Saturday, February 28th, 2015

An overcast day with a moderate to strong south-south-west wind and temperatures of 7 degrees C. During the seawatch, 17 Red-throated Divers flew south, including a partially leucistic individual, as did seven Teal and two Puffins, whilst two Eider flew north. Forty-five Purple Sandpipers were also present on the Outer Head. Large numbers of Guillemots/Razorbills moved south in the morning, with 22,500 per hour then heading back north late afternoon.  Other sightings included seven Wigeon, 20 Teal, one Bar-tailed Godwit at South Landing, a Jack Snipe and seven Snipe at Thornwick, and a Stonechat near North Marsh.

Two Short-eared Owls were still in residence at Buckton, along with a Stonechat, 100 Yellowhammers and 40 Corn Buntings.

Short-eared Owl, Buckton, Paul Reed

Short-eared Owl, Buckton, Paul Reed

Friday, February 27th, 2015

A day that featured a light/moderate west-south-west wind, sunshine and temperatures of seven degrees C, after a frosty start. Seawatching was quiet, with four Puffins flying north the highlight.

Four Shelduck and 11 Wigeon were still present, with 12 Snipe at Thornwick Pool. The Red-necked Grebe showed well off South Landing, where there were 16 Lapwing, two Woodcock, a Stonechat and two Coal Tits. Thornwick hosted another Stonechat, whilst there were two more Coal Tits in South Dykes and 95 Linnets represented an increase.

Red-necked Grebe, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Red-necked Grebe, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

An overcast start with rain during the morning before a brighter afternoon, temperatures of 8 degrees C and a light/moderate south-west wind. Seawatching produced 13 Red-throated Divers flying south and 13 Puffins north, with two heading south. The Velvet Scoter appeared again off South Landing, where there was also a Red-necked Grebe. Bar-tailed Godwit and Woodcock were also still present at South Landing, but an Avocet on Thornwick Pool was unexpected. Two Fieldfares were on the Outer Head, whilst a Blackcap was present in the village.

Avocet, Thornwick Pool, by Martin Garner

Avocet, Thornwick Pool, by Martin Garner

Avocet, Thornwick Pool, by Andy Hood

Avocet, Thornwick Pool, by Andy Hood

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Light west-south-west winds throughout, with sunny intervals after an overcast start and temperatures of 6 degrees C. Eleven Wigeon flew south on the seawatch, with a Pergerine also present and 1500 Kittiwakes offshore.

The Pink-footed Goose remained, as did four Shelduck. The Velvet Scoter and a Great Northern Diver were on the sea off South Landing, with five Great Crested Grebes off South Dykes. Additional sightings from South Landing included a Grey Heron, one Bar-tailed Godwit, two Coal Tits (with another in the village) and 40 Linnets. Elsewhere, single Stonechat and Mistle Thrush were present, whilst two Siskins flew in off the sea on the Outer Head.

Two Short-eared Owls and a Goldcrest were noted at Buckton.

Reed Bunting, Buckton, by Alan Walkington

Reed Bunting, Buckton, by Alan Walkington

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

A day of strong westerlies, overcast with occasional heavy showers and temperatures of 6 degrees C. During the seawatch ten Red-throated Divers flew south, as did one Great Northern Diver, whilst an adult Mediterranean Gull also headed south. An Ocean Sunfish represented an unseasonal record.

Elsewhere, wildfowl included the Pink-footed Goose, two Shelduck, a Wigeon and 22 Teal. A Lesser Black-backed Gull was new, with other records including a Short-eared Owl near North Landing, two Scandinavian Rock Pipits (littoralis), single Fieldfare and Stonechat and three Bullfinch at South Landing.

Stonechat, by Brett Richards

Stonechat, by Brett Richards

 

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

A day of strong south-westerly winds, sunny intervals and temperatures of 4 degrees C. The seawatch was very quiet, with six Common Scoters flying north the only sign of movement. The lone Russian & Greenland White-fronted Geese and the Pink-footed Goose remained on the Headland. Other wildfowl included a Shelduck, one Wigeon and 18 Teal. There were 14 Long-tailed Tits at Thornwick, a Stonechat near North Marsh and a Bullfinch at Greenacres.

