Thursday 30 November 2023

Thursday 30th November

 An adult Caspian Gull was identified flying north past Long Nab, a Pintail also flew south there. At Haygate, Dalby were 3 Brambling with 300 Chaffinches, 11 Lesser Redpolls, 100 Yellowhammers, and 47 Linnets. A Ruff at Potter Brompton Carr, also 90 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Great White Egrets, 3 Little Egrets, 28 Snipe, 140 Golden Plovers (flew east), Marsh Harrier, 3 Water Rails, 2 Willow Tits, 6 Brambling, 90 Cjaffinches, 220 Linnets, 70 Greenfinch, 24 Redd Buntings, and 40 Tree Sparrows. Four Goosanders still at Seamer Road Mere, plus 3 Goldeneye, 6 Little Grebes. A drake Goldeneye, and Kingfisher at Peasholm Park lake. 13 Waxwings in Cayton at West Garth this morning. North Yorkshire Water Park held 8 Great crested Grebes, 7 Little Grebes, 7 Gadwall, 32 Teal, 18 Tufted Ducks, and 11 Goldeneye. A female Eider at Scalby Mills.

Goldeneye at Peasholm park - Terry Crook. 

Wednesday 29 November 2023

Wednesday 29th November

 A Blackcap visited a Throxenby garden this morning. At North Yorkshire Water Park (combined totals for complex); 18 Goldeneye, six Great crested Grebe, two Little Grebe, 39 Tufted Duck, nine Gadwall, 35 Mallard, 12 Wigeon and two Teal. 130 Pink-footed Geese flew east over Dalby, two Stonechat at 10 Crossbill were at Bridestones and a Little Egret and Dipper were at Thornton le Dale. Four Goosander, six  Goldeneye and seven Little Grebe at Seamer Road Mere. Two Great Northern Divers were still at the harbour and an adult Mediterranean Gull at South Bay. A Blackcap and a Chiffchaff were at Castle Hill this morning and two Stonechat were on Marine Drive by Hairy Bob's Skatepark. At Adderstone Fields area, Dalby an impressive 34 Great Tits were feeding on the ground under Beech where the ground was devoid of snow. Also there, 19 Coal Tit, 17 Blue Tit, one Mistle Thrush, 27 Brambling and 24 Common Crossbill. At Dalby Haygate this afternoon; Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, two Marsh Tit, 14 Great Tit, one Nuthatch, two Fieldfare, one Bullfinch, 14 Common Crossbill, 12 Goldfinch and 21 Siskin. 19 Waxwing were near to Raven Hall, Ravenscar. 6 Waxwings at Wykeham school.

Blackbird at Seamer Road Retail Park by David Hutchinson.

Tuesday 28 November 2023

Tuesday 28th November

 A probable Yellow-legged Gull was with Herring Gulls in fields south west of Cromer Sewage Works. At Potter Brompton Carr viewed from Haybridge; one cream crown Marsh Harrier, 80 plus Pink-footed Geese, Goldeneye and Shelduck. A finch flock at Bogg Hall contained ca 320+ Linnet, 60+ Greenfinch and four Brambling. 700+ Golden Plover were in flight over Binnington Carr. Two Great Northern Divers and a Red-throated Diver were in the harbour and a Blackcap visited a Throxenby garden feeding station. Two Kingfishers and a drake Goldeneye were at Peasholm Park and three Goosander, five Goldeneye, six Little Grebe, at least one Kingfisher and a Bullfinch were at Seamer Road Mere. A female Eider, six Ringed Plover, 12 Redshank and a Lapwing were at Scalby Mills. At Seamer Tip Pools; six Gadwall, a Jack Snipe and five Bullfinch. A Woodcock and three Mediterranean Gulls were at North Bay. Two Chiffchaff, a Blackcap and 35 Blackbirds were at Castle Hill. 15 Waxwings at Wykeham school

Marsh Tit at Raincliffe Woods by Stephen Beaver.

Monday 27 November 2023

Monday 27th November

 A quiet day owing to poor weather. An Eider was on the sea at Scalby Mills and an unspecified number of Waxwings were again at Seamer Road Retail Park.

