 8 Wigeon plus a Little Egret flew south. A Dipper was on Scalby Beck. 11 Turnstone at Scalby Mills. A Wheatear and Red-throated Diver at Marine Drive. A Greenshank flew over Johnson's Marsh. PHOTO - Kelvin Allen

Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Wednesday 15th September

Highlights past Long Nab were 3 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 12 Sooty Shearwaters, 2 Long-tailed Skuas, 12 Arctic Skuas. At Wykeham Lakes; 3 Pintail, 37 Teal, 4 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, Pochard, 71 Coot, Green Sandpiper, 630 Herring and 15 Lbb Gulls. Six Shoveler, 2 Teal, Wigeon, 5 Chiffchaffs at Seamer Tip Pool. Chiffchaff at Morrison's. 15 Chiffchaffs at Wykeham Lakes. The Nabgate area of Dalby Forest had Red Kite, Peregrine, Goshawk, 2 Sparrowhawks, 2 Kestrels and 12 Common Buzzards. A Common Buzzard over town early afternoon. PHOTO - Male Kestrel at Long Nab - Stephen Beaver.

Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Tuesday 14th September

Highlights from the seawatch at Long Nab included a Long-tailed Skua, Pomarine Skua and 15 Arctic Skuas north. 570 Razorbills moved south plus a Pale-bellied Brent Goose later in the day. A Water Rail was a good find at Johnson's Marsh. Five Red-throated Divers were in Cayton Bay. A Kingfisher visited a garden pond in Scalby. At Seamer Rd Mere; 4 Little Grebes, 113 Moorhen, Kingfisher, 51 Coot (including one new youngster and a pair incubating). PHOTO - juvenile Peregrine by Ray Maddison.

Monday, 13 September 2021

Monday 13th September

After a day of northerly winds today was calm and a good seawatch was had. Highlights past Long Nab included 6 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, Great Northern Diver, 60 Red-throated Divers, 13 Sooty Shearwaters, a Balearic Shearwater, Purple Sandpiper, 2 Little Gulls, 11 Great Skuas, 21 Arctic Skuas and a Long-tailed Skua plus the first Black Tern of the year (juvenile). 80 meadow Pipits were grounded at Long Nab plus a flock of 260 at Irton Moor. Two Common Sandpipers were at the harbour. Wykeham East Lake had 631 Greylag Geese, 105 Canada Geese, 6 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 205 Black-headed Gulls. A Pochard was on the Water Park. PHOTO - Guillemot in the harbour by Stephen.

Sunday 12th September

A probable FEA'S-type PETREL flew north at distance past Long Nab @ 17.25 hrs. Also one Sooty Shearwater flew north. A Nuthatch, 25 Coot, 6 Shoveler and 25 Gadwall were at Seamer Tip Pool. Three Arctic Skuas were in North Bay plus 22 Guillemots and 2 Razorbills in the harbour. PHOTO-Gadwall Seamer Tip pool by Mark Hepples.

Sunday, 12 September 2021

Saturday 11th September

A Wheatear was on the rock armour at Marine Drive. 50+ House Martins were over Woodlands Cemetery. South past Long Nab were a Marsh Harrier, Mediterranean Gull, 566 Meadow Pipits, Swift and the Goldfinch flock had increased to c80. PHOTO - Wheatear Marine Drive by Melanie Pearl

Friday 10th September

A Redstart was along South Cliff. Highlights past Long Nab included a Pintail, Bar-tailed Godwit and 2 Swifts. At Wykeham East Lake: 4 Teal, Shoveler, 3 Wigeon, Goldeneye, drake Pochard, and a ringed Plover dropped in during a shower. Also 2 Yellow Wagtails at the Lakes. A female Mandarin was at Scalby Beck near the Youth Hostel. A Sandwich Tern photographed at Cayton Bay with white ring J.T5 had been ringed as a chick near Rotterdam, Holland on 16th June 2021 A Wheatear was seen on St Peter's Church, Castle Road. PHOTO- Sandwich Tern (J.T5) Cayton Bay - Stephen Beaver

Thursday, 9 September 2021

Thursday 9th September

A first-summer Little Gull at Wykeham Lakes(Water Park). 13 Grey Wagtails flew through South Cliff this morning, 12 of them south. A Little Egret was seen on Black Rocks while 4 Stonechats and a Whinchat were seen along the clifftops. A late Swift flew over Crossgates this afternoon. Highlights passing Long Nab include 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 3 Shoveler, 15 Golden Plover, 581 Black-headed Gulls and 8 Arctic Skuas.