Greenland White-fronted Goose, by Martin Garner

Greenland White-fronted Goose, by Martin Garner

Barn Owl, Buckton, by Lee Johnson

Barn Owl, Buckton, by Lee Johnson

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

After a frosty start and light south-south-west winds, the wind strengthened considerably and rain arrived from early afternoon, whilst temperatures reached 4 degrees C. Highlights of the seawatch included two Shelduck flying north, four Common Scoter north, a Velvet Scoter south, a 2nd/3rd calendar-year Glaucouc Gull south and seven Puffins north. Both the Greenland & Russian White-fronted Geese remained in residence, with nine Wigeon and 18 Teal present and seven Common and one Velvet Scoter off South Landing, where the Bar-tailed Godwit and Woodcock lingered. Two Coal Tits and a Treecreeper were also present at South Landing, whilst a Scandinavian Rock Pipit was located near North Marsh.

Buckton sightings included a Water Rail, six Short-eared Owls, two Peregrines, four Lapwing, 150 Yellowhammers and 60 Corn Buntings. So far this year, 36 Yellowhammers have been caught and ringed at Buckton, with large numbers now coming to the corn being put out around the main dell.

Scandinavian (littoralis) & 'British (petrosus) Rock Pipits, Oyter Head, by Martin Garner

Scandinavian (littoralis) & ‘British’ (petrosus) Rock Pipits, Outer Head, by Martin Garner

Yellowhammer adult male, Buckton by Mark Thomas

Yellowhammer adult male, Buckton by Mark Thomas

Russian & Greenland White-fronted Geese, Outer Head, by Brett Richards

Russian & Greenland White-fronted Geese, Outer Head, by Brett Richards

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

A light/moderate west-north-westerly wind, sunny intervals and temperatures of 6 degrees C. The Greenland & Russian White-fronted Geese remained with the Greylag flock, as did one Pink-foot. Single Shelduck, 30 Teal and three Velvet Scoters were seen; the latter were off South Landing/South Dykes, where an unprecedented 337 Cormorants gathered, of which 260 belonged to the ‘sinensis’ race. There were also four Sanderling in the same area, with a Woodcock roosting in South Landing and another near South Dykes. Other sightings from South Dykes included six Coal Tits, ten Long-tailed Tits, a Treecreeper and two Bullfinch. The Stonechat remained near North Marsh.

The Rough-legged Buzzard was also seen again patrolling the cliff top near Buckton.

'British' & 'Continental' Chaffinch, Outer Head, by Martin Garner

‘British’ & ‘Continental’ Chaffinch, Outer Head, by Martin Garner

Russian & Greenland White-fronted Geese with a Pink-footed Goose and Greylags, by Martin Garner

Russian & Greenland White-fronted Geese with a Pink-footed Goose and Greylags, by Martin Garner

Friday, February 20th, 2015

A light west-south-west wind, sunny intervals and relatively low temperatures, reaching 4 degrees C after a frosty start. Fourteen Red-throated Divers flew south on an otherwise quiet seawatch. The Greenland & Russian White-fronted Geese remained in the vicinity of North Marsh, where a Pink-footed Goose accompanied the Greylag flock. A total of 53 Teal were recorded, whilst the female Velvet Scoter was seen off South Landing, where a Woodcock roosted in the ravine. A Common Buzzard flew over the Dykes, whilst five Grey Partridges were the first recorded this year and one Golden Plover toured the headland.

Two Short-eared Owls were near North Landing, with Tawny Owls calling on Church Lane and Oceanview and Barn Owls seen at Mid-Dykes and Church Lane. A pair of Stonechat returned to territory at Thornwick and another remained near North Marsh. Two Mistle Thrushes frequented Stainforth’s Flash, 25 Rock Pipits were at South Landing and a Coal Tit on Church Lane.

