Monday, 17 May 2021

Monday 17th May

A Little Tern and an Arctic Skua flew north past Long Nab this morning, while a Kingfisher flew south along the clifftop. A Yellow Wagtail was at Cromer Point Pool, and a Wood Warbler was singing at Turkey Carpet. On the Jugger Howe circular walk there was a singing Redstart, a Whinchat and a Cuckoo, while a Snipe was 'chipping' along Jugger Howe Beck. A Lesser Whitethroat was in blackthorn above the Sealife Centre. A Red Kite was seen at Harwood Dale Forest, and at the Mill Inn there were 2 pairs and another one Turtle Dove.

Sunday, 16 May 2021

Sunday 16th May

2 second year Iceland Gulls flew north past Long Nab this morning, plus a Manx Shearwater, a Ringed Plover, 7 Turnstones and 4 Dunlin, while 800 Razorbills went south. A Little Egret was at Seamer Mead; a Wheatear and 2 Red-legged Partridges were on Seamer Carr where 4 Buzzards were in the vicinity. At Wykeham Water Park Lake there were 2 Swifts, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Oystercatchers and a Greenshank which was calling. An Egyptian Goose was at Harwood Dale Lake together with 2 Oystercatchers, 30 Woodpigeons and a Pied Wagtail, while 2 Turtle Doves were at the Mill Inn. A Lesser Whitethroat, a Willow Warbler and several Orange Tip butterflies were at Seamer Tip Pool. An Acredula type Willow Warbler was on South Cliff this morning, while a Willow Warbler and a Hobby were on Castle Hill, and the 2 Great Northern Divers were yet again in South Bay. A pair of Yellow Wagtails were spotted on the backroad between Allerston and Ebberston. 2 Hobbys, a Cuckoo and 2 Spotted Flycatchers were seen in Dalby Forest.

Saturday, 15 May 2021

Saturday 15th May

A pair of Shelduck with 3 small ducklings were at Johnson's Marsh this morning. A Honey Buzzard was spotted flying west over Crossgates, while at Jugger Howe there were 2 Cuckoo, 5 Stonechat territories, a pair of Whinchats and a single female Whinchat. A drake Goosander was at Scalby Mills and both Great Northern Divers are still in South Bay. Two pairs of Turtle Doves were at the Mill Inn. Hobby at Dalby Forest.

Friday, 14 May 2021

Friday 14th May

A flock of Ringed Plover were sound recorded over Cloughton Woods in the night. A total of 7 Scaup flew past Long Nab early this morning, and 10 Dunlin flew past northwards in the early afternoon. At Wykeham Lakes a Wood Sandpiper circled East Lake before leaving northwards, and 2 Egyptian Geese were at South Lake. A Whimbrel flew north in the Scalby Lodge Pond area. The 2 Great Northern Divers were still in South Bay.

Thursday, 13 May 2021

Thursday 13th May

The 2 Great Northern Divers were yet again in South Bay, and a newly-arrived Ring Ouzel was on South Cliff. 3 Litte Egrets were at Johnson's Marsh. The Pied Flycatcher was still showing well at Hilla Green, a Spotted Flycatcher was along the river bank towards Woodhouse, while 5 Garden Warblers were seen/heard between Wrench Green and Hilla Green. A Barn Owl flew past the spa complex before escaping mobbing Kittiwakes by going into cover by the Grand Cliff lift. 4 Nuthatches were present and 3 Redstarts were singing in an area of oaks in Raincliffe Woods above the T-junction with Mowthorpe Road. A Whinchat, 3 Redstarts and a Green Woodpecker were at Low North Camp, and a Cuckoo was heard in the valley running north-west from there.

Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Wednesday 12th May

Highlights from Sneaton High Moor this morning include a Merlin, 3 Cuckoo, a Tree Pipit and a Green Woodpecker, while a pair of Stonechats and 2 Wheatears were spotted on the road towards May Beck. 2 Wheatears and a Lesser Whitethroat were at Long Nab and the Pied Flycatcher was still at Hilla Green. A Wheatear, a Willow Warbler and a Garden Warbler were grounded along South Cliff.

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Tuesday 11th May

Early this morning a Cuckoo was heard calling near the Sixth Form College, and another was heard in the woods north of Jugger Howe. A Lesser Whitethroat was singing at Jameson Crescent, and another plus a Reed Warbler at Taylor Way. 10 Swifts were screaming above the Oasis Cafe in North Bay, Blackcaps were on Woodlands Drive and Woodlands Cemetery, while an Oystercatcher flew over the field west of Plaxton Court. A Little Egret and a Tree Pipit flew north and 12 Barnacle Geese flew south through South Cliff, where at least 9 Wheatears flew in. Both Great Northern Divers were yet again in South Bay, and the Pied Flycatcher was still at Hilla Green together with a Spotted Flycatcher. Between May Beck car park and Falling Foss 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Blackcaps, a Chiffchaff and a Buzzard were seen this morning, while a Garden Warbler and a Crossbill were by the gate into the plantation at Maybeck. 2 Reed Warblers, 6 Lesser Whitethraots and 6 Wheateasr were at Long Nab, where a Tree Pipit flew north and 2 Corn Buntings flew south. An Osprey flew west at Wykeham Raptor viewpoint.

Monday 10th May

A Barn Owl was spotted near the A64 roundabout early this morning and a first summer Little Gull was in South Bay. A Marsh Harrier flew south past Long Nab and later another flew in from the east. 4 pairs of Grey Partridge and 2 Red Kites were in the Scampston area. A Black-tailed Godwit flew north past South Cliff with Oystercatchers, 4 Swifts flew over the old town, and 2 Turtle Doves were calling and feeding in Harwood Dale. 8 Sedge Warblers, 3 Reed Warblers and 2 Garden Warblers were at Wykeham South Lake while 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were at the East Lake. 50 Swifts and a Wheatear were near Riverhead Farm, Harwood Dale. An Osprey flew north along South Cliff before being forced by gulls to fly west in line with Valley Road. A Litte Egret and a White Wagtail flew north past Long Nab, an adult Mediterranean Gull and a Corn Bunting flew south, a Wheatear was present and 5 Whimbrel and 49 Lesser Black-backed Gulls flew past. Passing through South Cliff were a Cuckoo and a Tree Pipit north, plus a Mediterranean Gull, 2 Sanderlings, and 1112 Swallows south. The 2 Great Northern Divers were again in South Bay, and a Yellow Wagtail was seen at Givendale Head Farm. A Common Sandpiper and 28 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were at Wykeham Lakes this afternoon, where a pair of Oystercatchers have a chick on the island.

