Tuesday, 27 July 2021
Sunday, 25 July 2021
612 Common Scoter, a Mediterranean Gull, 3 Common Terns, 5 Arctic Terns and 2 Great Skuas flew past Long Nab this morning. 2 Green Sandpipers were at Northstile pool, Wrench Green. At least 10 Mediterranean Gulls were in South Bay this evening, including 2 juveniles, and an Arctic Tern flew north.
At Long Nab a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was seen around a crab boat for 10 minutes before leaving south. 4 Back-tailed Godwits and 69 Common Scoter flew south past Long Nab, while 1,139 Common Scoter and 4 Mediterranean Gulls flew north. A Hobby flew over Crossgates, and 2 juvenile Cuckoos were again on the west side of Fylingdales Moor along the A169. A Whimbrel and a Curlew were at Wykeham East Lake, and a Greenshank circled in the late afternoon. A Tufted Duck with 4 young was at Old Silt Lake.
Friday, 23 July 2021
263 Common Scoter and 3 Mediterranean Gulls flew north past Long Nab today, while 2 Ringed Plover and 2 Arctic Terns flew south. 2 Whimbrel flew north over Crossgates. Tufted Duck broods of 2 and 8 are still surviving and fairly well grown at Seamer Road Mere, and an additional brood of 5 was seen today. Moorhen numbers there are up to at least 72 and 2 new broods of Coot have hatched.
A Mediterranean Gull was with Black-headed Gulls at Scalby Mills this morning. A Little Owl, 2 adult and 2 young Grey Wagtails, and 3 Yellowhammers were seen from the road to Darrell Low Farm. A Kingfisher was seen at Trout Lake, and later one was at Wykeham South Lake. From the water park to Long Causeway Road there were 4 Yellowhammers, a Buzzard, 2 juvenile Yellow Wagtails, 2 Reed Buntings and 2 singing Whitethroats. A Black-tailed Godwit was still present at East Lake. 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 14 Turnstones and 144 Sandwich Terns flew north past Long Nab, and 6 Whimbrel flew south. A juvenile Cuckoo was seen in Sneaton Forest, and one successful pair of breeding Golden Plover were on Widow High Moor.
Wednesday, 21 July 2021
2 Great White Egrets flew north over Crossgates this morning, and 2 Buzzards flew over the Stepney Hill/Sandybed area. A juvenile Mediterranean Gull and 12 Whimbrel flew south past Long Nab, while 3 Whimbrel and 2 Great Skuas flew north. 4 Shelduck were at Johnson's Marsh, and a Little Egret and a Little Grebe were at Harwood Dale Lake.
Tuesday, 20 July 2021
At Wykeham Lakes this morning there were 6 Lapwing, a Dunlin, 2 Teal, 68 Black-headed Gulls and 6 Grey Herons, all at East Lake, while 3 Kingfishers were spotted around the lakes. This evening there were a Black-tailed Godwit, a Dunlin, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Egyptian Geese and 630 Herring Gulls, again at East Lake. A juvenile Caspian Gull was seen feeding off Long Nab in the middle of the day, while flying by northwards were a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Mediterranean Gulls, 361 Sandwich Terns and 3 Arctic Terns. A family of very vocal 3 Peregrines were seen over Hutton Buscel, one of them seeing off a Buzzard. In Dalby Forest a Turtle Dove was spotted in the Newclose Rigg area, and a Willow Tit at Crosscliffe. A first summer male Eider was sitting on rocks in front of Long Nab this afternoon.
Monday, 19 July 2021
Sunday, 18 July 2021
A Quail was singing early this morning at Long Nab, inland from the car park, a Willow Tit was singing at Crook Ness, and pair of Kestrels at Long Nab have fledged 2 juveniles. At least 2 Nightjars showed well at Newton House Plantation, May Beck last night. A juvenile Peregrine was seen circling over Crossgates, and 4 juvenile Cuckoos were seen on the western side of Fylingdales Moor along the A169.