The day’s highlight came in the form of a Rough-legged Buzzard observed mid-afternoon at Buckton, where there were also three Short-eared Owls, a Barn Owl, one Golden Plover and 31 Corn Buntings.

Rough-legged Buzzard, Buckton, Lee Johnson

Rough-legged Buzzard, Buckton, by Lee Johnson

Rough-legged Buzzard, Buckton, by Lee Johnson

Rough-legged Buzzard, Buckton, by Lee Johnson

Greenland & Russian White-fronted Geese, by Andrew Lassey

Russian & Greenland White-fronted Geese, by Andrew Lassey

Greenland & Russian White-fronted Geese, by Andrew Lassey

Greenland & Russian White-fronted Geese, by Andrew Lassey

 

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

A moderate south-westerly wind, overcast with persistent rain until early afternoon and temperatures of 6 degrees C. The morning seawatch from North Landing was quiet, with 11 Red-throated Divers flying south and 11 Kittiwakes north. The Greenland & Russian White-fronted Geese were both still present. A pair of Shelduck returned, whilst other wildfowl included seven Wigeon and 14 Teal. Two Mistle Thrushes were the only passerines of note.

Tree Sparrow, by Martin Garner

Tree Sparrow, by Martin Garner

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

A day of light/moderate south-westerly winds, sunny intervals and temperatures reaching 11 degrees C after a chilly start. Four Whooper Swans flew north and the single Russian & Greenland White-fronted Geese remained. The sea was busy off South Landing, with 450 Gannets feeding offshore with large numbers of gulls. In addition, 130 Cormorants assembled on the shoreline, of which 110 were ‘sinensis’; an unsually high total for the time of year. A Woodcock was still roosting in South Landing ravine. Passerine interest was provided by two Mistle Thrushes, a Redwing, two Treecreepers and two Coal Tits.

Greenland & Russian White-fronted Geese, by Martin Garner

Greenland & Russian White-fronted Geese, by Martin Garner

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

A light to moderate westerly wind, sunshine and temperatures rising to 9 degrees C after a frosty start. The seawatch was again quiet, with 1000 Gannets offshore. The Greenland White-fronted Goose was joined by a Russian White-fronted Goose, with both with the Greylag flock near North Marsh. There were also two Grey Herons, 19 Teal, four Snipe at Thornwick Pool, two Peregrines, a Barn Owl and a Stonechat near North Marsh. The warmer sunshine also encouraged a Small Tortoiseshell to awake from slumber.

Buckton sightings included four Short-eared Owls and 20 Twite.

Russian & Greenland White-fronted Geese with Greylags, North Marsh, by Andy Hood

Russian & Greenland White-fronted Geese with Greylags, North Marsh, by Andy Hood

Grey Heron, North Marsh, by Brett Richards

Grey Heron, North Marsh, by Brett Richards

 

Monday, February 16th, 2015

A moderate southerly wind, overcast and temperatures of 4 degrees C. The seawatch was very quiet, whilst the freshwater pools attracted 11 Wigeon, 14 Teal and a pair of Shoveler; the latter at Thornwick. A Barn Owl hunted in the same area, whilst three Mistle Thrushes were at Hartendale.

Shoveler, Thornwick Pool, by Brett Richards

Shoveler, Thornwick Pool, by Brett Richards

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

A light easterly wind, hazy sunshine with mist and temperatures of 7 degrees C resulted in a spring-like feeling to proceedings. Seawatching produced a Bonxie flying north, 11 Wigeon moving south and 463 Kittiwakes north; along with 50 south and 100 on the sea below the Fog Station. The Greenland White-fronted Goose remained in residence, along with six Wigeon, 29 Teal, a Woodcock and Bar-tailed Godwit and two Peregrines. Common Gull numbers are ever increasing and included 240 on Thornwick Pool. Potential migrants were five Song Thrush near North Landing, a Fieldfare on Church Lane and Pied Wagtails at North Marsh and Thornwick. A total of 41 Rock Pipits was well above average and included 35 at Breil Nook, including one Scandinavian Rock Pipit. A ringing session at South Landing resulted in 19 birds trapped, including three Chaffinch and one Tree Sparrow; in addition, a continental Chaffinch was observed in a garden on the Outer Head.

