Wednesday 29 September 2021

Wednesday 28th September

At Scalby Mills this morning there were 30+ Wigeon, 2 Eiders, 8 Redshank, 2 Curlew, several Oystercatchers and a Swallow, while a Chiffchaff was calling on the cliffs. A Chiffchaff was also at the Taylor Way pond and 6 Teal were at Seamer Tip Pool. 12 Swallows were at Wykeham South Lake while at East Lake there were 468 Greylags, a Dunlin and a Jack Snipe, plus 100+ Lapwing in the far fields. 4 Swallows were seen from Middle Lane, Hutton Buscel, and a 200+ mixed finch flock were feeding on the seed crop by Great Moor Road. In and around the harbour this evening there were 27 Turnstone (one colour ringed), a Guillemot and 5 Razorbills.

Tuesday 28th September

30 Coot, 2 Mute Swans, a Kingfisher, 5 Herons and a pair of Stonechats were at Wykeham South Lake this morning, while 32 Coot were at the East Lake. 2 Chiffchaffs and a Shoveler were at Burton Riggs and a Cream-crowned Marsh Harrier flew over Crossgates. The highlights from Long Nab were 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 84 Skylarks and 31 Reed Buntings all heading south. At Cornelian Bay this afternoon 4 Red-throated Divers, a female Scaup, a Little Egret, a Whimbrel and a Mute Swan flew north and a Buzzard flew south. 25 Curlew were feeding in a stubble field above Cayton Bay while 3 Red-throated Divers were in the Bay and a Wheatear was on the Cleveland Way near Redcliff.

Monday 27 September 2021

Monday 27th September

An unconfirmed report of two Hawfinches at Burton Riggs (Birdguides report). A juvenile Caspian Gull was in front of the hide at Wykeham East Lake early evening, also there Scaup, 46 Wigeon, 10 Cormorants and 80 Lapwing in nearby fields. The Egyptian Goose pair on the Water Park still have 5 goslings. Highlights past Long Nab in gale force SSE winds were 333 Teal, 3 Pintail, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, Mediterranean Gull and 8 Purple Sandpipers. PHOTO - Dipper Scalby Beck - Stephen Beaver

Sunday 26 September 2021

Sunday 26th September

A female Scaup was with the Tufted Ducks at Wykeham East Lake this evening. Also there were 12 Wigeon, 27 Teal, a female Pochard and 43+ Lbb Gulls roosting. A Brambling was grounded at Crook Ness early morning. Also from Long Nab a Mandarin flew south plus Bar-tailed Godwit and a Med Gull flew north. The two female Eiders were still in the main harbour plus 18 Turnstones and a Dunlin. PHOTO - Mute Swans at Seamer tip pool - Mark Hepples.

Saturday 25 September 2021

Saturday 25th September

An adult Little Gull was feeding on a ploughed field just north of Long Nab (Hundale) early eve. The first 8 Whooper Swans of autumn flew SW at Long Nab early morning, also 10 Eiders, 3 Red-breasted mergansers and a Hobby south there. 12 Pink-footed Geese were at Johnson's Marsh before leaving north. A Jay flew west there (other sites in England reported Jays moving today). 18 Curlew were in fields at Scalby Lodge and 63 Oystercatchers at Cromer Point. 90 Pink-footed Geese flew south over town early afternoon. PHOTO - Stonechat Scalby Beck - Stephen Beaver.

Friday 24 September 2021

Friday 24th September

A constant movement of Pink-footed Geese throughout the day gave a new area record day count of 10,715 south past Long Nab. Skeins were reported from several observers at other locations in the district. 3 Ruff also flew north at Long Nab. 50 Lapwings were at Harwood Dale Lake. Two Eiders still in the harbour. PHOTO - Rock Pipit at the harbour - Stephen Beaver.

Thursday 23 September 2021

Thursday 23rd September

A big movement of Pink-footed Geese southbound over the area: a total of 2,390 were seen from Long Nab , Burniston this afternoon moving south and south-west and no doubt accounted for numerous sightings this afternoon. Little Egret and 3 Eiders also south there. At Wykeham Lakes: Shelduck, 6 Wigeon, 2 Egyptian Geese (with 5 young), 115 Lapwing. A male Merlin flew west over Burniston village.

