Tuesday, 30 November 2021
A group of 3 Dippers were seen in Wrench Green this morning. A Great White Egret and a Redshank were at Wykeham South Lake where 9 Whooper Swans flew over. 159 Lapwing and a Chiffchaff were at East Lake, and 2 Water Rails were in the north-west corner of the Water Park. A Pale-bellied Brent Goose and a female Eider were present at Scalby Mills.
Monday, 29 November 2021
Two Little Auks flew north past Cornelian Ravine. Also an Eider and 3 Puffins north and 2 Goldeneye south. A Woodcock flew up from the stream. Two Common Scoters were off Holbeck. 16 Red-throated Divers between Cayton Bay and Long Nab. Two Puffins were off the harbour. An influx of Shags; 14 Marine Drive, 2 South Bay, and singles North Bay and Cayton Bay. A male Merlin was at Cayton Carrs. 3+ Woodcocks at Cockrah, Wrench Green. A Goshawk and 11 Crossbills Wykeham Forest. A Water Rail and Jay at Throxenby Mere. Still good numbers of finches in the Haygate area of Dalby Forest, also 24 Crossbills and 3 Marsh Tits. Two Peregrines over West Ayton. Highlights past Long Nab were a Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Great Northern Diver, and 6 Shags. A female Eider at Scalby Mills. PHOTO- Merlin Cayton Carrs (John Harwood).
Sunday, 28 November 2021
Seawatching livened up today, the star bird a White-billed Diver flying north past Long Nab. Highlights past there were 33 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, a Velvet Scoter, 7 Great Northern Divers, a Black-throated Diver,Little Gull, 3 Puffins and 7 Little Auks. The Snow Bunting was still in the stubble field behind the observatory with 60+ Skylarks. Also 68 Golden Plover in fields there.Highlights past Marine Drive were: a Little Auk, 6 Great Northern Divers, 3 Purple Sandpipers, 16 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 24 Red-throated Divers, and 2 Puffins. Seven Wigeon near Seamer tip. A Little Egret flew NNW over East Ayton. One Red-throated Diver in the harbour mouth. Wykeham Lakes: Goldeneye, 4 Wigeon, 39 Tufted Duck, 6 Egyptian Geese,19 Great Crested Grebes,6 Little Grebes, Kingfisher, Siskin. PHOTO- Great Northern Diver past Long Nab (Chris bell)
Saturday, 27 November 2021
Secere northerly gales brought extreme conditions along the coast and difficult birding. A Little Auk battled north past Long Nab whilst a Snow Bunting and 31 Curlews were feeding in the stubble field. A Great White Egret was at Wykeham Lakes. A female Eider was sheltering in the harbour. PHOTO - Kingfisher Open Air Theatre - Martin Mosely.
Friday, 26 November 2021
The winds strengthened and turned north during the morning bringing a few seabirds past Long Nab: 9 Eiders, Great Northern Diver, Manx Shearwater and a Snow Bunting north. A Great Skua flew south attacking Gannets as it went! 100 Pink-footed Geese were feeding SW of Seamer tip pool. 400 Lapwing and 1000 flew over Middle Lane, Hutton Buscel. At the harbour: 19 Purple Sandpipers, 48 Turnstone plus two Red-throated Divers in South Bay. A Jay and 2 Kingfishers at The Open Air Theatre. Good numbers of finches in Dalby Forest (end of Haygate track); 13 Brambling, 300 Chaffinches, 120 Linnets, 120 Goldfinch, 20 Siskin. also in the Haygate area: 34 Crossbill, Woodcock, Marsh Tit. PHOTO - Jay at the Open Air Theatre - Stuart baines.
Thursday, 25 November 2021
No sign of the Dusky Warbler at Long Nab this morning but it was very windy! A Velvet Scoter and Manx Shearwater flew north there. A Dipper performed well in Scalby Beck by the Scalby Mills pub. The two Ravens were back at Cayton Carrs, mostly distant towards the old Seamer Tip landfill. A Brambling was on the east side of Seamer tip and Little Egret on Seamer Mead. A Black Redstart was on the Spa building 08.45am but could not be relocated in the afternoon.500+ Pink-footed Geese were feeding in fields at Low Marishes. Good numbers of Redwing and Fieldfares there. Three Common Snipe were at Cloughton Wyke. 300 Lapwing at Star Carr. Three Ringed Plovers at Scalby Mills. The Snow Bunting was still along the closed road above Cayton Bay. PHOTO - Purple Sandpiper South Bay by Eric Barnes.