Early this morning adult and juvenile Tawny Owls were seen being mobbed by Blackbirds. A juvenile Green Woodpecker was spotted at the old alum quarry in Ravenscar, and a Little Egret and a Hobby were at Seamer Tip pool. A Bar-tailed Godwit flew north past Long Nab, 2 Shelduck were at Johnson's Marsh, a Wigeon and 8 Mandarins were at Harwood Dale Lake, and a Turtle Dove was singing at Pits Wood, Harwood Dale. A big feeding flock of 60+ Swifts was over the Hovingham Drive area in the late afternoon, and about 30 were screaming over Stepney. About 25 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 10 Herring Gulls were seen catching flying ants over Newby and others over Barmoor Lane included 3 Mediterranean Gulls, one a juvenile from this year.
Friday, 16 July 2021
A Tufted Duck at Burton Riggs this morning had 6 ducklings, while a Little Egret, 7 Curlew and 3 Herons were in the field below Seamer Tip pool. A Quail was singing at Wilton Ings, and a Cuckoo and a juvenile Wheatear were seen at Jugger Howe Moor. 2 pairs of Grasshopper Warblers have nested just south of Seamer Road Mere towards Dean's Garden Centre. An Osprey was seen circling Wykeham East and South Lakes, while a large, unidentified bird of prey was seen being mobbed by gulls over Falsgrave Park.
Thursday, 15 July 2021
A second calendar year Mediterranean Gull flew south past Long Nab this morning, while 2 Tufted Duck, 3 Whimbrel and a Cuckoo flew north. A Teal was at Johnson's Marsh, and 9 Common Scoter were on the sea off Holbeck. At Wykeham South Lake this evening there were a Common Sandpiper, 2 Egyptian Geese, a singing Sedge Warbler, Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler and Garden Warbler, 4 Swallows and 10 Sand Martins.
Wednesday, 14 July 2021
The juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was again off Long Nab this morning, while a Great Skua flew north, and a Little Owl was at Cliff Top House. 4 Curlew and 3 Oystercatchers were in the field south of Seamer Tip pool, and at Burton Riggs there were 2 Oystercatcher chicks. 7 Sandwich Terns were spotted heading north off Marine Drive.
An Avocet was seen flying south past Long Nab yesterday. This morning 25 Teal, 3 Wigeon, 482 Common Scoter and 2 Bar-tailed Godwits flew past, while a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was feeding offshore there before leaving northwards. A juvenile Little Ringed Plover, 37 Black-headed Gulls, 3 Common Gulls and 10 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were at Wykeham East Lake. In Dalby Forest a recently fledged Redstart was spotted at Crosscliffe, and a family group of Willow Tits were near Dixon's. A Turtle Dove was on the roadside near Malton Court Farm, Ebberston.
Saturday, 10 July 2021
A male Peregrine, one of a pair that are seen regularly, was seen hunting over Crossgates this afternoon. Passing Long Nab southwards this morning were 7 Black-tailed Godwits, a Knot, a Dunlin, 15 Whimbrel, 13 Curlew, 27 Oystercatchers and 6 Redshank, while 2 Mediterranean Gulls flew north.
Thursday, 8 July 2021
In Dalby Forest today a Ring-tailed Harrier was seen over New Close Rigg, while a Turtle Dove, a Goshawk, a Tree Pipit and a Garden Warbler were seen at Jerry Noddle. A Cuckoo was spotted in Wrench Green, while in Troutsdale a Kingfisher was up the river and a Goshawk and 2 juveniles were flying in the forestry. At Long Nab this evening 41 Common Scoter flew north, 6 Sandwich Terns flew south and 2 north, 3 Oystercatchers flew south, and 9 Puffins were on the water.
5 Mediterranean Gulls were sitting on Black Rocks, including second summer and first summer individuals additional to those present a couple of days ago. Also seen in South Bay was a Great Skua which drowned a second calendar year Herring Gullbefore being chased off by other gulls.
Tuesday, 6 July 2021
Early this morning an Arctic Tern, 206 Common Scoter, 2 Manx Shearwaters and 7 Teal passed Marine Drive northwards, while a Sandwich Tern, 20 Common Scoter, 5 Manx Shearwaters, a Teal and 38 Shelduck went south. A Spotted Flycatcher was at the forest edge just above Cockrah Foot, Wrench Green this afternoon.
Monday, 5 July 2021
A Little Egret, 4 Gadwall with broods of 11 and 4 ducklings, 7 and 4 Tufted ducklings, and 2 adult and a juvenile Little Grebe were at Seamer Tip pool. A Mediterranean Gull was near the Chalet cafe in North Bay. An adult Mediterranean Gull, 2 Sandwich Terns and 72 Swifts flew south past Long Nab, while 17 Common Scoter and a single Teal flew north.
