Thursday 30 June 2022

Thursday 30th June

 A very quiet day again today with the highlight being a Spotted Flycatcher which flew in off the sea at Long Nab and then continued south west after briefly resting on wires. A Barn Owl was hunting along the grass verges on the Cleveland Way near to the Obs. A single Lapwing and a Black headed Gull were the highlights at a rapidly drying Johnson's Marsh which also hosted eight Grey Herons, a juvenile Pied Wagtail and Reed Bunting.

Juvenile Northern Wheatear by Christopher Swales.

Wednesday 29 June 2022

Wednesday 29th June

 A Little Egret flew north west over Burniston this morning and a single Siskin was at Heron Lane, Crossgates. 10 Whimbrel flew south past Hundale Point this afternoon.

Distant Kingfisher by Martin Moseley.

Tuesday 28 June 2022

Tuesday 28th June

 A Green Sandpiper and three Teal were on Johnson's Marsh this morning along with four Grey Herons and two Reed Buntings. Two Turtle Doves were at Malton Cote Farm and a pair of Spotted Flycatchers was feeding young at Wyedale Hall. Two singing Quail and six Yellow Wagtails were close to Hog Pasture building near Snainton. An adult Northern Gannet was on rock armour on Marine Drive this afternoon and a female Marsh Harrier was at Killerby just east of Cayton. Approximately 20 apparently occupied Sand Martin nest holes were counted at the Cayton colony.

Gannet by Becca-Marie Sealife Safari.

Monday 27 June 2022

Monday 27th June

 A Little Ringed Plover and Little Egret were at Johnson's Marsh this morning and a Lesser Black backed Gull visited a Burniston garden. A first summer Mediterranean Gull was off Holbeck. Highlights south past Long Nab this morning were 305 Common Swift, 185 Sand Martin and six Manx Shearwaters and a single Arctic Tern flew north there this evening.

Male Sparrowhawk with prey.

Sunday 26 June 2022

Sunday 26th June

 A Little Egret was at Johnson's Marsh early this morning and a Quail was still singing at Wrench Green where there were also two Spotted Flycatchers. Two Stonechats were at Jugger Howe Moor.

Stonechat by Phil Harrison.

Saturday 25 June 2022

Saturday 25th June

A quiet day. A Red Kite flew south over Newby this morning and two Whinchat and three juvenile Northern Wheatears were on the track opposite Fen Bog. A Nightjar was reported from Wykeham Forest.

Barn Owl by Paul Tozer.

Friday 24 June 2022

Friday 24th June

 Singing Quails were noted in a field south side of Rocks Lane, Long Nab, Wrench Green and off Great Moor Road, Hutton Buscel. A Hooded Crow and 72 Sand Martins passed south at Long Nab and 253 Common Scoter passed north there. A drake Eider was on the sea below Long Nab. Three Green Sandpipers at Northstile Pool were an early sign of return passage. A EUROPEAN BEE EATER, or plural thereof ,was heard on four occasions just inland of Cornelian this morning but could not be visually located. Two broods of three Stonechats were along South Cliff and two Red Kites were seen from Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint.

Meadow Pipit by Ray Maddison.

Thursday 23 June 2022

Thursday 23rd June

A Quail was singing below the track to Northstile, Wrench Green this morning and two Tree Pipits were displaying and a Willow Tit calling. A Hobby was over North Moor Road and a Red Kite drifted south over Burniston. Returning pairs of breeding Lesser Black backed Gulls were reported from Candler Street (1+ chicks) and Beechville Avenue. Two were also seen over Hackness Road, a single over Murray Street and a single over a Scalby garden. A small flock of seven Common Scoter were on the sea off Cromer Point this afternoon, the long staying Whooper Swan remained at Scarborough Mere along with a Tufted Duck brood of eight ducklings and a Redshank was at Johnson's Marsh. A Turtle Dove was flushed from the roadside at Barmoor Lane, Scalby. A singing Willow Tit near Backleys Farm.
Razorbill by Fred Tiles.