Birds at Buckton included 3 Short-eared Owls, Peregrine, Water Rail, 200 Yellowhammer, 70 Corn Bunting, 2 Mistle Thrush, Grey Heron, 5 Rock Pipit, Goldcrest, 80 Linnet, Stonechat and thousands of auks and Gannets back on the cliffs/sea.

Common Gull, Water Lane, by Martin Garner

Common Gull, Water Lane, by Martin Garner

Chaffinch, South Landing, by Jim Morgan

Chaffinch, South Landing, by Jim Morgan

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

A day of light easterly winds, overcast during the morning and then sunny intervals and occasional showers; temperatures of 7 degrees C. The seawatch was quiet, although it included a Blue Fulmar close inshore that eventually flew south. Large numbers of auks and Gannets were again present and Kittiwake numbers rose dramatically, with 313 north, 69 south and 170 on the sea. The Greenland White-fronted Goose commuted between Water Lane and North Marsh, two Grey Herons flew over Church Lane, single Woodcock and Bar-tailed Godwit remained at South Landing, whilst 30 Rock Pipits represented a good count and a Brambling was new.

West of the Dykes, a Common Buzzard was near Marton Hall and a Mistle Thrush at Speeton. Records from the Buckton/Bempton area included single Golden Plover and Water Rail, two Grey Partridges, a Stonechat, 200 Linnets, 50 Yellowhammers and 80 Corn Buntings.

Brambling, by Martin Garner

Brambling, Outer Head, by Martin Garner

Greenland White-fronted Goose, Water Lane, by Alan Walkington

Greenland White-fronted Goose, Water Lane, by Alan Walkington

Friday, February 13th, 2015

A moderate south-easterly wind, overcast with showery rain and later sunny intervals and temperatures of 4 degrees C. Little moved on the sea, although large feeding flocks of Gannets and auks were again feeding close inshore off the Headland, with 1000+ of both present. The Greenland White-fronted Goose was still present with the Greylag Flock. Additional sightings included a Grey Heron, 120 Lapwing over South Dykes, one Golden Plover and single Bar-tailed Godwit and Woodcock.

Lapwing, by Martin Garner

Lapwing, by Martin Garner

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Another overcast, cold day (3 degrees C), with a light west-south-west wind. Seawatching produced 14 Red-throated Divers flying south, two Blue Fulmars (different individuals flying north and south), a Grey Heron south and 106 Kittiwakes moving north. Large numbers of auks and Gannets were again present, with 1000 of the latter feeding offshore.

The Greenland White-fronted Goose was again off Water Lane, the Velvet Scoter remained off South Landing, where there were also single Bar-tailed Godwit and Woodcock.

Stonechat, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Stonechat, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

An overcast day, with temperatures of 3 degrees C and a light/moderate south-south-west wind. The seawatch was quiet, with three Wigeon and three Common Scoters flying south, 85 Shag and 18 Kittiwakes observed. Both Great Northern Diver and Velvet Scoter were off South Landing.

The Greenland White-fronted Goose remained with the Greylag flock, 86 Mallard, 19 Teal and seven Wigeon were recorded, with single Woodcock and Bar-tailed Godwit at South Landing. Passerine interest at the latter site included a single Mistle Thrush and 17 Yellowhammers.

Three Short-eared Owls were still present at Buckton.

Woodcock, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Woodcock, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

A foggy day with visibility improving to 300m by late morning and temperatures of 2 degrees C. Single Velvet Scoter and Red-breasted Merganser were off South Landing, with a Bar-tailed Godwit on the beach and a Woodcock in the nearby ravine. Where visibility allowed, other sightings included a Barn Owl, two Tawny Owls and single Redwing, Grey Wagtail and Snow Bunting.

