Saturday 31 August 2019

Saturday 31st August

A Minke Whale was seen about 2.5 miles out off Long Nab early this morning. Other highlights passing Long Nab through the morning were 6 Wigeon, 2 Red-throated Divers, 3 Manx Shearwaters, 13 Knot, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel and a Swift, while 2 Sedge Warblers were present and 700 Herring Gulls were feeding in the fields nearby. In Jackson's Bay there was a Knot, a Dunlin, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Turnstones, 11 Redshank, 5 Ringed Plover and 160 Black-headed Gulls. 14 Teal were at Johnson's Marsh, and an Avocet was in Cloughton on a pool off Newlands lane. 9 Mediterranean Gulls were in South Bay (5 adults, 3 first calendar year and one second calendar year). A Nightjar was rescued from a factory.

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Sedge Warbler - Chris Bell

Friday 30th August

A Tree Pipit was seen on Metes Lane, Seamer this morning. 128 Oystercatchers, 6 Ringed Plovers, a Ruff, a Whimbrel, a Bar-tailed Godwit and a Stonechat were seen between Jackson's Bay and Cromer Point this afternoon. One Turtle Dove was still in Burniston.

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Female Blackcap - Rose Habberley

Thursday 29 August 2019

Thursday 29th August

A Spotted Flycatcher was again seen in Wrench Green this morning. A Honey Buzzard flew south-east over Crossgates, and 2 Shovelers were on Seamer Tip pool. 2 Bottlenose Dolphins were spotted in South Bay, heading southwards. Highlights from Long Nab included 7 Whinchats, a Stonechat, and 3 Ruff which flew in before exiting to the south-west. At Wykeham South Lake this afternoon there were: 2 Egyptian Geese, 5 Teal, 22 Coot, a Great Crested Grebe, 2 Kingfishers and 6 Marsh Tits.

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Lesser Black-backed Gull - Rose Habberley

Wednesday 28 August 2019

Wednesday 28th August

3 Green Sandpipers were at Johnson's Marsh today, while 7 Whinchats, 9 Wheatears and a Stonechat were at Long Nab. At Wykeham South Lake there were 2 Ringed Plovers.

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Ringed Plover at Wykeham South Lake - Judi Kent Pyrah

Tuesday 27 August 2019

Tuesday 27th August

A Red Kite was seen circling over Cloughton this morning, and a Tree Pipit went south at Long Nab. A single Wigeon was at Johnson's Marsh, and 2 Common Sandpipers were at the East Pier.  17 Whimbrel were seen heading south and 47 Teal heading north at Long Nab. An influx of migrants at there included two Pied Flycatchers at Cliff Top House, 8 Whinchats, 2 Stonechats and 3 Wheatears. A Swift flew south over Woodall Avenue, and a Hobby flew south over Harwood Dale ponds. A Shoveler was at Seamer Tip pool and a Whinchat was seen at New Dike, Seamer Tip. 4 Gadwall and a Teal flew over Seamer Mead, and a Marsh Harrier was eating a rabbit in the bean field off Metes Lane, Seamer. A Sparrowhawk was spotted over North Bay beach, a Whinchat and a Wheatear were seen at Ravenscar, and a Whinchat was seen at South Cliff. In Wrench Green there were 2 Willow Tits, and 22 Teal on Northstile pool. At Long Nab this afternoon 2 Bottlenose Dolphins were spotted 1.5 - 2 miles out, moving north, and a juvenile Hen Harrier was seen flying south about 1km out.  2 Turtle Doves were in Broxa village this evening.

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Whinchat - Mick Francis

Monday 26 August 2019

Monday 26th August

A Green Sandpiper and a Redshank were spotted flying inland over Dean Road this morning. Highlights from Long Nab this afternoon included a Spotted Flycatcher and a Whinchat, plus 2 Wigeon flying south and 2 Bottlenose Dophins moving north. 12 Teal were at Johnson's Marsh and 3 Swifts were seen over Eastfield.  Large numbers of gulls (over 6000) were seen coming in to roost this evening at Burton Riggs, Scarborough Tip and Crossgates, including 1,600 Black-headed and 100+ juvenile Lesser Black-backed. Also on the move in the area were more than 350 House Martins and 70 Swallows heading south.