Wednesday, 24 November 2021
3 Puffins were in South Bay this morning, while a Puffin, 2 Razorbills and a Red-throated Diver were seen off Marine Drive. A Woodcock was in Cornelian Ravine and a Great Spotted Woodpecker was seen at Sewamer Road Mere. The 2 Ravens were still on Cayton Carrs, though elusive. The Dusky Warbler was still at Long Nab this afternoon, and a Snow Bunting flew south this morning.
Tuesday, 23 November 2021
A Dusky Warbler was found in the hedge near Cliff Top House at Long Nab this morning, while passing Long Nab were a Long-tailed Duck and 2 Velvet Scoter heading north and 80 Pink-footed Geese heading south-west. A Jay and 3 Teal were at Burton Riggs; a Little Egret and 7 Corn Buntings were in the fields by the eastern side of Seamer Tip; a Goshawk flew out of a small wood and skirted the bottom of the tip; and 30 Pink-footed Geese flew east over Seamer Mead. Both a male and a female Goldeneye flew south past Marine Drive, a Kingfisher was at the Open Air Theatre, and a Snow Bunting was on the closed road above Cayton Bay.
A pair of Goldeneye and a female Goosander were at Seamer Road mere this morning. 2 Ravens were feeding on a sheep carcass on Cayton Carrs before flying off north. A male Goosander and 6 Mandarins were at Harwood Dale Lake. At Wykeham South Lake: 12 Goldeneye, 24 Wigeon, 16 Teal, 6 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Little Grebes, 73 Coot, 21 Tufted Duck, a Kingfisher, a Marsh Tit, a Water Rail and 93 Great Black-backed Gulls in a large gull roost. At Long Nab a Short-eared Owl flew in off the sea, while highlights passing include 23 Little Auks (22 north, 1 south), a Black-throated Diver, 4 Great Northern Divers, a Long-tailed Duck, 3 Velvet Scoter, 4 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 8 Knot, a Little Gull and 1300 Kittiwakes.
Sunday, 21 November 2021
4 Sooty Shearwaters flew north past Long Nab this morning, and a Mediterranean Gull flew south. An Egyptian Goose was at Johnson's Marsh, a Grey Wagtail was at Newlands Lane in Cloughton, and a Peregrine was at Cloughton Wyke. 2 Ravens were spotted feeding with Carrion Crows north-west of Folkton sewage works. A Kinghfisher was at the Open Air Theatre, while at Seamer Road Mere there were 31 Tufted Duck, 3 Goldeneye and a Chiffchaff. 2 Whooper Swans were at Wykeham Lakes, a Goldeneye was at Seamer Tip pool, and 2 Gadwall were at Burton Riggs. From Marine Drive: a few Guillemots, a Red-throated Diver, a Peregrine, a male Long-tailed Duck landed on the sea before flying off south, and a Little Egret flew north.
Saturday, 20 November 2021
2 Water Rails were calling at Seamer Road Mere this morning, where there were also 2 Goldeneye, 2 Gadwall and 25 Tufted Duck. 175 Pink-footed Geese, a Shelduck and 257 Siskins flew south passed Long Nab and a Woodcock flew in off the sea. The Cattle Egret was again seen briefly flying over the field south of Seamer Tip Pool, and 30 Golden Plover flew north-west over Crossgates. 8 Crossbills and a Brambling were seen in Broxa Forest, while 28 Crossbills, 2 Marsh Tits and 34 Siskins were seen on the Haygate circuit in Dalby Forest. A flock of 70 to 80 Greenfinch plus smaller numbers of Yellowhammer, Linnet, Goldfinch, Chaffinch and Tree Sparrows were seen at Coverdale Moor; plus 40+ Fieldfare.