Dipper at Peasholm Glen by Martin Moseley.

Sunday 26 November 2023

Sunday 26th November

Black Guillemot was in the Marine Drive//East Pier area before flying off north. A Long-tailed Duck was at Scalby Mills and a Jack Snipe at Cromer Point pond. A Little Auk flew north past Marine Drive and 35 Waxwings were at Seamer Road Retail Park outside Dunelm. Nine Waxwings were again at Allerston near the Methodist Church. Two Great Northern Divers and two Red-throated Divers were again in the harbour and five Purple Sandpipers were at the end of East Pier. 39 Tufted Duck, 56 Mallard and 17 Wigeon were at East Lake, North Yorkshire Water Park. An Egyptian Goose was at Seamer Tip Pool, a Dipper at Peasholm Glen and two Goosander at Seamer Road Mere.

Black Guillemot off Marine Drive by Simon Ward.

Black Guillemot off Marine Drive by Steven Wignill.

A rare bird for the area.

Saturday 25 November 2023

Saturday 25th November

 Six Little Auk and Great Northern Diver north past Long Nab and one Puffin south. A Little Auk and a Long-tailed Duck north past Cornelian and four Long-tailed Duck, Black Guillemot, seven Little Auk and a Great Northern Diver north past Marine Drive. Two drake Goldeneye were on Peasholm Park Lake. Approximately 10 Waxwings were at Allerston near the Methodist Church and 13 Waxwings were at Seamer Road Retail Park outside B & Q. Two White-fronted Geese were with a flock of Pink-footed Geese two fields east of Ruston Carr bridge. Two Great Northern Divers were again in the harbour. 

Long-tailed Duck north past Marine Drive by Christopher Bell.

Friday 24 November 2023

Friday 24th November

 The adult and juvenile Great Northern Divers and a drake Red-breasted Merganser were in the Harbour this morning. 29 Purple Sandpipers on East Pier. Up to six Waxwings in berry trees at Seamer Road Retail Park.  Long Nab highlights; Drake Long-tailed Duck and Sooty Shearwater north. Great Northern Diver, four Common Scoter, Red-breasted Merganser and a Goldeneye also past. A redhead Goosander, four Little Grebe and a Kingfisher at Seamer Road Mere.

Moulting adult Great Northern Diver with crab snack Scarborough Harbour by James Jimbob Davies.

Thursday 23 November 2023

Thursday 23rd November

 Two Great Northern Divers and two Red throated Divers were in the harbour this morning. A pair of Stonechat on rock armour in North Bay opposite Hairy Bob's Skatepark. A drake Red-breasted Merganser flew south past Marine Drive and a female Common Scoter was on the sea off there. 30 Pink-footed Geese flew south off Marine Drive and approximately 80 Pink-footed Geese flew south over Dean Road cemetery. A Little Egret was on the River Derwent at West Ayton. At Potter Brompton Carr (from Haybridge); at least 5 White-fronted Geese, 120 Pink-footed Geese, one Marsh Harrier, one Little Egret and 26 Wigeon. A Red Kite was over Wrench Green.

Close up of a Great Northern Diver by Stephen Beaver.

Wednesday 22 November 2023

Wednesday 22nd November

 In South Bay this morning; three Great Northern Divers (2 juveniles), Black throated Diver and two Red throated Divers. On Castle Hill; two Woodcock, Blackcap, four Goldcrest, two Redwing, two Siskin. A female Stonechat east side of Marine Drive. Three Stonechats (2m,1f) were on rock armour near to Hairy Bob's Skatepark, Marine Drive and a female Eider was in North Bay. Two Peregrines were on Castle Headland. Two Jay, c25 Blackbird, 20 Redwing and three Wigeon were at Newlands Dale Pond. Three Little Egret, two Great Egret and a Goldeneye were at Potter Brompton. 18 White-fronted Geese and c150 Pink-footed Geese viewable to the south east of Ruston Carr bridge. A Little Egret and three Goosander flew west at Willerby Carr. Viewable from Straits Lane; 1,400+ Golden Plover, 450 Lapwing, 21 Dunlin, 1,000 Starling and a Peregrine. Seven Little Egret at Thornton le Dale and 86 Wigeon at Scalby Mills.