Wednesday 22 June 2022

Wednesday 22nd June

A relatively quiet bird day today. An adult Mediterranean Gull flew north at Long Nab this morning, a Reed Warbler was at Taylor Way pool and 19 Tufted Ducks were at Burton Riggs. Two Spotted Flycatchers and a Northern Goshawk were at the south east corner of Wykeham Forest and singles of Raven, Northern Goshawk and Peregrine Falcon were seen over Troutsdale from Broxa Forest where another Spotted Flycatcher was also seen.
Great spotted Woodpecker by Caroline Garrod.

Tuesday 21 June 2022

Tuesday 21st JUne

A Hobby flew north at Long Nab early this morning, however; this was overshadowed by the presence of a singing male Golden Oriole at Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint car park, singing several times but not relocated thereafter. A Turtle Dove was in the old gas works compound at Wykeham late afternoon, adjacent to this car park. Three Northern Goshawk, six plus Common Buzzards and a Garden Warbler were seen at Jerry Noddle and a Mute Swan was on the rocks at Scalby Mills. A Sanderling was on North Bay beach in front of the beach huts and three Curlews flew north west over Crossgates. A pair of Lesser Black backed Gulls are raising two chicks on a house roof on Livingstone Road and another adult Lesser Black backed Gull visited a Burniston garden. A Shoveler, two Gadwall and five Teal were on Wykeham East Lake and a Cuckoo flew from near the hide towards the Match Lake.
Carrion Crow montage by Beverley Senturk.

Monday 20 June 2022

Monday 20th June

A Little Egret was in poolside trees at Johnson's Marsh this morning and a Quail was calling at Silpho this afternoon. A change in wind direction to northerly resulted in a strong northerly passage of seabirds past Long Nab this morning between 0530hrs and 1300hrs. The second highest total of Manx Shearwaters, some 929, were joined by 312 Common Scoters, two Arctic Skuas, one Great Skua, two Arctic Terns, one Common Tern and the second highest recorded passage of 449 Atlantic Puffins. A family party of four Willow Tits was in the Lang Dale area of Broxa Forest this afternoon plus a lone singing male in the same area. Nightjars were again churring in the stand of short trees just north of THe Falcon Inn late evening.
Male Common Redstart by Christopher Swales.

Sunday 19 June 2022

Sunday 19th June

A Little Egret was at Johnson's Marsh early morning and a singing Quail was in a field on the south side of Rocks Lane west of Cliff Top House, Long Nab. Three Turtle Doves and a total of four Yellow Wagtails aloing with 70 Linnets were north of Snainton. A Cuckoo flew south over the Castle Grounds early afternoon and a Little Owl was noted on Great Moor Road, Hutton Buscel. A total of 1,897 apparently occupied Kittiwakes nests were counted on Castle Headland today and a total 0f 13 apparently occupied Fulmar nests were also recorded. These 2022 annual counts for both species are very similar to those recorded last year. Two Nightjars, two Woodcock and a Tawny Owl were noted at Wykeham Forest this evening and two Nightjars, two Woodcock and two Tree Pipits were in forestry opposite THe Falcon Inn.
Common Whitethroats by Ray Maddison.

Saturday 18 June 2022

Saturday 18th June

A second-calendar year female Black Redstart was photographed at Troutsdale. The long staying Whooper Swan remained at Scarborough Mere, three Teal were on Johnson's Marsh and a Hobby flew over Ravenscar Tea Rooms. 27 apparently occupied Fulmar nests were counted at Ravenscar and a total of 48 Manx Shearwaters passed Long Nab. At Hogs Pasture Buildings near Snainton, a Quail was calling and two Yellow Wagtails, two Turtle Doves and a Little Owl were also in that area. Two Red Kites were seen over Ebberston and a single Red Kite was over Jugger Howe Moor. A pair of Stonechats with young were seen at Gristhorpe Bay and a further pair of Stonechats and a pair of Yellow Wagtails were noted at Cayton Bay. Four Honey Buzzards were again reported from Wykeham Raptor vViewpoint early this afternoon.
Fulmar by Nick Addey.