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Fulmar - Martyn Jones

Sunday 25 August 2019

Sunday 25th August

A Honey-Buzzard was observed flying NW between Muston and Folkton at 3pm. An Osprey was seen at Selley ridge lake. Seen on a trip on the Becca-Marie this morning: 2+ Minke Whales, 5 Harbour Porpoises, 3 Grey Seals, 5 Manx Shearwaters, 20+ Fulmars, an Arctic Skua, 2 sightings of a Great Skua, 31 Knot, 4 Dunlin, a Puffin, a Razorbill, a Guillemot, a Sandwich Tern, 3 Common Terns, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, and several Painted Lady butterflies up to 7 miles out. 3+ Whinchats and 3+ Stonechats were seen on Jugger Howe Moor, and 3 Whinchats were also at Scalby Lodge small pool. 2 Green Sandpipers flew south at Long Nab, and 200 Goldfinches were at Seamer Mead.A Tawny Owl was in the bushes on the north side of Seamer Tip, where the Tip's one pair of Red-legged Partridges were seen sitting dangerously exposed on the apex.

Wheatear - David Caulfield

Saturday 24 August 2019

Saturday 24th August

A Garden Warbler was in Falsgrave Park early this morning. Present at Long Nab were 2 Whinchats, a Stonechat, 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 11 Willow Warblers, 14 Whitethroats, a Blackcap and a Greenshank, while a Red-throated Diver flew past south. A Honey Buzzard was seen from Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint.

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Long-tailed Tit - Paul Malton

Friday 23rd August

A juvenile Marsh Harrier flew north at Long Nab early this morning. Other highlights from there were a Grey Plover, 4 Whimbrel and 102 Common Terns going north, and a Whimbrel and 253 Swallows heading south. A flock of 450+ Linnets were near Crook Ness. At Johnson's Marsh there were 5 Teal, 70 Canada Geese, and a hybrid Canada x Greylag Goose. All 3 Peregrines were present on the Castle headland, where 9 Redshank were seen flying past northwards and a Common Tern south. This afternoon a Hobby was seen chasing through a gathering of swifts and Hirundines before flying north over Crossgates.

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House Martins - Judi Kent Pyrah

Thursday 22 August 2019

Thursday 22nd August

An Osprey flew north along the cliffs at Long Nab this morning, and 3 Minke Whales were seen about 3 miles out, also moving north. Other highlights passing Long Nab were 11 species of wader, including a Ruff going south, plus 337 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 5 Shelduck and a Tufted Duck, while 3 Wheatears were present on the cliff. 100+ Tree Sparrows were having a party on Metes Lane, Seamer.

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Nuthatch in Forge Valley - David Caulfield

Wednesday 21 August 2019

Wednesday 21st August

This morning's highlights passing Long Nab include 2 Goosanders, 6 Whimbrel, a Bar-tailed Godwit, a Greenshank, and 25 Knot. 2 Wheatears were by the observatory. A total of at least 8 Spotted Flycatchers were seen in Wykeham Forest this afternoon, as well as 3 Crossbills.

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Wheatear and Rock Pipit at Long Nab - Nick Addey

Tuesday 20 August 2019

Tuesday 20th August

Early this morning a Spotted Flycatcher was in the hedge running inland from the Long Nab car park, and 5+ Willow Warblers were seen at Crook Ness. Just after 9am 4+ Minke Whales were feeding 2 miles ENE of Long Nab, 2 of which were still present 40 minutes later, and were finally last sighted at 10:20. Other highlights from Long Nab included 5 Whimbrel, a Bar-tailed Godwit, a Greenshank, and 3 Arctic Skuas all passing by, a Common Sandpiper on the rocks, and a Willow Tit still in the area. 2 Whinchats, a Wheatear and 2 Common Whitethroats were at Hundales, just north of Long Nab, and at midday a Marsh Harrier flew west over Burton Riggs. This afternoon a Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Buzzards, a Sparrowhawk and Crossbills were seen in Dalby Forest, while at Scalby Mills there were 11 Turnstone, a Dunlin, 9 Common Terns and a juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gull. This evening 20 Swifts were over Staxton, and 20 to 25 passed over Scarborough College and Oliver's Mount.