Male Stonechat Marine Drive by JanandGary Powell.

Tuesday 21 November 2023

Tuesday 21st November

 The two Great Northern Divers and the juvenile Black throated Diver were again in the harbour this morning and a Kingfisher was on the rock armour on Marine Drive. 11 Little Gull flew south past Marine Drive and a Great Northern Diver flew north. A Little Gull was blogging off Scalby Ness. A Velvet Scoter and a Long-tailed Duck flew south at South Cliff and a Great Skua and a Manx Shearwater flew north. Three Goshawks (2m, 1f), two Raven and two Common Buzzard were at Low North Camp. Five Water Rails and a Brambling were along the Dell, Eastfield. Highlights from the monthly WeBS core count at North Yorkshire Water Park were 15 Goldeneye, seven Little Grebe, seven Great Crested Grebe and an adult winter Mediterranean Gull. Additional sightings were two Stonechat, 17 Lesser Redpoll and 20 Siskin. Waxwing sightings today; 23+ in tall trees at western end of Station Road, Crossgates (turn off to Seamer railway station), 20+ in Newby and 9 in trees fronting Greenfinch Close, Crossgates.

Razorbill in Scarborough harbour by Kevin Groocock.

Monday 20 November 2023

Monday 20th November

 A Black Redstart at Long Nab was only the fourth site record. Seven Snow Buntings remained on the stubble field to the south of pipe gulley by the bench and a single Snow Bunting was at Scalby Nab. Eight Waxwings were at Willymath Close, 15+ were on Green Lane near to St. Mark's Church and approximately 12 on Eastway, Eastfield near to the A64. The moulting adult and juvenile Great Northern Divers were again in the harbour this morning along with a  Red- throated Diver and  a Black-throated Diver this afternoon. Two Purple Sandpipers were on East Pier. A Kingfisher was on the rock pools on Marine Drive near to lamp post 37. 51 Teal and four Grey Heron were at Johnson's Marsh. WeBS highlights at Seamer Road Mere; One Goosander, nine Goldeneye, eight Little Grebe, 56 Mallard and 76 Moorhen. 

Kingfisher on Marine Drive by Stuart Baines.

Sunday 19 November 2023

Sunday 19th November

 Two Great Northern Divers were again in the harbour and the juvenile Black-throated Diver was in Cayton Bay. A Velvet Scoter flew south past Marine Drive with approximately 12 Common Scoter and seven Snow Buntings were still present on stubble by the bench approximately 100 meters south of pipe gulley. Waxwings today as follows; 20 plus in Scarborough Hospital grounds, approximately 20 mobile between Falsgrave Road and Sainsbury's and 18 in Willymath Close, Burniston. At Potter Brompton Carr across the whole site; Two White-fronted Geese, 56 Pink-footed Geese, four Great Egret, three Little Egret, a female Pintail, 11 Shoveler, 768 Teal, two Goldeneye, 630 Lapwing, two Water Rail, Willow Tit, approximately 800+ Starling, 90+ Linnet. Five Whooper Swans on Sherburn Ings and 350+ Golden plover in flight over Binnington Carr. 10 Little Egret and three adult Mediterranean Gulls were on Cayton/Folkton Carr late afternoon. One Pochard, nine Goldeneye, five Great Crested Grebe, 12 Mute Swan and 22 Cormorant were at North Yorkshire Water Park. At Scalby Mills a female Eider and a single Lapwing. An adult and a second winter Mediterranean Gulls were at South Bay, a male Peregrine on Castle headland and a Chiffchaff with a roving tit flock on Castle Hill. 83 Mallard and 19 Moorhen were at Peasholm Park.

Velvet Scoter with Common Scoter south past Marine Drive by Stuart Baines.

Juvenile Black-throated Diver in Cayton Bay by Andy Hood.

