Monthly Archives: May 2013


31st May 2013

3 Common Cranes drifted south over the bay (MJP, PJD), a male Black Redstart and a female Red-backed Shrike were on Carr Naze, and a second female Red-backed Shrike was at the Tip (various obs).

30th May 2013

A female Red-backed Shrike and a Quail were on Carr Naze briefly this morning in the fog but couldn’t be refound (JS).

29th May 2013

A very quiet day in the fog, until the evening when a Corncrake was flushed at the Tip (TGD).

28th May 2013

A remarkable record on a day with very promising conditions – A male Black-headed Wagtail was found at the Tip but unfortunately stayed for several minutes only and couldn’t be refound this afternoon (IR, IG, CS). A male┬áRed-backed Shrike, although …

Sunday 27 May 2013

A Hobby and 200+ Swifts were logged between 0940 and 1240 at Muston Sands watchpoint, while two Ringed Plovers, a Dunlin, two Yellow Wagtails and two Teal were at East Lea.

26th May 2013

Sunny with light winds today (north veering east), with two belatedly reported flyovers this morning – a small Harrier sp. over Hunmanby Gap (likely yesterday’s Montagu’s), and a Spoonbill over the Dams.

25th May 2013

A ring-tail Montagu’s Harrier headed high over Reighton and then low over the bay early afternoon (TIC, JH et al). Otherwise quite, with a single Spotted Flycatcher in the Top Scrub. Waders on the Brigg included 12 Purple Sandpipers, 10 …

24th May 2013

Strong winds (NW swinging NE by lunchtime) and sharp showers provided improved sea passage, with a Pomarine Skua, 50+ Manx Shearwaters and a handful each of Great and Arctic Skuas. On the land there was little sign of activity (not …

22nd May 2013

An adult Long-tailed Skua flew low over the town this evening at chimney pot height before heading east into the bay (MJP).

21st May 2013

Very quiet over the last couple of days, with just a small sprinkling of warblers and the odd Wheatear on top of the already-installed breeders.

19 May 2013

The male Red-spotted Bluethroat entertained allcomers at the seaward end of Carr Naze, and was in full song in this morning’s fog; otherwise, a scattering of new arrivals included the commoner warblers and at least five Spotted Flycatchers fresh in …

18 May 2013

Stunning male Bluethroat found on Carr Naze this morning and settling down in the afternoon, just head for the railings towards the end and work through the pipits.

16th May 2013

Very little of note today but for the odd Wheatear and Redstart left over from yesterday, and a Common Sandpiper still at the Dams.

15th May 2013

South-easterly winds and showers brought new arrivals today in the shape of three Pied Flycatchers, three Common Redstarts and two Spotted Flycatchers, as well as an increase in warbler numbers (particularly Lesser Whitethroats). A Redwing was in song in Church …

14th May 2013

More positive signs of movement over the last couple of days: at least one Osprey and a Hobby were in the area late morning, with single Common Redstart and Greenshank at the Tip; the Tip also hosted a Black Redstart, …

9th May 2013

A return to depressingly strong sw winds today, but a few new migrants arrived with overnight showers – the pick of being two Whinchats in the Rocket Pole field and two Redstarts at the Tip. A Marsh Harrier flew nw …

8th May 2013

At last a few clouds and spots of rain today, which instantly brought two Wood Sandpipers and a Bar-tailed Godwit to East Lea. Warbler and hirundine numbers remain high and a Whimbrel was on the Brigg. Other recent reports include: …

4th May 2013

A Common Buzzard struggled with the wind most of the morning north of the Country Park; the Barn Owl is loafing in the usual hawthorn next to the box. Otherwise quiet, in sharp contrast to the pubs last night!