Sunday 27 February 2022

Sunday 27th February

A Snow Bunting was at Long Nab in the field north of the observatory. 141 Pink-footed Geese flew north there. Also 100 Pinkfeet north over Crossgates and 30 north over North Bay. 7 Jays flew acros Long Causeway Road. Two Great Northern Divers still around the harbour. A singing Willow Tit North Stile, Wrench Green. At Hackness Lake; Mandarin, Goosander, Teal and 3 Little Grebes. 320 Wigeon Scalby Mills. PHOTO - Siskin Maybecks Plantation by Chris Swales

Saturday 26 February 2022

Saturday 26th February

Another clear day and a further 1,445 Pink-footed Geese flew north past Long Nab. A Great Northern Diver also flew north. Another two skeins of Pinkfeet totalling c140 flew north over Langdale Forest. Skeins were heard over town at 01.30, 04.35 and 05.00. 2 Great Northern Divers still in the harbour. Goshawks continue to show well over the forests at the moment. 2 Shelduck still at Johnson's Marsh. At Wykeham Lakes; Pink-footed Goose, 7 Goldeneye, 26 Cormorants. 12 Curlew at Crook Ness. A Merlin flew south over Crossgates. Waders at the Gristhorpe Bay high tide roost; 104 Oystercatchers, 93 Curlew, 85 Redshank, 22 Purple Sandpipers, 9 Turnstone, Ringed Plover. PHOTO Common Buzzard near Wykeham village by Phil Bennett.

Friday 25 February 2022

Friday 25th February

Two Great Northern Divers in the harbour. Also a Common Seal there. A Short-eared Owl was above Gristhorpe Bay early morning plus one seen near GCHQ. 7 Pink-footed Geese were at Scalby Lodge Pond. A Barn Owl is now a regular feature of a visit to Cromer Poinr pond. At Harwood Dale Lake: 3 Mandarin, 2 Shelduck, 2 Goosander, 60 Wigeon, 40 Teal, 2 Oystercatchers, 70 Lapwing, 75 Common Gulls. 6 Whooper Swans flew north over Wykeham Lakes. 4 Little Egrets at Seamer Water Treatment Works. PHOTO Great Northern Divers in the harbour by Joe Bamfield

Thursday 24th February

A juvenile Glaucous Gull flew north past Long Nab, where other birds on the move included 3 Teal, 2 Eiders north and an adult Mediterranean Gull south. With the return of Scalby Lodge pond increasing numbers of birds are being seen there. Today this included 32 Wigeon, 2 Shelduck, 10 Oysercatchers. 3 Little Egrets and a Chiffchaff at Seamer sewage works. A flock of 60 Linnets, 4 Song Thrushes along the cinder track between Burniston and Station Lane, Cloughton. 6 Pink-footed Geese below Seamer tip plus 4 at Folkton Carr. 300 Fieldfare at Star Carr. PHOTO Fulmar
by Steve Clipperton

Thursday 24 February 2022

Wednesday 23rd February

A big movement of Pink-footed Geese northward today in clear conditions; 1450 past Long Nab, 77 north over Wykeham Lakes and 200 north over Ebberston. One Great Northern Diver in the harbour. At least four Mediterranean Gulls at Holbeck car park. The two Short-eared Owls were still around Seamer tip pool, over the rough ground immediately north and east of the pool. Also drake Shoveler there. Three Common Crossbills were at Bridestones (Dalby Forest). At Wykeham Lakes there were 5 Goldeneye and a Pink-footed Goose still. The Cattle Egret has unfortunately been found dead in the Carrs east of Seamer Tip. 42 Curlews were in the field north of Cromer Point. 175 Redshank were in the high tide roost at Gristhorpe Bay, also two pairs of Stonechats. PHOTO - Med Gull at Holbeck by Terry Crook

Tuesday 22 February 2022

Tuesday 22nd February

Two Great Northern Divers were still in the inner harbour plus one flew south past Long Nab. 53 Teal at Johnson's Marsh. At Seamer tip pool two Short-eared Owls were hunting. The high tide wader roost at Gristhorpe Bay held 149 Redshank, 110 Curlew, 68 Oystercatchers, 10 Purple Sandpipers and 8 Turnstone. 17 Goldeneye, 18 Cormorant and a small Siskin flock were at the Water Park (Wykeham Lakes). Water Rail still at the Open Air Theatre. A Red Kite was seen north of Hutton Buscel. PHOTO - Reed Bunting Seamer tip pool by Phil Bennett.

Monday 21 February 2022

Monday 21st February

A Short-eared Owl was hunting around Seamer tip pool this afternoon. Ten Goosanders were at Harwood Dale Lake, also 2 Shelduck an Oystercatcher plus 50 Black-headed Gulls. The Dipper was still in Peasholm Glen at the largest waterfall. One Kingfisher at the Open Air Theatre. PHOTO - Short-eared Owl at Seamer tip pool by Daniel Morley.