Saturday 18 November 2023

Saturday 18th November

 Two Great Northern Divers again in the harbour early morning. Three Great Northern Divers and a Black throated Diver were at the south end of Cayton Bay.  Waxwings today as follows; Approximately 80 flew south over Hovingham Drive, approximately 70 were opposite Cayton School, 60 again in Burniston, and 12 flew south over Deans Garden Centre, Seamer Road. Four Waxwings flew west from Castle Hill where four Goldcrests were present. Seven Snow Buntings were in a stubble field 100 metres south of Pipe Gulley, Long Nab. At North Yorkshire Water Park Water Sports Lake; 16 Goldeneye, seven Teal, two Willow Tit and a Kingfisher. At least 500+ Lapwing and 400+ Pink- footed Geese were seen in flight over Binnington Carr.

Black throated Diver at Cayton Bay by John Harwood.

Great Northern Diver in Scarborough Harbour by Mark Hepples.

Friday 17 November 2023

Friday 17th November

 The moulting adult and juvenile Great Northern Divers were in the harbour along with a Red throated Diver and Kingfisher. 126 Waxwings were at Willymath Close, Burniston and six Waxwings were in the hospital grounds behind the Quakers Meeting House. Five Goldeneye and a Kingfisher were at Seamer Road Mere. 13 Whooper Swans were between Snainton and Yedingham and 153 Wigeon were at Scalby Mills. Two male Tawny Owls calling in Burniston this evening. A Hawfinch again in Stain Dale, Dalby Forest.

Waxwings at Burniston today. Photos courtesy of Phil Bennett, Stuart Baines and Terry Crook respectively.

Thursday 16 November 2023

Thursday 16th November

 A Woodcock on Oliver's Mount race track this morning. Two Great Northern Divers (adult and juvenile) in South Bay just off the lighthouse. A Black Redstart on rock armour behind Toll House on Marine Drive and two Stonechat were on rock armour opposite lamp posts 54 and 58 on Marine Drive. 120 Pink-footed Geese flew north past Marine Drive and seven Shags were on the sea. Two Mealy Redpoll flew south after leaving Castle Hill. A Kingfisher was at the south end of the inner harbour. At North Yorkshire Water Park this morning; a female Common Scoter, seven Goldeneye, two Gadwall, four Great Crested Grebes, six Little Grebes and an Egyptian Goose. Two Hawfinches flew over heading west. 61 Waxwings were in trees at Willymath Close, Burniston and 11+ mobile Waxwings were in Cayton. In a field off the A64 opposite Stockdales, there were between 500 and 600 Pink-footed Geese and a Bar-headed Goose of unknown origin within the feral goose flocks.

Great Northern Diver, Scarborough Harbour by Stephen Beaver.

NB. Following further enquiries and research, the reported possible Kumlein's Gull in Scarborough Harbour yesterday has been identified as a pale variant of Northern Herring Gull.

Wednesday 15 November 2023

Wednesday 15th November

 Great Northern Diver and Red throated Diver in the harbour this morning. 60 Pink footed geese flew south there. Four Whooper Swans flew south over Scalby Mills and approximately 20 Waxwings were opposite Tesco Express at the junction of Cross Lane and Burniston Road. 60 Teal and two Grey Heron at Johnson's Marsh. 

Redhead Goosander Brompton Butts by Christopher Bell.

Northern Herring Gull in harbour this morning by Terry Hobson.

Tuesday 14 November 2023

Tuesday 14th November

 A Cetti's Warbler was singing at Seamer Tip pool. A Great Northern Diver was again in the harbour and approximately 35 Pink-footed Geese flew south over Burniston. Three Short eared Owls were north of Long Nab Obs and a Water Pipit was on the flooded field just north of the Obs with Rock Pipits and Pied Wagtails. A Chiffchaff, Woodcock, Little Egret and 100 Blackbird were on the west side of Seamer Tip. 100 Fieldfare and 45 Blackbird were along the River Hertford behind Stockdales. A pair of Willow Tit, two Chiffchaff, a Brambling and a Crossbill were at Robins Bottom Plantation, Willerby. Between Willerby Carr and Straits Lane there was 1,800+ Pink-footed Geese, 700+ Greylag Geese, 20+ White-fronted Geese, 40 Teal, a Ruddy Shelduck, Bar-headed Goose, 1,800 Golden Plover, 2,000+ Lapwing, 55 Dunlin, 45 Snipe, eight Redshank, two Ruff, three Curlew and 3,500 Starling. A Great Egret flew east there. A Goldeneye was at Burton Riggs. At Potter Brompton Carr, viewed from Haybridge; approximately 400 Teal, most of which were on distant fields and in flight only, a Goldeneye, two Marsh Harrier, four Little Egret and eight Snipe. A redhead Goosander at Brompton Butts. A Hawfinch was with Redwing and Fieldfare at Staindale near Bridestones.