15 Tufted Duck were at Burton Riggs this morning while the Mute Swan family have walked back to Taylor Way. A Peregrine was spotted enjoying a bird lunch on rocks near lamppost 46 on Marine Drive. At Jerry Noddle this morning there was a Honey Buzzard, a Goshawk, a Turtle Dove, a Buzzard and a Tree Pipit. 27 Tufted Duck were at Seamer Road Mere with 3 new broods of 1, 3 and 8, while the Coots have a further 2 broods of 4 newly hatched. A juvenile Buzzard was nearby with 2 adults. A Raven flew north-east over Crossgates in the early afternoon. 3 returning Mediterranean Gulls were seen on Black Rocks, a second summer bird and 2 adults, including the Polish ringed PNN5 individual. A flock of 10 Common Sandpiper were also on Black Rocks.
Saturday, 3 July 2021
A Little Egret, 4 House Martins and 4 Oystercatchers were at Seamer Tip pool this morning, plus Gadwall broods of 11 and 4 and Tufted Duck broods of 7 and 1. At Sneaton High Moor there were 3 Whinchat, 7 Stonechat, 2 Tree Pipits and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.
Friday, 2 July 2021
The Taylor Way Mute Swans have walked their 2 remaining cygnets to Burton Riggs; a Reed Warbler was singing at Taylor Way pool; and several families of Sedge Warblers were on the mounds near Seamer Tip pool, where large dragonflies were abundant.
Today's big news is a Soft-plumaged Petrel that passed Long Nab about 2 miles out, heading north. Also passing were an adult Pomarine Skua (north), 3 Wigeon, 46 Teal, 430 Common Scoter, 34 Curlew, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits and 394 Puffins. At least one Oystercatcher chick was at Burton Riggs, 2 families (5 and 1) of Tufted Duck were at Seamer Tip pool, 8 Curlew were in the field south of the pool, and a Yellow Wagtail flew over Metes Lane in Seamer.
Highlights passing Long Nab this morning include a Wigeon, a Bar-tailed Godwit and 3 Great Skuas. A family party of Marsh Tits, a juvenile Dipper, a juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch and Willow Warbler, were seen at Ellerburn, where a Chiffchaff, a Garden Warbler and a Blackcap were still singing.
Tuesday, 29 June 2021
A Black Guillemot in summer plumage flew north past Long Nab this morning, as did a Common Tern, 3 Curlew, a Shelduck, 2 Teal, 37 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 3 Black-headed Gulls and 1129 Herring Gulls, while a Lesser Black-backed Gull flew south. A Little Egret was seen by a small pond to the east side of Seamer Tip.
Monday, 28 June 2021
4 Black-headed Gulls flew in from the coast and circled round Crossgates this morning, while a pair of Curlew and a group of 5 Cormorants flew over Cloughton Wyke. 12 Shelduck, 12 Teal, 4 Eiders, 243 Common Scoter, a Great Crested Grebe, 21 Curlew and a Hobby flew past Long Nab. Two Common Terns were at Wykeham Lakes in the morning.
Sunday, 27 June 2021
A Hobby flew south at Long Nab this morning, while other highlights from there include: 5 Gadwall, 3 Eiders, a Tufted Duck, 23 Curlew and 239 Puffins. 3 juvenile Lesser Whitethroats were in the hedge on Seamer Tip Road, and a female Yellow Wagtail was spotted at Wykeham East Lake. 2 Turtle Doves were at the Mill Inn. At Seamer Road Mere 5 pairs of Coot have produced seven broods between them, comprised of 28 young, while a sixth pair that have recently arrived are now incubating. 24 Tufted Duck are present, but the only brood so far has been totally predated.
Saturday, 26 June 2021
A Great Skua spent some time this morning in the field behind the Long Nab observatory, from where 92 Manx Shearwaters, 19 Curlew, 2 Great Skuas and an Arctic Skua were seen flying by northwards. In Harwood Dale Forest a Cuckoo was calling just north of the Falcon Inn, and there were reports of Ospreys from Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint and Wykeham Lakes. 4 Common Terns flew east over Crossgates.