Tuesday, 29 June 2021
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
A Redwing at Helwarth Beck. 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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
A singing Marsh Warbler at Seamer tip. 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
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
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
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
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
Saturday, 5 June 2021
Friday, 4 June 2021
Thursday, 3 June 2021
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
Tuesday, 1 June 2021
2 Shelduck at Johnson's Marsh had a brood of 7 or 8 young. A Sedge Warbler was at South Cliff and a Reed Warbler was singing from scrub at Seamer Road Mere. 2 Honey Buzzards were seen high over Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint, while a Hobby was hunting, a Red Kite was circling and 2 Buzzards flew south-east over Crossgates. A Little Ringed Plover was at Wykeham East Lake while at least one Osprey was above. A Cuckoo was calling at Scar Wood and another was calling at the same time from Jugger Howe.