Sunday 31 May 2020

Sunday 31st May

Last night in Wykeham Forest a Woodcock survey near the raptor viewpoint resulted in 9 Woodcock passes. A Nightjar was churring nearby and another was at the south edge of the nursery. In another clearing 5/6 Nightjars were seen/heard and there were 6/7 Woodcock passes. This morning a male Peregrine flew over Crossgates towards the coast, and a Goldcrest was just downstream from Hilla Green bridge. 7 Eider and 19 Common Scoter flew north past Long Nab, and a Siskin flew south. In the Barley Carr Rigg area of Langdale Forest there were 2 singing Redstart, a Cuckoo, a Goshawk, 10+ Crossbills and 10 Willow Warblers. 2 Willow Tits were in Cornelian Ravine this evening, and a Tawny Owl was by the river in West Ayton.

Full count from Long Nab here:

A soon-to-fledge Great Spotted Woodpecker - Lucy Hobkinson

Saturday 30 May 2020

Saturday 30th May

A Dipper was feeding a fledgling on the river near Hackness this morning, while 4 Tufted Duck and a Barn Owl were seen nearby. A Whimbrel flew north past Long Nab, a Hobby was seen over the western side of Wykeham South Lake, and a Red Kite was at Broxa. At Seamer Tip pool there was a Heron, a large family of Long-tailed Tits, 3 drake Shovelers, a pair of Gadwall and a pair of Oystercatchers. 8 Whitethroat and 5 Yellowhammers were on Cockrah Road to Spikers Hill, a Peregrine was yikking in the quarry, a Goshawk and a Tawny Owl were at High Yedmandale, and a Buzzard, 5 Chiffchaffs and a Bullfinch were at Low Yedmandale. 2 Honey Buzzards were above Backleys Farm in Troutsdale, one wing-clapping. On grouse managed moorland in the north-west of our area there were 6 pairs of Golden Plover, 3 pairs of Curlew, 3 Stonechat territories and 4 Red Grouse, but a notable lack of Crows or birds of prey. A Canada Goose with 7 juveniles was seen at Burton Riggs; 3 broods of Mallard (3,3 and 4,), 2 broods of Greylag (3 and 3) and one set of cygnets (6) were at Seamer Tip Pool along with 2 singing Reed Warblers, 2 Sedge Warblers and a Lesser Whitethroat.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Female Castle Headland Peregrine - Steve Race

Friday 29 May 2020

Friday 29th May

A Bee-eater flew south past Long Nab and along South Cliff Golf Course this morning, and 2 drake Eiders were off Marine Drive. 2 Cuckoos were seen in Langdale Forest, and a family of 2 adult and 2 juvenile Treecreepers were at Burton Riggs. 20 Canada Geese flew south, one flew north, and 60 flew out east at South Cliff, where a Willow Warbler was newly in. A drake Garganey was at Wykeham East Lake, and at Northstile Pool there were 11 Mandarins, 2 Lapwings, a Grey Wagtail, a Moorhen chick and just one Shelduck (2 had been there for a couple of weeks). 14 Barnacle Geese flew south off Marine Drive, and at Long Nab 20 Gannets flew south, 4 Reed Buntings were in a rape field, and 20+ Kittiwakes were feeding.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Stonechat - Neil Hopkinson
Bee-eater over South Cliff - Michael McNaghten

Thursday 28 May 2020

Thursday 28th May

At Hilla Green this morning there were 2 Spotted Flycatchers, a Nuthatch, 2 Crossbills, 2 Tufted Duck, 18 House Martins, a pair of Bullfinches with 3 fledged young and a Dipper. A Hobby and a Cuckoo were seen at Wykeham South Lake, while this afternoon 2 Hobbys were seen thermalling high over the old prison, and a Cuckoo was seen and heard in the valley and woods just north of Jugger Howe Moor. 32 Brent Geese were seen drifting north off Marine Drive, and at Johnson's Marsh there were 8 Herons, a Coot on a nest and about 35 House Martins collecting mud. A Little Egret flew north past Long Nab, while 85 House Martins, 68 Swallows, 76 Linnets and 2 Siskins flew south and a Cuckoo was present. At Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint 2 dark phase Honey Buzzards were seen in the early afternoon and a pale phase bird was seen this morning. Also seen there this afternoon were 8 Buzzards, a Goshawk, a Siskin and a Turtle Dove singing just below the viewpoint.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Tawny Owl fledgling - Lucy Hobkinson