Redwing, by Andy Hood

Redwing, by Andy Hood

 

Monday, February 9th, 2015

A day of light west-north-west winds, sunshine and temperatures reached 7 degrees after an overnight frost. The seawatch produced a Great Northern Diver flying north, 397 Fulmars moving in the same direction, together with a Blue Fulmar. There was a significant increase of Kittiwakes, with 157 north and 800 Gannets fed offshore.

The Greenland White-fronted Goose remained in the Water Lane area, a Shelduck on Stainforth’s Flash was new, with 15 Teal and three Grey Herons also present. A single Barn Owl featured at Thornwick, where a second pair of Coot arrived overnight and a Grey Wagtail was also present. A Short-eared Owl appeared near North Landing, along with two Stonechats, 10 Rock Pipits and an increase to 15 Meadow Pipits. Two Waxwings appeared in the village before they flew off north.

Meadow Pipit, Breil Nook, by Brett Richards

Meadow Pipit, Breil Nook, by Brett Richards

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

A day of moderate north-north-westerly winds, temperatures of 7 degrees C and sunny intervals. During the seawatch, 17 Red-throated Divers flew north, 353 Fulmars did the same, together with one Blue Fulmar. An adult Yellow-legged Gull also moved north, along with a Lesser Black-backed Gull and 56 Kittiwakes. In addition, several thousand auks were feeding offshore, together with 2000 Gannets. Both Great Northern Diver and Velvet Scoter were still in residence between South Landing and South Dykes, with four Sanderling on the beach at the latter location.

Elsewhere, the Greenland White-fronted Goose again showed well from Water Lane, one Woodcock roosted in South Landing and a Snow Bunting flew over the Fog Station.

Buckton sightings included three Short-eared Owls, two Barn Owls, a Merlin, 80 Yellowhammers, 15 Corn Buntings and 20 Reed Buntings.

Greenland White-fronted Goose, Water Lane, by Andy Hood

Greenland White-fronted Goose, Water Lane, by Andy Hood

 

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

An overcast morning, with light north-north-westerlies and temperatures of 6 degrees C. The seawatch was relatively quiet, although a large feeding flock of 1000 Gannets close inshore provided distraction, whilst 15 Shelduck headed north and 11 Common Scoters flew south. A Lesser Black-backed Gull moved north and the first Razorbills back on the ledges were signs that spring gets ever closer. The Great Northern Diver was again off South Landing.

The Greenland White-fronted Goose was relocated with Greylags off Water Lane, with 111 of the latter scattered across the Headland. Additional wildfowl sightings included 43 Teal, seven Wigeon and 27 Mallard. Thornwick hosted two Coot, five Jack Snipe and two Snipe. Two Barn Owls and a pair of Peregrine were observed, whilst a pair of Mistle Thrush (the male singing) near Church Lane was a welcome record of an ever scarcer species; one Redwing was in the same area and a Stonechat remained near North Marsh.

Greenland White-fronted Goose, Water Lane, by Brett Richards

Greenland White-fronted Goose, Water Lane, by Brett Richards

Friday, February 6th, 2015

A day of light north-north-easterlies, sunshine and temperatures of 6 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included 46 Red-throated Divers flying north, a Black-throated Diver moving south, one Shelduck north, seven Wigeon south, an Eider north, two Velvet Scoter north and one south and a Red-breasted Merganser that flew north. Four Purple Sandpipers and 1200 Gannets were also in residence, whilst a Great Northern Diver was off South Dykes.

North Marsh hosted 47 Teal, four Wigeon and a Grey Heron. Additional records included  a Woodcock, two Barn Owls, two Peregrines, 44 Skylark, a Stonechat and 26 Rock Pipits together near North Marsh.

Sightings from Buckton included two Short-eared Owls and ten Twite.