Friday 17 June 2022

Friday 17th June

A Quail was singing in a field south west of Cliff Top House Long Nab early this morning. Passing south at Long Nab this morning were a Great crested Grebe, eight Common Scoter, 17 Curlew with two west and 433 Common Swifts. Passing north were 86 Common Scoter, a second calendar year Mediterranean Gull and 15 Black headed Gulls, including the first two juveniles of the year. A Turtle Dove was noted at Givendale Head Farm, Ebberston this morning and three Common Buzzards and a pair of Tree Pipits feeding a youngster were at Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint. Encouraging news was received in respect of urban nesting Kittiwakes in Scarborough with a count of 1,136 last week, a good increase on 2021. There was, however; an astounding increase in Kittiwake nests on The Grand Hotel from 363 in 2021 to 537 in 2022, an increase of 67.6%. Three Red Kites were noted over West Ayton this afternoon and a Hobby flew over Whin Bank. A female Eider was in North Bay this evening. Five Teal and a Shelduck were present on Johnson's Marsh.
Tufted Duck female by Martin Moseley.

Thursday 16 June 2022

Thursday 16th June

Daily sightings of Honey Buzzards from Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint continued with a pair seen from there this morning. Very little other news on a relatively quiet birding day. Two Black headed Gulls flew north east over Crossgates and a Common Buzzard was at Seamer Tip Pool, where a Herring Gull was prevented from flying by the presence of a plastic bag attached to its leg.
Common Whitethroat by Paul Tozer.

Wednesday 15 June 2022

Wednesday 15th June

A Green Woodpecker, three Common Crossbills and a family party of five Willow Tits were ay Flainsby and Sutherbuff Rigg, Dalby Forest this morning. Single Nuthatches were noted at Seamer Road Mere and Weaponess Park. Two Marsh Harriers were reported today. A female approached Long Nab from the west at 0843hrs and flew high north east out to sea. A 2nd calendar year male flew east over Cayton Carr this afternoon. Three Nightjars were at Flainsley Rigg Top End, Dalby last night and a Nightjar, two Woodcock and a Tawny Owl were at Flax Dale. Up to five siging Turtle Doves in Broxa Forest recently, also three singing birds in the Three Tremblers area of Wykeham Forest.
Reed WArbler by Phil Bennett.

Tuesday 14 June 2022

Tuesday 14th June

A Blue phase Fulmar, 155 Manx Shearwaters, three Eiders, four Common/Arctic Terns and 94 Puffins passed north at Long Nab witha further 29 of the latter passing south. Highlights of the second BTO BBS visit to Sneaton Low Moor/May Beck area this morning were three Cuckoo, one Common Redstart, one Jay, 11 Siskin, nine Common Crossbills, two Garden Warblers and two Common Buzzards. Two recently fledged Stonechats were on roadside fence along the Ruswarp Road by the Woodsmith site along with five Mistle Thrushes. At least two churring Nightjars were at Birch Hall, Langdale Forest along with at least two roding Woodcocks
Nuthatch by Stephen Beaver.

Monday 13 June 2022

Monday 13th June

A vocal Ring-necked Parakeet flew west up Cayton Low Road at 0545hrs this morning and was photographed in Eastfield this evening. Two male Honey Buzzards, a dark morph and pale morph were seen from the roadside south of Highwood Brow this morning. At Broxa Forest, a Turtle Dove, Tree Pipit, four Common Crossbills, 10 Siskin and a Jay were noted. Three Lapwings with two chicks and five Mandarin Ducks were at Harwood Dale Lake. A minimum of 20 Common Crossbills, five Siskins, Cuckoo and male and female Common Redstarts were reported from forestry at Helwarth Road, Harwood Dale. Three Ravens were seen at May Beck this evening including a probable juvenile and at least two Woodcock were roding and a displaying Nightjar were at Wykeham forest at approximately 2200hrs
Jay montage by Beverley Senturk.