Sunday, 9 May 2021

Sunday 9th May

A good influx of Wheatears along the coast today totalling at least 101; 29 along South Cliff through the day, 22 in a field at Mount Pleasant Farm near Redcliffe, 29 on the Castle Headland and 21 at Long Nab. Also one at Seamer Carr. Swifts were also returning - several around Seamer Tip pools, 5 at Harwood Dale, 7 over Gladstone Street, 25 screaming high over Hovingham Drive and 3 over Tennyson Avenue. A Cream-crown Marsh Harrier was spotted at Wykeham Lakes, 2 Little Ringed Plover were at Taylor Way, and a Little Egret was on Star Carr. A Hobby flew in at Long Nab and another was seen at Ravenscar. An Osprey flew north over Gristhorpe, South Cliff, Newlands, Scalby Lodge, Burniston and continued up Harwood Dale. The Pied Flycatcher remained at Hilla Green, while a Spotted Flycatcher was seen in sycamores at Crook Ness and another at Low North Camp. 2 Turtle Doves were by the Mill Inn, and 2 Sedge Warblers were singing along the cinder track in the Rocks Lane and rugby club areas. At Long Nab there was a Garden Warbler, a Grasshopper Warbler and a White Wagtail present, while a Whooper Swan on the sea left as a group of 5 more flew by north. 42 Lesser Black-backed Gulls flew past, and 854 Swallows and 82 House Martins flew by southwards. A Cream-crown Marsh Harrier was seen at Ravenscar. 3 Common Sandpipers were at Seamer Road Mere and 4 were on Black Rocks. 3 singing Sedge Warblers were newly arrived at South Cliff, and another was on the Castle Tops. A Green Woodpecker was at Harwood Dale, and at Jugger Howe a Cuckoo was heard and 2 Stonechat territories were observed. A Redshank was at Johnson's Marsh.

Saturday, 8 May 2021

Saturday 8th May

A Greenshank was present at Johnson's Marsh today. A Wheatear was on Marine Drive, another was at South Cliff, a pair were on Cayton Carr, and 6 were at Castle Hill (2 near the skate park and 4 on the 'tops' in the English Heritage area). Grasshopper Warblers were again at South Cliff and at Long Nab, with a Lesser Whitethroat also at South Cliff and 3 Fieldfare at Long Nab before flying off north. 3 Whimbrel also flew past. The 2 Great Northern Divers remain in South Bay, 5 Fieldfare were at Harwood Dale Lake, and 3 Common Sandpipers were at Wykeham Lakes. 2 Purple Sandpipers were roosting on East Pier. A Hobby and a Cuckoo flew north over Harwood Dale Forest, 2 Little Egrets were at Brompton Ponds, and at Wrench Green/Northstile there were 35+ Fieldfare and 7 House Martins.

Friday, 7 May 2021

Friday 7th May

3 Whimbrel and a Curlew were feeding on the pitch at the rugby club this morning, and 2 Great Northern Divers and a Mute Swan were off the harbour mouth. Johnson's Marsh was quiet with just a Grey Heron, 3 Moorhens, 2 Reed Buntings, a Yellowhammer, 6 Goldfinch, 2 Skylarks and 2 Foxes. A Turtle Dove was near the Mill Inn and 4 are now in Burniston. A female Ring Ouzel was just south of Cloughton Station, 2 Common Sandpipers were at Seamer Road Mere and 5 Wheatears, 2 White Wagtails and a Yellow Wagtail were at Folkton. 6 Stock Doves were seen in Cloughton, and at Hilla Green the Pied Flycatcher is still present and 2 Goshawks flew over. There were Coot broods at Taylor Way pool (5 chicks) and Seamer Tip pool (4 chicks). A Hobby, a Whimbrel and 2 Swifts flew over the Folkton sewage works area, and at Harwood Dale Lake there were 14 Fieldfares. An Egyptian Goose, 3 Common Sandpipers, 2 Swifts and a White Wagtail were at Wykeham Lakes. 2 Swifts over Old Town this evening. In the Flixton/Folkton/Flotmanby/Cayton Carr area 10 Wheatears, 5 Yellow Wagtails, White Wagtail, 14 Pied Wagtails, 5 Swifts, Peregrine and 2 Grey Partridge. 5 Lapwing pairs on territory (one pair confirmed breeding). A Whinchat was seen at Gristhorpe Cliff and a Cuckoo was at Jugger Howe this evening.

Thursday 6th May

The Grasshopper Warbler was still on South Cliff this morning and the 2 Great Northern Divers remain in South Bay. A Marsh Harrier flew over Crossgates, and at Wykeham East Lake 2 Swifts and about 30 House Martins were forced down by a heavy shower. A Grey-headed Wagtail was on Cayton Carrs along with 6 Yellow Wagtails, 2 or 3 White Wagtails and about 6 Wheatears. 2 Little Ringed Plovers were at Wykeham South Lake, and 2 Turtle Doves were in Burniston. At Long Nab there was an influx of 39+ Whitethroats, while the Grasshopper Warbler was still just north of Crook Ness. A Redwing flew over Harwood Dale Forest yesterday evening and a Green Woodpecker was calling early this morning.