Wednesday 27 May 2020

Wednesday 27th May

A Blue Fulmar was seen from North Marine Drive this morning, and at Seamer Tip pool there was a Lesser Whitethroat on the 'mounds' and lots of young Starlings around. A Great Spotted Woodpecker was in Woodlands Ravine, and a Cuckoo and a Grasshopper Warbler were at Long Nab, where a Marsh Harrier flew past north. A Hobby was spotted in Ellerburn between the village and the fish farm, and 2 more were feeding over Jugger Howe Moor. 2 Spotted Flycatchers were singing on different territories near Hilla Green bridge, where a Turtle Dove was also present. At Wykeham Lakes a Little Ringed Plover, an intermedius Lesser Black-backed Gull and 400 Herring Gulls were at East Lake, while a Shelduck and a Cuckoo were at South Lake.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Peregrine attack on Fulmar - Chris Bell

Tuesday 26 May 2020

Tuesday 26th May

Early this morning a Reed Warbler was at Seamer Road Mere, and 6 Crossbills flew over Filey Road. A Quail was calling near Long Nab, where the Grasshopper Warbler was still singing. A Turtle Dove and a male Redstart were at North Moor nursery, and at Johnson's Marsh there were about 50 House Martins, 10 Sand Martins and 8 Swallows. On Fylingdales Moor, between the A169 and Lilla Cross, there were 3 Cuckoos, 2 Whinchats, 2 Stonechats, a Wheatear, 2 Golden Plover, a Snipe and 2 Grey Wagtails. A Cuckoo was also present at Wykeham South Lake this afternoon, and 3 pairs of Stonechats were at Eller Beck. Passing Long Nab this morning were: 7 Red-throated Divers (6 north, 1 south), 41 Manx Shearwaters (29 north, 12 south), 1505 Herring Gulls (1335 north, 170 south), a Great Skua (north), and 7210 auks.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Grasshopper Warbler - Terry Hobson

Monday 25 May 2020

Monday 25th May

At Wykeham South Lake this morning a Cuckoo, 11 Reed Warblers, 6 Garden Warblers and 8 Willow Warblers were heard singing, and 2 Barnacle Geese and 2 Egyptian Geese were present. At Long Nab 24 Manx Shearwaters, 5 Shags, a Sanderling, 2 Dunlin and a first summer Mediterranean Gull flew north, while 147 Swifts flew south and a Grasshopper Warbler was present. 2 broods of Stonechats, each with 2+ fledglings, were on the cliffs above Jackson's Bay this afternoon, while 2 Sandwich Terns were feeding in the bay. About 145 fresh Sand Martin nest holes were at Jackson's Bay and another 29 were at Cromer Point. 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Dippers and 2 Grey Wagtails were at Hilla Green.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Female Stonechat - Steven Wignill

Sunday 24 May 2020

Sunday 24th May

2 singing Grasshopper Warblers were present at Long Nab this morning, and a female Red-breasted Merganser and 4 Shelduck were in Burniston Bay. At Wykeham South Lake there were 2 Egyptian Geese on the main island, and 2 Barnacle Geese with Greylags between the south lake and the new workings. A Reed Warbler was singing at the top end of Peasholm Glen, and in Jackson's Bay there were 73 Oystercatchers, 3 Ringed Plover, 3 Sanderling, 8 Turnstone and 3 Dunlin, while 2 Sandwich Terns were on the rocks at Scalby Mills. A White Wagtail was at Burton Riggs this evening, and a Green Woodpecker and 2 Spotted Flycatchers were seen at Low North Camp. 3 flocks of Common Scoter were recorded over Crossgates last night.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Jay - Beverley Senturk

Saturday 23 May 2020

Saturday 23rd May

A Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Grey Wagtails and a Dipper were along the river just south of Hilla Green this morning. At Wykeham Lakes a Greenshank was in the north-west corner of South Lake and a Little Ringed Plover was at East Lake. A Bar-tailed Godwit flew south past Long Nab, and the Pink-footed Goose remains at Seamer Road Mere.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Pink-footed Goose - Mark Hepples