Sunday 12th June

Hobbys were noted over Crossgates and Osgoodby today and a Corn Bunting was singing at Gristhorpe Bay. Another Corn Bunting was on wires behind Long Nab Observatory and seven Shelduck flew south. Two Honey Buzzards were showing from the roadside south of Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint yesterday morning and a flock of approximately 160 Linnets were at Fields Farm, Long Nab.
Tawny Owl by Simon Temlett.

Saturday 11 June 2022

Saturday 11th June

A Quail was calling in a barley field on Nettlebed Lane, Snainton and 229 Common Swifts passed south at Long Nab. Two Teal remained on Johnson'Marsh and a brood of 9 Mallard Ducklings and a brood of 10 Tufted Ducklings were on the Coarse Fishing Lake at Wykeham. Four Honey Buzzards were over the Raptor Viewpoint and Nursery at Wykeham. Two Turtle Doves near YWT Chafer Wood, Ebberston.
Common Swift by Mark Hepples.

Friday 10 June 2022

Friday 10th June

A Barn Owl was hunting on Folkton Carrs early this morning and Seamer Carr hosted a 3rd calendar Great Black backed Gull, 2nd calendar year Common Gull and a Black headed Gull. A Jay and a Cuckoo were noted in Langdale Forest and at Dalby Nabgate there was a Green Woodpecker, two Tree Pipits and five Common Buzzards.Singing Willow Tits were noted at Bakers Warren and Highwood Brow in Wykeham Forest and male and female Honey Buzzards were seen near to Wykeham Nursery, the male carrying what appeared to be an amphibian sp.An Osprey drifted south over Eastfield this evening and a much anticipated adult Rose Coloured Starling visited a Newby garden earlier in the evening, the same garden which hosted another two years ago. Two Yellow Wagtails were north of Ebberston near High Park Farm.
Wren by Lucy Hobkinson.

Thursday 9 June 2022

Thursday 9th June

A Quail was calling from fields near Fields Farm near Long Nab this morning and another Quail was singing from a field at East Knapton, found whilst surveying a square for the BTO Breeding Bird Survey. A Red Kite flew north high over Scalby Mills this afternoon and a female was seen catching prey at Cloughton Wyke. Approximately five Turtle Doves were noted in the Malton Coates area of Ebberston.
Tufted Duckling by Steven Beaver.

Wednesday 8 June 2022

Wednesday 8th June

Another quiet day with fog and rain interupting birding.A Dunlin and seven Ringed Plovers dropped on to the silt at Wykeham East Lake this morning and three newly hatched Oystercatcher chicks were at Burton Riggs along with the Mute Swan family which had relocated from Taylor Way Pool.
Blue Tit feeding young by Alison Willis.

Tuesday 7 June 2022

Tuesday 7th June

Three Manx Shearwaters, 25 Common Scoters and 39 Puffins flying north were the highlights of a morning's watch at Long Nab Observatory this morning. A Canada Goose and three young goslings were seen at Peasholm Park.
Barn Owl by Mark Hepples.

Monday 6 June 2022

Monday 6th June

A dark blue phase Fulmar flew north at Long Nab this along with seven drake Teal, 45 Common Scoter and a Great Skua. A pair of copulating Teal were on Johnson's Marsh. 24 Fulmar nests, 24 Herring Gull nests and 13 active Sand Martin holes were counted at Cloughton Wyke and three Herring Gull nests were counted at The Hundales. Two Little Egrets were at Flotmanby Carr and a Hobby was 0over Wykeham Lakes this evening. Reasonable numbers of Willow Warblers, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff and Garden Warbler were noted at Sandybed Land and Long Causeway, Wykeham this morning along with two Common Buzzard, two Great Spotted Woodpecker, seven Yellowhammer and three Song Thrush being the pick of the bunch. Two Turtle Doves were on wires opposite The Mill Inn, Harwood Dale this evening. Two Nightjars and three Woodcock were at Givendale Rigg and Haw Dale, Dlaby and a Northern Goshawk was seen in Dalby Forest.
Sand Martin by Martin Moseley.

