Sunday, 25 July 2021

Saturday 24th July

At Long Nab a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was seen around a crab boat for 10 minutes before leaving south. 4 Back-tailed Godwits and 69 Common Scoter flew south past Long Nab, while 1,139 Common Scoter and 4 Mediterranean Gulls flew north. A Hobby flew over Crossgates, and 2 juvenile Cuckoos were again on the west side of Fylingdales Moor along the A169. A Whimbrel and a Curlew were at Wykeham East Lake, and a Greenshank circled in the late afternoon. A Tufted Duck with 4 young was at Old Silt Lake.

Friday, 23 July 2021

Friday 23rd July

263 Common Scoter and 3 Mediterranean Gulls flew north past Long Nab today, while 2 Ringed Plover and 2 Arctic Terns flew south. 2 Whimbrel flew north over Crossgates. Tufted Duck broods of 2 and 8 are still surviving and fairly well grown at Seamer Road Mere, and an additional brood of 5 was seen today. Moorhen numbers there are up to at least 72 and 2 new broods of Coot have hatched.

Thursday 22nd July

A Mediterranean Gull was with Black-headed Gulls at Scalby Mills this morning. A Little Owl, 2 adult and 2 young Grey Wagtails, and 3 Yellowhammers were seen from the road to Darrell Low Farm. A Kingfisher was seen at Trout Lake, and later one was at Wykeham South Lake. From the water park to Long Causeway Road there were 4 Yellowhammers, a Buzzard, 2 juvenile Yellow Wagtails, 2 Reed Buntings and 2 singing Whitethroats. A Black-tailed Godwit was still present at East Lake. 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 14 Turnstones and 144 Sandwich Terns flew north past Long Nab, and 6 Whimbrel flew south. A juvenile Cuckoo was seen in Sneaton Forest, and one successful pair of breeding Golden Plover were on Widow High Moor.

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Wednesday 21st July

2 Great White Egrets flew north over Crossgates this morning, and 2 Buzzards flew over the Stepney Hill/Sandybed area. A juvenile Mediterranean Gull and 12 Whimbrel flew south past Long Nab, while 3 Whimbrel and 2 Great Skuas flew north. 4 Shelduck were at Johnson's Marsh, and a Little Egret and a Little Grebe were at Harwood Dale Lake.

Tuesday, 20 July 2021

Tuesday 20th July

At Wykeham Lakes this morning there were 6 Lapwing, a Dunlin, 2 Teal, 68 Black-headed Gulls and 6 Grey Herons, all at East Lake, while 3 Kingfishers were spotted around the lakes. This evening there were a Black-tailed Godwit, a Dunlin, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Egyptian Geese and 630 Herring Gulls, again at East Lake. A juvenile Caspian Gull was seen feeding off Long Nab in the middle of the day, while flying by northwards were a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Mediterranean Gulls, 361 Sandwich Terns and 3 Arctic Terns. A family of very vocal 3 Peregrines were seen over Hutton Buscel, one of them seeing off a Buzzard. In Dalby Forest a Turtle Dove was spotted in the Newclose Rigg area, and a Willow Tit at Crosscliffe. A first summer male Eider was sitting on rocks in front of Long Nab this afternoon.

Monday, 19 July 2021

Monday 19th July

Highlights from Long Nab today included a Whimbrel, 3 Turnstones and 288 Sand Martins flying south; 183 Sandwich Terns flying north; and a Willow Tit still at Crook Ness. A Red Kite was seen heading north from Hutton Buscel towards Ancat Farm.

Sunday, 18 July 2021

Sunday 18th July

A Quail was singing early this morning at Long Nab, inland from the car park, a Willow Tit was singing at Crook Ness, and pair of Kestrels at Long Nab have fledged 2 juveniles. At least 2 Nightjars showed well at Newton House Plantation, May Beck last night. A juvenile Peregrine was seen circling over Crossgates, and 4 juvenile Cuckoos were seen on the western side of Fylingdales Moor along the A169.

Saturday 17th July

Early this morning adult and juvenile Tawny Owls were seen being mobbed by Blackbirds. A juvenile Green Woodpecker was spotted at the old alum quarry in Ravenscar, and a Little Egret and a Hobby were at Seamer Tip pool. A Bar-tailed Godwit flew north past Long Nab, 2 Shelduck were at Johnson's Marsh, a Wigeon and 8 Mandarins were at Harwood Dale Lake, and a Turtle Dove was singing at Pits Wood, Harwood Dale. A big feeding flock of 60+ Swifts was over the Hovingham Drive area in the late afternoon, and about 30 were screaming over Stepney. About 25 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 10 Herring Gulls were seen catching flying ants over Newby and others over Barmoor Lane included 3 Mediterranean Gulls, one a juvenile from this year.