Common Buzzard at Wykeham Forest by Stephen Beaver.

Monday 13 November 2023

Monday 13th November

 Over 50 Waxwings were in trees between Burniston Gardens and Scalby Road, Burniston this morning before fragmenting into smaller flocks north and south. A Great Northern Diver accompanies a Red Throated Diver in the inner harbour. A Short-eared Owl was in a field west of Jackson's Bay. Over 1,000 Pink-footed Geese, five White-fronted Geese, 100 Greylag Geese (including two leucistic individuals) and a Bar-headed Goose and Ruddy Shelduck of unknown origin, were in a field off the A64 west of Stockdales.  A Little Egret on the River Derwent at East Ayton this afternoon.

Great Northern Diver inner harbour by Scarborough Porpoise.

Sunday 12 November 2023

Sunday 12th November

 Three Kingfishers were at Scalby Mills and two Waxwings were at Newlands between the shops and Cross Lane this morning. A Dipper was at the top end of Peasholm Glen. A Great Northern Diver was in the harbour mouth and 50 Gadwall, two Wigeon and a Teal were at Seamer Tip Pool. Four Goldeneye at Seamer Road Mere, two Raven flew strong west from Folkton and another Raven flew south over Thornton le Dale. A Short-eared Owl at Flixton Carr late afternoon and approximately 5 Waxwings at Green Lane. Two Shags and two Razorbills were off Marine Drive.

Drake Goldeneye at Seamer Road Mere by Phil Bennett.

Saturday 11 November 2023

Saturday 11th November

 30 plus Waxwings were in trees along Scalby Road, Burniston this morning and eight Waxwings were at Cayton Primary School. 1,500 Pink footed Geese were in the Star Carr area and 110 Pink footed Geese flew south at Burniston. Two Ravens were on Cayton Carrs. A Great Egret flew east past Ruston Carr bridge and a Green Sandpiper was present there. A Great Skua flew south past South Cliff and an unseasonal Common Sandpiper was on Black Rocks, Cornelian. A redhead Goosander was at Brompton Butts. A redhead Goosander , 10 Goldeneye, 11 Great Crested Grebe and 24 Lapwing were at North Yorkshire Water Park. Two Willow Tit, four Marsh Tit, 20 Long-tailed Tit, 30 Crossbill and four Siskin were east of Highwood Brow Car Park, Wykeham Forest. Three Little Egret, two cream crown Marsh Harriers, 48 Lapwing, two Snipe at Potter Brompton Carr, viewed from Haybridge, and a single Brambling with finch flock at Bog Hall Barn.

Crossbill at Wykeham Forest by Christopher Bell.

NB. With the expected influx of Waxwings into the UK, small flocks are now being encountered within the recording area and at locations which are considered to be sensitive, such as schools. Please adopt a common sense and responsible approach to any such site where birds may turn up, especially when children are present. The presence of groups of people with optical instruments and cameras can cause public concern and we would politely and respectfully request that birders are fully aware of their surroundings and enjoy the birds without causing public anxiety and negating the need for Police response to situations which can be avoided . Thank you and good birding.

Friday 10 November 2023

Friday 10th November

 A White-fronted Goose, Little Gull, two Great Northern Divers and two Pintail flew past Cornelian this morning. A Short eared Owl flew north at sea past Long Nab. Two Stonechat and 16 Skylark were present. 19 Tufted Duck, a redhead Goosander, three Goldeneye and a Chiffchaff were at Seamer Road Mere. 15 Waxwings flew west over Burniston and 15 were at West Garth Gardens, Cayton. Three Willow Tits, four Marsh Tits, 57 Crossbills and approximately 500 strong flock of Brambling and Chaffinch in the Dixon Hollow and Sand Dale areas of Dalby Forest. A pair of Tawny Owls calling near Manor Road Park. 82 Gadwall at Seamer Tip Pool.

