Monday 3 April 2023

Monday 3rd April

 Remarkably, the third ALPINE SWIFT for the area was seen at 1150hrs at Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint and even more remarkable was the fact that it was found by the finder of the recent Black-throated Thrush. 679 Chaffinch, one Brambling and a Corn Bunting flew south at South Cliff this morning. 10 singing Chiffchaff were on territory.  A Yellowhammer was noted at Hutton Buscel. The first Willow Warbler of spring was near the main car park at North Yorkshire Water Park and the long staying Cetti's Warbler was calling by the zip wire tower. Six Goldeneye, a pair of Great crested Grebes, one Sand Martin and a Kingfisher were at Wykeham East Lake, North Yorkshire Water Park. A male Marsh Harrier and three Common Buzzards flew south over West Ayton in a 20/30 minute period and a Northern Wheatear was at Ravenscar mast along with a pair of Stonechat. A pair of Stonechat were at Cloughton Wyke and a Barn Swallow was at Staintondale. A Blackcap, 14 Chiffchaffs and 44 Robins were at Long Nab this morning and four Stock Doves visited a Burniston garden. A Grey Plover flew SW over Castle Hill this evening and a Black Redstart was along the coastal path at South Cliff near the Golf Course.

Mating Peregrine Falcons at Castle Headland by Phil Bennett.

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