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.

Saturday, 27 March 2021

Saturday 27th March

One Red Kite was seen just inland of Long Nab this morning, heading south-west, before returning north with another, flying over Cloughton Wyke then back south over North Bay, South Bay and Gristhorpe cliffs. Photographs show 3 Kites in total past Long Nab. A Pochard, 10 Tufted Duck, 7 Goldeneye, a Treecreeper and a pair of Bullfinch were at Seamer Road Mere, and both a Merlin and an Osprey were seen over Crossgates. Chiffchaffs are now present all over, 5 Common Scoter flew north past Marine Drive, and 2 Curlew were in a field between Ebberston and Yedingham. A Black Redstart was again at Seamer Tip pools today near gorse and hawthorns in the field just east of the pool. A male Blackcap was visiting feeders in Snainton (and last week a female had been seen also).

Friday, 26 March 2021

Friday 26th March

An early House Martin was spotted at Ebberston this morning. A Water Rail was in Cornelian Ravine today, and 2 Dunlin were on Black Rocks, while 19 Tufted Duck and a singing Goldcrest were at Burton Riggs. 4 Yellowhammers, 2 Fieldfare, a pair of Lapwings and a pair of Skylarks defending territory were seen from Middle Lane; 2 pairs of Lapwings and a Chiffchaff were at Great Moor Road; and 2 Buzzards were in Bedale. A Cream-crowned Marsh Harrier flew south-west over Garth End Road towards Wykeham East Lake, where a Barnacle Goose was in nearby fields. A Great White Egret and 2 Goldeneye were on Wykeham South Lake. 2 Sand Martins flew north at Ravenscar, the first winter Russian White-fronted Goose was still at Seamer Tip pool, and a Lesser Black-backed Gull was on the roof of the Premier Inn on Burniston Road. At Seamer Road Mere there was a Little Grebe, 4 Goldeneye, a drake Pochard, and an increase of Tufted Duck up to 16. A Red Kite was back at Scampston today, a Merlin was spotted on Cayton Carrs, and last night a herd of Whooper Swans were sound recorded over Peasholm.

Thursday, 25 March 2021

Thursday 25th March

A Whooper Swan was seen on the sea drifting north into South Bay this morning, together with a Mute Swan. A Cream-crowned Marsh Harrier flew south past Long Nab then South Cliff, and was seen again closer inshore off Cornelian and heading into Cayton Bay. A Sandwich Tern also passed Long Nab, heading north. One, or possibly two, Ravens were spotted behind the Falcon Inn, and a Red Kite flew west over Gristhorpe. At Cromer Point there were a pair of Stonechats, 8 Teal and 3 pairs of Reed Buntings, while a White Wagtail flew north. A Chiffchaff was on the edge of Manor Road, and 5 Goldeneye were at Seamer Road Mere. A female Common Scoter and one Whooper Swan was at Wykeham South Lake, while 101 Stock Doves were in the nearby fields. 253+ Pink-footed Geese flew past Long Nab this morning, while this afternoon there were 22 Pied Wagtails plus a White Wagtail in the field behind the observatory. A female Black Redstart was at Seamer Tip pools.

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Wednesday 24th March

A Black Redstart was in gardens at Malvern Crescent. A Ringtail Hen Harrier flew south/south-west through South Cliff early this morning. A Red Kite was seen flying south, high over Long Nab, and then just inland of South Cliff. A Chiffchaff was present in Manor Road Park, and 3 more plus a Sparrowhawk were around Plaxton Court. 3 White Wagtails were seen at Long Nab (2 in the ploughed field and one heading south), and 61 Pink-footed Geese, a Crossbill and a Lapland Bunting flew north. A Water Rail was heard behind the Open Air Theatre. At Gristhorpe Bay, just before high tide the following were present: 233 Curlew, 108 Redshank, 61 Oystercatchers, 21 Purple Sandpipers, 8 Turnstones, 2 Dunlin, a Bar-tailed Godwit and a Chiffchaff.

Tuesday, 23 March 2021

Tuesday 23rd March

2 Common Scoter flocks were recorded over Peasholm in the early hours of the morning. 2 Woodcock and 18 Tufted Duck were at Burton Riggs, and 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers flew north over Seamer Tip pool. 5 Wigeon, a Teal, a Snipe and a female Goshawk were seen at Crook Ness, while 72 Pink-footed Geese and 3 Twite flew north past Long Nab and a Corn Bunting flew south. 33 Whooper Swans and 2 Great White Egrets were at Wykeham South Lake, while 41 Stock Doves were feeding in a field just east of the lakes. 4 Great Northern Divers were in South Bay, 611 Meadow Pipits flew north along South Cliff, and an Osprey flew north over Sherburn.