Wednesday 22 September 2021

Wednesday 22nd September

20 Pink-footed Geese, 5 Whimbrel, 6 Golden Plover flew south at Long Nab. 95 Lapwing flew north and 300+ Linnets were feeding in the fields. At Wykeham East Lake: 2 Gadwall, Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, 3 Teal, Goldeneye, 6 Pochard (4 drakes), 57 Lapwing and a Common Sandpiper. A Red-throated Diver at Cayton Bay. Johnson's Marsh held 18 Teal and a Snipe. PHOTO - Goldcrest Silpho by Mealanie Pearl

Tuesday 21 September 2021

Tuesday 21st September

Two Eiders in the harbour. At Wykeham Lakes: Shelduck, 6 Gadwall, Goldeneye, 6 Herons, 85 Coot (52 Water Park, 33 East Lake), Common Sandpiper. 22 Teal, 12 Herons Johnson's Marsh. A Wheatear at Marine Drive. 140 Lapwing north past Long Nab, 12 Rock Pipits south. PHOTO - Eider in the harbour - Joe Bamfield

Monday 20 September 2021

Monday 20th September

The first Pink-footed Geese of autumn were 31 that flew north(!) inland of Long Nab mid-morning and were later seen over Ravenscar. Also past Long Nab were 3 Shelduck, Gadwall, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers and a Puffin. Wykeham East Lake held a Shelduck, 8 Wigeon, Goldeneye, Dunlin and Snipe. 10 Wigeon were at Scalby Mills. PHOTO - Ringed Plover Jackson's Bay by Stephen Beaver.

Sunday 19 September 2021

Sunday 19th September

Long Nab highlights included a Pomarine Skua south and Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 6 Shelduck and an Eider north. At Wykeham East Lake: 27 Wigeon, 7 Teal, drake Pochard, 71 Lapwing, Snipe and single Green and Common Sandpipers. PHOTO - Curlew Marine Drive by Chris Bell.

Saturday 18 September 2021

Saturday 18th September

The news of the day was not a bird but a butterfly; a rare Camberwell Beauty was photographed at Seamer Road Mere! Quiet on the bird front - a Snipe and 10 Teal at Johnson's Marsh, Chiffchaff in song at the Sea Cut. Photo - Mark Hepples

Friday 17 September 2021

Friday 17th September

At Wykeham Lakes (Water Park): 9 Wigeon, 6 Little Grebes, 42 Coot, 3 Swallows. A Snipe and Little Egret at Johnson's Marsh. A Willow it in a garden on Stepney Road. 2 Chiffchaffs in a garden in Crossgates. The highlights at Long Nab: south past were a Pomarine Skua, Swift, 686 Meadow Pipits, 163 Goldfinches and a Lapland Bunting. PHOTO - Razorbill in the harbour - Stephen Beaver

Thursday 16th September

Highlights past Long Nab: Sooty Shearwater and 3 Mediterranean Gulls flew north. 13 Bar-tailed Godwits flew west and 1040 Razorbills flew south. 110 Goldfinches were feeding along the cliffs. A Whimbrel was on Black Rocks in South Bay. Scalby Ness/Jackson's Bay: 6 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plovers and 8 Wigeon plus a Little Egret flew south. A Dipper was on Scalby Beck. 11 Turnstone at Scalby Mills. A Wheatear and Red-throated Diver at Marine Drive. A Greenshank flew over Johnson's Marsh. PHOTO - Kelvin Allen

Wednesday 15 September 2021

Wednesday 15th September

Highlights past Long Nab were 3 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 12 Sooty Shearwaters, 2 Long-tailed Skuas, 12 Arctic Skuas. At Wykeham Lakes; 3 Pintail, 37 Teal, 4 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, Pochard, 71 Coot, Green Sandpiper, 630 Herring and 15 Lbb Gulls. Six Shoveler, 2 Teal, Wigeon, 5 Chiffchaffs at Seamer Tip Pool. Chiffchaff at Morrison's. 15 Chiffchaffs at Wykeham Lakes. The Nabgate area of Dalby Forest had Red Kite, Peregrine, Goshawk, 2 Sparrowhawks, 2 Kestrels and 12 Common Buzzards. A Common Buzzard over town early afternoon. PHOTO - Male Kestrel at Long Nab - Stephen Beaver.