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Wednesday 5th May

A female Ring Ouzel flew north at Long Nab this morning, a Swift flew over Tennyson Avenue, and a Yellow Wagtail was at Cromer Point. 2 Garden Warblers were singing at Seamer Road Mere and another at Holbeck. The 2 Great Northern Divers remain in South Bay. A Common Sandpiper and a Willow Tit were at Burton Riggs, and a Wheatear was in the potato field at Seamer Carr. A Little Egret was at Brompton Butts, while at Wykeham Lakes there were 7 Common Sandpipers, a Wheatear, 4 Garden Warblers, 7 Reed Warblers, 9 Sedge Warblers, 9 Blackcaps, a Swift, a Yellow Wagtail and an Osprey. 3+ Swifts were seen at Scampston Park Lake and a Garden Warbler was at Rocks Lane, Long Nab. A Merlin at Stoupe Brow. Mandarin, 2 White Wagtails, 17 Fieldfare at Harwood Dale Lake. 2 Common Sandpipers Seamer Rd Mere. A Little Ringed Plover was sound recorded over Crossgates last night.

Tuesday 4th May

A Long-eared Owl flew in off the sea at Long Nab this morning, where there were 2 Snipe, a Wheatear and a Lesser Whitethroat. A Lesser Whitethroat was also seen at Burton Riggs, another was near Seamer Tip pool and a third near Seamer Station. A Little Egret flew south over Seamer Tip poool where there were 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. At Wykeham Lakes there were 3 Wigeon, a Goldeneye, a Little Ringed Plover, a Dunlin, 6 Common Sandpipers, 2 Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtails, a White Wagtail, 90 Common Gulls and 4 Little Grebes. A male Brambling was again on the feeders at Long Causeway. Four flocks of Arctic Terns were sound recorded over Crossgates last night.

Monday, 3 May 2021

Monday 3rd May

A Ring Ouzel flew in off the sea at South Cliff, continuing north-west, and a third calendar year Glaucous Gull flew north, seen again passing Long Nab. A Kestrel was seen at the Marine Drive toll gate and an Osprey flew very high north along South Cliff then over Long Nab and Cloughton Wyke. A Reed Warbler was at Taylor Way and a Sedge Warbler was at the Seamer Tip motorcycle track. A Common Sandpiper was seen at Seamer Road Mere, and 2 Whimbrel were calling while flying inland at Scalby Lodge. 2 Teal, 2 Little Egrets and a Common Sandpiper were at Johnson's Marsh, 2 Yellow Wagtails were at Salby Lodge, and a Bar-tailed Godwit was again in Jackson's Bay. The Pied Flycatcher was at Hilla Green again, while at Harwood Dale Lake there were 35 Swallows and 70 Sand Martins. Also passing Long Nab were 7 Whimbrel, a Common Sandpiper, a male Cuckoo, a female Ring Ouzel, 159 Carrion Crows and a Corn Bunting. A flock of Knot was sound recorded over Crossgates last night.

Sunday 2nd May

A Grasshopper Warbler was in brambles just north of Crook Ness this morning, a second was in scrub at South Cliff Golf course, and another was reeling along the railway just to the south of Seamer Road Mere, where a pair of Garden Warblers had arrived and the Tufted Duck population had risen to 47. A Swift flew north at Ravenscar, where a Sparrowhawk was seen flying low over the green. 2 Yellow Wagtails and a Wheatear were in the potato field at Seamer Carr, and the Pied Flycatcher was still at Hilla Green, where there were also a pair of Dippers with 2 young, Siskins and a Green Woodpecker. A Cream-crowned Marsh Harrier, 2 Whimbrel, 82 Carrion Crows and a Fieldfare flew north at Long Nab, while 207 Swallows flew south. A Common Sandpiper was on Johnson's Marsh, and 2 Great Northern Divers were again in South Bay. At Wykeham Lakes a Whimbrel flew east, there were 2 House Martins and a Garden Warbler at South Lake, and at East Lake there were 340 Herring Gulls, a Pink-footed Goose, a Goldeneye, 19 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 3 Common Gulls and 2 Great Black-backed Gulls. 3 Ring Ouzels, 2 Whinchats, 3 Wheatears, 2 Stonechats, a yaffling Green Woodpecker and a Dipper were at Fylingdales, and a Turtle Dove was singing near the Wykeham Forest Raptor Viewpoint. A Bar-tailed Godwit was seen in Jackson's Bay. A Ring Ouzel was sound recorded over Crossgates last night.

Saturday 1st May

2 Great Northern Divers were in South Bay this morning, and a Common Sandpiper was in Cayton Bay. A Turtle Dove and 3 Tree Pipits were seen in Dalby Forest, and a Green Woodpecker, a Redstart, and a Treecreeper were at Scar Wood/Castlebeck. A Greenshank was at Wykeham Lakes, along with 3 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Garden Warblers, a Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Sedge Warblers and 2 Reed Warblers. 2 Goosanders, 7 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew and a House Martin flew north past Long Nab. The Pied Flycatcher was still at Hilla Green throughout the day, and 2 Swallows and a Sparrowhawk were seen at Hutton Buscel. A female Ring Ouzel was spotted flying north towards the mast at Ravenscar and one was also seen in the small quarry near the mast. 5 Wheatears and about 150 Fieldfare were seen at Foulsyke Farm near Boggle Hole, where there was also a Whimbrel. 6 Fieldfare were also seen in Wrench Green, and a White Wagtail was on the beach at Ravenscar.

Saturday, 1 May 2021

Friday 30th April

A Garden Warbler was at Oliver's Mount this morning. 48 Fieldfares, 4 Wheatears and 3 Common Gulls were on Star Carr; a Little Egret was on Seamer Mead; a Lesser Whitethroat was by the new scrape at Seamer Tip pool; and a Barnacle/Canada hybrid goose was at Burton Riggs. A Grasshopper Warbler was again singing on the cliff side just north of Crook Ness, and 3 Whimbrel flew north. 2 Whitethroats were in hedges on Foulridge Lane, Snainton, and 2 Whimbrel flew north over the Old Scalby Mills pub. At Wykeham Lakes there were briefly 3 first summer Little Gulls at East Lake which then departed to the north-east, while 2 Common Sandpipers were at South Lake and 25 Stock Doves were in the field near Ings Farm. A Brambling, 3 Siskins, a Reed Bunting, a Marsh Tit, a Jay and a Great Spotted Woodpecker were on the feeders at Long Causeway. A Pied Flycatcher was at the ponds by Hilla Green. A Blackcap, a Buzzard, a Chiffchaff and 2 pairs of Lapwings were along Middle Lane, while a Blackcap, a Buzzard, 2 Chiffchaffs, a Bullfinch, 2 Whitethroats, 2 Tree Sparrows and 2 Yellowhammers were along Great Moor Road. 2 Green Sandpipers were at Northstile pool.