A Stonechat was on the eastern side of Seamer Tip, 40 Fieldfares were at Star Carr, 20 Siskins were at Metes Lane, and the Cattle Egret was again in the field south of Seamer Tip pool this morning. Passing Long Nab heading south were 252 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 274 Siskins and 56 Linnets; while 2 Eiders, 970 Woodpigeons and 14 Stock Doves passed by northwards. A Jay was seen at the Open Air Theatre and a Dipper at Scalby Mills. Marsh Harriers were seen behind Burton Riggs heading towards Crossgates, while at the harbour there were 15 Purple Sandpipers and 42 Turnstones. 9 Crossbills and a Willow Tit were in the Crosscliffe area of Dalby forest. A Raven flew north over Crossgates.
2 Brent Geese were at Scalby Mills this morning, while 2 Goosanders, a Great Northern Diver and 360 Siskins passed Long Nab southwards. Groups of 20 and 30 Siskins flew south-east over Eastfiled Industrial Park, and a Green Woodpecker was heard near Wykeham Causeway. A skein of about 50 Pink-footed Geese flew over Limestone Road. At Harwood Dale Lake there were 10 Wigeon, 11 Lapwing and 6 Mandarin Duck, while at Hackness Lake there were 18 Mandarin Duck, 2 Little Grebes and 15 Teal.
3 Whooper Swans flew south past Long Nab this morning, and 6 took off west from Wykeham South Lake, where there was a partially leucistic Coot. A Snow Bunting was still in the stubble field at Long Nab, a Great Northern Diver flew north, and 71 Pink-footed Geese plus 553 Siskins flew south. A single Brent Goose was seen in the field to the west of the water treatment works, and the Cattle Egret was again spotted briefly to the south of Seamer Tip Pool. At Wykeham Lakes there were: 3 Snipe, 5 Wigeon, 2 Redwing, a Grey Wagtail and 6 Egyptian Geese (4 juvenile), while in the gull roost on South Lake there were 78 Great Black-backed Gulls, 900 Common Gulls, 280 Black-headed Gulls and 80 Herring Gulls.
Tuesday, 16 November 2021
A pair of Bullfinches were in a Ravenscar garden this morning, and a Razorbill was in the harbour entrance. The Cattle Egret was again seen around the central ditch and field south of Seamer Tip Pool, along with a Little Egret. 9 Pink-footed Geese were with Canada Geese in the fields at Star Carr, while about 60 more flew south over Wrench Green. 3 Woodcock, 3 Chiffchaffs and 2 Snow Buntings flew along South Cliff, and 2 Mistle Thrush were at the south side of Cloughton Tearoom. A Snow Bunting was in the stubble field at Long Nab, and 2 more plus 272 Siskins and 2 Bramblings flew south there, while a Woodcock arrived in off the sea. A Purple Sandpiper was in Burniston Bay and 20 were on the end of East Pier. A Dipper and 20 Ringed Plover were at Scalby Mills and a drake Common Scoter was in North Bay. A Great White Egret was seen at Ruston Bridge, and a Snow Bunting was briefly at Wykeham South Lake before flying off south-east.
Monday, 15 November 2021
39 Pink-footed Geese flew west over Stepney early this morning, and later 80+ flew south-west over Cayton Bay. The Cattle Egret was again in fields below Seamer Tip pool, a Little Egret was at Folkton Bridge, and an unidentified egret plus a Red-throated Diver passed Long Nab southwards. A Woodcock was flushed in Cornelian Ravine. Highlights from Long Nab include 19 Eider, 79 Pink-footed Geese and a Mediterranean Gull heading north, and a Little Egret, 248 Siskins, 4 Bramblings and 4 Snow Buntings heading south. At Wykeham 16 Wigeon, 16 Teal and a Great Spotted Woodpecker were at East Lake where 12 Siskins flew over south, while 2 Whooper Swans, 2 Goldeneye, 20 Wigeon, 5 Little Grebes, and 6 Egyptian Geese were at South Lake. At Scarborough Mere there were 9 Little Grebes, 139 Moorhens, 70 Coot, 27 Tufted Duck, and a second winter Mediterranean Gull was on the jetty.