Friday, 16 July 2021

Friday 16th July

A Tufted Duck at Burton Riggs this morning had 6 ducklings, while a Little Egret, 7 Curlew and 3 Herons were in the field below Seamer Tip pool. A Quail was singing at Wilton Ings, and a Cuckoo and a juvenile Wheatear were seen at Jugger Howe Moor. 2 pairs of Grasshopper Warblers have nested just south of Seamer Road Mere towards Dean's Garden Centre. An Osprey was seen circling Wykeham East and South Lakes, while a large, unidentified bird of prey was seen being mobbed by gulls over Falsgrave Park.

Thursday, 15 July 2021

Thursday 15th July

A second calendar year Mediterranean Gull flew south past Long Nab this morning, while 2 Tufted Duck, 3 Whimbrel and a Cuckoo flew north. A Teal was at Johnson's Marsh, and 9 Common Scoter were on the sea off Holbeck. At Wykeham South Lake this evening there were a Common Sandpiper, 2 Egyptian Geese, a singing Sedge Warbler, Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler and Garden Warbler, 4 Swallows and 10 Sand Martins.

Wednesday 14th July

The first returning Turnstone flew past Long Nab this morning, as did a Great Skua and 312 Puffins. 32 Black-headed Gulls flew north-east over Crossgates, and a Turtle Dove was calling opposite Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint.

Wednesday, 14 July 2021

Tuesday 13th July

The juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was again off Long Nab this morning, while a Great Skua flew north, and a Little Owl was at Cliff Top House. 4 Curlew and 3 Oystercatchers were in the field south of Seamer Tip pool, and at Burton Riggs there were 2 Oystercatcher chicks. 7 Sandwich Terns were spotted heading north off Marine Drive.

Monday 12th July

An Avocet was seen flying south past Long Nab yesterday. This morning 25 Teal, 3 Wigeon, 482 Common Scoter and 2 Bar-tailed Godwits flew past, while a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was feeding offshore there before leaving northwards. A juvenile Little Ringed Plover, 37 Black-headed Gulls, 3 Common Gulls and 10 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were at Wykeham East Lake. In Dalby Forest a recently fledged Redstart was spotted at Crosscliffe, and a family group of Willow Tits were near Dixon's. A Turtle Dove was on the roadside near Malton Court Farm, Ebberston.

Saturday, 10 July 2021

Saturday 10th July

A male Peregrine, one of a pair that are seen regularly, was seen hunting over Crossgates this afternoon. Passing Long Nab southwards this morning were 7 Black-tailed Godwits, a Knot, a Dunlin, 15 Whimbrel, 13 Curlew, 27 Oystercatchers and 6 Redshank, while 2 Mediterranean Gulls flew north.

Friday 9th July

At Long Nab the Kestrel pair have fledged 2 young, while 4 Curlew flew north this evening.

Thursday, 8 July 2021

Thursday 8th July

In Dalby Forest today a Ring-tailed Harrier was seen over New Close Rigg, while a Turtle Dove, a Goshawk, a Tree Pipit and a Garden Warbler were seen at Jerry Noddle. A Cuckoo was spotted in Wrench Green, while in Troutsdale a Kingfisher was up the river and a Goshawk and 2 juveniles were flying in the forestry. At Long Nab this evening 41 Common Scoter flew north, 6 Sandwich Terns flew south and 2 north, 3 Oystercatchers flew south, and 9 Puffins were on the water.

Wednesday 7th July

5 Mediterranean Gulls were sitting on Black Rocks, including second summer and first summer individuals additional to those present a couple of days ago. Also seen in South Bay was a Great Skua which drowned a second calendar year Herring Gullbefore being chased off by other gulls.

Tuesday, 6 July 2021

Tuesday 6th July

Early this morning an Arctic Tern, 206 Common Scoter, 2 Manx Shearwaters and 7 Teal passed Marine Drive northwards, while a Sandwich Tern, 20 Common Scoter, 5 Manx Shearwaters, a Teal and 38 Shelduck went south. A Spotted Flycatcher was at the forest edge just above Cockrah Foot, Wrench Green this afternoon.

Monday, 5 July 2021

Monday 5th July

A Little Egret, 4 Gadwall with broods of 11 and 4 ducklings, 7 and 4 Tufted ducklings, and 2 adult and a juvenile Little Grebe were at Seamer Tip pool. A Mediterranean Gull was near the Chalet cafe in North Bay. An adult Mediterranean Gull, 2 Sandwich Terns and 72 Swifts flew south past Long Nab, while 17 Common Scoter and a single Teal flew north.

