Saturday, August 31st, 2013

Update for the last few days: generally quiet overall, with presumably the same Curlew Sandpipers remaining at both the Brigg end and the Dams, the latter site maintaining a good cast of common waders. The land continues to hold very few grounded migrants.

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Today’s highlights came from the sea this afternoon and evening, with a fine cast of scarcities including a pristine adult summer-plumage Sabine’s Gull, five Black Terns, a Red-necked Grebe, a Velvet Scoter and a Sooty Shearwater (MJP). A Curlew Sandpiper at the Dams was the fifth local record this year, a Marsh Harrier went north early on, and a total of eight Common Buzzards moved through (also north).

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Update for the last two days: 27th – a Common Crane flew high and south this afternoon (MJP), Curlew Sandpipers were at the Tip and the Brigg end, and a Balearic Shearwater, a Pomarine Skua and four Sooty Shearwaters passed the Brigg this evening.

Grounded migrants were still trickling in under clear skies and very light winds, although numbers are down on the previous couple of days – Willow Warblers numbered at least 25, while Pied Flycatchers, Whinchats, Wheatears, Redstarts, Chiffchaffs and the commoner Sylvia warblers were all well scattered.

Curlew Sandpiper on the Brigg this evening ( Mark Pearson)

Curlew Sandpiper on the Brigg this evening (Mark Pearson)

26th (yesterday): Plenty of common migrants continued to arrive as drift conditions continued; a Jack Snipe was at the Tip, a Marsh Harrier was west of the Dams, and the Icterine Warbler was trapped in the Top Scrub.

Late news for the 25th: An additional Icterine Warbler and a Wryneck were at Parish Wood late evening (T&JD).

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Icterine Warbler, Top Scrub (c Mark Pearson)

Icterine Warbler, Top Scrub (c Mark Pearson)

A rich and varied day of migration which almost ended without a scarcity on the land, but all ended well with an Icterine Warbler at the death in the Top Scrub (MJP). Otherwise, the sea took the prizes for quality, with a Cory’s Shearwater and two Balearic Shearwaters (JS, BP, JH) early and an adult Long-tailed Skua and fourĀ Black Terns (MJP) late morning.

Migrants were once again arriving all day, with final estimates of 20+ Pied Flycatchers, 15 Whinchats, 10 Wheatears, 30 Willow Warblers, ten Lesser Whitethroats, five Chiffchaffs, two Redstarts, a Tree Pipit and a Spotted Flycatcher.

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

A promising but ultimately underwhelming day with drizzle, fog and at times heavy rain. Despite a good likelihood of a scarcity, commoner migrants were the order of the day, with an arrival on Carr Naze of Tree Pipit, Whinchat, Redstart, Pied Flycatcher and three Wheatears late morning. Otherwise, another three Pied Flycatchers, a good scattering of Willow Warblers and a few Sylvias were in the scrub, up to 17 Black-tailed Godwits were at the Dams and a Sooty Shearwater was on the sea.

Pied Flycatcher, Carr Naze (c Mark Pearson)

Pied Flycatcher, Carr Naze (c Mark Pearson)


Friday, August 23rd, 2013

More signs of movement today with three Pomarine Skuas, a Curlew Sandpiper, a Sooty Shearwater and 30+ Arctic Skuas on the sea, two Wheatears fresh-in on Carr Naze, and 20 Black-tailed Godwits at the Dams.

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Two Garganey are at the Dams this evening, along with 67 Lapwings, eight Black-tailed Godwits, six Snipe, five Dunlin, two Greenshanks and a Green Sandpiper.

Garganey, Dams (c Mark Pearson)

Garganey, Dams (c Mark Pearson)

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Three Roseate Terns were around the Brigg this evening, while numbers of hirundines built further over the top fields and Willow Warblers remain well scattered.

Roseate Tern (c Mark Pearson)

Roseate Tern (c Mark Pearson)

Monday, August 19th, 2013

A quiet few days, although signs of passerine migration on 18th included a Tree Pipit, 12 Willow Warblers, eight Lesser Whitethroats and hundreds of hirundines over the top fields. A (the?) juvenile Yellow-legged Gull followed a trawler past on the 16th.

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

An adult and juvenile Roseate Tern were present on the Brigg both this and yesterday morning, while a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull followed a trawler north on 13th. Waders at the Dams include several Common Snipe and Dunlin, up to 20 Lapwings and a Green Sandpiper.

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Evening update: A Cory’s Shearwater ambled north at 1820 (MJP) as well as five Sooty and 75 Manx Shearwaters; four Minke Whales were also present off the Brigg.

Update for the last few days: A generally quiet period, with the highlights being a Curlew Sandpiper around the Brigg on the 10th, a Black Tern likewise on the 11th and occasional Sooty Shearwaters now passing on sea-watches. One or two Minke Whales continue their presence to the north of the Brigg.

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Another warm and mostly sunny summer’s day, the highlights being a Pomarine Skua which lingered briefly offshore before moving north, and three Minke Whales, feeding north-east of the Brigg for a while this morning.

Monday, August 5th, 2013

The Garganey is at the Dams again this evening, as are eight Black-tailed Godwits and three Green Sandpipers. A further 16 Black-tailed Godwits, a Mediterranean Gull and six Little Gulls were logged off the Brigg this morning.

Garganey (c Mark Pearson)

Garganey (c Mark Pearson)

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

A Garganey was at the Tip ponds today along with three Common Snipe and four Dunlins early this afternoon; presumably the same bird arrived at the Dams sometime later. The latter site also held a Green Sandpiper, two Common Sandpipers, a Black-tailed Godwit and a Brown Hawker.

Garganey, the Tip (c Mark Pearson)

Garganey, the Tip (c Mark Pearson)

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Waders continue to dominate records over the last couple of days, with various species at the Dams (including a fresh-in Little Ringed Plover today) and big numbers moving at sea, especially Whimbrel and Knot (in their hundreds).