Friday 22 May 2020

Friday 22nd May

Early this morning a Greenshank, an Arctic Tern and a Shelduck were at Wykeham South Lake. 8 Oystercatchers were in the field below Seamer Tip pool, and a Red Kite was seen heading for Gristhorpe Cliffs and Cayton from the east. At Long Nab a Goosander, a Kestrel, 700 Razorbills, 43 Swifts, 120 House Martins and 109 Swallows were seen heading south. This evening a second-summer Lesser Black-backed Gull, a Tufted Duck, a Greenfinch with 3+ fledglings, 18 Swallows, a House Martin and a Moorhen were present at the Open Air Theatre.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Fledgling Robin - Nicholas Brazier

Thursday 21 May 2020

Thursday 21st May

The first Honey Buzzard of spring was seen near Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint today. A male Hen Harrier also flew east there this afternoon. At South Cliff 2 Barnacle Geese and 2 Ringed Plovers flew south. The watch at Long Nab was slow but 2 Common Terns and 2 Dunlin flew north. The Stonechat pair have fledged three young and the Grasshopper Warbler sang briefly just north of the observatory. A Reed Warbler was seen in bushes along Taylor Way near Seamer Tip. A Cuckoo was near Reasty Bank, Broxa Forest. The Pink-footed Goose remains at Seamer Road Mere. Another Cuckoo at Low North Camp where three Garden Warblers were singing, also Green Woodpecker and Spotted Flycatcher recorded.

Full counts from Long Nab Bird Observatory:

Stonechat at Long Nab - Chris Bell

Wednesday 20 May 2020

Wednesday 20th May

A Turtle Dove was in trees near the Mill Inn this morning, a Cuckoo was at the Blue Dolphin, and a Spotted Flycatcher was in a Hutton Buscel garden. A Corn Bunting was singing from power lines at Long Nab, and another was singing on wires south-west of Willerby village. 2 Shelduck flew onto Seamer Tip pool but stayed only briefly, while at Wykeham South Lake there were 300+ Herring Gulls, 5 Sedge Warblers, 3 Garden Warblers, 6 Blackcaps, 3 Bullfinches, 3 Reed Warblers, a Common Sandpiper and a Wall Brown butterfly. At Jugger Howe Moor 17 Meadow Pipit, 5 Skylark and one Wheatear territories were mapped, while also seen were a male Whinchat and a Buzzard, plus a Redstart and a Cuckoo at Jugger Howe Beck, and a distant Raven calling. A male Marsh Harrier flew south at Long Nab this afternoon, and a male Hen Harrier flew north at Hutton Buscel. 2 Barnacle Geese flew south past South Cliff, and a Whimbrel and a Turnstone were on Black Rocks. A Reed Warbler and a Lesser Black-backed Gull were at the Open Air Theatre this evening, and Sandwich Terns were in North Bay. 2 Nightjars were located east of North Moor Road in Wykeham Forest, plus 4 Woodcock passes and a male Tawny Owl calling.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Juvenile Starlings - Judi Kent Pyrah

Tuesday 19 May 2020

Tuesday 19th May

Early this morning a Greenshank was seen at Wykeham South Lake, and a Ring Ouzel was at Gristhorpe Cliff. A Spotted Flycatcher was in trees on the riverbank near Hackness, and a pair of Lapwings at Wykeham Forest nursery had 2 chicks. A Common Sandpiper was at Burton Riggs, 13 Curlew were on Seamer Mead, and a Yellow Wagtail was at Long Lane, Seamer. Highlights from Long Nab included a Black Tern, 4 Common Terns, 121 Sandwich Terns, a Whimbrel, a Sanderling and a Corn Bunting passing by, while 2 Wheatears were present. 3 Whooper Swans were also seen in the distance, heading north (turning up in Northumberland this afternoon). 9 Sandwich Terns were seen in Cayton Bay and a Kittiwake was at Seamer Road Mere his afternoon. At Wykeham South Lake there was a Pink-footed Goose, an Oystercatcher with one or more chicks on the island, 6 singing Reed Warblers and 3 singing Garden Warblers. A Common Sandpiper was also present later in the day. At Wykeham East Lake there was a Little Ringed Plover, 2 Egyptian Geese and a Kingfisher, while 2 Yellow Wagtails were seen north of Darrell's Low Farm. 6 Buzzards were around Raincliffe Woods. A Bar-tailed Godwit and a Grey Plover were sound recorded over Peasholm last night.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Swift - Terry Hobson