Tuesday 14 September 2021

Tuesday 14th September

Highlights from the seawatch at Long Nab included a Long-tailed Skua, Pomarine Skua and 15 Arctic Skuas north. 570 Razorbills moved south plus a Pale-bellied Brent Goose later in the day. A Water Rail was a good find at Johnson's Marsh. Five Red-throated Divers were in Cayton Bay. A Kingfisher visited a garden pond in Scalby. At Seamer Rd Mere; 4 Little Grebes, 113 Moorhen, Kingfisher, 51 Coot (including one new youngster and a pair incubating). PHOTO - juvenile Peregrine by Ray Maddison.

Monday 13 September 2021

Monday 13th September

After a day of northerly winds today was calm and a good seawatch was had. Highlights past Long Nab included 6 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, Great Northern Diver, 60 Red-throated Divers, 13 Sooty Shearwaters, a Balearic Shearwater, Purple Sandpiper, 2 Little Gulls, 11 Great Skuas, 21 Arctic Skuas and a Long-tailed Skua plus the first Black Tern of the year (juvenile). 80 meadow Pipits were grounded at Long Nab plus a flock of 260 at Irton Moor. Two Common Sandpipers were at the harbour. Wykeham East Lake had 631 Greylag Geese, 105 Canada Geese, 6 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 205 Black-headed Gulls. A Pochard was on the Water Park. PHOTO - Guillemot in the harbour by Stephen.

Sunday 12th September

A probable FEA'S-type PETREL flew north at distance past Long Nab @ 17.25 hrs. Also one Sooty Shearwater flew north. A Nuthatch, 25 Coot, 6 Shoveler and 25 Gadwall were at Seamer Tip Pool. Three Arctic Skuas were in North Bay plus 22 Guillemots and 2 Razorbills in the harbour. PHOTO-Gadwall Seamer Tip pool by Mark Hepples.

Sunday 12 September 2021

Saturday 11th September

A Wheatear was on the rock armour at Marine Drive. 50+ House Martins were over Woodlands Cemetery. South past Long Nab were a Marsh Harrier, Mediterranean Gull, 566 Meadow Pipits, Swift and the Goldfinch flock had increased to c80. PHOTO - Wheatear Marine Drive by Melanie Pearl

Friday 10th September

A Redstart was along South Cliff. Highlights past Long Nab included a Pintail, Bar-tailed Godwit and 2 Swifts. At Wykeham East Lake: 4 Teal, Shoveler, 3 Wigeon, Goldeneye, drake Pochard, and a ringed Plover dropped in during a shower. Also 2 Yellow Wagtails at the Lakes. A female Mandarin was at Scalby Beck near the Youth Hostel. A Sandwich Tern photographed at Cayton Bay with white ring J.T5 had been ringed as a chick near Rotterdam, Holland on 16th June 2021 A Wheatear was seen on St Peter's Church, Castle Road. PHOTO- Sandwich Tern (J.T5) Cayton Bay - Stephen Beaver

Thursday 9 September 2021

Thursday 9th September

A first-summer Little Gull at Wykeham Lakes(Water Park). 13 Grey Wagtails flew through South Cliff this morning, 12 of them south. A Little Egret was seen on Black Rocks while 4 Stonechats and a Whinchat were seen along the clifftops. A late Swift flew over Crossgates this afternoon. Highlights passing Long Nab include 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 3 Shoveler, 15 Golden Plover, 581 Black-headed Gulls and 8 Arctic Skuas.

Wednesday 8th September

A Marsh Harrier flew south past Long Nab early this morning, plus 349 Meadow Pipits and 6 Grey Wagtails. At Johnson's Marsh there were 26 Teal and 2 Wigeon, while 30+ Swallows and 6 House Martins were seen heading south. A Wheatear was seen in Irton and a Sanderling was in Jackson's Bay. 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 368 Meadow Pipits, 10 Grey Wagtails and a Wheatear flew south past South Cliff.

