Friday, 23 June 2017
A colour ringed Great White Egret was seen on Johnson’s Marsh at 09.14 this morning but unfortunately had disappeared by 10.00. It was colour ringed with yellow over white on the right leg and white over red on the left. The bird was found and photographed by Micky McNaghten who was, luckily for him, the only observer in our area, later in the day the same bird was seen at Scaling Dam Reservoir. As yet we are unaware of the origins of this bird but we hope to have some information soon.
Going past Long Nab today were Common Scoter (146 north 51 south), a Red-throated Diver (south), Manx Shearwater (10 south 2 north), Sandwich Tern (3 north), Puffin (109 south 7 north) and Swift (7 south).
Wykeham South Lake this evening just had a Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gulls and 2 Mute Swans, I know it’s not much but it gives me something to write about!!
|Great White Egret - Johnson's Marsh - Micky McNaghten|
Wednesday, 21 June 2017
Tuesday, 20 June 2017
The interesting thing today was a large number of Auks off Long Nab, where 1800+ were estimated this morning, and in the North Bay/Marine Drive area, seemingly all of these were Guillemots or Razorbills. Moving off Long Nab today were a breeding plumaged Red-throated Diver (north), 35 Sandwich Terns (north), a Common Tern (south), 8 Puffins (north), 39 Swifts, 8 Sand Martins, 2 Swallows, and 73 Starlings (all south) and 15 Swifts (north).
Also today a Hobby was seen in Troutsdale around midday and there were 20 Sandwich Terns at Scalby Mills.
As for Dragonflies it is interesting to mention that in the vicinity of Seamer Tip pool there is a shallow pool to the west of Thornburgh Road about 60 metres after the barricade where 3 male and at least 1 female Red-veined Darters have been present since yesterday.
|female Red-veined Darter - Seamer Tip - John Harwood|
A brave 10 hour watch at Wykeham Raptor View Point unfortunately produced no sightings of Honey Buzzard but there were a Red Kite, a Hobby, 3 Goshawks and 9 Crossbills. Then in the evening 2 or 3 churring Nightjars and many Woodcock passes opposite the Raptor View Point car park and also there was a Turtle Dove calling from a plantation a few hundred yards west of here.
On Fylingdales Moor up to Lilla Cross today were 8 Whinchats, 2 Stonechats, 2 Common Buzzards, 2 Grey Wagtails and a Mistle Thrush.
The only news today came from Long Nab where species moving north included 147 Common Scoter, 7 Manx Shearwaters, 16 Sandwich Terns, 6 Puffin and 12 Swifts; moving south were 30 Manx Shearwaters, a Little Egret, 4 Sandwich Terns, a pale morph Arctic Skua, a Puffin, 634 Swifts, 26 Sand Martins, 6 Swallows and 3 House Martins. Also still present near the Obs was a single Corn Bunting.
|Sandwich Tern - Scalby Mills - Chris Bell|
The most unusual sighting today was a Bittern seen by Terry Hobson at Wykeham South Lake, it was only seen in flight and despite being looked for throughout the day it was unfortunately not seen again. Terry is getting greedy, two records of Bittern this year and he’s seen both of them. Also here today were 2 adult and a juvenile Little Ringed Plover, 2 Curlews flew west and 9 singing Reed Warblers were located there this evening.
The Sandwich Terns at Scalby Mills had doubled to 42 today.
Monday, 19 June 2017
15 Curlew were seen at Seamer Mead, a Little Owl was on Seamer Tip, a very unseasonal Barnacle Goose was at the Seamer Tip bridge pool and single Yellow Wagtails on Seamer Carr and Long Lane. Also today there was a Redshank on Johnson’s Marsh.
The best news today was the multiple appearances by at least one Honey Buzzard at Wykeham Raptor View Point during the morning, two Red Kites west of the view point at 11.50 and a Raven was seen from the view point as well.
There was a Guillemot in the harbour, a pair of Teal and 11 Grey Herons on Johnson’s Marsh, 3 Redstarts in Castlebeck Woods and there were 3 (maybe 4) Turtle Doves in Broxa Forest at mid-day.
Movement at Long Nab today included 7 Sandwich Terns north plus 322 Swifts, 99 Sand Martins, 17 Swallows and 18 House Martins south.
Wednesday, 14 June 2017
Thursday, 8 June 2017
A Red Kite was seen over fields on the west side of the A171 by the Flask Inn at 12.25, a Sandwich Tern was in South Bay, 5 Greater Black-backed Gulls in the harbour and this evening a Kingfisher was at the Open Air Theatre. 2 Barns Owls hunting around Johnson’s Marsh are presumably feeding chicks and there were also a pair of Shelducks present.
Late news in concerned a Quail heard calling from a wheat field at Ings Farm (south of Wykeham Lakes) this evening.
|Barn Owl - Johnson's Marsh - Chris Bell|
Early morning passage at Long Nab today included a Tufted Duck north, 101 Common Scoter north and 42 south, 14 Manx Shearwater north, 4 Sandwich Tern south and 6 Puffins (2 south, 4 north). Also on the coast today a Spoonbill was seen over the harbour and South Bay at 13.00.
Inland sites visited today included Harwood Dale Lake which held a ♀ Shoveler, 3 Teal, 4 Tufted Duck, 4♂ and 3♀ Mandarins with broods of 5, 6 and 8 respectively and a Kingfisher. An Osprey was seen over Hackness at 14.55 and a Honey Buzzard was reported from Wykeham Raptor View Point at 11.00.
|Osprey - Hackness - John Harwood|
Friday, 2 June 2017
Generally things are now beginning to go quiet but there were a couple of good birds seen today. Firstly at Wykeham Raptor View Point we had the first confirmed record of Honey Buzzard for the year at 11.10 with a supporting cast including a Red Kite at 17.15, 4+ Goshawks, Sparrowhawk and about 8 Common Buzzards.
The other was at Ravenscar where a Quail was flushed from the side of the top track to Cliff House from where it flew into the adjoining cow field and was lost from view, the bird was not heard calling.