Friday 30 June 2023

Friday 30th June

 A quiet day. 20 Common Scoter flew north past Marine Drive this morning and approximately 50 Swifts flew south over Burniston ahead of a weather front. A Great Skua was seen off Cayton Bay.

Fulmar at Cayton Bay by Terry Hobson.

Thursday 29 June 2023

Thursday 29th June

 Grasshopper Warblers were at Limekiln Lane, Cayton and Cromer Point.  Five fledgling Stonechats were also at the latter site. Hobbys today were seen over Crossgates (twice) and over Wykeham East Lake, North Yorkshire Water Park. Two Little Ringed Plover and four chicks were also at the latter site. A Kingfisher was at Wrench Green bridge and a Cuckoo was calling at Scalby Mills.  11 Manx Shearwaters flew north past Cromer Point and a Common Tern flew south. Two Willow Tit and a Cuckoo were in the Dalby/Crossgate area. Two Willow Tit and three Lesser Redpoll were at Langdale and a Cuckoo was at Fylingdales Moor. Approximately seven Nightjar, 5 Woodcock and a Tawny Owl were noted in Langdale Forest this evening.

Juvenile Bullfinch by Phil Bennett.

Wednesday 28 June 2023

Wednesday 28th June

 A quiet day. A Hobby flew over Middle Deepdale this morning and another Hobby was seen at Wykeham East Lake, North Yorkshire Water Park, where a Little Ringed Plover was also seen in company with three chicks and an Oystercatcher. Four Sandwich Terns were feeding in North Bay late afternoon. 100+ Common Swifts were over Oliver's Mount this evening.

Juvenile Greenfinch by Paul Tozer.

Tuesday 27 June 2023

Tuesday 27th June

 An adult Mediterranean Gull and a Manx Shearwater flew S at Cornelian Bay and a Red-throated Diver flew N. A Black-tailed Godwit, Great Egret, seven Little Egret and seven teal were present at Potter Brompton Carr. Three Red-throated Divers were feeding and the north end of Cayton Bay and a single Common tern was at Scalby Mills.

Female Tufted Duck and ducklings at Brompton Pond by Christopher Bell.

Monday 26 June 2023

Monday 26th June

 At Potter Brompton Carr this morning, there was one Greenshank, two Black-tailed Godwits, two Common Snipe, a cream crown Marsh Harrier, 10 Little Egret, nine Teal and a drake Shoveler. On areas with no general access, there was a female Garganey with six plus ducklings, two broods of Gadwall totalling 10 young, a Water Rail and two juvenile Yellow Wagtails. A pair of Spotted Flycatchers were feeding young at a nest in a wall at Wykeham.

Sand Martins at nest hole by Stephen Beaver.

Sunday 25 June 2023

Sunday 25th June

 Five Black-tailed Godwits were at Potter Brompton Carr this morning and an adult Great Black-backed Gull was again frequenting Dean Road Council yard. Two Little Ringed Plovers and two great crested Grebes, the latter attempting to breed again after a recent failed attempt, were at East Lake, North Yorkshire Water Park and a pair of Tufted Ducks with four ducklings were on the Match Lake. A Hobby flew SW over Eastfield early evening. A Raven flew over Reasty Bank late evening.

Little Owl by Lucy Hobkinson.

Saturday 24 June 2023

Saturday 24th June

 Two female Whinchat were just south of Long Nab Obs along the cliff top vegetation and moving south and single singing Grasshopper Warblers were at Cromer Point and Pipe Gulley north of there. A Black-tailed Godwit was at Potter Brompton Carr. Approximately 40 House Martins were feeding high above Stepney Road this evening.

Grey Heron at Johnson's Marsh by Martin Moseley.

Friday 23 June 2023

Friday 23rd June

 26 Common Crossbill in two flocks (16 and 10) flew SE over Fylingdales Moor and two broods of Gadwall ( 3 and 7) were at Seamer Tip Pool. A pair of Stonechat and a pair of Common Whitethroat were at Cloughton Wyke. An adult Great Black-backed Gull flew over the Council Yard at Dean Road. 40 Lapwings were on Seamer Meads and a flock of 25 Linnets were at Metes Lane, Seamer. Three Black-headed Gulls flew S over Seamer Tip. A Spotted Flycatcher and five Mistle Thrushes were at Scar Wood, Harwood Dale.

Common Swift over Scarborough by Mark Hepples.