Male Kingfisher by Martin Moseley.

Thursday 9 November 2023

Thursday 9th November

 A Red-throated Diver and Kingfisher at the inner harbour this morning. Two Kingfishers at the Open Air Theatre. Nine Goldeneye, one Pochard, two Great Crested Grebes and five Little Grebes at North Yorkshire Water Park. At Potter Brompton Carr, viewed from Haybridge, there were one Dunlin, 120 Lapwing, four Little Egret, a cream crown Marsh Harrier and seven Whooper Swans (3 adults, 4juveniles).  A mobile mixed flock at Nettledale Lane, Snainton, contained approximately 50 Fieldfare, 30 Redwing, 30 Starling, five Brambling, five Chaffinch and 10 House Sparrow. 134 Curlew were at Gristhorpe Bay. Approximately 20 Waxwings were back at Newlands late afternoon.

Common Buzzard at North Yorkshire Water Park by Terry Hobson.

Wednesday 8 November 2023

Wednesday 8th November

 14 Waxwings at the corner of Newlands Park Road/Newlands Park Grove mid-afternoon. A Black Redstart was on the rock armour at Marine Drive, near the Toll House late afternoon. At East Lake (NY Water Park); 35 Wigeon, 38 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 10 Teal.

Grey Wagtail Valley Road pond - Martin Moseley 

Tuesday 7 November 2023

Tuesday 7th November

 A Hawfinch, 60 Brambling, 30 Crossbills, and 17 Whooper Swans(over SE) at Dalby Forest, Warren car park(Dixon's Hole bike park, near Adderstone Field car park). Three Crossbills flew over Long Nab early morning. At North Yorkshire Water Park: 6 Goldeneye, 13 Wigeon, 17 Teal, 7 Lesser Redpoll. A Kingfisher at a more unusual location; Valley Road pond. Two Goldeneye, Mediterranean Gull Seamer Road Mere. Two Kingfishers at the Open Air Theatre. Male Brambling visiting a garden off Cross Lane. Pink-footed Geese over Newby Farm Road at 18.45 hrs. 12 Waxwings at Beck Hole, Cayton.

Turnstones at the harbour - David Hutchinson. 

Monday 6 November 2023

Monday 6th November

 Three Waxwing flocks in the district today. 20 around the Hovingham Drive area this morning but mobile, 20+ in the Beck Hole area of Cayton, and 6 at Greylands Park Drive. A male Blackcap in the coastal gullies at Scalby Lodge, also a male Merlin flew in off the sea near Scalby Mills.  One Purple Sandpiper on East Pier at high tide. An adult male Hen Harrier moved SW through Long Nab after hunting a short while. Also 7 Whooper Swans south, 4 Twite over, and a Snow Bunting flew north. A Goosander, Goldeneye, 6 Little Grebes, and 2 Kingfishers at Seamer Road Mere. At Potter Brompton Carr; Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, 1150 Fieldfare, 320 Starling, Stonechat, Water Rail, 3 Great White Egrets, 7 Little Egrets, 2 Marsh Harriers, 92 Teal, 7 Gadwall, 3 Wigeon, Shelduck, 20 Snipe, Kingfisher, and 114 Pink-footed Geese (over). 

Waxwing Cayton - Paul Tozer 

Sunday 5 November 2023

Sunday 5th November

 An increase in Waxwings today. 60+ at Beck Hole/Main Street, Cayton though very mobile. Up to 13 at Wreyfield Drive, 5 on Newlands Park Avenue, and 3 at Loftus Close. 300 Fieldfare at Coverdale Moor and 1,000+ around North Street bridge, Flixton. Seven Whooper Swans flew south over Gristhorpe. Less Pink-footed Geese on the move today; 80 west over NY Water Park, and 100 south over Wykeham Forest. 75 Gadwall at Seamer tip pool. A Red Kite flew NW over Scalby Beck. A late Wheatear at Cromer Point Water Treatment. A Cetti's Warbler in the NW corner of the water sports lake at NY Water Park. A Barnacle Goose, 2 Shoveler on East Lake, also 6 Great Crested Grebes, 5 Goldeneye, Fieldfare and Redwing at the park. To the south, 1400+ Golden Plover were circling Binnington Carr. Two Sandwich Terns were at Scalby Mills late afternoon. 