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Juvenile Whinchat - Paul Tozer

Monday 19 August 2019

Monday 19th August

Early this morning a Whinchat was by Cliff Top House, Long Nab, while in the afternoon a Wheatear was in the same area and 6 Wigeon flew north. 2 Ospreys were at Housedale in Dalby Forest this evening. One went to roost at Flainsey Rigg while the other drifted towards Givendale. Also in the same area was a Green Woodpecker, and 5 Turtle Doves were behind Givendale Farm. At Ellerburn fish farm there were 4 Grey Wagtails and a Kingfisher, while a Hobby was seen chasing House Martins.

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Common Tern - Steve Routledge

Sunday 18 August 2019

Sunday 18th August

A ring-tailed Hen Harrier, 3 Buzzards and 2 Kestrels were seen around Seamer Tip this morning, the Harrier flying off north. 40 Tree Sparrows were among the bean crop by Metes Lane. Today's pelagic trip was rather quiet - the main birds seen were 2 Great Skuas, an Arctic Tern, 8+ Common Terns, an adult and 2 juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 2 Puffins, 43 Teal heading north, a Tufted Duck going south and a Swift 2 miles out. 40 plus Swifts were over Merry Leas Farm next to the River Hertford on the A64. An injured Marsh Harrier was picked up at Hutton Buscel.

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Red Kite - Judi Kent Pyrah

Saturday 17 August 2019

Saturday 17th August

Early this morning 2 Willow Tits were seen in Wrench Green and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull flew north past Long Nab. In the middle of the day a Merlin was seen hunting over Jackson's Bay/Scalby Lodge, a Ringed Plover was in Jackson's Bay, 3 Reed Buntings were at Cromer Point pond, and a Hobby flew over Peasholm. Spotted from Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint were: a Honey Buzzard, about 12 Common Buzzards, 2 Peregrines, a female Goshawk and a juvenile Kestrel. A Bar-tailed Godwit, 11 Whimbrel and 2 Golden Plover flew south past Long Nab, while 2 Arctic Skuas and a Great Skua flew north. At Scalby Mills this evening there were 85 Black-headed Gulls, an adult Mediterranean Gull and 2 juvenile Grey Wagtails. 17 Swifts were feeding over the Old Town.

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Castle Headland Peregrine - Joe Bamfield

Friday 16 August 2019

Friday 16th August

74 Mallard were at Burton Riggs this morning, where a Grey Plover flew over, calling. A juvenile Reed Warbler was seen at Seamer Tip pool. This evening 2 Turtle Doves were seen flying south at Cloughton. A Shag was in the harbour and 4 Teal were at Johnson's Marsh.

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Redshank - Rose Habberley

Thursday 15 August 2019

Thursday 15th August

A Buzzard and 3 Swifts were seen over Jugger Howe early this afternoon. 15 Grey Herons were at Johnson's Marsh, and 11 Common Terns flew past Long Nab. A Turtle Dove was at the Mill Inn, and a Barn Owl was seen at Scalby sewage farm.

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Wren - Rose Habberley

Wednesday 14 August 2019

Wednesday 14th August

Sandwich Terns and a Curlew were at Scalby Mills this morning, plus 4 Whimbrel which flew off south. A Whinchat was spotted at Harwood Dale Lake, and a Cuckoo at Bent Rigg Lane, Ravenscar. 9 Swifts were over Garfield Road this afternoon.

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Juvenile Sparrowhawk - Judi Kent Pyrah

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Tuesday 13 August 2019

Tuesday 13th August

A Wood Warbler was seen in a tit flock at Newlands Dale. At Long Nab: Early this morning a Whinchat was present at Crook Ness car park, a Wheatear was near Fields Farm, and small numbers of Willow Warblers were in the area. Later in the morning 5 Goosanders, a Porpoise and a Bottlenose Dolphin were all seen heading north. In the early evening there were 2 Wheatears, a Stonechat, 12+ Willow Warblers and 9 Yellow Wagtails present. A flock of about 60 Linnets plus a number of Yellowhammers and Chaffinches was seen in a field on the way to Wykeham South Lake, where there were 5 Egyptian Geese. A large falcon, probably the escaped Saker hybrid, was seen being mobbed by a Kestrel at Standing Stones Rigg near Cloughton, where there was also a Crossbill, a Redstart and a Spotted Flycatcher. At least 27 Swifts were over Valley Road this evening.