Thursday 22 June 2023

Thursday 22nd June

 A female Goshawk flew over Crossgates at 0920hrs and a Red Kite was along the A169 near Pickering. An estimated 25 to 30 apparently active House Martin nests were noted at Marfitt Head Farm house north of Pickering and east of the A169. A Little Ringed Plover flew over Middle Deepdale at 0105hrs. A Whimbrel, Redshank and four Curlew were on Black Rocks and two Black-headed Gulls flew in from the east and onto Holbeck. 

Yellow Wagtail at Snainton Lane by David Hutchinson.

Wednesday 21 June 2023

Wednesday 21st June

 A Hobby flew west over Cayton Bay Roundabout this morning and a Spotted Flycatcher was at Hayburn Wyke. Four Turtle Doves and 12 Yellow Wagtails were along Snainton Lane to Malton Cote/Moorsome Farms area. Two Sandwich Terns were briefly in North Bay and approximately 20 Swifts were over Prospect Road/Gordon Street.

Spotted Flycatcher at Hayburn Wyke by Stephen Beaver.

Tuesday 20 June 2023

Tuesday 20th June

 At Wrench Green this morning, two broods of Mandarin Duck, two juvenile Dippers and a Kingfisher. A singing Reed Warbler and juvenile Grey Wagtail were near Burton Riggs and a Red Kite was again seen over Crossgates.

Little Owl, Cinder Track, Burniston by Martin Moseley.

Monday 19 June 2023

Monday 19th June

 Two Red Kites were over Crossgates at lunch time, one tatty looking one SW and one W. Gannets were feeding off Marine Drive and a Little Grebe with three chicks, Jay and Common Buzzard were the highlights at Newlands Dale pond.  Two Jay and possibly three Great Spotted Woodpeckers were at Forge Valley. At the seaward end of Salt Pans Road, Cloughton this morning between 0940hrs and 1040hrs, 16 Manx Shearwaters passed (11N and 5S close inshore), one Sandwich Tern and four Curlew flew N. A Peregrine was over Hutton Buscel this afternoon and a Quail was calling distantly between Long Nab and Hundale Point this evening. Nightjars tonight included six at Dalby Snout, two at Wykeham Forest and one at Allerston High Moor Road at the entrance to Dalby Forest. Single Woodcocks were noted at Dalby Snout and Wykeham Forest. A Tawny Owl flew across the road between Suffield and Scalby and one was heard at Wykeham Forest.

Male Bullfinch at Cayton by Paul Tozer.

Sunday 18 June 2023

Sunday 18th June

 Another quiet day dominated by misty conditions. 12 Swifts and a Peregrine were at Scarborough Castle late morning. Three Puffins and two 2nd calendar year Lesser Black-backed Gulls flew north at Long Nab and a Lesser Whitethroat was still singing near Crook Ness car park.

Fulmar at sea by Becca-Marie Sealife Safaris.

Saturday 17 June 2023

Saturday 17th June

 Raptors over Crossgates today consisted of a Red Kite, female Goshawk flying east and a male Peregrine SW. A Cuckoo was at Ravenscar 200 metres north of the mast. A Quail was singing this evening in the wheat field behind Long Nab Obs, three Manx Shearwaters flews north there and a Grasshopper Warbler was singing near Crook Ness car park.

Sedge Warbler in flight at Seamer Tip Pool by Mark Hepples.

Friday 16 June 2023

Friday 16th June

 Red Kites (4), were seen over Burniston plus a Common Buzzard and Silpho (2) this morning and a Black-headed Gull flew over Crossgates. A Quail was singing in a wheat field west of Hundale Point this afternoon. At least two Nightjars were at Wykeham Forest after sunset along with a Woodcock.

Jay at Forge Valley by Paul Tozer.

Thursday 15 June 2023

Thursday 15th June

 Approximately 70 apparently active nests were Cayton Bay along with a male Stonechat, two Common Whitethroats, three Linnets, a pair of Yellowhammers and a Kestrel. A Red Kite was again seen over Crossgates at 1040hrs and three Common Crossbills flew south over Whin Bank mid morning. A minimum of eight Yellow Wagtails were in the Snainton Lane area this morning and a cumulative 200 or so feeding Kittiwakes were off Ravenscar.

 Chaffinch at Wykeham Forest by Malcolm Gladman.