Sunday, 14 November 2021
A Kingfisher and a Jay were seen at the Open Air Theatre this morning. A Great White Egret was at Brompton Butts, and a Cattle Egret was in the ditch below Seamer Tip Pool before moving to the field below the pool. 2 Goldeneye were also on the pool. A single Brent Goose was in the field behind Scarborough waste water works. A Lapland Bunting was again in the stubble field at Long Nab, while a Chiffchaff and a Brambling were at the ringing plantation. Passing Long Nab were 2 Sooty Shearwaters, a Black-throated Diver and a Goldeneye heading north, plus a Pintail, 2 Goldeneye, a Great Skua and a Little Gull heading south. 94 Teal were at Johnson's Marsh.
A Grey Wagtail was spotted on the roof of a shed in Lyell Street this morning, while a Great Skua passed Long Nab on an otherwise very quiet sea watch. Later a Peregrine was seen carrying a Woodcock it had caught at sea, which it dropped when a second Peregrine attacked. The Woodcock was eventually finished off by a Great Black-backed Gull. A Dipper was singing on the river in Wrench Green, and groups of 8+ and 25 Crossbills were seen in Wykeham Forest. A Puffin was off East Pier, 3 Purple Sandpipers were in North Bay on the terracing below the Freddie statue, and 2 Kingfishers were at the Open Air Theatre. 145 Lapwings were in fields off Ings Road, plus 37+ Fieldfare and a Grey Partridge. Coughton Pond had 5 Teal, 6 Mallard and 3 Moorhens.
Friday, 12 November 2021
A Red-throated Diver was in the harbour this morning. At Wykeham Lakes there were 3 Whooper Swans, 3 Goldeneye, 6 Egyptian Geese (4 of them juveniles), 3 Little Grebes and 17 Siskins were at South Lake, while 3 Snipe, 3 Goldeneye, 24 Cormorants and 2 Wigeon were at East Lake. About 70 Pink-footed Geese circled over Burniston before flying north and 3 were seen heading south past Long Nab. Also at Long Nab: the Lapland Bunting was still present, a Puffin was offshore while a second flew past north, a Dark-bellied Brent Goose flew north, and a Woodcock flew in off the sea. A Jay was seen at Gristhorpe.
Thursday, 11 November 2021
A Woodcock flew in off the sea at Marine Drive this morning, and 27 Pink-footed Geese flew north over Pickering, while another 70+ flew north over Burniston in the afternoon. At Wykeham Lakes there were 9 Whooper Swans (including a juvenile), 2 male Goldeneye, a Jack Snipe, 3 Brambling, 4 Great Crested Grebes and 2 juvenile Egyptian Geese at South Lake, while at East Lake there were 2 male and 1 female Goldeneye, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Tufted Duck, a Teal, a Fieldfare, 150+ Lapwing and an Egyptian Goose with 2 juveniles. The pair of Bearded Tits were again present in the reedbed, along with a Water Rail and a Snipe. A Little Egret was on the River Derwent below Ayton Castle. A Red-throated Diver was off Scalby Mills, where a Kingfisher was on the rocks. At Long Nab a Lapland Bunting was with Skylarks in the stubble field, a Brambling was at Cliff Top House, 563 Siskins flew south, and a Puffin was feeding offshore. A Great Spotted Woodpecker was along the cinder track between Burniston and Cloughton.
Wednesday, 10 November 2021
5 Whooper Swans flew south over Long Nab this morning, as did 10 Brambling, a Goosander and 1270 Siskins, while 4 Goosanders and a Great Northern Diver flew north, a Woodcock flew in off the sea, and a Snow Bunting and a Twite were in the stubble. 2 Goldeneye, a Little Grebe and 6 Cormorants were at Burton Riggs. A Great White Egret was fishing just west of Folkton Bridge before flying west towards Flotmanby, and in the sheep field were a Little Egret, a Buzzard and 200+ Lapwing. 8 Whooper Swans, a pair of Goosanders, 6 Wigeon and 6 Goldeneye were at Wykeham South Lake, while about 600 Greylags, 2 Dunlin and 52 Lapwing were at East Lake, and 2 Bearded Tits remained in te north-west corner of the Water Park. Also at the lakes were 4 Water Rails and 4 Jack Snipe, while 80 Siskins and a Redpoll flew south. 400+ Pink-footed Geese flew west over Pickering, and a juvenile Eider Duck was close in off Marine Drive. 7 Mandarin Ducks were at Harwood Dale Lake along with 53 Lapwings, a Fieldfare, 5 Pied Wagtails and more.