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Whinchat - Nick Addey

Monday 12 August 2019

Monday 12th August

Early this morning 6 Swifts were seen at Queens Parade, and 2 Dippers, 2 Grey Wagtails and a Kingfisher were on the river in Wrench Green. 3 Arctic Skuas, a Great Skua, 4 Arctic Terns and 65 Sandwich Terns passed by Long Nab. In the early afternoon a Wood Sandpiper was at Johnson's Marsh for a short time. A juvenile female Merlin was seen heading south along the cliffs past Long Nab, where it was set upon by a local Kestrel.

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Barn Owl - Rose Habberley

Sunday 11 August 2019

Sunday 11th August

A Kingfisher was seen at Scalby Mills this morning, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was following a crab boat off Long Nab, and 2 Golden Plovers flew north over Crossgates. This afternoon a Common Buzzard flew south-west over Peasholm and an Eider was on the sea off Long Nab. A juvenile Great Crested Grebe was in Cornelian Bay and 9 Sandwich Terns were feeding in Cayton Bay. At Northstile pool there were 3 Green Sandpipers and clouds of House Martins feeding overhead. The family of 4+ Spotted Flycatchers (at least 2 juveniles being fed by parents) are still around the Cockrah Foot area of Wrench Green.

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Juvenile Blackcap - Judi Kent Pyrah

Saturday 10 August 2019

Saturday 10th August

Lots of Bottlenose Dolphins seen today - 5 pods of between 5 and 9+ individuals seen through the morning from Long Nab. 48 Knot, and 4 Whimbrel flew south past Long Nab. 2 Grey Partridges were spotted on Osgoodby Lane and a Yellow Wagtail flew over Whin Bank. Early in the afternoon 10 Sandwich Terns were seen feeding in North Bay opposite the site of the former Albert Cafe, joined a bit later by 2 Arctic Terns.

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Mallard mum keeping an eye on the kids in the pool - Judi Kent Pyrah

Bottlenose Dolphin - Stuart Baines

Friday 9 August 2019

Friday 9th August

Early this morning a pod of 15+ Bottlenose Dolphins was spotted moving south past Long Nab. A Great Skua was seen off Marine Drive, heading south. Highlights from the seawatch at Long Nab, through the day up to 15:10, included 519 Knot (a record number), a Black-tailed Godwit, a Greenshank, 27 Turnstone, a Mediterranean Gull, a Yellow-legged Gull and a Merlin.

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Young Tree Sparrows - Judi Kent Pyrah

Thursday 8 August 2019

Thursday 8th August

A Marsh Harrier was seen over a harvested field west of Wilton early this morning. Kingfishers were present at both Taylor Way and Seamer Tip pools. 15 Mistle Thrushes were in the fields below Seamer Tip pool, and 2 Green Sandpipers were in the ditch on the east side of Seamer Tip. 3 pairs of Stonechats and 4+ juveniles were seen on Fylingdales Moor. In Wrench Green there was a family of 3+ Spotted Flycatchers including a juvenile being fed by a parent. The Wood Sandpiper is still at Northstile pool, along with 4 Teal, a female Mandarin, 2 Grey Wagtails, a Heron, Moorhens and Mallards. 3 Egyptian Geese and 13 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were on Wykeham South Lake, while on the fishing lake there were 4 Kingfishers, 2 pairs of Little Grebes with chicks, 4 pairs of Coots and a Common Sandpiper. At least 11 Swifts were still over Valley Road this evening.

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Oystercatcher at Scalby Mills - Rose Habberley

Wednesday 7 August 2019

Wednesday 7th August

The morning's seawatch at Long Nab was fairly slow with small numbers of waders of  8 species seen on the move. 17 Yellow Wagtails, 10 Willow Warblers and a Willow Tit were present in the area. 4 Teal were at Johnson's Marsh.

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No rest for hard-working Swallow parents - Chris Bell

Tuesday 6 August 2019

Tuesday 6th August

A Kingfisher was at Scalby Mills early this morning. Highlights from Long Nab include 6 Knot, a Whimbrel, a Great Skua, a Mediterranean Gull, an Arctic Tern and 2 Bar-tailed Godwits. A Hobby flew east over Crossgates early in the afternoon. 100+ Swallows were feeding over the bean field by Metes Lane, Seamer, where there was also a Sedge Warbler, a Whitethroat, a few Reed Buntings, Goldfinches and Linnets. Swifts were also plentiful in the area.