Sunday 20th February

A Great Northern Diver and 36 Purple Sandpipers were at the harbour again this morning, the latter at the usual roost site. A pair of Stonechats were in the area of the Holbeck landslide, while 6 Mediterranean Gulls were on nearby rocks. 51 Oystercatchers were in fields above Cayton Bay, and 6 Siskins were on a garden feeder in Burniston.

Sunday 20 February 2022

Saturday 19th February

At Wykeham Lakes today there were 4 Pochard, a Pink-footed Goose, a Shelduck, 20 Goldeneye, 57 Tufted Duck, 2 Water Rail, 91 Coot, 13 Common Snipe, 3 Jack Snipe and a Great White Egret, the latter seen from the hide at East Lake. 2 Great Northern Divers (one adult and one immature) were in the harbour, while 12 Red-throated Divers and 8 Porpoises were off Marine Drive. 7 Mediterranean Gulls (4 adult and 3 immature) were at Holbeck.

Friday 18 February 2022

Friday 18th February

120 Pink-footed Geese flew north past Marine Drive this morning, and a Lapwing and 3 Snipe flew south at Long Nab.

Thursday 17th February

The Water Rail was again seen at the Open Air Theatre this morning. A Little Egret and a Dipper were seen at Ellerburn Farm, and a small number of Bramblings were mixed in with Chaffinches at Wilton Heights. 10 Curlew were at Scalby Lodge ponds and 2 Great Northern Divers were again in the harbour. A Bittern and a Jack Snipe were detected at the eastern end of Seamer Tip pool. About 35 Lapwing flew south over Wrench Green, while 2 Barn Owls were hunting in the valley south of the village.

Wednesday 16 February 2022

Wednesday 16th February

2 Goldeneye, 4 Gadwall and 11 Siskins were at Seamer Road Mere this morning. 2 Dippers and a pair of Siskins were seen just upstream from Hackness Grange, and a single male Siskin was seen at Wykeham Long Causeway.

Tuesday 15 February 2022

Tuesday 15th February

3 Eider and 3 Common Scoter flew south past Long Nab this morning, and 3 Greenfinch were in a garden in Burniston. 3 Corn Buntings and 15 Yellowhammers were in a flock of about 50 finches and buntings in fields at the side of Black Dike, Seamer Tip, where also present were 3 Little Egrets. 7 Little Egrets were just south of Folkton sewage works, a Dipper was in Peasholm Glen, 2 Great Northern Divers were in the harbour, and a Green Sandpiper was at Charity Farm, Thornton Carrs. Highlighhts of a WeBS count at Scarborough Mere included 2 Water Rails, 10 Little Grebe, 56 Tufted Duck, 4 Gadwall, 69 Moorhen and 58 Coot. A Common Buzzard and 8 Yellowhammers were seen at Great Moor Road, and a female Sparrowhawk was spotted carrying prey at Middle Lane. Another Sparrowhawk was observed chasing Woodpigeons in a garden near Scalby Mills Golf Course.

Monday 14 February 2022

Monday 14th February

A Kingfisher was again seen at the Open Air Theatre today, and a Great Northern Diver was in the harbour. A Curlew was in the field below Seamer Tip Pool, 3 Snipe were at Taylor Way, and 5 Pochard were at Burton Riggs. At Wykeham South Lake there were 13 Goldeneye, a Great White Egret, a Pochard and a Shelduck.

Sunday 13 February 2022

Sunday 13th January

3 Eider and 105 Gannets flew south past Long Nab this morning, a Shelduck flew north, and 21+ Red-throated Divers were present offshore. A Great Northern Diver, 37 Purple Sandpipers and 40 Turnstones were at the harbour, and 2 Shelduck were seen at Johnson's Marsh. 4 Whooper Swans were spotted in a field to the west of Yedingham village, feeding with 2 Mute Swans, while to the north of the village were 150 Pink-footed Geese.

Saturday 12th February

A number of Pink-fooetd Geese were seen flying north this morning: a skein over Scalby Mills area, about 100 over Crossgates, 165 followed an hour later by 122 at Long Nab (plus one south - changed its mind?) At Wykeham East Lake there were 108 Lapwings, 2 Great Crested Grebes and 5 Egyptian Geese while at South Lake there were 5 Oystercatchers, 2 Pochard, 18 Goldeneye, 7 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Little Grebes and 23 Cormorants.