Monday 18 May 2020

Monday 18th May

A Common Sandpiper was at Wykeham Lakes this morning, as well as 3 singing Garden Warblers, a Wheatear and a Reed Warbler. Another Common Sandpiper was at Taylor Way pool, while 3 Gadwall were on Seamer Tip pool and 8 were flying around over it, together with 30 Swifts and 30 hirundines. A Turtle Dove was singing in Troutsdale, where there was another Common Sandpiper, a female Mandarin with 4 young, 2 singing Spotted Flycatchers and a pair of Kingfishers, plus a Redstart at Troutsdale Lodge. 3 Wheatears and a Grasshopper Warbler were at Long Nab, where a cream-crowned Marsh Harrier flew north-west and a Little Ringed Plover, 173 Swallows and 30 House Martins flew south. A Sparrowhawk also flew out high, heading east. 2 male Lesser Redpolls were in song flight on the north-west side of Harwood Dale Forest. A Little Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin and 4 Ringed Plover were sound recorded over Peasholm last night.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Tree Sparrows - Judi Kent Pyrah

Sunday 17 May 2020

Sunday 17th May

6 Woodcock passes were observed on a survey in Wykeham Forest last night, and a Nightjar was seen flying but was not churring. There was a Wheatear at South Cliff Golf Course, and a Cuckoo flew north there. The Pink-footed Goose remains at Seamer Road Mere, plus a Whooper Swan.   
4 Whimbrel flew east, calling, over Seamer Tip pool, while 7 Curlews were on Seamer Mead and a Yellow Wagtail was at Long Lane. Migrant Willow Warblers were singing along Filey and Trinity Roads, and both a Whitethroat and a Lesser Whitethroat were at Johnson's Marsh. Highlights from Long Nab included a Great Northern Diver going north, plus a drake Eider, 61 Sandwich Terns and 116 Swallows going south. The Grasshopper Warbler and Wheatear are still present.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Sedge Warbler - Judi Kent Pyrah

Saturday 16 May 2020

Saturday 16th May

2 Redstarts, 5 Garden Warblers, a Cuckoo and a Green Woodpecker were seen at Scar Wood this morning. Two Cuckoos were also at Jugger Howe, along with 5 Buzzards, 2 pairs of Stonechats, 2 pairs of Wheatears, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Skylarks and Meadow Pipits. An Oystercatcher with 3 chicks was at Harwood Dale Lake, and a Yellow Wagtail was at Scalby Lodge. At Johnson's Marsh there was a Lapwing, a Shelduck, a Coot sitting on eggs, a Yellow Wagtail, 5 Moorhens, 2 Lapwings, and a pair of Canada Geese with 2 well-grown goslings. A Raven was spotted over Troutsdale, 7 Buzzards and a Goshawk were at Langdale End, 2 Turtle Doves were by the Mill Inn at Harwood Dale, and a Peregrine circled over East Ayton. At Long Nab a Nuthatch and a Corn Bunting both flew north along the cliffs, and a Grasshopper Warbler was still in the short hedge north of the observation hut. A Spotted Flycatcher was at Low North Camp and a singing Garden Warbler was at Yedmandale Road. In Wrench Green a family of Grey Wagtails have fledged under the bridge. A Wheatear was inside Marine Drive wall and a Sandwich Tern went south past the headland. At Jugger Howe Beck this afternoon there was a male Redstart, a Buzzard, a family each of Whitethroats, Stonechats and Linnets, and a male Blackcap. About 160 House Martins were feeding at Seamer Road Mere this evening, and a Hobby went through south. A Hobby was also seen at Hutton Buscel heading north-west.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Great Spotted Woodpecker - Judi Kent Pyrah

Friday 15 May 2020

Friday 15th May

A Wheatear and a Grasshopper Warbler were at Long Nab this morning, while a Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin and a Whimbrel flew past northwards. A Goshawk was 'wailing' in Broxa Forest, where there were also 3+ Tree Pipits, 4+ Garden Warblers and 4+ Stonechats. At Burton Riggs the Oystercatchers had moved onto the motor cycle track. A Peregrine flew over Seamer Tip pool, and a hybrid duck flew in, thought to be a Mallard x Gadwall cross. A Red-breasted Merganser flew north over Crossgates, and at Seamer Road Mere there was a Common Sandpiper, a Reed Warbler, and the Pink-footed Goose still.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Skylark - Terry Hobson