Sunday 4th July

15 Tufted Duck were at Burton Riggs this morning while the Mute Swan family have walked back to Taylor Way. A Peregrine was spotted enjoying a bird lunch on rocks near lamppost 46 on Marine Drive. At Jerry Noddle this morning there was a Honey Buzzard, a Goshawk, a Turtle Dove, a Buzzard and a Tree Pipit. 27 Tufted Duck were at Seamer Road Mere with 3 new broods of 1, 3 and 8, while the Coots have a further 2 broods of 4 newly hatched. A juvenile Buzzard was nearby with 2 adults. A Raven flew north-east over Crossgates in the early afternoon. 3 returning Mediterranean Gulls were seen on Black Rocks, a second summer bird and 2 adults, including the Polish ringed PNN5 individual. A flock of 10 Common Sandpiper were also on Black Rocks.

Saturday, 3 July 2021

Saturday 3rd July

A Little Egret, 4 House Martins and 4 Oystercatchers were at Seamer Tip pool this morning, plus Gadwall broods of 11 and 4 and Tufted Duck broods of 7 and 1. At Sneaton High Moor there were 3 Whinchat, 7 Stonechat, 2 Tree Pipits and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Friday, 2 July 2021

Friday 2nd July

The Taylor Way Mute Swans have walked their 2 remaining cygnets to Burton Riggs; a Reed Warbler was singing at Taylor Way pool; and several families of Sedge Warblers were on the mounds near Seamer Tip pool, where large dragonflies were abundant.

Thursday 1st July

Today's big news is a Soft-plumaged Petrel that passed Long Nab about 2 miles out, heading north. Also passing were an adult Pomarine Skua (north), 3 Wigeon, 46 Teal, 430 Common Scoter, 34 Curlew, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits and 394 Puffins. At least one Oystercatcher chick was at Burton Riggs, 2 families (5 and 1) of Tufted Duck were at Seamer Tip pool, 8 Curlew were in the field south of the pool, and a Yellow Wagtail flew over Metes Lane in Seamer.

Wednesday 30th June

Highlights passing Long Nab this morning include a Wigeon, a Bar-tailed Godwit and 3 Great Skuas. A family party of Marsh Tits, a juvenile Dipper, a juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch and Willow Warbler, were seen at Ellerburn, where a Chiffchaff, a Garden Warbler and a Blackcap were still singing.

Tuesday, 29 June 2021

Tuesday 29th June

A Black Guillemot in summer plumage flew north past Long Nab this morning, as did a Common Tern, 3 Curlew, a Shelduck, 2 Teal, 37 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 3 Black-headed Gulls and 1129 Herring Gulls, while a Lesser Black-backed Gull flew south. A Little Egret was seen by a small pond to the east side of Seamer Tip.

Monday, 28 June 2021

Monday 28thJune

4 Black-headed Gulls flew in from the coast and circled round Crossgates this morning, while a pair of Curlew and a group of 5 Cormorants flew over Cloughton Wyke. 12 Shelduck, 12 Teal, 4 Eiders, 243 Common Scoter, a Great Crested Grebe, 21 Curlew and a Hobby flew past Long Nab. Two Common Terns were at Wykeham Lakes in the morning.

Sunday, 27 June 2021

Sunday 27th June

A Hobby flew south at Long Nab this morning, while other highlights from there include: 5 Gadwall, 3 Eiders, a Tufted Duck, 23 Curlew and 239 Puffins. 3 juvenile Lesser Whitethroats were in the hedge on Seamer Tip Road, and a female Yellow Wagtail was spotted at Wykeham East Lake. 2 Turtle Doves were at the Mill Inn. At Seamer Road Mere 5 pairs of Coot have produced seven broods between them, comprised of 28 young, while a sixth pair that have recently arrived are now incubating. 24 Tufted Duck are present, but the only brood so far has been totally predated.

Saturday, 26 June 2021

Saturday 26th June

A Great Skua spent some time this morning in the field behind the Long Nab observatory, from where 92 Manx Shearwaters, 19 Curlew, 2 Great Skuas and an Arctic Skua were seen flying by northwards. In Harwood Dale Forest a Cuckoo was calling just north of the Falcon Inn, and there were reports of Ospreys from Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint and Wykeham Lakes. 4 Common Terns flew east over Crossgates.