Tuesday, 9 November 2021
2 Red-throated Divers (and at least one Harbour Porpoise) were seen off Marine Drive this morning. 12 Whooper Swans flew south over town while earier 6 had flown south over the sea. A Kingfisher was at the Open Air Theatre together with 10+ Long-tailed Tits, a Goldcrest and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. A drake Goosander was briefly on the sea in Cayton Bay, and 20+ Siskins flew south over Trafalgar Road. At Wykeham Lakes there were 5 Whooper Swans, 11 Mute Swans, 11 Wigeon, 182 Greylag Geese, 28 Canada Geese, 28 Mallard, 223 Teal, 25 Tufted Duck, 9 Goldeneye, 4 Little Grebes, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Water Rails, 4 Jack Snipe, 133 Coot, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and Egyptian Geese with 4 young, while 4 Goosanders circled overhead. 150 Pink-footed Geese were in fields south-west of the lakes, while 2+ Bearded Tits were in the phragmites at the north-west corner of the water park. 100+ Pied Wagtails and 4 Twite were in the stubble field south of Scalby sewage farm. A Snow Bunting was in the stubble field at Long Nab, while passing by south were 18 Whooper Swans, 21 Pink-footed Geese, 1256 Siskins and a Lapland Bunting.
Monday, 8 November 2021
Highlights from Long Nab today include a Little Auk and a Snow Bunting flying north; plus 84 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Goldeneye, a Manx Shearwater, 3 Bramblings and 768 Siskins flying south. 2 Long-tailed Duck were on the sea in South Bay, and 70+ Pink-footed Geese flew south-west over Cayton Bay. A Water Rail was calling and showing at the Open Air Theatre pond, while 3 Goldeneye, 54 Mallard, a Little Grebe and 16 Moorhens were in Peasholm Park. 2 Little Egrets, a Snipe, 130 Lapwings, 3 Goldeneye, 8 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 6 Egyptian Geese (4 young) and 18 Cormorants were at Wykeham East Lake, while at and around South Lake there were 6 Whooper Swans, a Pink-footed Goose, 3 Goldeneye, a Stonechat and 2 Marsh Tits, plus 12 Siskins which flew over. A Great White Egret was seen at Yedingham this afternoon. A cc Marsh Harrier flew north over the A64 near Potter Brompton late afternoon.
Sunday, 7 November 2021
Saturday, 6 November 2021
A Great Shearwater flew south past Long Nab early this morning; later in the day a Great Northern Diver, a Red-breasted Merganser and 2 Goosanders flew past. 2 Whooper Swans flew west over Scalby Lodge and 47 Lapwings flew north-west over East Ayton. In Wykeham Forest groups of 6 and about 16 Crossbills were seen, and 17 Whooper Swans were at the Wykeham Lakes water park.
Friday, 5 November 2021
4 Willow Tits were seen/heard this morning along the valley between Wrench Green and Northstile. At Wykeham South Lake there were 5 Goldeneye, 5 Whooper Swans, 25 Tufted Duck, 76 Coots, 5 Great Crested Grebes and 57 Mallard, while at East Lake there were 32 Wigeon, 2 Goldeneye, 7 Teal, 2 Egyptian Geese with 2 young, 2 Great Crested Grebes and 2 Little Grebes. A Yellow-browed Warbler, a Chiffchaff and a Water Rail were in Cornelian Ravine, and a Knot was with other waders in Jackson's Bay. A Woodcock was seen at Spiker's Hill; 11 Fieldfare and 60+ Redwing were at Coverdale Moor; and Fieldfare and Redwing were heard calling above Hackness. 3 Buzzards and a Goshawk were in the Moor Dike area. Passing south through South Cliff this morning were 361 Siskins, a Mealy Redpoll, a Brambling, 2 Goldeneye and a Great Northern Diver, while another Great Northern Diver and a Goosander flew north. 6 Snow Buntings arrived in off the sea and flew north. About 250 Pink-footed Geese flew over Hutton Buscel mid-afternoon, 70 flew north over North Bay, and 200+ flew north over East Ayton.