Wednesday 14 June 2023

Wednesday 14th June

 At Sneaton High Moor this morning on a BTO Breeding Bird Survey visit, three Cuckoos (including a pair mating) and two pairs of Tree Pipits. A Common Redstart was at May Beck. An Osprey flew from Sand Dale, Dalby to Ellerburn and a Hobby flew over Sand Dale. A Raven was mobbed by corvids as it flew south over the Esplanade Clock Tower.

Fledgling Dunnock at Stepney by Phil Bennett.

Tuesday 13 June 2023

Tuesday 13th June

 A quiet day. A Goshawk (0825) and a Red Kite (1350) were seen over Crossgates and seven Common Scoter flew north past Scalby Mills. A Hobby flew east over the A169 towards Fylingdales. A Little Ringed Plover at Seamer tip pool.

Curlew at Jugger Howe Moor by Stephen Beaver.

Monday 12 June 2023

Monday 12th June

 At Potter Brompton Carr today there were six Little Egrets, a cream crown Marsh Harrier, 15 Ringed Plover, one Dunlin, one Common Snipe, two Redshank and four fully fledge Lapwing.  Single Red Kites were seen going east over Burton Riggs, over Oliver's Mount and over Cayton. A Hobby flew over Dean Road Council yard and the Peregrine pair from Marine Drive were also noted over Dean Road. A pair of Spotted Flycatchers were carrying food at Marfitt Head Farm north of Lockton and east of the A169. A Hobby and 26 Lapwings flew east there. A Spotted Flycatcher was also seen at Moor Dyke, Wykeham Forest. Swift activity was noted over the town with approximately 10 over Trafalgar Road.  A male RED- BACKED SHRIKE was discovered late afternoon at Jugger Howe.

Garden Warbler at Wykeham Lakes by Martin Moseley.

Sunday 11 June 2023

Sunday 11th June

 Two Red Kites flew west over Newby, and presumably the same two south over Crossgates 20 minutes later. The Dark-bellied Brent Goose was still with the Canada Goose flock at Seamer tip pool. A Hobby was hawking at Potter Brompton Carr mid-morning, also 7 Little Egrets, and a single Ringed Plover. A Single Crossbill flew south over town at Whin Bank. No Honey Buzzards reported from WRVP but a Cuckoo there. At North Yorkshire Water Park (East Lake) this evening; Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Teal. Six churring Nightjars were noted at Derwent Head, Langdale Forest late evening.

Turtle Dove Mill Inn - Terry Crook 

Saturday 10 June 2023

Saturday 10th June

 A Dark-bellied Brent Goose inland at Seamer tip pool was a surprise! A Gadwall brood (7 young) and Mute Swans with 7 cygnets. 4 Eiders flew south at Long Nab and Marine Drive, a Grasshopper Warbler reeling near the observatory. A Red Kite also flew south at Long Nab. One displaying Honey Buzzard at Wykeham Forest Raptor Viewpoint, where 7+ Goshawks were seen and 20 Crossbills. A pair of Willow Tits Cockrah area, a family party of Marsh Tits at Coverdale Moor, and 2 Tree Pipits singing at Wrench Green. 

Singing Lesser Whitethroat Crook Ness - Chris Bell 

Friday 9 June 2023

Friday 9th June

1,092 occupied urban Kittiwake nests in the town this year, just 44 down on last year despite a reduction on Spa Bridge. 1633 occupied Kittiwake nests at Castle Cliffs. A Turtle Dove at the Mill Inn, Harwood Dale. Grasshopper Warbler singing on cliffs at Cromer Point. An adult and juvenile Stock Dove in a Stepney Road garden. Two (male + female) Nightjars, 2 Woodcocks Long Causeway Road. 4 Little Egrets roosted at Causeway Lake.

Kittiwakes on Spa Bridge - Nick Addey 

Thursday 8 June 2023

Thursday 8th June

 An Osprey flew south over Gristhorpe mid-afternoon, and a Red Kite flew SW over Crossgates late-afternoon. A Green Woodpecker at Ganton Golf Course, where 11+ active House Martin nests were at the Clubhouse. Two Shelduck flew south at Long Nab. 18 Ringed Plover, Dunlin, 3 Little Egrets at Potter Brompton Carr. Three Nightjars, Woodcock in Wykeham Forest. Two drake Red-breasted Mergansers flew south at Marine Drive.