Friday 11 February 2022

Friday 11th February

4 Little Egrets were by the thatched cottage in Thornton Dale this morning, 2 Water Rails were at the Open Air Theatre, and 2 Great Northern Divers were in the harbour. 18 Crossbills, about 60 Siskins , 4 Bramblings and 2 Marsh Tits were seen at Haygate/Dalby, and at least 3 Goshawks were seen from Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint. At least 8 Marsh Tits, 5 Coal Tits, 15 Chaffinch, 2 Nuthatch, a Jay, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, and numerous Great, Blue and Long-tailed Tits were seen in Forge Valley this afternoon. 15+ Red-throated Divers were off Long Nab; a Great White Egret was by the river Derwent below Wykeham; and Sparrowhawks were seen over Lyell Street and in a Burniston garden.

Thursday 10th February

A Snow Bunting flew south along South Cliff. 100 Pinkfeet north past Marine Drive. 19 Pinkfeet west over Seamer tip pool, 2 Shoveler, 2 Teal on the pool. 2 Oystercatchers Burton Riggs. At Wykeham Lakes; on the Water Park were 6 Egyptian Geese, Shelduck, 6 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Little Grebes, 6 Goldeneye, 2 drake Pochard, 24 Tufted Ducks. 120 Brambling, 150 Linnets at Long Causeway Road (SW of the Water Park). 25 Oystercatchers in fields along Filey Road. Water Rail OA Theatre. 150 Fieldfare, 20 Redwing Eatfield Dell. 8 Little Grebes, Goldeneye Hackness Lake. PHOTO - Marsh Tit long Causeway Rd - Phil Bennett.

Wednesday 9th February

Water Rail Open Air Theatre. 12 Siskin, Lesser Redpoll Burton Riggs. 200 Fieldfare south of Seamer tip. Male Blackcap Burniston. 8 Ringed Plovers, Dunlin Scalby Mills. Great Northern Diver harbour.

Tuesday 8th February

3 Gadwall Seamer Road Mere. 12 Ringed Plover, Sanderling, Purple Sandpiper Scalby Mills. 2 Great Northern Divers at the harbour.

Monday 7th February

Water Rail Open Air Theatre. 2+ Short-eared Owls Seamer tip. 4+ Goshawks from the Wykeham Forest Raptor Viewpoint. 2 Great Northern Divers at the harbour.

Sunday 6th February

2 Green Sandpipers near Wykeham lakes. 2 Great Northern Divers off Marine Drive. A singing Willow Tit in Wykeham Forest plus one along the River Derwent upstream from Hackness Grange.

Saturday 5th February

132 Golden Plover at Far Lane. Great Northern Diver at the harbour. The Cattle Egret was again in field east of Seamer tip pool. 7 Mediterranean Gulls at Holbeck. A Raven from the Wykeham Forest Raptor Viewpoint.

Friday 4th February

A Woodcock at Burton Riggs. A Great Northern Diver flew north at Long Nab. 9 Goosanders, 40 Redwing at harwood Dale Lake. 2 Mediterranean Gulls at Holbeck. 8 Gadwall at Brompton Ponds. Short-eared Owl, Barn Owl, 600 lapwing, 15 Golden Plover at Cayton Carrs.

Thursday 3rd February

Water Rail at the Open Air Theatre. 5 Pochard Burton Riggs. 3 Shoveler Seamer tip pool. Imm male Marsh Harrier just east of Wykeham Lakes. 2 Eider flew north at Long Nab.

Wednesday 2nd February

Two Short-eared Owls at Seamer tip. Water Rail at the Open Aire Theatre. Great Northern Diver at the harbour. 12 Goosanders, 11 Mandarin, 82 Wigeon, 109 Teal, 97 Lapwing Harwood Dale lake.

Tuesday 1st February

A drake Eider at Jackson's Bay/Scalby Mills. 90 Lapwing Coverdale Moor. A Common Scoter flew north at Long Nab, 14 Curlews feeding in the fields. Mute Swan at Scalby Mills.

Monday 31st January

A Willow Tit at Burton Riggs. A male Blackcap in a Northstead garden. At Long Nab; 2 Eiders flew north, 2 Common Snipe and a Jack Snipe at the scrape. A female Marsh Harrier flew north over Crossgates. 3 Shoveler at Seamer tip pool.

Sunday 30th January

A Goshawk flew over Morrisons at Seamer and was later seen at Burton Riggs. A Water Rail, 2 Kingfishers at the Open Air Theatre. A Common Buzzard flew south over Whin Bank, Scarborough. Jay in a Burniston garden. Counts from Gristhorpe Bay; 3 Ringed Plover, 4 Grey Plover, 8 Turnstone, 22 Purple Sandpipers, 42 Oystercatchers, 72 Redshank, 196 Curlew. Also a Short-eared Owl and two pais of Stonechats. 10 Pinkfeet and 35 Wigeon flew over there.