Thursday 14 May 2020

Thursday 14th May

2 Spotted Flycatchers were in the south-east corner of Wykeham Forest this morning. At Burton Riggs there was an Egyptian Goose plus 2 Common Sandpipers. A female Marsh Harrier flew south over Long Nab, and a Whimbrel was seen in Burniston Bay. 18 Sedge Warblers were singing along the Hertford between Folkton and Flixton, while 10 more were singing in the New Dike area, and another 6 in the Seamer Tip/Taylor Way area. 6 Reed Warblers were singing by Seamer Tip pool, and another by the small pool by Taylor Way. 2 Little Ringed Plovers were spotted at Wykeham Lakes, and at the Scalby water treatment works there were lots of House Martins, a Kestrel, a Heron and 4 Oystercatchers. A Wood Sandpiper was sound recorded last night over Crossgates.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Linnet - Paul Tozer

Wednesday 13 May 2020

Wednesday 13th May

A ringed Gadwall X Mallard hybrid duck was at Seamer Tip pool today, and the Pink-footed Goose remains at Seamer Road Mere. A Red Kite was seen from Wykeham raptor viewpoint, and a Little Egret was seen at Flotmanby. 3 Wheatears and 37 Whitethroats were at Long Nab, where 4 Manx Shearwaters and 3 Red-throated Divers flew north. 2 displaying Yellow Wagtails, a Garden Warbler and 3 Crossbills were at Givendale, and at Harwood Dale Forest there were a pair of Crossbills, a Redpoll, a Linnet, many Siskins, more Willow Warblers than Chiffchaffs, 4 Whitethroats, a Green Woodpecker, a Buzzard, a Kestrel and a Garden Warbler. 3 Oystercatchers were at Johnson's Marsh, and last night a flock of Knot were recorded over Crossgates.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Kittiwake collecting nesting material - Ray Cannon

Tuesday 12 May 2020

Tuesday 12th May

A Yellow Wagtail was seen at Long Lane, Seamer this morning, and a Willow Tit was in Cornelian Ravine. South Cliff and Long Nab were both quiet, with a Wheatear and a Willow Warbler the only migrants at the latter, plus a Whimbrel flying south. A Common Sandpiper was at Seamer Road Mere, where the Pink-footed Goose remains. 2 Turtle Doves and 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were at Harwood Dale.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Blackbirds - Judi Kent Pyrah

Monday 11 May 2020

Monday 11th May

An Arctic Skua flew north past Marine Drive this morning, as did 2 Scaup, a Common Scoter, a Manx Shearwater, 574 Fulmars, a Curlew and 11 Sanderlings. In addition, an Arctic Tern, a Red-throated Diver, 5 Manx Shearwaters and 113 Fulmars were seen flying north past White Nab. 3 Common/Arctic Terns flew out east at Cayton Bay. A female Pied Flycatcher was seen in Revenge Wood at Hutton Buscel, and a Dipper was in Thornton Dale village. Approximately 30 hirundines were over Seamer Tip pool, mostly Sand Martins, and 2 Sedge Warblers and a Reed Warbler were singing there. 2 Sedge Warblers were also singing at the motor cycle track, and a Reed Warbler was at Taylor Way pool all afternoon. Another Sedge Warbler was at Castle Hill, and the Pink-footed Goose remains at Seamer Road Mere.

Pied Flycatcher - Judi Kent Pyrah

Sunday 10 May 2020

Sunday 10th May

Not many sightings in on this winter's day. A Garganey flew north in a small flock of Guillemots  past Marine Drive early this morning. 2 Curlews were at Seamer Mead and a Sedge Warbler was singing by Crab Lane railway crossing. The Pink-footed Goose was still at Seamer Road Mere, where there were 70 House Martins, 55 Sand Martins and 35 Swallows grounded. On Fylingdales Moor, east of the A169, there were 2 Whinchats, 4 Stonechats, 2 Wheatears and a Grey Wagtail.

