Monthly Archives: April 2014

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30th April 2014

Another busy day for the scorers as the month ended with a sustained flourish. Today’s highlight was a Bittern, seen briefly by a visitor at the Dams around midday as it rose and fell over an area of reeds (LB), …

29th April 2014

A quieter day generally, but not without its highlights – the pick of being no less than three Garganey which frequented East Lea for much of the day before briefly visiting the Dams en route to the Carrs (HJW et …

28th April 2014

A memorable spring day here at the Obs, with overnight rain and an easterly airflow providing a long cast of quality arrivals and plenty of turnover throughout. The highlights were many (and liberally scattered), but two in particular grabbed the …

27th April 2014

Another day dominated by fog and an easterly airflow. A scattering of new arrivals (mainly during the late morning) included a female Black Redstart, five Wheatears and single Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff on Carr Naze, while a belated report of …

26th April 2014

Plenty of activity today, although for a change the headline-makers were non-avian: a pod of at least nine Bottlenose Dolphins (including several calves) headed north along the cliffs and up the coast late morning. (More photos of the dolphins are …

24th April 2014

Light easterlies and early drizzle turned to thick fog this afternoon, bringing with them a decent scattering of new arrivals. The pick of the bunch was a male Firecrest in the clifftop conifers by the golf course (MJP), a barely …

23rd April 2014

A southerly airflow and a mainly warm and fine day produced some visible migration, with the highlight being a fine male Blue-headed Wagtail which briefly alighted on the golf course this morning before being flushed and continuing southbound (MJP). A …

22nd April 2014

Morning rain and easterlies held some promise today but ultimately failed to deliver overall. There were however a few new arrivals, the best of which were in the Carr Naze area – a Tree Pipit, an Arctic Tern, a Wheatear, …

20th April 2014

Another fairly quiet day in the area today, although with two notable arrivals – a Grasshopper Warbler was in song at Butcher Haven, and a Jack Snipe was present in a restricted area at the Dams.

19th April 2014

A quiet day today, with few new arrivals in the cold northerly winds. Yesterday’s (18th) highlights were a Ring Ouzel at Hunmanby Gap, and a Great Northern Diver (as well as 30 Common Scoters, seven Eiders and several summer plumage …

17th April 2014

This morning’s increasingly strong south-westerlies and cloud produced a better cast of new arrivals, the stand-out highlight being a SERIN that headed north past Hunmanby Gap at 0815 (KC, NC) – just reward for the dedicated team at this vismigging …

15th April 2014

A fairly quiet couple of days under blue skies, with a singing Lesser Whitethroat, a decent trickle of Sand Martins and Swallows and two Buzzards at the Dams being the best of today. Yesterday (14th) saw a Merlin went south …

An Engineering Triumph

Well, we dug it, raked it, hammered and sawed it, swore at it, we even took the whacker-plate to it, and it’s finished! The shining path to East Lea that is. Two shots from today: Nick Carter (suitably attired) tackles …

13th April 2014

A pair of Garganey were at the Dams today. The best of yesterday’s (12th) sightings were the first House Martins of the year at Muston Sands and Hunmanby Gap, the first Yellow Wagtail of the year on the golf course …

SWAN SONG

This is how it should be done, courtesy of Stanley Spencer. And this is how it was handled at Filey a couple of days ago as detailed by John Ives: I visited East Lea in the late one afternoon and …

Friday 11 April 2014

Very little to report today, but yesterday (10th)’s sightings included a Black Redstart in the Country Park, single Black-tailed Godwit and Little Ringed Plover briefly at East Lea, a Blackcap singing at the Dams north path, and a Wheatear at …

9th April 2014

More impressive visible migration this morning from the Hunmanby Gap watchpoint produced over 1500 Meadow Pipits, 500 Linnets and 100 Goldfinch (with smaller but still good numbers yesterday). A male Long-tailed Duck went north this morning off the Brigg this …

THE MAGNIFICENT EIGHT……

…..battled on again today: Hilary, Sandra, Nick, Mike, Mick, John, Chris and me witnessed the unveiling of the whacker-plate, it really has to be seen. Ever more stone was hand-polished and placed on the path (think Roman tesserae and you …

7th April 2014

A stormy and windy day with few notables, although two male Wheatears and two Bramblings were on Carr Naze, and 25+ Swallows went through at the Dams after the rain. Late news for yesterday – 15 Sand Martins were at …

6th April 2014

Strong visible migration continued today, with over 600 Linnets, a Whooper Swan, a Little Ringed Plover and a Twite among the notables past Hunmanby Gap (with a Velvet Scoter offshore), while a Green Sandpiper was new at the Dams and …

5th April 2014

After a sustained period of unhelpful conditions, the winds swung into the south-west today and the result was an excellent day’s visible migration. The highlight of the day was a Crane which circled the Brigg at 1150 before moving west …

4th April 2014

Two Avocets dropped into the Dams for about 15 minutes mid-morning (mo), while three Common Scoters (one south, two in the bay), seven Eiders (one North Cliff, six off the Brigg) and a scattering of Goldcrests, Chiffchaffs and thrushes were …

3rd April 2014

The fog and cool easterlies persist, but a trickle of new arrivals are getting through, including four fresh-in Wheatears and a few Redwings, Song Thrushes, Blackbirds and Fieldfares this morning; a single Wheatear and a few thrushes were the pick …