Thursday, 29 April 2021

Thursday 29th April

A Blue Fulmar (D type) flew north at Long Nab where the Grasshopper Warbler was still singing just north of Crook Ness. Wykeham Lakes highlights included 5 Pink-footed Geese, a Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpipers, 3 Sedge and 2 Reed Warblers. A Lesser Whitethroat was at Seamer tip and a Garden Warbler at nearby Burton Riggs. A Bar-tailed Godwit at Jackson's Bay. 2 Curlew flew SE over Johnson's Marsh.
PHOTO - Stonechat Jackson's Bay (Ray Maddison)

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Wednesday 28th April

A total of 103 Arctic Terns moved out east today (94 between South and Cayton Bays plus 9 over Crossgates), 16 of which were seen over Wykeham Lakes and 15 mins later flew out east at Cayton Bay. Also past South Bay were a Great Skua, drake Red-breasted Merganser, and Manx Shearwater. The first-summer Mediterranean Gull was still in South Bay. A Great White Egret was seen at Johnson's Marsh and later flew north at Long Nab where the Whimbrel and Grasshopper Warbler were still present plus a Lesser Whitethroat. Another Lesser Whitethroat was in a garden at Scalby. Folkton Carr had 9 Wheatears, 7 Yellow and 15 White Wagtails and 23 Meadow Pipits. A Swift flew west there. 2 Wheatears at North Street, Flixton. 43 Fieldfare and 2 Redwing were at Flixton Carr. Wykeham Lakes had 8 Mute Swans, Goldeneye, LRP, Redshank, Snipe and 3 Common Sandpipers. A Turtle Dove was at Burniston. A Ring Ouzel sound recorded over Crossgates at 2am.
PHOTO - Turtle Dove Burniston (Rose Habberley)

Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Tuesday 27th April

A male Ring Ouzel was on South Cliff Golf Course early morning before moving off NNW. The Grasshopper Warbler was still reeling at the side of the golf course. A Lesser Whitethroat also moved through and the Great Northern Diver was still in South Bay. A LRP, 16 Tufted Duck and a Sedge Warbler was at Burton Riggs. A Little Egret on Seamer Mead and 12 Swallows at Seamer tip pool and another Sedge Warbler east of the tip. 70 Fieldfares by Star Carr scrape. A Wheatear at Metes Lane. At Seamer Carr were 4 Wheatears, 5 Yellow and 1 White Wagtail plus 6 Yellowhammers. A male Merlin flew south at Salt Pans Rd, Cloughton. A drake Red-breasted Merganser in Cayton Bay. At Wykeham Lakes: 5 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Teal, Goldeneye, drake Common Scoter (South Lake), 2 LRP, 2 Common Sandpipers, and 2 House Martins. A Whimbrel still at Long Nab plus 3 Wheatears. Grasshopper Warbler still at Crook Ness.
PHOTO - Red-breasted Merganser Cayton Bay (Chris Bull)

Monday, 26 April 2021

Monday 26th April

A singing Turtle Dove was at Dalby Forest. A Green Sandpiper was at Johnson's Marsh where there was also 8 Teal and a Shelduck. A Whimbrel was feeding in fields at Long Nab this evening and 4 Eiders flew south. A single Eider also flew south past Marine Drive. Singing Grasshopper Warblers still at Crook Ness and South Cliff Golf Course. A Great Northern Diver and first-summer Mediterranean Gull in South Bay. At Seamer tip area a cc Marsh Harrier flew over, Lesser Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler and plenty of Whitethroats. Six Wheatears at Stoupe Brow, Ravenscar.
PHOTO - Whimbrel at Long Nab (Nick Addey)

Sunday, 25 April 2021

Sunday 25th April

Stoupe Brow, Ravenscar was well covered today and produced a 3 Golden Plover, 6 Curlew, Short-eared Owl, Red Grouse, 2 Ring Ouzels, 5 Wheatears. Singing Grasshopper Warblers were found at Long Nab and South Cliff Golf Course. 4 Willow Warblers were at Reasty Bank. A pair of Lapwing north of Hutton Buscel. At Wykeham Lakes there were still 5 Pink-footed Geese, Snipe, Common Sandpiper, 2 Whitethroats, 3 Reed Warblers, 3 Sedge Warblers, and a singing Corn Bunting near East Lake. A Green Sandpiper was sound recorded over Crossgates last night.
PHOTO - Willow Warbler Reasty Bank (Chris Bell)

Saturday, 24 April 2021

Saturday 24th April

2 Ring Ouzels, 7 Golden Plover and a Wheatear by the radio mast at Ravenscar. Moving past Long Nab were 96 Common Scoter, 2 Eiders and 14 Whimbrel. 2 Wheatears were at Long Nab with 3 at nearby Cloughton Wyke. A further influx of Whitethroats; 5 Cloughton Wyke, 3 at Long Nab and 1 Cornelian Ravine. 2 Barn Owls, 6 Mandarin and 2 Tree Pipits at Northstile near Wrench Green. A Greenshank and 2 Common Sandpipiers were at Wykeham Lakes. A Little Ringed Plover was sound recorded as it flew over Johnson's Marsh at 02.05 hrs. A Redwing was sound recorded over Crossgates last night.
PHOTO - male Blackcap at Seamer Road Mere (Ray Maddison)

Friday, 23 April 2021

Friday 23rd April

At Wykeham Lakes today there were 6 Tufted Duck, a Great Crested Grebe, 2 Shoveler, 4 Pink-footed Geese and a Lapwing at the East Lake, plus a Greenshank which flew past towards South Lake, where there were 5 Goldeneye, 2 Great Crested Grebes, a Yellow Wagtail, 2 Shelduck, a Little Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatchers, a Reed Warbler and a Common Sandpiper. A Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warblers and a Redpoll were seen at Gristorpe Carr, plus 3 Yellow Wagtails flying over. A Red Kite flew south-west over Crossgates, a Wheatear was below Cockmoor Hall in Snainton, and 10 Sand Martins have arrived back at last year's colony site in Cayton Bay (which has sadly been destroyed by erosion). A singing Redstart and 2 Crossbills were at Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint, record numbers of Siskins were recorded on a BBS square in Wykeham Forest, and a Green Woodpecker was at May Beck. A Whitethroat and 2 Kestrels were seen at Ganton Golf course. There were 5 Snipe and a Yellow Wagtail flew north at Long Nab, where good numbers of bumblebees were moving north (including 14 Red-tailed and 9 White-tailed). A Fieldfare was sound recorded at Johnson's Marsh at dusk.