Friday, 25 June 2021

Thursday 24th June

A pair of Lesser Whitethroats were seen carrying food at Burton Riggs this morning, while 4 singing Willow Warblers and a Lesser Whitethroat were near Talyor Way, where Black-headed Gulls were flying south. 2 drumming Snipe and a Cuckoo were at Helwath Beck; a chipping Snipe and a Cuckoo were on Sneaton Low Moor; and 16 Crossbills were seen in Harwood Dale Forest. A pair of Yellow Wagtails were seen in the Coverdale Moor area, and a Honey Buzzard was seen twice in Dalby Forest near Givendale Head Farm this afternoon. 7 Teal, 352 Common Scoter, 26 Curlew and 648 Starlings flew north past Long Nab, while a Common Term flew south.

Thursday, 24 June 2021

Wednesday 23rd June

183 Common Scoter, 17 Curlew, a Golden Plover, 239 Starlings and a Corn Bunting flew north past Long Nab this morning, while one Curlew and 107 Starlings went south. A female Shelduck was at Johnson's Marsh. 38 Fulmar pairs were at Blea Wyke Point, plus 2 pairs at Hundales, where there was just one Herring Gull nest. A male Redstart was seen at Ellerburn this afternoon, a Hobby was seen at North Moor, and a Willow Tit and 3 Goshawks were spotted from Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint. In a 4 hour watch over Dalby from Givendale this morning the following were noted: 8 sighting of Goshawk and 14+ of Buzzard, 2 Crossbills, 4 Tree Pipits, 6 Yellowhammers and a Jay. At Cloughton Pond a male Shelduck was with 7 young, a Coot had one young, and 2 Moorhens were with one young.

Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Tuesday 22nd June

A Great Skua flew north past Marine Drive yesterday, and another flew north past Long Nab today. At Helwath Wood/Beck there were a Wood Warbler, 3 Spotted Flycatcher territories, a Marsh Tit family group of 5, and a Stonechat and juvenile. A Hobby flew north-east over Crossgates this afternoon, and 2 Curlew were at Johnson's Marsh.

Sunday, 20 June 2021

Sunday 20th June

There were 3, possibly 4, churring Nightjars, 2 Woodcock and a Cuckoo at Birch Hall last night, and 6 Nightjars were churring in Harwood Dale Forest east of the main road. A Great Skua and 260 Common Scoter passed LongNab this morning. 2 TurtleDoves were seen at the Mill Inn.

Saturday 19th June

An Osprey was seen over Wykeham Lakes this morning, and another was at Dalby, where 4 Goshawks, a Sparrowhawk and a Green Woodpecker were also seen. An Arctic Skua and a Great Skua flew past Long Nab, and a Wood Warbler was singing in Helwath Wood, Harwood Dale. There was an unconfirmed report of a Hoopoe at Harwood Dale.

Friday, 18 June 2021

Friday 18th June

A Sandwich Tern was in South Bay this morning, and on a quiet sea watch at Long Nab 2 Curlew and 127 Puffins flew past. A Honey Buzzard was seen over Wykeham Forest while 3 Goshawks, 6 Buzzards, 2 Tree Pipits, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Green Woodpecker were seen during a 2 hour watch over Dalby Forest. A count of occupied Kittiwake nests on Castle Headland showed the highest number (1963) since the year 2000, well up on last year's count of 1772. A fock of 21 Common Scoter were at the Water Park, Wykeham Lakes early morning.

Thursday 17th June

Passing Long Nab this morning were 5 Teal, 10 Shelduck, 971 Common Scoter, 74 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Common Terns and 4 drake Eiders. A female Gadwall at Seamer Tip pool was seen with at least 4 ducklings, and a Mute Swan was seen on the sea at Holbeck. A Barn Owl flew over an East Ayton garden. The annual town count of occupied Kittiwake nests gave a result of 961 nests, continuing an increasing trend over the last 4 years despite increased gull-proofing measures in the town.

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Wednesday 16th June

The family of Mute Swans from Taylor Way have moved to Burton Riggs, where there was a Lesser Whitethroat. 3 Common Terns were photographed at the Wykeham Lakes Water Park where there were also 2 Egyptian Geese present. A pair of Mute Swans with a cygnet were at East Lake, while 5 Crossbills were below Highwood Brow, Wykeham Forest. A Peregrine was seen circling over Ellerburn.

Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Tuesday 15th June

The following were seen during a 3 hour watch over Dalby Forest: an Osprey, 2 Honey Buzzards, a Red Kite, about 12 Common Buzzards, a Sparrowhawk, one or possibly 2 Green Woodpeckers, a Willow Tit and 4 Crossbills. 3 Teal and 4 Manx Shearwaters flew north past Long Nab this morning and a pair of Rock Pipits were feeding their young in a nest near the observatory. A Goshawk and 4+ Common Buzzards were seen from Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint, while a Jay was nearby.

