Saturday 18 March 2023

Saturday 18th March

 The first Sand Martin of the spring flew south through South Cliff at 0747hrs followed by two Sand Martins south past Long Nab at 1008hrs and one flying north high over there at 1043hrs. The first spring Sandwich Tern flew north at Long Nab at 0840hrs and a Snow Bunting also flew north there. Chiffchaff totals today included birds at Wykeham Water park (11), Ravenscar (3), the Open Air Theatre (2), Burton Riggs (1) and Seamer Road Mere (1). Three Bullfinch and the ill looking Mediterranean Gull ,PNN5 were the highlights at Burton Riggs. 20 Skylarks and a Grey Heron were at the Seamer Tip Pools area and an adult Mediterranean Gull was on the bridge at Peasholm Park Lake. One Curlew, one Great Spotted Woodpecker, 15 Fieldfare, eight Redwing, 120 Starling, eight Alba Wagtails, 20 Linnet, two Siskin, eight pairs of Skylark, three pairs of Meadow Pipit and a pair of Stonechat were at Stoupe Brow and 40 Redwing were at Staintondale. 37 Fulmar were on the sea below Ravenscar cliffs, 150 Common Gulls on the sheep field by Ravenscar Tearooms and 27 Meadow Pipits and eight Alba Wagtails flew south there. Seamer Road Mere held five Goldeneye (3M, 2F), a Grey Heron, the long staying Whooper Swan and a singing Song Thrush. Wykeham Lakes complex (North Yorkshire Water Park) highlights included the Cetti's Warbler, a Russian White-fronted Goose, one Goosander and three Shoveler. Highlights from Potter Brompton Carr, viewed from Heybridge included a cream crowned Marsh Harrier, Great White Egret, two Little Egret, two Whooper Swan which flew off east, three drake Shoveler, six Gadwall, 12 Mallard and 63 Teal. The high tide roost at Gristhorpe Bay hosted 202 Curlew, 66 Redshank, 54 Oystercatcher, 34 Purple Sandpiper, 25 Turnstone, four Cormorant, one Golden Plover over and 33 Common Gull in the fields. Just three Wigeon remained at the Flower of May today and the pair of Oystercatcher was still present. Six Brambling were at Cockmoor Hall Car Park and 80 Kittiwakes were rafting off Marine Drive this evening. Five Common Buzzard were over Hay Lane, Scalby. Finally, a Goosander flew north at South Cliff and eight Mediterranean Gulls were present in the area. A Little Ringed Plover was sound recorded over Crossgates last night.

Chiffchaff by Paul Tozer.

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