Monday, September 30th, 2013

A quiet couple of days, with odd Yellow-browed Warblers lingering, small numbers of common migrants including e.g. Chiffchaffs, Redwings and Song Thrushes, and good numbers of Gannets moving at sea.

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

A generally quiet day today, although Yellow-browed Warblers were again well scattered with singles on Carr Naze and in the Top Scrub, two at Hunmanby Gap and one at the Bay (mo).

Brambling, Long Lane (Mark Pearson)

Brambling, Long Lane (Mark Pearson)

Friday, September 27th, 2013

A total of ten Yellow-browed Warblers were recorded today, with five in the Top Scrub / Country Park area, two in Parish Wood, one in Reighton Wood, one on the Wharfedale Estate and one in off the sea and onto Carr Naze (MJP, JH).

Other passerines were confined to a Pied Flycatcher, ten Redwings, ten Chiffchaffs and five Willow Warblers, but the Dams produced quality in the shape of two Curlew Sandpipers and a Little Stint (IR et al).

Yellow-browed Warbler - this bird was observed struggling in off the sea and pitching down within a couple of metres of the observer (Mark Pearson)

Yellow-browed Warbler – this bird was observed struggling in off the sea and pitching down within a couple of metres of the observer (Mark Pearson)

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Predictably much quieter today under sunny skies, but six Yellow-browed Warblers are in the general area (Country Park and Parish Wood), although rarely did any show well; a Long-tailed Skua, two Sooty Shearwaters and a Velvet Scoter flew north this morning, and 50 Song Thrushes, ten Bramblings, three Willow Warblers, four Redwings, 40+ Skylarks and plenty of finches and Meaow Pipits went over.

A Slavonian Grebe was with 140 Common Scoters off Reighton (KC), and several groups of Pink-footed Geese headed south, totaling 310 for the day.

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

It was all about the weather today, as the forecast rain and strengthening NNE wind dropped an impressive cast onto the plateau and slopes of Carr Naze this afternoon. Topping the bill were a minimum of five Yellow-browed Warblers, with good back-up provided by a Jack Snipe, over 200 Song Thrushes, a Snow Bunting, a Lapland Bunting, four Redstarts, 18 Redwings and six Bramblings (MJP et al).

The bay held plenty of interests, with four Red-necked Grebes, three Red-breasted Mergansers, 25 Red-throated Divers, six Great Crested Grebes and up to 1500 in mixed duck flocks, comprising mainly Teal and Wigeon.

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Three of this afternoon’s Yellow-browed Warblers (Mark Pearson)

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Red-breasted Flycatcher (Lucy Murgatroyd)

Red-breasted Flycatcher (Lucy Murgatroyd)

Mild, murky conditions and a light south-easterly overnight delivered a Red-breasted Flycatcher into the ringer’s nets in the Top Scrub this morning (LM, CH et al), but the bird wasn’t seen before or after. Otherwise a Yellow-browed Warbler at Parish Wood (CW) was possibly yesterday afternoon’s bird relocating nearby; other migrants were at a premium, although a confused Marsh Harrier toured the Country Park in this afternoon’s fog.

Marsh Harrier in the fog (Mark Pearson)

Marsh Harrier in the fog (Mark Pearson)

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Yellow-browed Warbler, Long Lane (Mark Pearson)

Yellow-browed Warbler, Long Lane (Mark Pearson)

After hot and sunny conditions yesterday (when there was little to report) and today, the wind swung easterly as forecast this afternoon, bringing with it a Yellow-browed Warbler, a Pied Flycatcher and a small arrival of Phylloscs to the top of Long Lane (MJP et al).

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Wryneck, Muston Sands undercliff (Mark Pearson)

Wryneck, Muston Sands undercliff (Mark Pearson)

A Wryneck was found in the scrub above Muston Sands this lunchtime (MJP, AJD), and a Yellow-browed Warbler made landfall on Carr Naze (MRA et al). This morning, a Lapland Bunting, over 1000 Meadow Pipits 84 Siskins and a Tree Pipit went south at Hunmanby Gap, and small groups of Pink-feet (so totalling around 200) were likewise southbound during the day.

Yellow-browed Warbler (John Harwood)

Yellow-browed Warbler (John Harwood)

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Another generally quiet day, although the first skeins of Pink-footed Geese flew south this morning, totalling 150 (34 and 116).

Pink-feet on the move this morning (Mark Pearson)

Pink-feet on the move this morning (Mark Pearson)

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Still no sign of a reprieve from the brisk westerly airflow, although an Osprey and over 1000 Meadow Pipits battled south this morning over Hunmanby Gap (KC). The Dams was quiet, with single Ruff, Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, four Curlews, four Wigeon, two Shoveler and good numbers of hirundines.

Monday, September 16th, 2013

A Spotted Redshank (the year’s first) and a Jack Snipe spent a few brief minutes at the Dams early on, and the same venue also hosted four Bar-tailed Godwits, three Snipe, twelve Curlew, two Ruff, two Buzzards and a Little Egret through the morning.

Recent update: with prevailing westerlies of late, it’s been all about quantity in recent days, with the Hunmanby Gap vismig team clocking some impressive totals, including 2524 House Martins and 1323 Meadow Pipits through on 15th.

The sea has been quiet over recent days, with two juvenile Long-tailed Skuas north on the 14th (mo) being the pick.

Spotted Redshank at the Dams this morning (Mark Pearson)

Spotted Redshank at the Dams this morning (Mark Pearson)

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Little Stint on the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Little Stint on the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

A few good birds around today despite the discouraging conditions, the pick of the bunch being a Bittern seen briefly at the Dams early afternoon (TH) and a Little Stint on the Brigg with various other waders mid-morning (MJP et al); perhaps the same bird staged a fly-by of the Dams late morning with several Dunlins (IR) but didn’t hang around.

Little Stint (Mark Pearson)

Little Stint (Mark Pearson) 

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Two Red-necked Grebes north were the pick of a fairly uneventful seawatch this morning, and the land was also quiet but for a strong passage of Meadow Pipits (at least 450 were counted between 0900-1130).

The Dams continues to host a good variety of common waders (although no sign of the Little Stint today), and ducks there included a moulting drake Pintail, 158 Mallards and four Wigeon.

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

The sea continues to dominate sightings with north-westerlies providing a strong cast this morning, which included a Sabine’s Gull, eight Long-tailed Skuas, a Blue Fulmar, twenty-five Sooty Shearwaters, a Little Gull and two Velvet Scoters, as well as strong wildfowl passage (MJP, JS). A fresh-in Snow Bunting was on the tip of Carr Naze and a Whinchat was at the pond.

The Dams continues to hold a good selection of waders, with the Little Stint still the pick of the bunch there.

Recent sightings: a Red-necked Grebe was close in by the steps on Carr Naze yesterday (10th). An otherwise quiet start to September, although the Dams held waders including a Little Stint, up to twenty Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwits, Ringed Plover, Ruff, Green and Common Sandpipers, Snipe, Curlew and Lapwing.