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Little Grebe and young at Brompton - Chris Bell

Monday 5 August 2019

Monday 5th August

200 Common Scoter were seen heading north past Marine Drive this morning; 4 Willow Tits and 4+ Crossbills were seen/heard in Wykeham Forest; a Red Kite was over the east end of Seamer Tip; and 2 Teal were on Seamer Tip pool. A Hobby was spotted flying over Newby and one was also seen flying north-west at Long Nab. Other sightings at Long Nab included 573 Common Scoter, 2 Whimbrel and 2 Mediterranean Gulls all passing, plus 2 Stonechats behind the observation hut. 5 Bottlenose Dolphins were spotted half way between Filey and Scarborough. This evening 4 Dunlin and a Ringed Plover were at Scalby Mills before being pushed off by the tide. The Lithuanian-ringed Black-headed Gull, now 5 years old, is back at Seamer Road Mere for another winter, where 6 juvenile Tufted Ducks remain. 27 Swifts were over Moorland Road - still nesting at one location there.

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Red-legged Partridge and chicks - Judi Kent Pyrah

Sunday 4 August 2019

Sunday 4th August

Over night a Bedstraw Hawkmoth was caught in a trap in Cayton. Early morning a pod of 10+ Bottlenose Dolphins were seen several times heading north, first off Marine Drive then off Long Nab, and finally at Cloughton Wyke about 200 yards out. At Northstile pool, Wrench Green there was a Wood Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpipers, a Shelduck and 52 Mallards in the early afternoon, plus a female Mandarin, a Moorhen and a Grey Wagtail later on. A Buzzard family were calling nearby. A medium phase male Honey Buzzard was wing clapping very high above Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint at midday, and a Silver-washed Fritillary was spotted in Wykeham Forest. At Jackson's Bay a Sanderling and 4 Dunlins were seen before being flushed by dogs, then a bit later 7 Sanderlings and 2 Dunlin dropped back in. Highlights from the morning's seawatch at Long Nab included a Gadwall, 11 Little Egrets, a juvenile Marsh Harrier, a Bar-tailed Godwit, Greenshank and 293 Sandwich Terns. A Sedge Warbler was caught and ringed.

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Marsh Harrier at Long Nab - Chris Bell

Saturday 3 August 2019

Saturday 3rd August

The main highlights from Long Nab this morning were 3 Arctic Skuas and 3 Great Skuas. A male Honey Buzzard was showing well from Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint mid-morning and 3 were seen from there in the afternoon. A Turtle Dove was singing near the Mill Inn at lunchtime, and there were 200+ Greenfinches and a Willow Tit at Wykeham Nursery. A flock of 21 Cormorants flew over Crossgates in a V formation this afternoon, and a Sanderling was spotted in Jackson's Bay. Early evening a Wood Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper and 2 Grey Wagtails were at the pool below Northstile House, Wrench Green. At Scalby Mills/Nab there were 8 Redshank, 14 Turnstones and 2 Common Gulls (one a juvenile), while a Knot flew south. A female Stonechat was feeding a single juvenile on the cliffs at the south end of Jackson's Bay. 230 House Sparrows were in the hedge by Scalby Lodge screen, 2 Teal were on Johnson's Marsh, and an Egyptian Goose was at Wykeham South Lake. 9 Crossbills and 2 Tree Pipits were seen in Harwood Dale Forest east of the Whitby Road.

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Fledgling Wren - Jon Partridge

Friday 2 August 2019

Friday 2nd August

13 Turnstones were at the harbour at high tide today, including 2 colour ringed birds which had been ringed at the harbour in previous winters. 180 Herring Gulls were in South Bay, 160 of which were this year's young.
House Sparrows, on edge after being swooped on by Sparrowhawk - Terry Hobson

Thursday 1 August 2019

Thursday 1st August

A flock of at least 40 Swifts moved from Johnson's Marsh to Scalby Lodge Pond this morning, where there was also a large flock of House Sparrows, a family of 5 Whitethroats, a male Greenfinch with 4 juveniles, a Kestrel and a Sparrowhawk. At Potter Brompton Carr there was a Green Sandpiper, and at Burton Riggs a female Tufted Duck with 4 ducklings. 2 Honey Buzzards were reported from Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint mid-morning, and 3 Turnstones were at the harbour early evening.

Turnstone at the harbour - Chris Bell