Female Stonechat - Nick Addey

Saturday 9 May 2020

Saturday 9th May

A Hooded Crow was seen flying south at Long Nab early this morning, then over Holbeck, and again over Knipe Point Drive. A cream crowned Marsh Harrier was seen heading south at Gristhorpe Cliff, and an hour later another Marsh Harrier flew south, high over Long Nab. Also seen at Gristhorpe Cliff were 3 Wheatears, 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 2 Whimbrel on the rocks, 5 Yellow Wagtails heading north and a Ruff heading west. In Wykeham Forest, near North Moor, a Turtle Dove was heard and a Spotted Flycatcher was seen. At Givendale in Dalby Forest there were 2 Yellow Wagtails, 6 Garden Warblers, a Woodcock and about 7 Buzzards. 43 species were seen between Long Nab and Cloughton, including 2 Stonechats, 30+ Sand Martins, and a Whimbrel. 2 Dunlin and 2 Ringed Plover were in Jackson's Bay. Birds passing Long Nab included 77 Common Scoter, a Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover and a Whimbrel. A singing Grasshopper Warbler remains in the short hedge just north of Long Nab. A Sedge Warbler was singing in brambles in Falsgrave Park, where there was also a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroats and 2 Garden Warblers. A Sedge Warbler and a Willow Warbler were on Castle Hill this evening.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Sand Martin - Chris Bell

Friday 8 May 2020

Friday 8th May

12 Tufted Duck and 2 drake Pochards were at Seamer Road Mere this morning, 2 Dunlin were at Scalby Lodge Pond, and at Johnson's Marsh there were 2 Lapwings, 2 Swifts, 2 Swallows, a Buzzard, and a Common Sandpiper. A Redstart and a Turtle Dove, both singing, were seen in the Troutsdale Moor area. An Osprey flew north, high over Hutton Buscel very early in the morning, later another was seen above the Blue Dolphin, an a little later still one was seen circling over Holbeck before drifting off towards Oliver's Mount. A Marsh Harrier flew south at Gristhorpe Cliff and a Whinchat, 3 Wheatears and 2 Yellow Wagtails flew north. A female Pintail was at Burton Riggs, a white Wagtail was in the field east of Seamer Tip, and a Lapwing chick was spotted at Seamer Carr. 2 Wood Warblers were singing on the edge of Wykeham Forest just north of the Great Moor Road, and a Spotted Flycatcher was also seen in the forest. Another Spotted Flycatcher was at Clifftop House near Long Nab, a Reed Warbler was singing at Crook Ness, and a Grasshopper Warbler was again in the short hedge by Long Nab. Passing Long Nab were 19 Turnstones and a Whimbrel heading north, and a Barnacle Goose and a Corn Bunting heading south. A probable Bee-eater was heard but not seen. A cream-crowned Marsh Harrier was spotted over Morrison's, and a Hobby flew north over Crossgates,  A Cuckoo was heard just north of Stoupe Brow. A drake Goosander flew east along Valley Road, as did 3 Whimbrel, while at least 80 Swifts were seen feeding between there and Oliver's Mount. A singing Redstart and a displaying Tree Pipit were at Reasty hilltop.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Sedge Warbler - Paul Tozer

Thursday 7 May 2020

Thursday 7th May

A Hobby flew north past Gristhorpe Cliff early this morning, and later one was seen over Pindar School. A Common Sandpiper was at Peasholm Park Lake, and another was at Seamer Road Mere, where there was also a Sedge Warbler. Another Sedge Warbler was singing in a garden on Filey Road. A Quail was heard calling from Jackson's field (on the coast between Scalby Beck and Scalby Lodge Pond), and a Sparrowhawk went north over Old Middle Deepdale Farm. A Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Wheatears and a Fieldfare wee at Gristhorpe Cliff, where a Tree Pipit and 4 Yellow Wagtails were seen flying north. 6 Sandwich Terns and a Sanderling were in Cayton Bay, a Golden Plover was spotted on Southcliff Golf Course, and about 40 Swifts were feeding between the Esplanade and Oliver's Mount. A Green Woodpecker was seen between Hutton Buscel and Wykeham Forest and 3 Buzzards were over Yedmandale Road. A tired Spotted Flycatcher was at Scalby Nab in the early afternoon, and a female Whinchat was at Scalby Lodge Cottages. A male White Wagtail and a Wheatear were at Cromer Point water treatment works. At Long Nab there were 3 singing Grasshopper Warblers, while a Wood Sandpiper and a cream crowned Marsh Harrier flew past northwards, and 151 Swallows and 10 flava Wagtails flew south.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Spotted Flycatcher - Nick Addey