Coal Tit Peasholm Glen - Stephen Beaver 

Saturday 4 November 2023

Saturday 4th November

 An interesting migration watch at Long Nab this morning; a Shore Lark flew north along the cliff line, and a flock of 14 Waxwings flew north just inland, 4 Little Gulls north, and a Common Redpoll flew south.  Repeat sightings of Merlin, at least two individuals. A big movement of Pink-footed Geese today, many reports, probably 1700+ birds involved (moving both north and south). Seven Whooper Swans flew south (seen Long Nab and Jackson's Bay). Bar-tailed Godwit Jackson's bay. A drake Goldeneye at Seamer Road Mere. Red-throated Diver in the harbour. A Little Auk was on the sea off Scalby Mills at midday. Seven Little Egrets, 2 Marsh Harriers at Potter Brompton Carr. Two adult Mediterranean Gulls in South Bay. Five Waxwings at Wreyfield Avenue, Barrowcliffe, reported from Newlands first thing but not later, not many berries left there!

Waxwing Newlands - David Hutchinson 

Friday 3 November 2023

Friday 3rd November

 Up to 26 Waxwings at Newlands Park Drive, and 8 at Barry's Lane, Falsgrave. Nine Little Grebes, 2 Goldeneye, Goosander, and a Water Rail at Seamer Road Mere. 78 Gadwall at Seamer tip pool, a large count for that site! A Little Auk flew north past Long Nab, plus a Corn Bunting at the cover crop. A cc Marsh Harrier flew south at Gristhorpe. The Great Crested Grebe was still in the harbour. At floods around Low Marishes were 1440 Lapwing, 38 Golden Plovers, 13 Dunlin, 960 Black-headed Gulls, 525 Herring Gulls, and 600 Starlings. Nine Goldeneye, Water Rail at North Yorkshire Water Park (East Lake).

Waxwing Newlands - David Hutchinson. 

Thursday 2 November 2023

Thursday 2nd November

 38 Waxwings were near Newlands shops this morning, and 25+ at Gillylees, and presumably the same around Hovingham Drive/Plaxton Court. 19 Whooper Swans at Scalby Lodge pond, also 3 Grey Plovers there. Potter Brompton Carr had a party of 19 Whooper Swans flew SE (pos the Scalby birds), also 40 Teal, Little Egret, 3 Marsh Harriers, juv Peregrine, 160 Fieldfare. Three Blackcaps at Long Nab, Goosander, Goldeneye and Little Gull past. A Red-throated Diver and Great Crested Grebe in the harbour. 15 Whooper Swans south past Marine Drive.

Whooper Swans Scalby Lodge Pond - Terry Hobson 

Wednesday 1 November 2023

Wednesday 1st November

 18+ Waxwings on Newlands Park Drive today, just north of Newlands shops. At Ravenscar: 2 Woodcocks, Brambling, Blackcap, Chiffchaff. East Lake (NY Water Park) held 180 Wigeon, 65 Teal, 2 Goldeneye, 11 Coot. 120 Wigeon, Knot, 30 Redshank, 12 Ringed Plovers Scalby Mills. A Red Kite at Cloughton Wyke was presumably the one seen at Long Nab, and over Cross Lane heading south a little later. Nine Little Gulls flew north off Cloughton Wyke, and a Woodcock flew in off the sea. Eight Woodcocks grounded at Long Nab, a Snow Bunting flew south this afternoon. A Shoveler was at Scalby Lodge Pond. Three Grey Plovers at Jackson's bay, and Woodcock at Scalby Lodge.

Waxwing at Newlands - Stuart Baines.