Tuesday 7 September 2021

Tuesday 7th September

A Wheatear and 30 Meadow Pipits were feeding behind the observation hut at Long Nab this morning, while passing by were 7 Little Egrets (5 north and 2 south), plus 4 Shelduck, 7 Knot and 5 Grey Wagtails all south. At Wykeham East Lake there were 3 Teal, 2 Wigeon, a Grey Wagtail and 19 Lapwings. 2 Grey Wagtails flew over Melrose Street. In Jackson's Bay there were 20+ Dunlin, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 6+ Ringed Plover, 20+ Turnstones and a Sanderling.

Monday 6th September

27 Teal, 130 Canada Geese, a Dunlin, a Kingfisher and a Whitethroat were at Johnson's Marsh this morning. Highlights seen passing Long Nab include a Pintail, 441 Teal, 46 Red-throated Divers, 8 Shags, a Little Egret, 2 Ruff, 8 Snipe and a Mediterranean Gull, while a Wheatear arrived in front of the observation hut. This evening a Whimbrel was heard calling over Stepney and male and female Tawny Owls were calling near the Sixth Form College. A Wheatear flew south while a Little Egret and a Kingfisher flew north along South Cliff this morning. A Kingfisher, possibly the same one, was at the harbour this evening.

Sunday 5th September

A Spotted Redshank flew north over Cornelian Ravine this morning, and 30+ House Martins flew east over East Ayton. 9 Curlews were in the field below Seamer Tip pool; 60 Lapwings were in the field south-west of the tip; and a Sedge Warbler, a Chiffchaff and 20 Linnets were by New Dike. 8 Buzzards were circling above Ravenscar quarry; a Hobby flew south over Stoney Marl Moor; and 2 immature Marsh Harriers flew south while a Merlin was present at Stoup Brow. An immature Peregrine flew south-west over Crossgates, and 3 Swifts were with a mixed flock of about 15 Swallows and House Martins. A Great Skua was spotted chasing terns very close in off the Spa car park, and 4 Wigeon were at Scalby Mills. 15 Buzzards flew past Long Nab (12 south-west and 3 north), while 6 Goosanders, 99 House Martins and 91 Swallows flew past southwards. A Green Sandpiper was seen at Seamer Tip pool.

Saturday 4 September 2021

Saturday 4th September

Highlights passing Long Nab this morning include a Great White Egret heading north, 3 Sooty Shearwaters, 11 Shelduck, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull and 8 Arctic Skuas. 12 Curlew were at Scalby Lodge, while at Johnson's Marsh there were 125 Canada Geese, 2 Herons, 19 Teal and 12 Moorhens. A Whinchat and 2 Stonechats were at Cloughton Wyke this afternoon, and 2 Whimbrel flew north over Holbeck. A Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel and 2 Swifts flew south past Long Nab and a single Swift flew south over Burniston.

Friday 3rd September

A male Tawny Owl was heard calling on the early hours of this morning in the grounds of Scarborough Hospital. 15 Teal were at Johnson's Marsh, 2 Grey Wagtails and a Dipper were on the weir below Burniston Raod bridge near the Youth Hostel, and 4 Pintails flew in to Scalby Mills from the south. The main highlights from Long Nab were an adult Long-tailed Skua and 3 Sooty Shearwaters heading north, while at Wykeham East Lake there were 9 Teal and a Reed Warbler.

Thursday 2 September 2021

Thursday 2nd September

14 Teal, 3 Wigeon, 7 Moorhens and a Pintail were present at Johnson's Marsh early this morning. At Wykeham East Lake there were 22 Lapwing, 9 Cormorants, 19 Tufted Duck, 12 Coot, 2 Stock Doves, and a Common Sandpiper flew over, while at Match Lake there were 2 Sand Martins and a Kingfisher. An adult Roseate Tern joined a feeding flock of Kittiwkaes off Long Nab for about 10 minutes before flyig off south following a Great Skua attack on the flock. Later 14 Little Gulls (2 adults and 12 juveniles) joined the Kittiwakes. Other highlights passing Long Nab included a Balearic Shearwater, 11 Sooty Shearwaters, 17 Knot, 21 Little Gulls, a Long-tailed Skua, 3 Pomarine Skuas, 16 Great Skuas, 22 Arctic Skuas and a Puffin. 470 Razorbills were feeding inshore but only about 10 Guillemots.