Wednesday 6 May 2020

Wednesday 6th May

There were 2 reports of Cuckoos today - one from Spiker's Hill and one from Beedale (possibly the same bird?), and a Turtle Dove was at Hutton Buscel before flying off north-west. Good numbers of Swifts are now being reported, including a screaming party of 6 on Tennyson Avenue, and 10 - 12 House Martins were at College Lane/Filey Road. At Seamer Road Mere there were 23 Tufted Duck, a Pink-footed Goose, a Common Sandpiper and 2 Sedge Warblers. Another 3 Sedge Warblers were at the 'mounds' near Seamer Tip pool, and another was in brambles below Holbeck car park. A Whimbrel was on Black Rocks, and 5 flew past Long Nab. A Common Sandpiper was on the rocks just south of Cromer Point, and 5+ Yellow Wagtails were around the water treatment plant. At Johnson's Marsh there were 6 herons, 2 Teal, 2 Coots (mating), a Buzzard and a Common Sandpiper. A second calendar year male Marsh Harrier flew south-east over Crossgates, a Red Kite flew over towards Seamer, and later in the afternoon another Marsh Harrier was seen over Flotmanby. Also at Flotmanby was a singing Corn Bunting.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Turtle Dove - Judi Kent Pyrah

Tuesday 5 May 2020

Tuesday 5th May

At Seamer Road Mere this morning there were 2 Common Sandpipers, a Sedge Warbler and a Garden Warbler, while a Hobby drifted over north-west. 5 Swifts were seen over Woodall Avenue, 12 over the old prison, 4 over the Esplanade, 2 at Kit Rigg, one over North Bay railway line, one over Garth End Road in West Ayton, 2 over Crossgates, 2 in the Old Town, and 3 over Lyell Street. 4 Wheatears were at Seamer Carr, a Whimbrel was at Star Carr, and a Yellow Wagtail was at Long Lane in Seamer. A male Greenland Wheatear was seen at Long Nab, and a Grasshopper Warbler was singing in scrub north of the Osgoodby park and Ride. A Little Owl and a Lesser Whitethroat were at Thornton Carrs, and Lesser Whitethroats were also seen at Falsgrave Park and at the Morrison's footpath. At Givendale in Dalby Forest there was a Yellow Wagtail, a Garden Warbler, about 20 Tree Pipits, and plentiful Crossbills and Siskins. A Cuckoo was calling around where the Great Moor Road meets Wykeham Forest, first at noon then again a couple of hours later. A cream crowned Marsh Harrier flew east over Flotmanby this afternoon. One had also been seen this morning over Cayton Bay, where 5 Sandwich Terns were seen feeding at midday before heading south. A Tawny Owl was seen at Dark Wood and 12 Swallows at Low Yedmandale. A Wheatear was in St Mary's churchyard. Seven Curlew and a Bar-tailed Godwit flew south at Gristhorpe Sands.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Swift - Chris Bell

Robin fledgling with lockdown hair - Judi Kent Pyrah

Monday 4 May 2020

Monday 4th May

A Sedge Warbler was found grounded at Seamer Road Mere this morning, and at Johnson's Marsh there was a Spotted Redshank, a pair of Shovelers and a Buzzard. 4 Gannets flew past Marine Drive, and at Gristhorpe Cliff there were  2 Wheatears, a Whinchat and 2 Lesser Whitethroats. 4 Willow Warblers and 2 Wheatears were on Castle Hill, 3 Whimbrel were at Black Rocks, and a Red-throated Diver was in Cornelian Bay. 2 Shovelers were at Seamer Tip pool and 14 Tufted Ducks were at Burton Riggs. The Grasshopper Warbler was still at Scalby Nab, and another was on the cliffs at Long Nab, along with a Sedge Warbler and a Wheatear. Flying north past Long Nab were 4 Whimbrel, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits and a Greenshank, while 7 Eiders were seen heading south.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Goldcrest - Jan and Gary Powell

