7th April 2013

Common Crane (c Mark Pearson)

Common Crane (c Mark Pearson)

Finally a change in the weather, and with it a real surge in activity. Pick of the day was the Common Crane that soared over Hunmanby Gap (MJP) at 1030-1040, and later north over the Dams (JH) at 1245 (wandering to Bempton and Flamborough inbetween). A female Red Crested Pochard spent the day at the Dams (the first in decades), as did eight Common Snipe, three Chiffchaffs and two Goldcrests.

Red Kite (c Mark Pearson)

Red Kite (c Mark Pearson)

Red Kite and at least three Common Buzzards (MJP) also moved past the Muston Sands watchpoint. Over 700 Meadow Pipits were counted heading north during the day, two Iceland Gulls did likewise (per KC), the first Wheatear (a male) was on the golf course, and in the bay there were 67 Red-throated Divers as well as Wigeon, Teal, Pintail, Tufted Ducks, Great Crested Grebes and three Harbour Porpoise.

Red Crested Pochard (c Mark Pearson)

Red Crested Pochard (c Mark Pearson)