A juvenile Glaucous Gull flew south off Marine Drive into South Bay this morning, while also passing Marine Drive were: a Goldeneye, a Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 5 Puffins and 2 Little Auks all north, and a Red-breasted Merganser south. A Snow Bunting and a Jack Snipe arrived in off the sea, and 3 Red-throated Divers were again in the harbour. A Little Egret flew over Seamer Tip, and in the afternoon 3 Little Egrets were seen by Folkton South Farm. Highlights from Long Nab include: a Sooty Shearwater, a Pale-bellied Brent Goose, an Arctic Skua, a Great Skua, a Puffin, 3 Dunlin and a Fulmar north, plus a Mediterranean Gull south. In the fields behind the observatory were a Snow Bunting, 2 Lapwings and 16 Curlew.
Wednesday, 3 November 2021
.A female Blackcap, 20 Blackbirds, a Song Thrush, a Jay and a Short-eared Owl were seen at Burton Riggs this morning, as well as 9 immature Mute Swans (presumably the family from Seamer Tip Pool) which were flying around, and 100 Pink-footed Geese which flew over south. A drake Eider flew north past Marine Drive and 3 Red-throated Divers were again in the harbour. At Long Nab a Pomarine Skua and 2 Great Skuas flew south while one Great Skua flew north. A Lapland Bunting and 11 Curlew were in the fields behind the observatory.
Tuesday, 2 November 2021
4 Red-throated Divers, 3 Guillemots, 2 Redshanks, 4 Rock Pipits and a Lesser Black-backed Gull were in and around the harbour this morning, and 2 Razorbills were in South Bay. 45 Pink-footed Geese flew north-west over Cayton, 98 went north over Crowmer Point, about 100 flew south over Burniston Gardens then Cayton Bay, 135 flew over Burniston followed by another 70, about 130 flew north over Hutton Buscel in the afternoon, 58 flew north over Wykeham Lakes, and 130 flew south over Pickering. A rather late Swallow flew south through South Cliff this morning, as did 96 Chaffinches, 21 Bramblings and 149 Siskins; while 2 Bramblings flew north, a Fieldfare flew in off the sea, and a Jay was in Holbeck Ravine. A male Goldeneye was at Seamer Road Mere, while another was on Seamer Tip pool together with 2 Gadwall, a Teal and a Kingfisher. A Snow Bunting was above Scalby Mills where a single Whooper flew past south and a Dolphin or two also swam by southwards. 5 Red-throated Divers and 5 roosting Purple Sandpipers were at the harbour this afternoon. At Wykeham East Lake there were 3 Goldeneye, a Pink-footed Goose, a Snipe, 11 Lapwings, 29 Wigeon, 4 Teal, and 42 Great Black-backed Gulls were in the gull roost.
Monday, 1 November 2021
5 Whooper Swans flew south over Long Nab this morning, and another 4 flew over the Council yard an hour later. Hundreds of Lapwings were seen in a field just west of Seamer station, while at Seamer Road Mere there were 9 Little Grebes, a Teal, 3 Wigeon, 21 Tufted Duck and 100 Siskins. Highlights passing Long Nab include: 273 Pink-footed Geese, 9 Whooper Swans, a Great Skua, a Mute Swan and 3 Little Gulls all south and 4 Little Gulls north. In the field behind the observatory were 2 Pink-footed Geese, a Whooper Swan and 14 Curlew. 57 Curlew were feeding in a field at the entrance to Linghom Farm, Flotmanby. About 150 Pink-footed Geese flew south over Stepney in the early afternoon and about 120 more flew over the council yard later. 120+ Teal were at Johnson's Marsh, while 21 Curlew and a Wigeon were in Scalby Lodge fields and 10 Pink-footed Geese flew over.