24th Oct 2013

Clear skies and warm sunshine today, and some quality birds through the area – the pick of which was a Richard’s Pipit which alighted briefly at Hunmanby Gap before continuing north-west this morning (KC). The same visible migration hotspot logged over 50 Whooper Swans, the latter species recorded widely throughout the area (and day) today – final totals to follow, but are in the region of about 90 so far. A first winter Little Gull (very rare away from the sea here), a Whooper Swan and a Yellow-browed Warbler were at the Dams, while five Snow Buntings and a single Twite were on the end of Carr Naze (MJP et al). The ringers trapped over a 100 birds in the Top Scrub today, mostly finches, with plenty of redpolls involved. Some movement of raptors suggested by four Common Buzzard over the Glen.

Whooper Swans (Mark Pearson)

Twite by the seawatch hide (Mark Pearson)

Twite by the seawatch hide (Mark Pearson)

Little Gull at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Little Gull at the Dams (Mark Pearson)