Monday, March 31st, 2014

More signs of movement today, especially on the Brigg, where a female Long-tailed Duck was offshore, and two Scandinavian Rock Pipits, two continental-type Robins, six Meadow Pipits and a Redwing were fresh in amongst the boulders in the mist (MJP). A small arrival of Blackbirds, five Chiffchaffs and a further seven Robins were in Top Scrub.

Long-tailed Duck off the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Long-tailed Duck off the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

It’s getting slowly but surely busier for passerine migrants, with todays highlights being a Sand Martin, a Brambling (narrowly surviving a Sparrowhawk attack on Short Hedge), a Scandinavian Rock Pipit (probably yesterday’s bird), at least 18 Chiffchaffs, two continental-type Robins and a scattering of Goldcrests.

A female Merlin stopped by to chase Snow Buntings and Linnets in the top fields, where an immature Peregrine (i.e. not a local breeder) headed south. The adult Med Gull was seen again the bay.

Brambling, Short Hedge (Mark Pearson)

Brambling, Short Hedge (Mark Pearson)

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

An adult Mediterranean Gull was off the Glen with good numbers of Common Gulls this evening (MJP), five Snow Buntings remain in the northern stubbles (and have done so for the last few days), where up to 55 Linnets are also present, and a new Scandinavian Rock Pipit was by Carr Naze pond (MJP).

The last few days have been quiet, with the odd Wheatear and a small scattering of Goldcrests and Chiffchaffs among modest highlights.

Snow Bunting this morning (Mark Pearson)

Snow Bunting this morning (Mark Pearson)

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

A relatively quiet few days, with the highlights being a Scandinavian Rock Pipit this morning on Carr Naze (MJP), a Black-throated Diver and a Velvet Scoter off Hunmanby Gap on 22nd & 23rd (KC, NC), two Wheatears at the Blue Dolphin on 22nd, and good numbers of Linnets on the move today (with over 100 along North Cliff).

Scandinavian Rock Pipit on Carr Naze today (Mark Pearson)

Scandinavian Rock Pipit on Carr Naze today (Mark Pearson)

Many breeding seabirds are back on the cliffs, and some are already planning ahead….

Razorbills, North Cliff, 25th March 2014 (Mark Pearson)

Razorbills, North Cliff, 25th March 2014 (Mark Pearson)

Friday, March 21st, 2014

A Red Kite headed south over Hunmanby Gap late morning (NC), where strong visible migration included 13 Crossbills south, over a hundred each of Linnets and Meadow Pipits, and 20 Alba Wagtails. A new Velvet Scoter was in the bay there, and 11 Whooper Swans went north (also seen off the Brigg).

Yesterday (20th) saw an unusually heavy passage of over 1000 Meadow Pipits off the Brigg in the morning (with over 300 over Hunmanby Gap), where a Merlin, a Black-throated Diver and a Snow Bunting all passed by (JS).

The Dark-bellied Brent Goose continues its stay on the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

The Dark-bellied Brent Goose continues its stay on the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

 

 

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

More signs of early spring movement over the last couple of days, with a report of two Wheatears on Carr Naze on the morning of 16th being the main highlight.

Yesterday (17th) saw a sustained passage of Meadow Pipits (350 in two hours at Hunmanby Gap and 130 over the town in a similar period) and other passerines on the move, including double figures of Siskins and Alba Wagtails.

We’ve received details of the colour-ringed Snow Bunting in the top fields from a few days ago, which can be seen here.

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

A fairly quiet few days, with today’s highlights being an adult Mediterranean Gull on the beach at Hunmanby Gap and at least one Little Gull off the Brigg this morning.

Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Mark Pearson)

Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Mark Pearson)

Two Crossbills over the Gap were the best of yesterday’s (14th) light visible migration, while two Woodcock were flushed from the undercliff at Reighton on 13th.

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

High pressure and sunshine continues, as does a light early spring passage – the best of which today consisted of 25 Whooper Swans drifting north on the sea several miles off the Brigg, a Short-eared Owl on Carr Naze early morning, single Great Skua and Mediterranean Gull north, and several Little Gulls still around both the Brigg and Hunmanby Gap.

15 Snow Buntings are in the northern stubbles, one of which is colour-ringed – full details are awaited, but we know the bird was ringed in France; more to follow.

Snow Bunting (colour-ringed Z3), 12th March 2014 (Mark Pearson)

Snow Bunting (colour-ringed Z3), 12th March 2014 (Mark Pearson)

The contact calls of migrating Redwings are a fixture of all recent nights here in the town.

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Auks off North Cliff today (Mark Pearson)

Auks off North Cliff today (Mark Pearson)

Thousands of auks (and hundreds of Kittiwakes) are on and below the cliffs today, while new Goldcrests are in the Glen and at the Tip (after a single yesterday on the Crescent). The bay is generally quiet but for the usuals, while two Little Gulls are around the Brigg and good numbers of Linnets, Skylarks and Meadow Pipits are incoming.

Eider, twitching a passing Little Gull (Mark Pearson)

Eider, twitching a passing Little Gull (Mark Pearson)

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Two Black-throated Divers are in the bay this morning, with one in the bay corner / Brigg area and one off Primrose Valley (MJP), as well as a Brent Goose on the Brigg (and another north) and two Little Gulls in the north of the bay (and a further four off Hunmanby Gap, where a single Velvet Scoter remains).

Yesterday (9th), a White Wagtail near Carr Naze pond was part the year’s first influx of pipits and wagtails, and a different adult Mediterranean Gull was off the Gap. Of interest, two Cranes were reported to the bird news services.

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Nice flock of 30 Snow Buntings coming into stunning plumage on stubble north of Rocket Pole Field, despite a punishing wind.

Friday, March 7th, 2014

A quiet day locally enlivened by two Mediterranean Gull sightings (of the same or different birds) from Hunmanby Gap and from over the town. Nine Little Gulls were in the south of the bay and at least two were in the north.

Med Gull over the town (Mark Pearson)

Med Gull over the town (Mark Pearson)

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Up to eight Little Gulls and a single Velvet Scoter were in the bay off Hunmanby Gap this morning, while the long-staying moulting adult Little Gull continues its patrolling of the Brigg.

Yesterday (5th) a Black Redstart was around the Country Park entrance – either a new bird, or possibly the same seen nearby a few days ago – and other passerines have included encouraging trickles of finches (particularly Linnets) and alba Wagtails.

Pink-footed Geese are on the move daily of late, with over 300 this morning and 146 (in two parties over the Dams) yesterday.

Gadwall, Teal, Tufted Duck, Mallard and are all in double figures at the Dams (where Water Voles have been reasonably co-operative near the pond-dipping platform over recent days) and up to three Lesser black-backed Gulls, including at least one adult intermedius, have dropped in with loafing congeners there.

Gadwall, Dams (Mark Pearson)

Gadwall at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

More distinctly spring-like weather today, with much the same cast in situ over recent days – with the Slavonian Grebe in the bay (again roosting off the Glen with Great Crested Grebes this evening), ten Little Gulls and two Velvet Scoters off Hunmanby Gap, and a couple of Little Gulls off the Brigg. A pair of Goosander were on the main pool at the Dams this afternoon, where at least one Water Rails remains, and a Short-eared Owl was at Reighton.

Water Rail at the Dams (Ian Robinson)

Water Rail at the Dams (Ian Robinson)

1st March 2014

Little to report bird-wise, except for the launch of the excellent new Flamborough Bird Observatory website today – best wishes to our neighbours down the road and congratulations on a team job well done! Have a look here – Flamborough Obs website