Wednesday 8th September

A Marsh Harrier flew south past Long Nab early this morning, plus 349 Meadow Pipits and 6 Grey Wagtails. At Johnson's Marsh there were 26 Teal and 2 Wigeon, while 30+ Swallows and 6 House Martins were seen heading south. A Wheatear was seen in Irton and a Sanderling was in Jackson's Bay. 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 368 Meadow Pipits, 10 Grey Wagtails and a Wheatear flew south past South Cliff.

Tuesday, 7 September 2021

Tuesday 7th September

A Wheatear and 30 Meadow Pipits were feeding behind the observation hut at Long Nab this morning, while passing by were 7 Little Egrets (5 north and 2 south), plus 4 Shelduck, 7 Knot and 5 Grey Wagtails all south. At Wykeham East Lake there were 3 Teal, 2 Wigeon, a Grey Wagtail and 19 Lapwings. 2 Grey Wagtails flew over Melrose Street. In Jackson's Bay there were 20+ Dunlin, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 6+ Ringed Plover, 20+ Turnstones and a Sanderling.

Monday 6th September

27 Teal, 130 Canada Geese, a Dunlin, a Kingfisher and a Whitethroat were at Johnson's Marsh this morning. Highlights seen passing Long Nab include a Pintail, 441 Teal, 46 Red-throated Divers, 8 Shags, a Little Egret, 2 Ruff, 8 Snipe and a Mediterranean Gull, while a Wheatear arrived in front of the observation hut. This evening a Whimbrel was heard calling over Stepney and male and female Tawny Owls were calling near the Sixth Form College. A Wheatear flew south while a Little Egret and a Kingfisher flew north along South Cliff this morning. A Kingfisher, possibly the same one, was at the harbour this evening.

Sunday 5th September

A Spotted Redshank flew north over Cornelian Ravine this morning, and 30+ House Martins flew east over East Ayton. 9 Curlews were in the field below Seamer Tip pool; 60 Lapwings were in the field south-west of the tip; and a Sedge Warbler, a Chiffchaff and 20 Linnets were by New Dike. 8 Buzzards were circling above Ravenscar quarry; a Hobby flew south over Stoney Marl Moor; and 2 immature Marsh Harriers flew south while a Merlin was present at Stoup Brow. An immature Peregrine flew south-west over Crossgates, and 3 Swifts were with a mixed flock of about 15 Swallows and House Martins. A Great Skua was spotted chasing terns very close in off the Spa car park, and 4 Wigeon were at Scalby Mills. 15 Buzzards flew past Long Nab (12 south-west and 3 north), while 6 Goosanders, 99 House Martins and 91 Swallows flew past southwards. A Green Sandpiper was seen at Seamer Tip pool.

Saturday, 4 September 2021

Saturday 4th September

Highlights passing Long Nab this morning include a Great White Egret heading north, 3 Sooty Shearwaters, 11 Shelduck, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull and 8 Arctic Skuas. 12 Curlew were at Scalby Lodge, while at Johnson's Marsh there were 125 Canada Geese, 2 Herons, 19 Teal and 12 Moorhens. A Whinchat and 2 Stonechats were at Cloughton Wyke this afternoon, and 2 Whimbrel flew north over Holbeck. A Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel and 2 Swifts flew south past Long Nab and a single Swift flew south over Burniston.

Friday 3rd September

A male Tawny Owl was heard calling on the early hours of this morning in the grounds of Scarborough Hospital. 15 Teal were at Johnson's Marsh, 2 Grey Wagtails and a Dipper were on the weir below Burniston Raod bridge near the Youth Hostel, and 4 Pintails flew in to Scalby Mills from the south. The main highlights from Long Nab were an adult Long-tailed Skua and 3 Sooty Shearwaters heading north, while at Wykeham East Lake there were 9 Teal and a Reed Warbler.