Thursday, 22 April 2021

Thursday 22nd April

A Little Ringed Plover was at Johnson's Marsh today, and a Little Egret was again at Brompton Butts. A Lesser Whitethroat was at Seamer Tip, opposite the motorcycle track, while Common Whitethroats were behind the NYCC depot and at the Seamer Tip pool mounds. 2 Marsh Tits were at Burton Riggs and 2 Blackcaps were in a Crossgates garden. Willow Warblers were along the cinder track a mile up from Ravenscar, and a Brambling and a Tree Pipit were near Housedale in Dalby Forest. The Common Scoter was still at Seamer Road Mere and another was on the sea in front of the skate park. 2 male Eiders were seen flying past Cloughton Wyke, where Fulmars were nesting, and 8 Sandwich Terns were spotted feeding at the north end of Cayton Bay. 5 Goldeneye were at Wykeham Lakes.

Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Wednesday 21st April

The Common Scoter was still at Seamer Road Mere this morning, where Tufted Duck numbers had risen to 42 and the first of 4 pairs of Coot have now hatched young. Seen passing Long Nab were: 4 Wigeon, a Goosander, a Manx Shearwater and 2 Puffins. At Johnson's Marsh there were 10 Teal, and at Wykeham Lakes there were 2 Teal, 3 Goldeneye, 5 Pink-footed Geese, and a Snipe. A Dotterel was sound recorded over Crossgates last night.

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Tuesday 20th April

A Barn Owl was hunting over an old football pitch off Cayton Low Road this morning, and the Common Scoter was still present on Seamer Road Mere. A few new migrants had arrived in at South Cliff including 2 Willow Warblers, a Whitethroat and a Wheatear. A Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Grebes and a Little Egret were at Seamer Pool, a Little Ringed Plover was flying around an otherwise rather quiet Wykeham South Lake, and a Greenshank flew over the East Lake. Highlights passing Long Nab include a Whimbrel, 61 Sandwich Terns and 2 Yellow Wagtails, while a Wheatear was in the cover crop. A Whitethroat was seen in Hutton Buscel and another on Sandybed Lane, while a Green Woodpecker was in Broxa Forest. A Brambling was again at the Long Causeway feeders, together with a Reed Bunting, 2 Jays, a Willow Tit, 43 Linnets, a Lapwing and lots more. This evening 4 Pink-footed Geese, a Wigeon and 3 Goldeneye were at Wykeham South Lake, where 12 Sand Martins were busy building holes. A Little Egret was at Brompton Ponds.

Sunday, 18 April 2021

Sunday 18th April

A drake Common Scoter was at Seamer Road Mere today, though it sadly had no left eye; and a Red Kite was seen at Crossgates near Burton Riggs. 5 Brambling were again at the Long Causeway feeders, together with a Siskin. At Wykeham Lakes there were 5 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Goldeneye, a Little Ringed Plover and 11 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, plus a Ruff on the east bank of East Lake. There was a possible sighting of a Marsh Harrier over Boyes this evening.

Saturday, 17 April 2021

Saturday 17th April

A Grasshopper Warbler was singing at Crook Ness early this morning and an Iceland Gull flew south along the cliffs at Long Nab. A male Yellow Wagtail was on Flixton Carr and 2 Grey Partridges were at Loder's Carr, Folkton. At Johnson's Marsh there were 8 Teal and a Common Sandpiper. A Barn Owl, an Oystercatcher, a pair of Shelduck, a Chiffchaff, a Swallow, 20+ Sand Martins and a pair of Kestrels were seen in the Cromer Point area. A pair of Bullfinch and a pair of Jays, plus a Nuthatch and a Buzzard were seen around Woodlands Cemetery, and a pair of Lesser Black-backed Gulls were on a rooftop in Gladstone Road. A Blackcap was singing at Wykeham South Lake, and 5 Bramblings and 4 Siskins were at the Long Causeway feeders, plus a Willow Tit briefly. A Tree Pipit, a pair of nesting Stonechats, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Buzzards and a Great Spotted Woodpecker were at Harwood Dale Moor, while at Scar Wood there was a Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, a Grey Wagtail and a pair of Bullfinches. A male Redstart was at Broxa Forest. A Little Ringed Plover was sound recorded over Crossgates last night.

Friday, 16 April 2021

Friday 16th April

3 Whooper Swans flew east over Ruston Carr early this morning, and a Red Kite was seen drifting south over Burniston and then Falsgrave. 3 Willow Warblers and 3 Chiffchaffs were in Revenge Wood. A Spotted Redshank was at Wykeham East Lake for a brief period in the morning, where there was also a Common Sandpiper, 5 Pink-footed Geese, 10 Shovelers, 16 Teal, 3 Goldeneye, 14 Willow Warblers, and a Green Sandpiper which flew off east. 6 Golden Plovers flew north-east over Crossgates, a Common Sandpiper and 2 Shelduck were at Johnson's Marsh, and a Ruff flew in off the sea then continued west at Gristhorpe Cliff. Two Wheatears at Holbeck.

