Thursday 19 October 2023

Thursday 19th October

 A busy day with many thrushes and robins grounded owing to rain along the coast,  Redwing were arriving in off the sea this morning and quickly moving inland with 15 west over East Ayton, 32 west over Scalby Mills and over the town. At Ravenscar there were 250 Fieldfare, 200 Redwing, 60 Blackbird, five Song Thrush, 4 Brambling, one Chiffchaff, one Goldcrest, 45 Starling, 30 Robin and two Grey Wagtail. On Castle Hill today, one Ring Ouzel, 50 Blackbird, 30 Song Thrush, 25 Robin, one Blackcap and two Goldcrest. A Little Auk flew south off the harbour and a juvenile Whooper Swan was on Bogle Hole Beck. A Red Kite flew over the A64 one mile west of Sherburn. A juvenile Great crested Grebe and a Red-throated Diver were in the Harbour and two Little Egret were at Red Cliff. A male Blackcap, six Gadwall and eight Tufted Duck were at Seamer Road Mere. Nine species of wildfowl flew south past South Cliff in addition to two Short-eared Owls, 329 Redwing and 328 Skylark. A Great Northern Diver flew north there, with a number of thrushes and robins grounded. A Yellow-browed Warbler was just below Holbeck Car Park. 10 Mediterranean Gulls in South Bay. 12 species of wildfowl past Long Nab today including two Dark-bellied Brent Geese. Also past Long Nab on a protracted watch were two Great Egrets flew south, three Short-eared Owls flew in off the sea. A Red-necked Grebe, 86 Shags and an Arctic Skua north. Eight Little Gulls also passed. Two Jack Snipe, one flushed on Cleveland Way and one at Hundale. A Ring Ouzel and a Yellow-browed Warbler were at the ringing plantation and a second Yellow-browed Warbler was at  Cliff Top House. Five Brambling were at Crook Ness.

Juvenile Great crested Grebe in the harbour by Phil Bennett.

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