Thursday, 2 September 2021

Thursday 2nd September

14 Teal, 3 Wigeon, 7 Moorhens and a Pintail were present at Johnson's Marsh early this morning. At Wykeham East Lake there were 22 Lapwing, 9 Cormorants, 19 Tufted Duck, 12 Coot, 2 Stock Doves, and a Common Sandpiper flew over, while at Match Lake there were 2 Sand Martins and a Kingfisher. An adult Roseate Tern joined a feeding flock of Kittiwkaes off Long Nab for about 10 minutes before flyig off south following a Great Skua attack on the flock. Later 14 Little Gulls (2 adults and 12 juveniles) joined the Kittiwakes. Other highlights passing Long Nab included a Balearic Shearwater, 11 Sooty Shearwaters, 17 Knot, 21 Little Gulls, a Long-tailed Skua, 3 Pomarine Skuas, 16 Great Skuas, 22 Arctic Skuas and a Puffin. 470 Razorbills were feeding inshore but only about 10 Guillemots.

Tuesday, 31 August 2021

Tuesday 31st August

5 Wigeon, 8 Herons and 7 Teal were at Johnson's Marsh this morning, while at Seamer Road Mere there were 2 Grey Wagtails, a Little Grebe, 2 Chiffchaffs and a Bullfinch. A juvenile Long-tailed Skua, a Pale-bellied Brent Goose and 5 Sooty Shearwaters flew north past Long Nab. 60-70 Lapwings were at Herdborough Farm, Seamer, and at Wykeham East Lake there were 405 Greylag Geese, 21 Lapwings, 29 Tufted Duck and 7 Teal. A Velvet Scoter flew north at Marine Drive.

Monday, 30 August 2021

Monday 30th August

A juvenile Long-tailed Skua flew south past Long Nab today, while 3 Sooty Shearweaters and 2 Pintail flew north. 2 Teal, a Dunlin and a Common Sandpiper were at Wykeham East Lake, and a Pintail was at Johnson's Marsh. A Great Skua was spotted flying north past Marine Drive.

Sunday, 29 August 2021

Sunday 29th August

3 Sooty Shearwaters flew past Long Nab this morning, and in Wrench Green a pair of Kingfishers were feeding 2+ young. A juvenile Long-tailed Skua flew north off South Bay.

Saturday, 28 August 2021

Saturday 28th August

An adult Pomarine Skua flew south past Long Nab early this morning, and a Balearic Shearwater flew past north. Other highlights included a Shoveler, 42 Wigeon, 21 Sooty Shearwaters, 29 Manx Shearwaters, 9 Bar-tailed Godwits, 7 Knot, 6 Great Skuas and 4 Arctic Skuas. A Tree Pipit flew south over Station Road, Scalby, and another was seen in Wrench Green, where there were also 2 Willow Tits. A Dunlin and 9 Teal were at Johnson's Marsh, and 2 Marsh Harriers flew north through Cloughton Wyke. A Greenshank, 7 Dunlin and a Curlew were at Wykeham East Lake this evening.

Friday, 27 August 2021

Friday 27th August

3 juvenile Long-tailed Skuas and an Arctic Skua flew north, close past Long Nab early this morning, while later another Long-tailed Skua flew south. Also passing Long Nab were one Balearic Shearwater, 29 Sooty Shearwaters, 16 Manx Shearwaters, 12 Sanderling, 15 Great Skuas and 8 Arctic Skuas, while a Kestrel flew in from the east and continued north. A Kingfisher, a Common Sandpiper, 8 Tufted Duck, 3 Swallows and 2 Sand Martins were at Wykeham South Lake, while at East Lake there were 5 Greenshank, 7 Dunlin, a Kingfisher, 19 Lapwing, a Wheatear, 3 Sand Martins and 24 Tufted Duck. A Pintail, 3 Dunlin and 18 Teal were seen at Johnson's Marsh, and a number of waders flew north past Marine Drive: 6 Ringed Plover, a Grey Plover, 4 Purple Sandpipers, 14 Dunlin and 19 Sanderling.