Sunday 5 June 2022

Sunday 5th June

Only a few reports were received today owing to the rather inclement weather. The pale male and a dark female Honey Buzzard showed briefly this morning to the east of Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint from where three Northern Goshawks and seven Common Crossbills were seen. 48 Common Scoter flew north at Long Nab and two Teal were at Johnson's Marsh. Three Turtle Doves visited the feeders opposite The Mill Inn at Harwood Dale this afternoon. Three Oystercatchers with chicks were seen in fields below Seamer Tip Pool where a Reed Warbler was in song. Two Nuthatch fledglings were in Sweetbecks Plantation, Crossgates.
Turtle Dove by Pau Bentley.

Saturday 4 June 2022

Saturday 4th June

A Nightjar was churring in Broxa Forest at 0455hrs this morning and a pair of Lapwings with four chicks were at Harwood Dale Lake. Four Shelduck 39 Common Scoters and five Red throated Divers passed Long Nab this morning and three Honey Buzzards continued to show at Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint. A Stonechat family (3 young) Redcliffe Farm, also Corn Bunting nearby. A singing Turtle Dove at Hilla Green.
Common Swift by Mark Hepples.

Friday 3 June 2022

Friday 3rd June

A Lesser Whitethroat was singing in a Scalby garden this morning and a Reed Warbler was singing at The Open Air Theatre. Four Honey Buzzards were once again entertaining birders at Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint where a Hawfinch flew west. 15 plus Crossbills, a Goshawk and Peregrine Falcon were also seen there. 160 Common Swifts were feeding over fields at Long Nab this afternoon. A Hobby flew over Wykeham Lakes and broods of Coots were noted at Water Park Lake and Causeway Lake. A Hobby drifted south west over Middle Deepdale this afternoon and three Nightjars, four Woodcocks and a further Hobby were seen this evening at Wykeham Forest.
Honey Buzzard by Richard Baines.

Thursday 2 June 2022

Thursday 2nd June

Honey Buzzards again stole the show today from Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint with four birds in the air, comprising of two males and two females, both males wing clapping in display. Two Red Kites just west of Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint this morning were probably the same two which were seen over Newby a short time earlier. Two Quail were in fields near Newclose Rigg, Dalby this morning and three Turtle Doves, four Garden Warblers and a Hobby were also noted in the area. A male Northern Goshawk flew east over Scar Wood, Harwood Dale this afternoon, a Little Owl was at Hutton Buscel and a singing male Reed Bunting was on the Castle Tops.
Goldfinch by Terry Crook.

Wednesday 1 June 2022

Wednesday 1st June

Three Honey Buzzards displaying this morning from Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint showed exceptionally well and involved a male and two females. Three Great crested Grebes at Burton Riggs this morning constituted the first sighting of the species this year at that location. Two broods of two and seven or eight Gadwall were at Seamer Tip Pool. A Wood Warbler and three Spotted Flycatchers were at Turkey Carpet and a Spotted Flycatcher and three Blackcap fledglings were just upstream from Troutsdale bridge. A Turtle Dove and Great spotted Woodpecker were opposite the Mill Inn at Harwood Dale and a Barn Owl continued to show at Long Causeway, Wykeham. Nightjars were very active on such a perfect evening with at least five on the wing on Stony Marl Moor north of The Falcon Inn and three in the Sneaton Low Moor/May Beck area.
Great Tit fledglings by Lucy Hobkinson.