One of the nicest birds of the year so far was a Hoopoe discovered at Long Nab by the White House. Originally found on the approach road, Station Lane, by Chris Bradshaw at 10.25 the bird spent most of the day in the horse field but did disappear to the south on one occasion and could be out of view for long periods in the dips in the field. It was still present in the evening but disappeared when the horses were being fed. This is the fourteenth record for the Scarborough area and the first since 2014. Also today in the Long Nab area were a Whinchat, a White Wagtail, 6 Wheatears and movement south included a ♂ Pochard, 62 Sand Martins, 1142 Swallows and 40 House Martins.
Early this morning the breeding bird survey on Potter Brompton Carr produced a Cuckoo, 22 singing Sedge Warblers, 9 singing Reed Warblers and 3 Garden Warblers unfortunately a dead Curlew was also found on site.
On Low Moor this morning there was a Cuckoo and Red Grouse could be seen from within your car from the small layby just off the A171.
In the Seamer area today there were 2 singing Reed Warblers and 2 ‘Greenland’ Wheatears by the east side of the tip and in the Star Carr to Seamer Mead area at least 10 singing Sedge Warblers.
Also today a pair of Stonechats carrying food on South Cliff and a Red Kite was seen over Crossgates at 13.45.
|Hoopoe - Long Nab - Chris Bell