Thursday, 26 August 2021

Thursday 26th August

A Long-tailed Skua flew north past Long Nab early this morning, and another (a juvenile) flew past in the afternoon. Other highlights from Long Nab included 18 Wigeon, 4 Red-throated Divers, 43 Sooty Shearwaters, 26 Great Skuas and 5 Arctic Skuas. Lots of terns were seen during a seawatch this evening - 200+ Sandwich Terns feeding and drifting north plus some Common/Arctic Terns. Harrassing the terns were 3 Arctic Skuas and 2 Great Skuas, while 2 or 3 Manx Shearwaters were feeding. Passing Marine Drive this morning were 35 Wigeon, 78 Teal, 6 Red-throated Divers, 11 Sanderlings (north), 14 Dunlin (north), 4 Purple Sandpiper (north) and a juvenile Long-tailed Skua south. A Red Kite was seen on Fylingdales Moor, and 5 Bar-tailed Godwits were in Jackson's Bay.

Wednesday 25th August

A Short-eared Owl flew in off the sea early this morning, and a Sooty Shearwater flew north past Long Nab (and a Minke Whale south - not flying of course). 2 Black Redstarts were seen on the roof of the hospital. This afternoon 2 Curlews flew over Crossgates, while 3 Curlews, 4 Herons, 3 Cormorants, 20+ Oystercatchers and a Kestrel were present at Long Nab. At Wykeham East Lake there were 4 Wigeon, a Shelduck, 2 Teal, a Ringed Plover, 8 Dunlin and a Common Sandpiper.

Tuesday, 24 August 2021

Tuesday 24th August

9 Teal, 3 Shoveler, a Mandarin, 18 Lapwings, 2 Ringed Plover, 5 Dunlin, 18 Great Black-backed Gulls and 8 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were at Wykeham East Lake today. Highlights from Long Nab include 434 Teal, 6 Eider, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, a Balearic Shearwater, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 23 Knot, a Ruff, 6 Sanderling and 143 Dunlin (plus a Minke whale heading north). 2 Bar-tailed Godwits were in Jackson's Bay and a juvenile Shelduck was at Scalby Mills. 50+ Swallows were seen flying south, high over Hutton Buscel this evening.

Monday 23rd August

Highlights passing Long Nab today included 3 Sooty Shearwaters, 4 Wigeon, 9 Knot, 6 Arctic Skuas and 4 Great Skuas. 15 Herons were at Johnson's Marsh, and 2 Sanderling were in North Bay.

Sunday, 22 August 2021

Sunday 22nd August

A Common Tern was in South Bay this morning, and a Cream-crowned Marsh Harrier flew south-west through Cloughton Wyke. A Velvet Scoter flew north through South Bay and a Ruff flew south. 20 Mediterranean Gulls, including 4 juveniles, were on rocks off Holbeck. Passing South Cliff were a Sooty Shearwater and 7 Arctic Skuas Heading south, plus 494 Common Scoter and 187 Teal heading north. 75 Cormorants were feeding in South Bay, and a juvenile Knot was spotted on North Bay beach. A Fulmar flew south-west over Crossgates this afternoon, and an unconfirmed report of a Greenish Warbler seen sitting on the fence at the Castle before dropping down into the grass on the North Bay side early afternoon. At Northstile pool there are now 4 Green Sandpipers, while one Green Sandpiper, two Greenshank and 32 Teal are at Johnson's Marsh. Highlights passing Long Nab include 2 Sooty Shearwaters, a Marsh Harrier, a Grey Plover, a Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpipers and a Mediterranean Gull. 4 Arctic Skuas put on a wonderful display close in at South Bay.