Sunday 3 May 2020

Sunday 3rd May

A pod of Dolphins was seen early this morning heading north past Cornelian Bay then Marine Drive. 2 Swifts flew over Manor Road Park, and later in the day 5 flew over the old prison. Passing Long Nab were a Great White Egret, 2 Eiders, 2 Whimbrel, a Dunlin, a Common Tern and 54 Sandwich Terns all north, plus 2 Whimbrel and a Tree Pipit south. The Grasshopper Warbler remains at Scalby Nab, a Sedge Warbler was singing at Cromer Point Pond, and 2 Teal and 2 Coot were at Johnson's Marsh. Sedge Warblers were also seen at Burton Riggs, New Dike near Seamer Tip (4), and Seamer Tip pools, where there was also a Reed Warbler. 16 Fieldfares were at Seamer Carr. A Willow Tit was in Cornelian Ravine, 2 Sandwich Terns were off Holbeck, and in the south Cliff area there were 7 Curlew and 2 Whimbrel. Highlights from Cockrah Road, Spiker's Hill and the forest at West Ayton Moor included 76 Linnets, 3 Lapwings and a Goshawk. A Garden Warbler and 3 Siskins were in Falsgrave Park, where later in the afternoon a Hobby was spotted overhead. A Crane was seen circling over Crossgates, and a White-tailed Eagle was also seen high over Crossgates, heading towards the coast.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Blackbird fledglings - Terry Hobson

Saturday 2 May 2020

Saturday 2nd May

2 Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs and a Heron were at the south end of Forge Valley this morning, and a Swift was feeding over Ayton Castle. 2 Buzzards, 2 Coots and 4 Herons were at Johnson's Marsh, 3 Swifts were over Northstead, a Common Sandpiper was at Seamer Road Mere, and 2 Firecrests and 3 Willow Warblers were on the south side of Castle Hill. At Burton Riggs there was a Sedge Warbler and a Garden Warbler, while a Sedge Warbler and a Reed Warbler were at Taylor Way pool and a Wheatear was on the adjoining 'wasteland'. At Seamer Tip pool there were 2 Shelducks, 2 Sedge Warblers and a Reed Warbler, with another 3 Sedge Warblers and a Lesser Whitethroat at the mounds. A  Lesser Whitethroat was also seen in the hedge by the Eastfield Toyota garage. A pair of Sandwich Terns were spotted feeding in Cayton Bay, and there was another (unconfirmed) report of the Hoopoe at Newlands Avenue. 16 Barnacle Geese flew north past Long Nab, and a Sedge Warbler was singing at Jackson's Cart Road (the gully by Scalby Lodge). An adult Mediterranean Gull flew north over Crossgates in the early afternoon, the Grasshopper Warbler was again seen/heard at Scalby Nab, and 2 Turtle Doves have now arrived back in Burniston. A Dipper was spotted below the coastal road on Scalby Beck, where a pair are now feeding young. Singing Lesser Whitethroats were found at the former Marvels site (where there was also a Dingy Skipper) and at North Bay behind the crazy golf. 2 Swifts were feeding over the Old Town this evening where 2 Black-headed Gulls flew north. 4 Black-headed Gulls were at Scalby Mills.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Grey Wagtail - Lucy Hobkinson

Friday 1 May 2020

Friday 1st May

8 Chiffchaffs, 3 Nuthatches, 2 Blackcaps, a Heron, a Willow Tit, a Treecreeper and a Grey Wagtail were seen in Forge Valley this morning, and a Sedge Warbler and a Willow Warbler were on Castle Hill. 4 Lesser Whitethroats were between the Chalet cafe and Scalby Nab, where the Grasshopper Warbler remains and a drake Eider flew north. A Coot was at Johnson's Marsh. South Cliff was generally quiet, with just 2 Willow Warblers and 4 Lesser Whitethroats of note present, while a Yellow Wagtail flew south and a Dunlin flew north. A Garden Warbler was seen at Givendale, where a new Willow Tit territory was identified near the farm. 2 Swifts were seen at Wilton and one at Allerston. Gristhorpe was also quiet this morning, with 2 Corn Buntings, 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 3 Wheatears and a Little Egret heading south. A Peregrine was spotted heading inland and riding thermals high over the old prison. At Seamer Tip Pool there were 2 Reed Warblers (one singing), 2 Sedge Warblers, a Lesser Whitethroat and 2 pairs of Gadwall, plus broods of Mallard and Greylag. At Taylor Way pool there was a pair of Gadwall and a Reed Warbler singing. A Blackcap, a Common Sandpiper, 3 Dippers, 4 Grey Wagtails and a pair of Bullfinches were seen at Scalby Beck, and 4 Yellowhammers and 2 Dunnocks were at Limestone Road.

Full count from Long Nab here:

Goldfinch - Chris Bell