Monday 14th June

A Red Kite and 405 Swifts flew south past Long Nab this morning. This evening 3 Nightjars were churring and 2 pairs were displaying north of the Falcon Inn, where there were also 2 Cuckoos and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. A singing Quail at Wilton Ings.

Sunday, 13 June 2021

Sunday 13th June

A Cuckoo was seen flying north along the cliff at Crook Ness this morning. During a 3 hour watch over Dalby Forest fron Nabgate there were 6 sightings of a Goshawk, one Honey Buzzard, one Red Kite and 20+ Common Buzzards, including displaying birds. Also seen were a Sparrowhawk, 3 Tree Pipits, 2 Crossbills and a Redstart.

Saturday, 12 June 2021

Saturday 12th June

A Quail was singing this morning in the BBS square TA0078 for the third consecutive year. A Red Kite was seen from Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint, from where Honey Buzzards are being reported daily. Possible sighting of a Hen Harrier at Stoupe Brow.

Friday 11th June

A Quail was sound recorded over Crossgates during the night, and a Hobby flew west over the rooftops of Heron Lane this morning. At Sneaton Moor there were 2 Cuckoo and 2 Mistle Thrush, while a Jay and 4 Mistle Thrush were at May Beck. A Common/Arctic Tern was spotted high over Wykeham East Lake, while in Forge Valley a female Mandarin was seen with 2 young and a pair of Mandarins were also seen further along the river. In Wykeham Forest late evening a Woodcock was seen roding while 2 Nightjars were seen in flight and 3 were churring.

Thursday, 10 June 2021

Thursday 10th June

Highlights of a BBS square at Scampston this morning included 3 Red Kites, 2 Green Woodpeckers, a Lesser Whitethroat, and a juvenile Lapwing with its parents. 12+ Swifts and a Buzzard were seen over Woodlands cemetery. A Quail was sound recorded over Crossgates in the eartly hours again.

Wednesday, 9 June 2021

Wednesday 9th June

Last night there were 3 churring Nightjars, 2 (possibly 3) Cuckoos singing, and a Woodcock behind the Falcon Inn. A drake Wigeon was at Burton Riggs this morning. A Red Kite was seen heading south over Heron Lane, Crossgates, followed by another 2 hours later. A Red Kite was also seen Wykeham Forest, as were 14 Common Buzzards and a Turtle Dove. A Quail was sound recorded over Crossgates in the early hours.

Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Tuesday 8th June

A Red Kite was seen from Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint this morning, as were 6+ Common Buzzards and at least one Goshawk, while the pale male Honey Buzzard was seen from North Moor. 5 Oystercatchers were in the field south of Seamer Tip and a white Greylag was with a goose flock in the field to the east of the pond. A Yellow Wagtail was seen carrying food near Star Carr. 3 Black-headed Gulls flew south over Crossgates.

Monday, 7 June 2021

Monday 7th June

At least 4 Nightjars were seen in the cleared area behind the Falcon Inn last night, and another was seen from the Reasty Bank car park. Today at least 4 Nightjars were churring in clearings in the Housedale area of Dalby, where there were 4+ Woodcock. A Green Woodpecker was at Wilton Heights and a male Redstart was at Crosscliffe and 2 at Staindale.

Sunday, 6 June 2021

Sunday 6th June

A Hobby was spotted over Wykeham South Lake this afternoon, and a Red Kite was over Morrison's.

Saturday, 5 June 2021

Saturday 5th June

A Little Egret was roosting at Burton Riggs this morning, and an Osprey was spotted circling over Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint before drifting off north-east.

Friday, 4 June 2021

Friday 4th June

A pale male Honey Buzzard was seen high, heading north towards town along South Cliff this morning, and a Hobby flew south over Newby.

Thursday, 3 June 2021

Thursaday 3rd June

There was a possible sighting of 3 Common Cranes this morning flying north off Marine Drive then heading inland. A pale male Honey Buzzard was seen from Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint, plus an Osprey, a Peregrine, 2 Crossbills, a Garden Warbler, a Tree Pipit and 5 Buzzards. 3 Swifts flew over a garden in Ravenscar and 4 over one on Stepney Road. A male and a female Bullfinch were in the Italian Gardens, plus a Chiffchaff drinking in the fountain.

Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Wednesday 2nd June

An Osprey was at Wykeham Lakes this morning, and in Harwood Dale Forest there were 2 Cuckoos singing and 7 Tree Pipits.