Friday, May 31st, 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).

One of three Common Cranes this morning (c Mark Pearson)

One of three Common Cranes this morning (c Mark Pearson)

Fem ale Red-backed Shrike (c Ian Robinson)

Female Red-backed Shrike (c Ian Robinson)

Thursday, May 30th, 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).

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

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

Tuesday, May 28th, 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¬†Red-backed Shrike, although our overdue first for the spring, played second fiddle at the same site (T&JD et al), while two Jays and a sprinkling of warblers were also fresh in.

Black-headed Wagtail (c Ian Robinson)

Black-headed Wagtail (c Ian Robinson)

Red-backed Shrike c John Harwood

Red-backed Shrike c John Harwood

Monday, May 27th, 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.

Sunday, May 26th, 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.

Yesterday's ring-tail Montagu's Harrier (c John Harwood)

Yesterday’s ring-tail Montagu’s Harrier (c John Harwood)

Saturday, May 25th, 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 Turnstones, 2 Ringed Plovers and a Dunlin.

Friday, May 24th, 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 surprising given the conditions), although a confused-looking Fieldfare was unexpected on the Country Park.

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

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

Tuesday, May 21st, 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.

Sunday, May 19th, 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 across the northern area. Two Little Terns went north.

Bluethroat in song, Carr Naze, 19th May (c Mark Pearson)

Bluethroat in song, Carr Naze, 19th May (c Mark Pearson)

Saturday, May 18th, 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.

Red-spotted Bluethroat, 18th May (c Mark Pearson)

Red-spotted Bluethroat, 18th May (c Mark Pearson)

Thursday, May 16th, 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.

Wednesday, May 15th, 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 Ravine.

Pied Flycatcher, Church Ravine (c Mark Pearson)

Pied Flycatcher, Church Ravine (c Mark Pearson)

Tuesday, May 14th, 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, a Common Redstart and a Pied Flycatcher yesterday.

Thursday, May 9th, 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 over Hunmanby Gap early on.

Wednesday, May 8th, 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: a Common Crane south over the bay on 4th, three Greenland Wheatears on Carr Naze on 3rd, an Osprey through on 7th, a small harrier sp. on 6th, several Marsh Harriers, White Wagtails, Garden Warblers, Tree Pipits and Common Buzzards over the last week, and good numbers of Yellow Wagtails and all the regular warblers.

Acredula-type Willow Warbler, 2nd May (c Mark Pearson)

Acredula-type Willow Warbler, 2nd May (c Mark Pearson)

Saturday, May 4th, 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!