Friday 9 September 2022

Friday 9th September

 Birds were on the move again today with a Black Tern north past Cornelian at 0645hrs followed quickly by a juvenile Honey Buzzard in off the sea and SW along South Cliff Golf Club at 0649hrs. A Caspian Gull flew south there and grounded birds included two Common Redstart, eight Northern Wheatear, and three Willow Warbler. Six Common Sandpipers and a Yellow-legged Gull were on Black Rocks. A Tree Pipit also flew over. Two Northern Wheatear were later on the cliff top path near South Cliff Golf Course. A juvenile Honey Buzzard flew SW at Long Nab at 0708hrs, continuing inland followed by a second Honey Buzzard flying west there at 0852hrs. A Temminck's Stint found at Wykeham East Lake at 0745hrs flew off east at 0750hrs. Three Dippers were at Scalby Mills this morning, a Little Egret was in Jackson's Bay and six Dunlin in North Bay. A juvenile Marsh Harrier was inland south of Crook Ness and two Northern Wheatear were on a grassy area behind the Barracks Estate on Burniston Road. Two Dunlin were at Burton Riggs and four Grey Herons circled over Crossgates before appearing to drop at Burton . A Greenshank was at Brompton Ponds at lunchtime and a juvenile Long-tailed Skua was chasing Terns in Gristhorpe Bay. Three Willow Warblers and a Chiffchaff were in a Burniston garden and three Common Terns, three Dunlin and a Ringed Plover were on rocks at the north end of Cayton Bay. Three Dunlin were at Seamer Tip Pool and an Arctic Skua flew south over North Bay. Later this afternoon, a juvenile Black-tailed Godwit, one Pintail, 21 Wigeon and a pair of Egyptian Geese with three young Goslings were at Wykeham East Lake. Maximum migrant totals at Castle Hill were four Pied Flycatchers, three Common Redstart, one Spotted Flycatcher, four Northern Wheatear and one Willow Warbler. Highlights from Long Nab Obs this morning included two Pied Flycatchers by Cliff Top House, one Northern Wheatear and one Common Redstart, Four Sooty Shearwaters flew north past Long Nab Obs and a first calendar Yellow-legged Gull and one Common Buzzard flew south a second first calendar year Yellow-legged Gull was following a nearby plough. A second Common Redstart was at Cliff Top House this afternoon, a Whinchat was briefly in the potato field and a Siskin was feeding on the cliffs by Long Nab Obs.

Common Tern by Chris Bull.

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