Thursday, 15 April 2021

Thursday 15th April

A Marsh Harrier flew north through South Cliff this morning, and a Buzzard flew south over Manor Road. 10+ Swallows were seen around the Yourwaste sheds, and a Wheatear and a Raven were at Ravenscar. Along Middle Lane to Ancat Farm there were 5 Chiffchaffs, 3 Lapwings, a Yellowhammer and a Buzzard, while about 40 Golden Plover flew over. A Treecreeper and a male Blackcap were seen at Wykeham and 3 Tree Sparrows and 4 Buzzards were in Hutton Buscel. A Little Egret and a Willow Warbler were at Seamer Mead, and another Willow Warbler was by the railway track on the eastern side of Seamer Tip. A Peregrine and a Sparrowhawk were spotted at Ravenscar, 2 Buzzards were seen over Burniston, and a Common Crane flew north-west over Seamer Tip pools. At Wykeham Lakes this evening there were 5 Pink-footed Geese, 7 Goldeneye and 23 Cormorants. A Green Sandpiper and Little Ringed Plover wwere sound recorded over Crossgates last night.

Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Wednesday 14th April

2 Great Northern Divers were again in the harbour mouth this morning, and 2 Shelduck and 7 Teal were at Johnson's Marsh. At Wykeham South Lakes there were 45 Teal, 6 Willow Warblers, 14 Mute Swans and a Little Ringed Plover. A Greylag Goose was displaying to a White-fronted Goose on the angling pond at Burton Riggs, and a Willow Warbler was at Seamer Tip pool. A Tree Pipit was singing in Harwood Dale Forest, and 2 Stonechat territories were identified at Stoupe Brow. A Merlin flew north-east over Crossgates in the early afternoon, and 4 Bramblings were spotted in the Causeway PLantation, Wykeham Lakes. 3 Purple Sandpipers were on the rock barrier opposite the skateboard park. A Ring Ouzel was sound recorded over Crossgates last night.

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Tuesday 13th April

A Corn Bunting was seen at Fentons this morning and a Little Egret at Brompton Butts. At Wykeham South Lake there were 3 Whooper Swans, 2 Goldeneye, 5 Reed Buntings, 9 Chiffchaffs, 5 Willow Warblers, a Blackcap, 2 Oystercatchers, a Buzzard, a female Common Scoter, 2 Little Ringed Plover and a Mistle Thrush. A Willow Warbler was newly in at Seamer Road Mere where a drake Goldeneye remains. 3 Mandarin Ducks were at Burton Riggs, 8 Teal were at Johnson's Marsh, and a Sandwich Tern and a White Wagtail flew north at Long Nab. A Cream crowned Marsh Harrier was seen over Causeway Road this evening. 14 flocks of Common Scoter were sound recorded over Crossgates last night.

Monday, 12 April 2021

Monday 12th April

2 Little Grebes were seen at Seamer Tip early this morning. 3 Pied Wagtails, 2 White Wagtails and a Yellow Wagtail were on Seamer Carr field adjacent to Star Carr, and a Litte Egret was on Seamer Mead. Sightings at Wykeham Lakes include: 8 Blackcap (at least one singing), 9 Willow Warblers, 22 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldeneye, 30 Swallows, 160 Sand Martins, 6 Pink-footed Geese, 3 House Martins, a male Tawny Owl calling, a hybrid Barnacle x Canada Goose, a Wigeon, 16 Teal, 32 Cormorants, a Little Ringed Plover, 19 Snipe, 10 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and a Brambling. At least 2 Woodcock were roding at Pexton Bank, Dalby Forest this evening. 11 flocks of Common Scoter were sound recorded over Crossgates last night.

Sunday, 11 April 2021

Sunday 11th April

2 Great Northern Divers were again just off the harbour entrance this morning. 3 female and one male Blackcap plus a Chiffchaff were in a garden on Heron Lane, Crossgates. An Osprey was spotted flying north over the A1039 near West Flotmanby, and a Raven was seen over Ellerburn, where there were also a pair of Dippers, a Grey Wagtail and a Buzzard. At Wykeham East Lake there were 18 Cormorants, 7 Goldeneye, 3 Oystercatchers, 5 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Canada Geese, 17 Greylag Geese, a Swallow, 4 Great Crested Grebes and 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, while 2 very mobile Little Ringed Plovers and a Common Sandpiper were spotted at the South Lake. A Little Ringed Plover was sound recorded over Crossgates last night.

Saturday, 10 April 2021

Saturday 10th April

Willow Warblers are now being seen widely: one flying north along South Cliff, 2 in Wykeham Forest, one in Wrench Green, Burton Riggs, Long Nab, Seamer Tip pools and Hilla Green. 2 Great Northern Divers were just outside the harbour mouth early in the morning and 3 were in South Bay later. 2 male Ring Ouzels were on the track leading down to Scar Wood in Harwood Dale, 70+ Chaffinches were opposite the Mill Inn, and 2 Oystercatchers were on the island at Harwood Dale Lake, one apparently incubating. A Wheatear flew north along South Cliff and a second was seen on the golf course. A Buzzard, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Sparrowhawk and a Redpoll were at Scalby cricket pitch. A Swallow was over Seamer Tip pool, another flew south over the tip and another was at Harwood Dale Lake, while 16 Fieldfares were near Star Carr scrape. A Reed Bunting, 2 pairs of Lapwing and a Yellowhammer were at Great Moor Road, Hutton Buscel, while 2 Willow Tits were at Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint. A Tawny Owl was at Castlebeck Wood. 2 male Blackcaps were seen at Outgang Lane, Thornton Dale, and at Sand Dale /Ellerburn in Dalby Forest there were 7 Buzzards, 2 Crossbills and 30+ Chiffchaffs. A flock of 26 Skylarks were feeding behind the observatory at Long Nab. At Wykeham South Lake there were 106 Sand Martins, a House Martin, 35 Swallows and a Barnacle Goose. A Cream crowned Marsh Harrier and 4 Swallows flew north over Seamer Tip pools. A Common Sandpiper was at Wykeham Lakes. A male Hen Harrier was seen on Fylingdale Moors, initially near Stoupe Brow and later over Juggar Howe Moor.