Saturday, 21 August 2021

Saturday 21st August

Kittiwakes were diving and catching Sand Eels in front of the lifeboat house early this morning, while in the afternoon large numbers of Guillemots were on the sea off the Spa. 14 Teal and a Green Sandpiper were at Johnson's Marsh, and a Kingfisher was on Sky Pond at Seamer Road Mere. A Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpipers and 12 Teal were at Northstile pool, while a Willow it was nearby. Highlights seen passing Long Nab included a Sooty Shearwater, a Manx Shearwater, 4 Arctic Skuas and 4 Great Skuas.

Friday 20th August

A Common Sandpiper was at Burton Riggs this morning, and a pair of Tawny Owls were calling in Burniston village in the early hours. 6 Jays were in a garden near the cricket pitch, and surprisingly 2 Great Skuas were spotted flying west, high over Wykeham Forest. 6 Teal and a Green Sandpiper were at Johnson's Marsh, and 14 Yellow Wagtails and a Reed Warbler were at Long Nab. Passing Long Nab were 6 Arctic Skuas, 5 Great Skuas and a Sooty Shearwater while feeding offshore were 1400 Guillemots and 50 Razorbills.

Thursday, 19 August 2021

Thursday 19th August

A Kingfisher and 14 Coot were at Burton Riggs this morning, and 2 Green Sandpipers were again at Johnson's Marsh. A Velvet Scoter, a Balearic Shearwater and a Mediterranean Gull flew past Long Nab. 2 Turtle Doves were in Burniston.

Wednesday 18th August

2 Green Sandpipers were at Johnson's Marsh this morning, plus 9 Moorhens with 2 small chicks, 7 Mallard and 2 Teal. A Green Sandpiper and a Common Sandpiper were at Burton Riggs, a Whinchat was by New Dike, and a Cream-crowned Marsh Harrier flew south-west over the tip. A Hobby was seen catching a Swallow over Wrench Green. At Long Nab a Balearic Shearwater flew north while a Sooty Shearwater and an adult Pomarine Skua flew south. 305 Greylags, 57 Canada Geese, 14 Lapwings, 2 Little Grebes, 22 Tufted Duck and 3 Sand Martins were at Wykeham East Lake in the afternoon.

Tuesday, 17 August 2021

Tuesday 17th August

A Green Sandpiper was at Johnson's Marsh this morning, and the first Little Grebe of the autumn was back at Seamer Road Mere. A juvenile Caspian Gull flew past Long Nab, as did 5 Wigeon, a Shoveler, 122 Teal, 6 Sooty Shearwaters, a Greenshank, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 150 Common Terns and 81 Arctic Terns. During an afternoon seawatch the following were seen: an adult Long-tailed Skua, 2 Arctic Skuas, a Great Skua, 16 Common Scoter, 2 Grey Plover, a Curlew, 30 Teal, 3 Wigeon, a Red-throated Diver, 8 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Sooty Shearwaters and a Minke Whale heading north; 2 Arctic Skuas, 4 Dunlin, a Turnstone and 6/7 Bottlenose Dolphins heading south.

Monday, 16 August 2021

Monday 16th August

Not much news in today: 2 Green Sandpipers at Johnson's Marsh and 2 Ravens in off the sea over Chain Hill, being mobbed by Crows. At Stoupe Beck sands; Greenshank, Whimbrel, 8 Curlews.

Sunday, 15 August 2021

Sunday 15th August

A Balearic Shearwater and an adult Roseate Tern both flew south past Long Nab early this morning. Other highlights passing include a Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, a Little Gull, 119 Common Terns and 25 Arctic Terns, while the Grasshopper Warbler is still present. 679 Greylag Geese were at Wykeham East Lake, plus a Common Sandpiper. A Red-breasted Merganser was seen briefly in Cornelian Bay this afternoon before it flew south, while also present were a Dunlin and 3 Mediterranean Gulls (2 adults and a juvenile), plus 3 Willow Warblers in the ravine.

Saturday, 14 August 2021

Saturday 14th August

A Greenshank and a Green Sandpiper were still at Johnson's Marsh this morning, and the Grasshopper Warbler was still singing at the Long Nab scrape. A Merlin flew south at Long Nab, 22 Sandwich Terns were feeding at Knipe Point, and a pair of juvenile Sanderlings were feeding at the north end of Cayton Bay in the late afternoon. Large numbers of Swifts were seen on the east side of Oliver's Mount, 3 Guillemots were in North Bay, and 2 Mediterranean Gulls (an adult and a juvenile) were at Scalby Mills.