House Martins Ganton Golf Course - Nick Addey 

Wednesday 7 June 2023

Wednesday 7th June

 A Honey Buzzard flew east over Upper Deepdale, Eastfield early afternoon, one also seen from the Wykeham Forest Raptor Viewpoint. An Arctic Skua flew north past Long Nab, where a party of six juvenile Stonechats were around the Observatory. Sedge Warblers were feeding young south of Crook ness, at "Pipe Gully". Potter Brompton Carr held 20 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, Redshank, 6 Little Egrets, and a cream crown Marsh Harrier. Two Grey Partridge were at Folkton. A Turtle Dove was in Burniston village, near the Methodist Church. North Yorkshire Water Park held a pair of Teal, 13 Lbb Gulls, and a Gbb Gull.

Willow Warbler Wykeham Forest - Chris Bell 

Tuesday 6 June 2023

Tuesday 6th June

 A Great Northern Diver off Marine Drive moved into North Bay late morning. At Long Nab a Quail  was calling from a rape field near Crook Ness car park, and a Turtle Dove at the west end of Rocks Lane. A male Eider was at Cayton Bay. A Cuckoo, and 3 Tree Pipits at Broad Head Farm, Dalby Forest. One Honey Buzzard reported from the Wykeham Forest Raptor Viewpoint. A Fieldfare was photographed in Harwood Dale Forest.

Common Redstart Harwood Dale - Chris Bell

Monday 5 June 2023

Monday 5th June

 A pale morph Pomarine Skua flew north past Long Nab mid-afternoon. One Honey Buzzard from the Wykeham Forest Raptor Viewpoint. 12 Common Scoter north off Marine Drive. Lesser Whitethroat Seamer tip area. The drake Garganey again at Potter Brompton Carr, also a pair of Teal, 4 Little Egrets, 19 Ringed Plover (most of the race tundrae ), 3 Dunlin, 5 Redshank, drumming Snipe, and 2 Yellow Wagtails.

Plenty of mud collecting by House Martins at Johnson's Marsh the last few days - Martin Moseley 

Sunday 4 June 2023

Sunday 4th June

 A COMMON ROSEFINCH seen in sycamores at Cliff Top House, Long Nab this morning, left north at 0750hrs. A Honey Buzzard was seen from Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint. 3 Velvet Scoter flew north past Cromer Point where a Grasshopper Warbler was in song in gorse.

Juvenile Greenfinch, Eastfield garden, by Chris Dalton.

Saturday 3 June 2023

Saturday 3rd June

 A very quiet day! The first signs of post-breeding (autumn!) movement at Long Nab today with 3 Lapwing high south. Three Honey Buzzards reported from Wykeham Forest Raptor Viewpoint, two males and a female. An adult Black-headed Gull over Crossgates is the first for a while there. 4 Nightjars (one female) Givendale, Dalby Forest, also 3 Woodcock. 4 Nightjars (one female) May Beck, Sneaton Forest.

Sand Martin Seamer tip pool - Simon Temlett 

Friday 2 June 2023

Friday 2nd June

 An unconfirmed report of a Purple Heron at Potter Brompton Carr (view only from Haybridge) this morning but no sign since. Also there 7 Little Egrets, Grey Heron, 5 Shelducks, 12 Ringed Plovers, Dunlin, 3 Greenshank, 2 Redshank, and the "cream crown" Marsh Harrier. Three Common Sandpipers and a Little Ringed Plover at North Yorkshire Water Park. A male Wheatear at the Castle Hill tops this afternoon. A Raven flew north at the Wykeham Forest Raptor Viewpoint, where two Honey Buzzards were seen, and up to 5 Crossbills giving close views. 70 Starlings at Long Nab (many juveniles have fledged in the district now). Two pairs of Willow Tits (one carrying food) Givendale, dalby Forest.

Tree Sparrows Scarborough garden - Phil Bennett 

Thursday 1 June 2023

Thursday 1st June

 No sign of the Squacco Heron early morning, news soon came through that it had moved to York!

Potter Brompton Carr held a Wood Sandpiper, Greenshank, 5 Ringed Plover, Redshank, and a Little Grebe. An impressive movement of Common Terns NE through North Yorkshire Water Park, 58 between 06.00 and 09.00am, also a Hobby flew east, present were 2 Common Sandpipers, 3 LRP, Dunlin, Redshank, and a Black-tailed Godwit. Highlights past Long Nab were 1600 Gannets, 4 Common Scoter, Manx Shearwater, and 7 Puffins. 

Common Tern NY Water Park - Nick Addey