Friday, 9 April 2021

Friday 9th April

A Short-eared Owl and 3 Goshawks were seen this morning from Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint. A Little Grebe was on Cloughton Pond, and 30+ Linnets, 6 Stock Doves and 2 Siskins were in a field west of Plaxton Court. 3 Buzzards were over Hutton Buscel, 2 Chiffchaffs were in Revenge Wood, and 2 more plus a Nuthatch were in Wykeham. A Red Kite and 83 Pink-footed Geese were seen at Low Marishes, a Wheatear and a Stonechat were seen at Gristhorpe Cliff, and a male Pied Flycatcher was spotted in Forge Valley. At Wykeham South Lake this afternoon there were about 100 Sand Martins and a party of about 6 Marsh Tits, while at East Lake there were 4 Goldeneye, 16 Cormorants, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Oystercatchers, a Lesser Black-backed Gull, a Willow Warbler and 3 Chiffchaffs. 7 flocks of Common Scoter were sound recorded over Crossgates last night. 5 Pink-footed Geese, a Barnacle Goose, Great White Egret and six House Martins were at Wykeham Lakes.

Thursday, 8 April 2021

Thursday 8th April

5 flocks of Common Scoter were sound recorded over Crossgates last night. 4 Goldeneye and a singing Blackcap were at Seamer Road Mere this morning, and another Blackcap was singing in a Westwood Court garden. A male Merlin was seen over Sneaton Low Moor, 2 Red Grouse were at Stoup Brow, and 2 Wheatears were in Burniston Bay. At Wykeham Lakes there were 5 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Teal, 8 Goldeneye, 25 Cormorants, 60 Sand Martins, 2 Swallows and a Siskin. A minimum of 2850 Common Gulls came into roost between South Bay and Cornelian Bay this evening, along with a first summer Mediterranean Gull, while a House Martin was feeding along South Cliff.

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Wednesday 7th April

34 Tufted Duck, 7 Goldeneye and 7 Coot were at Seamer Road Mere, one pair of the Coots being the breeding pair first recorded breeding in 2013. 2 pairs of Curlew were seen at Stoup Brow and a White Wagtail at Ravenscar. 30+ Fieldfare were in the field below Cockmoor Hall, Snainton. On Seamer Mead there were 2 Little Egrets and a Golden Plover; 9 Curlews flew east over Cayton Carr; and 26 Pied Wagtails, 4 White Wagtails, 60 Fieldfares and 50 Starlings were in a field on Seamer Carr adjacent to Star Carr. At Wykeham East Lake there were 165 Common Gulls, 6 Great Black-backed Gulls, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 6 Black-headed Gulls, 40 Herring Gulls, an Oystercatcher, 5 Goldeneye, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Tufted Duck, 4 Cormorants, 4 Greylag Geese, 8 Mallard and 2 Chiffchaffs. This evening a Barn Owl was spotted hunting near the north-east corner of the hospital's visitor car park.

Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Tuesday 6th April

A Sandwich Tern flew south, and an Eider north, past Long Nab this morning. At Wykeham Lakes there were at least 60 Sand Martins and 12+ Swallows, plus a singing Willow Warbler. A White-tailed Eagle was reportedly seen over Dalby Forest car park in the early afternoon. An Egyptian Goose was in the field south of Wykeham Lakes also eight Whooper Swans early morning.

Monday, 5 April 2021

Monday 5th April

60+ Sand Martins and 2 Swallows were seen at Wykeham South Lake today, while 32 Purple Sandpipers and 33 Turnstones were roosting in the harbour at high tide.

Sunday, 4 April 2021

Sunday 4th April

3 Chiffchaffs, a male and a female Blackcap, and a Great Spotted Woodpecker were seen in Manor Road Park/Woodland Ravine this morning, and 20 Purple Sandpipers were at the harbour. 15 Fieldfares were on Star Carr and at least 5 were on Cayton Carr. 2 Little Egrets and 20 Curlew were on Seamer Mead, a Red-legged Partridge was at the eastern side of Seamer Tip, and a White-fronted Goose was in the field to the south. 3 singing Blackcaps were in the Burton Riggs area and another was in Hutton Buscel churchyard. A pair of Willow Tits were at Reisty Bank, a Buzzard flew south-east over the harbour, and at Harland Wood there were 4 Chiffchaffs and a pair of Grey Partridge. 2 Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaff, a pair of Bullfinch, a Grey Wagtail and a Treecreeper were at Seamer Road Mere. In Dalby Forest/Haygate there were 19 Chiffchaff, 11 Buzzard, just 2 Crossbill and 3 Nuthatch. A Red Kite was seen flying south past Long Nab and then at sea off the Castle Headland in the early afternoon, and mid-afternoon one flew south over Newby.

Saturday, 3 April 2021

Saturday 3rd April

2 drake Eider were on the sea off Marine Drive early this morning, and a Blackcap was singing near Long Lane railway crossing in Crossgates. At Wykeham Lakes 2 Little Ringed Plover flew from South to East Lake; 3 Swallows and 55 Sand Martins were over South Lake; and 17 Goldeneye and 3 Pink-footed Geese were at East Lake. Later in the day a Great White Egret, a pair of Teal and a Barnacle x Canada hybrid goose were also present. 2 Wigeon, 2 Shelduck and 5 Teal were seen at Johnson's Marsh, and a drake Eider flew north past Long Nab. A Great Northern Diver and a Great Crested Grebe were at the harbour, and later 3 of the former were in South Bay, while a drake Red-breasted Merganser flew south past Marine Drive. At Harwood Dale Lake there was a Sand Martin and a Raven was spotted flying west. 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were at the entrance to Woodlands cemetery.

Friday, 2 April 2021

Friday 2nd April

A Swallow was seen over Scalby Mills beck this morning. 20 Sand Martins, 2 Willow Warblers, 6 Goldeneye and a Yellowhammer were at Wykeham South Lake, while 13 Goldeneye, a Curlew and a pair of Great Crested Grebes were at the East Lake. In the afternoon 2 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Little Ringed Plover and 10 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were at East Lake; 50 Sand Martins and 2 Swallows were at South Lake; and a third Willow Warbler and 8 Gadwall were at Trout Lake. A female Goosander and 4 Teal were at Harwood Dale Lake, a Great Crested Grebe was in the harbour, and a female Eider flew south past Long Nab. About 25 Siskins were in a garden in Hutton Buscel plus a Red Kite at nearby Beedale.