Friday, 13 August 2021

Friday 13th August

A Greenshank was at Johnson's Marsh this morning, joined by a Green Sandpiper later in the day. The Grasshopper Warbler was still singing, now at the Long Nab "scrape", together with a Reed Warbler. Northstile Pool now has 3 Green Sandpipers, plus 3 Grey Wagtails and 5 Teal. At least 60 Swifts were over Valley Road, plus a Hobby which was hunting them before heading off north.

Thursday, 12 August 2021

Thursday 12th August

A juvenile Buzzard was seen at High Yedmandale, plus 2 adult and 2 juvenile Whitethroats and a Garden Warbler. A pair of Pochard were at Wykeham East Lake, while 3 Teal, a Gadwall, and 2 pairs of Little Grebes with young were at Causeway Lake, and 2 Egyptian Geese were at the Water Park. A Grasshopper Warbler and a Sedge Warbler were by the Long Nab observation hut. This afternoon a Hobby was cruising above Hackness and a Marsh Harrier was at Crook Ness. A Green Sandpiper and Greenshank at Johnson's Marsh.

Wednesday 11th August

A juvenile Marsh Harrier flew north over Holbeck early this morning. 2 Little Egrets flew north along South Cliff, where 53 Cormorants, 68 Oystercatchers, 32 Curlew, a Whimbrel, a Bar-tailed Godwit and a Wheatear were also present. Long Nab saw a small influx of common migrants including 9 Willow Warblers, a Sedge Warbler and a Lesser Whitethroat. The Grasshopper Warbler is now just south of the observation hut. At least 6 Mediterranean Gulls were in South Bay. A Hobby was seen chasing Swifts over Crossgates, where a Great White Egret flew over north-west.

Tuesday, 10 August 2021

Tuesday 10th August

Early this morning a Whimbrel, a Common Sandpiper and a Swift flew south over Johnson's Marsh. A juvenile Marsh Harrier was hunting around Long Nab before drifting off towards Burniston where it was seen heading west over Scalby Road. At Wykeham East Lake there were 14 Tufted Duck, a Kingfisher and 80+ Black-headed Gulls in the morning, while in the late afternoon there were 116 Black-headed Gulls, 24 Tufted Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Teal and 6 Lapwing. 4 Sanderling were in Jackson's Bay, and a Spotted Flycatcher was in a garden in Wrench Green. Highlights from Long Nab include an adult Roseate Tern heading south, 120 Common Terns, 5 Arctic Terns, a Pintail, a Mediterranean Gull, and the Grasshopper Warbler still singing on the Cleveland Way. Up to 3 Green Woodpeckers (one a juvenile) were in a Ganton garden recently.

Monday 9th August

A Bar-tailed Godwit was at Johnson's Marsh, and 6 Yellow Wagtails were seen at Wykeham East Lake. A feeding frenzy in South Bay involved 4100 Herring Gulls (of which at least 1700 were juveniles), 12 Sandwich Terns, 6 Common Terns, 12 Mediterranean Gulls, 65 Black-headed Gulls and a Red-breasted Merganser. 3 Whimbrel, 4 Turnstones, a Common Sandpiper, a Redshank, 28 Oystercatchers and 13 Curlew were seen on Black Rocks, while 40 Common Terns and 2 Arctic Terns were in Cornelian Bay. 2 Willow Warblers were seen along South Cliff, and 10 Bar-tailed Godwits flew south past Long Nab.

Sunday 8th August

A Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Whimbrel, 4 Turnstones,and 714 Swifts flew south past Long Nab today. A Sedge Warbler was at Crook Ness, and a Grasshopper Warbler was again singing along the Cleveland Way just north of there. At Wykeham East Lake there were 2 Common Sandpipers, a Dunlin, 9 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 2 Yellow Wagtails, while at Johnson's Marsh there was a Red-breasted Merganser.