Short-eared Owl, Buckton, byAlan Walkington

Short-eared Owl, Buckton, by Alan Walkington

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

A day featuring a light north-north-east wind, light rain and temperatures of 4 degrees C. Seawatching from South Landing was rewarded with three Shelduck flying north, four Teal moving south, eight Eider north and four Common Scoters heading in the same direction. A Great Northern Diver, Velvet Scoter and a Puffin were on the sea there, with six Sanderling and a Bar-tailed Godwit on the beach and two Woodcock roosting in the nearby ravine.

The Greenland White-fronted Goose remained in residence, with other sightings including a Grey Heron, two Barn Owls, a Short-eared Owl near North Landing, three Mistle Thrushes and four Fieldfare.

Fieldfare, by Martin Garner

Fieldfare, by Martin Garner

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Another day of moderate north-north-westerly winds, low temperatures (3 degrees C) and a mixture of rain, sleet and hail showers. A watch from South Landing produced 90 Shag, 18 Ringed Plovers, five Sanderling and a Bar-tailed Godwit, together with three Razorbills and one Little Auk heading north. A juvenile Pomarine Skua also flew north past the Fog Station.

The Greenland White-fronted Goose remained with 93 Greylags in the vicinity of North Marsh, with 28 Teal also present. The Red-necked Grebe was again off South Dykes, whilst 885 Common Gulls roosted.

Common Gull, by John Beaumont

Common Gull, by John Beaumont

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Overnight snow and a moderate northerly wind, followed by sunny intervals and temperatures of 3 degrees C. Seawatching produced 19 Red-throated Divers heading north, a Black-throated Diver moving north, as well as a solitary Great Northern Diver and 441 Fulmars heading in the same direction, along with two Blue Fulmars. Two Bonxies flew north, together with 44 Kittiwakes and three Puffins, whilst one Little Auk also headed north. Two oiled Guillemots were unfortunately present on South Landing/South Dykes beach.

Highlight from the land was a Greenland White-fronted Goose that accompanied the flock of 102 Greylags near North Marsh; a Wigeon, 25 Teal and a Short-eared Owl were also there. Both Red-necked Grebe and Great Northern Diver were off the South Landing/South Dykes area, whilst the beach attracted a Bar-tailed Godwit, 38 Ringed Plovers and a Grey Wagtail. A Water Rail showed at Thornwick, 59 Lapwings overflew North Dykes and a Treecreeper appeared at Hartendale.

Grey Wagtail, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Grey Wagtail, South Landing, by Andy Hood

 

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

A light/moderate north-westerly wind, temperatures rising from zero to 3 degrees C, before snow showers arrived late afternoon. Seawatching produced three Great Northern Divers (two south together and one north), 606 Fulmars flying north, together with one Blue Fulmar, an immature Iceland Gull heading south (probable 3rd-winter), 32 Razorbills north and three Little Auks also north.

Elsewhere, five Teal were on Thornwick Pool, a female Red-breasted Merganser off South Landing, a Great Northern Diver there along with a Red-necked Grebe which ranged as far as Sewerby. South Landing beach hosted 34 Ringed Plovers, a Bar-tailed Godwit and two Sanderling, whilst a Woodcock overflew Lighthouse Road.

juvenile Gannet, by Martin Garner

juvenile Gannet, by Martin Garner

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

A day of force 8 north-north-westerlies, frequent showers, which were occasionally wintry, and temperatures not exceeding 3 degrees C. In total 1004 Fulmars moved north during the morning, with an additional Blue Fulmar doing the same. Four Pale-bellied Brent Geese headed north, as did two Goldeneye. Nine Kitttiwakes flew past the Headland, whilst two Little Auks flew north, with another individual sat on the sea off the Fog Station.

Elsewhere, a drake Goldeneye visited Thornwick Pool and 24 Ringed Plover, a Bar-tailed Godwit and a Woodcock were present at South Landing.

Woodcock, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Woodcock, South Landing, by Andy Hood