Thursday, 1 April 2021

Thursday 1st April

A Snipe was drumming on Sneaton Low Moor this morning, and 10 Whooper Swans were seen over Outgang Lane, Pickering. 3 Swallows were seen heading east over Wykeham South Lake and a flock of 50 to 60 hirundines were seen high above the lakes. A Manx Shearwater flew north past Long Nab and a Great Skua flew south. A Swallow was also present in Brompton.

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Wednesday 31st March

A male Blackcap was seen near Wrench Green this morning, and a Chiffchaff and drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker were in Manor Road Park. 17 Whooper Swans flew north over Taylor Way (where a Jack Snipe was also present), and then passed Long Nab too, as did 2 other herds of 19 and 3. A Willow Warbler and Chiffchaffs were at Wykeham South Lake, along with 2 Mandarins, 4 Shoveler, 6 Goldeneye, 3 Gadwall, a Great White Egret, a female Common Scoter, 3 Buzzards, and 2 Little Ringed Plover, which then flew towards East Lake. 3+ Blackcaps were at Seamer Road Mere, a Water Rail is still in Cornelian Ravine, and a Red Kite was circling high above Castlegate in East Ayton. A pair of Peregrines and a Sparrowhawk where thermalling over the council yard. A Little Ringed Plover and a Lapland Bunting flew south past Long Nab, 88 Sand Martins passed north and 10 south, a Swallow flew north and another south, and 2 Wheatears were near Cliff Top House. 3 Wheatears and 5 Bramblings flew north at Gristhorpe Bay. 60+ Oystercatchers, 6 Redshank, a Curlew, 4 Cormorants and a Red-throated Diver were seen from the cliffs near the sewage works.A Chiffchaff was on Cockrah Road, a Yellowhammer, a Sparrowhawk and 2 Lapwing were at Middle Lane, and 3 Yellowhammers were at Ancat Farm.

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Tuesday 30thMarch

A Willow Warbler was singing on Rocks Lane early this morning, and a Crossbill was singing in Broxa Forest. An immature White-tailed Eagle flew south past Long Nab about a mile out to sea, and 2 flew south over Burniston. An Osprey was seen initially over Crossgates, heading north, and seen again over Holbeck, the Esplanade, Newby, Scalby and Harwood Dale. A Barn Owl, 2 Wigeon and 6 Teal were at Cromer pool, and 2 drake Shovelers, 10 Gadwall and 8 Tufted Duck were at Seamer Tip pool. 175 Pink-footed Geese flew north over Thornton Dale, and 3 Sandwich Terns flew north over Cayton and Cornelian Bays. A Swallow flew north over Crossgates, a Sand Martin flew south over Seamer Tip, 2 Wheatears were by the Star Carr scrape, about 100 Fieldfares were on Seamer Carr, and 2 Little Egrets were on Seamer Mead. About 20 Sand Martins were seen investigating old nest holes at Cloughton Wyke west bank. A male Blackcap was seen at Seamer Road Mere and a male Wheatear was at Seamer Tip pool. Highlights from Long Nab include 1050 Pink-footed Geese, 26 Whooper Swans, a Swallow, 50 Sand Martins, 537 Meadow Pipits and a White Wagtail. At Wykeham Lakes this evening there were 2 Teal, 16 Goldeneye, 15 Great Crested Grebes, a Little Ringed Plover, 4 Oystercatchers, 18 Sand Martins, two male Wheatears and a Redwing. 3 Wheatears, a Fieldfare and a Blackbird were inside the Marine Drive wall on Castle Headland, and 2 Shelduck, 8 Wheatears, a White Wagtail, several Pied Wagtails and a Barn Owl were at Scalby Lodge. At Gristhorpe Bay this morning there were 9 Wheatear, a White Wagtail, a pair of Stonechats,a Sand Martin, a Greenshank and a Bar-tailed Godwit, while 115 Pink-footed Geese flew overhead.

Monday, 29 March 2021

Monday 29th March

The Sand Martins are returning: 4 flew north through South Cliff, one was seen over Trafalgar Road, one over Heron Lane, and 6 at Gristhorpe. A large inland movement of Herring Gulls (1000+) was seen at Hutton Buscel, and a second calendar year Iceland Gull flew south past South Cliff. The Black Redstart was again in gorse and hawthorn in the field east of Seamer Tip Pool throughout the day. A drake Pochard and a drake Shoveler were at Burton Riggs, while at Wykeham Lakes 6 Goldeneye, 9 Great Crested Grebes, Great White Egret and 9 Chiffchaffs were at the South Lake and 3 Chiffchaffs, 3 Goldeneye and 2 Marsh Tits were at East Lake. A female Sparrowhawk was spotted at Hutton Buscel and 2 Buzzards were seen from Racecourse Road. At least 3 Great Northern Divers were again between South Bay and Cornelian Bay and a Grey Plover was in the latter bay. A total of 1679 Meadow Pipits flew north along South Cliff. At Long Nab a Little Egret, a Sand Martin, and 2 White Wagtails flew south, and at Gristhorpe Bay 2 Wheatears and 2 Swallows were seen. 2 adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls flew over the council yard, and a Swallow was spotted at Seamer Road Mere. Three Red Kites at Wykeham Forest.

Sunday, 28 March 2021

Sunday 28th March

Lots of Chiffchaffs seen and heard again today. A Shoveler was at Seamer Tip pool and the Black Redstart was again in the field beyond, north of the gorse bushes. 7 Whooper Swans were in the field opposite the entrance to Holme Farm, Low Marishes, and a Red Kite was seen drifting south over Thornton Dale. 3 Bar-tailed Godwits and 4 Fieldfare flew south past Long Nab this morning, and 23 Oystercatchers, 5 Purple Sandpipers and 11 Curlew were seen south of Holbeck. At least 2 Great Northern Divers remain between South Bay and Cornelian Bay.