Monday, 22 March 2021

Monday 22nd March

4 Goosanders were on the river in Wrench Green this morning, and in the early hours a skein of Pink-footed Geese were heard over Garfield Road. A White Wagtail flew south at Long Nab and 5 Pink-footed Geese flew north. 4 Great Northen Divers were in South Bay and a White Wagtail flew north through South Cliff. At Brompton Ponds there were 8 Common Gulls, a pair of Oystercatchers, a pair of Gadwall, a pair of Mute Swans on a nest, and 4 pairs of Tufted Duck. A Buzzard flew west over Woodall Avenue, and 3 were seen drifting north over Rowbrow Wood. A Whooper Swan, a Shoveler, 33 Wigeon, 9 Goldeneye, a Great White Egret, a Red Kite and 3 Snipe were at Wykeham Lakes. A single White Wagtail was at Gristhorpe Bay, where there was a notable increase in the number of Pied Wagtails this morning. Also present was a pair of Stonechats, 130 Redshank and a Greenshank on the rocks, 167 Curlew on the beach, and a noticeable movement of Linnets and Meadow Pipits. 56 Whooper Swans flew NW over Staxton. The first Sand Martin of spring was near Low Marishes.

Sunday, 21 March 2021

Sunday 21st March

3 Chiffchaffs, a pair of Marsh Tits and a pair of displaying Sparrowhawk were at Harland Wood this morning, while 41 Fieldfares were in fields on the Sewamer side of the tip, and a Little Egret flew from the dyke on the eastern side. Along the river between Wrench Green and Hilla Green were 2 Dippers, a Kingfisher, 4 Grey Wagtails, 2 pairs of Mandarins, a pair of Kestrels and 3 Marsh Tits. 3 Yellowhammers, 2 Bullfinch and a Long-tailed Tit carrying nesting material were seen from Middle Lane, while 3 Buzzards were at Yedmandale and another pair flew from Bedale. 4 Chiffchaffs were at Burton Riggs, a Lapland Bunting flew north at Long Nab, and a Snipe was at Seamer Tip Pool. A pair of Peregrines were seen mating on Castle Headland. This afternoon a Buzzard, a Goshawk and 2 Treecreepers were at Bedale, a pair of Lapwings were at Great Moor Road, and a pair of Buzzards were seen over Limestone Road. A Barn Owl was hunting south of Crook Ness before flying over the cliff to be mobbed by a gull. A Green Woodpecker, 50+ Bramblings and 4 Crossbills were seen in the Dalby Haygate area.

Saturday, 20 March 2021

Saturday 20th March

2 Great Northern Divers were seen early this morning just south of the pier, and later in the day 3 were in South Bay. 35 Whooper Swans flew low over Dalby Forest visitor centre, heading west, and a Merlin and a Raven were seen over Sneaton Low Moor. A Buzzard was seen from Limestone Road in Burniston and a Red Kite was seen high over Thornton Dale, heading west. Highlights seen heading north through South Cliff included a pair of Goosanders, 469 Meadow Pipits (5 going south), 58 Alba Wagtails (one south), 3 Grey Wagtails, a Crossbill and a Snow Bunting. 61 Siskins flew south. A Grey Heron was in Manor Road Park, and 2 Whooper Swans flew north over Seamer Tip pool. 88 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Eiders and 3 Shelduck flew north past Long Nab, and one Shelduck went south, while 47 Curlew were in the fields. A Water Rail was at Seamer Road Mere, 4 Buzzards flew over towards Oliver's Mount, and a Chiffchaff was calling near the western end. A pair of Little Owls were seen in Hutton Buscel and at Wykeham South Lake there were 17 Goldeneye and 22 Wigeon, while 19 Buzzards were all above at once.

Friday, 19 March 2021

Friday 19th March

7 Goldeneye, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (a first and a second summer bird), and 2 Chiffchaffs were at Seamer Road Mere this morning, while 9 Tufted Duck, 2 Chiffchaff and 7 Cormorants were at Burton Riggs and another Chiffchaff was at Harland Mount. 11 species of wildfowl passed Long Nab, the highlights being a drake Long-tailed Duck, a Shoveler, a Goldeneye, 2 Goosanders and 10 Pink-footed Geese, plus a Grey Plover heading north. A Slavonian Grebe was seen this afternoon round the harbour area, where there were also 2 Great Northern Divers. 45 Kittiwakes were in South Bay and another 320 were off Marine Drive, while a Redwing and a Blackbird were grounded inside the Marine Drive wall. A male Snow Bunting and a Woodcock were seen on Howdale Moor.

Thursday, 18 March 2021

Thursday 18th March

A male Mandarin was at the Thornton Dale duck pond this morning, and a Great Northern Diver was in the harbour. 3 Great Northern Divers were in South Bay, where 56 Pink-footed Geese were seen flying north this afternoon. 6 Goldeneye and a Chiffchaff were at Seamer Road Mere, and a murmuration of hundreds of Starlings was witnessed at Ravenscar.

Wednesday, 17 March 2021

Wednesday 17th March

The Chiffchaffs are arriving - 3 at Burton Riggs, 2 singing by the seacut near Mowthorpe, and 4 in at Long Nab. 3 Great Northern Divers were off the harbour mouth this morning, 2 of them moving as a pair with one vocalising. A Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Coot, 5 Goldeneye and 20 Tufted Ducks were at Scarborough Mere. 4 Lapland Buntings flew north at Long Nab, and a Great White Egret was at Wykeham South Lake where 26 Fiedfares flew high eastwards and a single Whooper Swan flew over. 30+ Kittiwakes were on the Spa Bridge this evening. A Scandinavian Rock Pipit was in South Bay and left north. 153 Redshank were on the rocks in Gristhorpe Bay just before high tide, along with 96 Oystercatchers, a Bar-tailed Godwit and 2 Grey Plover.

Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Tuesday 16th March

2 Crossbills flew past Long Nab today, and a Crossbill and a Brambling were seen flying through South Cliff this morning. A Great Northern Diver was in the harbour and 3 were seen in South Bay. A Red Kite was seen over the Whitby road just south of the Flask, and 2 Goshawks and 2 Buzzards were above Hilla Green. A Red-throated Diver was in South Bay with 2 Great Northern Divers in the late afternoon. A Little Owl was in the walled garden off Great Moor Road, plus a bat (probably a pipistrelle).

Monday, 15 March 2021

Monday 15th March

2 Willow Tits,3 Siskins and a Little Grebe were seen at Burton Riggs this morning, and 2 Oystercatchers were at Seamer Tip pools. A Little Egret was at Johnson's Marsh, a Great Northern Diver flew north past Long Nab, and 3 groups of Kittiwakes totalling 90+ birds were on the sea off North Marine Drive. A pair of Lapwings were seen in courtship flight display by the Great Moor Road from Hutton Buscel, plus 6 Yellowhammers. At Seamer Road Mere this afternoon there was a Little Grebe and a Chiffchaff. Highlights from a WeBS count at Wykeham Lakes included: a Pink-footed Goose, 20 Goldeneye, 3 Jack Snipe, 2 Willow Tits, 5 Chiffchaff, and a Mealy Redpoll. A pre-roost gathering there was composed of 350 Black-headed Gulls and 700 Common Gulls. In Gristhorpe Bay just before high tide there were: 137 Curlew, 109 Redshank, 76 Oystercatcher, 41 Purple Sandpiper, 12 Turnstone, 2 Dunlin, a Grey Plover, a Bar-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank.

Sunday, 14 March 2021

Sunday 14th March

20 Redwing were seen in Hutton Buscel this morning. A Grey Wagtail was on the beck near the Youth Hostel, while a Dipper was nearer the coast and a Kestrel was on the cliffs. 80 Linnets and 50 Fieldfare were in the field to the Seamer side of the tip, a Great White Egret flew south-west over Seamer Mead and a Little Egret flew north-west from the same location. A Chiffchaff was among rushes at the Star Carr scrape, and another was calling at Burton Riggs. 2 Goshawks and 5 Buzzards were seen from Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint, and a Buzzard was also seen over Limestone Road. About 600 large gulls, mostly Herring Gulls, were at East Knapton piggeries, 2 Buzzards were at Potter Brompton, and a Tawny Owl flew from the roadside verge at Sherburn carrying a rat. A Great Northern Diver was again in the harbour this afternoon, 13 Kittiwakes were in South Bay, and 4 Mediterranean Gulls (3 of them adult) were off the Holbeck landslip.

Saturday, 13 March 2021

Saturday 13th March

A Goosander was on the river near Hackness this morning. A Chiffchaff was in the cliff top bushes near the Long Nab observatory, where 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 2 Eider flew north. A large number (100+) of mainly adult Herring Gulls were seen flying over the Dean Road area to North Bay. This afternoon 3 Great Northern Divers were between South Bay and Cornelian Bay, a Dark-bellied Brent Goose was on the rocks off Holbeck, and a pair of Eider plus 74 Wigeon were at Scalby Mills.

Friday, 12 March 2021

Friday 12th March

4 Woodcock were seen on the edge of Wykeham Forest near Wrench Green this morning, and a White-fronted Goose was in a field near Seamer Tip bridge. 20+ Tree Sparrows were in the boundary hedge of Plaxton Court, 8+ Stock Doves were in the nearby field, and a Buzzard was heard calling around Rowbrow Wood. A Great Northern Diver was in South Bay and a Water Rail was in Cornelian Ravine. A Chiffchaff was near the entrance gate to Haygate Dalby, and at Long Nab 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls flew north. This afternoon 27 Purple Sandpipers and 43 Turnstones were roosting at the harbour, 7 Lapwings and 21 Yellowhammers were seen at Hutton Buscel, and 12 Pied Wagtails were in a field near Brompton.

Thursday, 11 March 2021

Thursday 11th March

A Little Egret was at Johnson's Marsh this morning, while this afternoon a Great Northern Diver was in North Bay and a Red-throated Diver was in South Bay.

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Wednesday 10th March

26 Gadwall, 3 Wigeon, a Shoveler, a Teal and a Little Grebe were at Seamer Tip pool this morning, 300 Black-headed Gulls were with a few Common Gulls in the fields below the pool, and a Goldeneye was at Burton Riggs. 2 Great Northern Divers were around the harbour mouth this afternoon while 20 Teal and 2 Snipe were at Johnson's Marsh.