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 hotspot in the south of the recording area.

Another unexpected finch likely from the other end of Europe completely, a male (presumed) Northern Bullfinch flew north over East Lea mid-morning (MJP), initially picked up thanks to its apparently diagnostic toy-trumpet calls. (If we can establish those calls, combined with the photos, are indeed diagnostic then we’ll drop the ‘presumed’ in due course – watch this space).

(Presumed) Northern Bullfinch (Mark Pearson)

(Presumed) Northern Bullfinch (Mark Pearson)

Other new arrivals included a Little Ringed Plover and a Whimbrel at East Lea, and the first big surge of hirundines through the Dams, with a minimum of 60 Swallows, 50 Sand Martins and a single House Martin there. The Great Northern Diver, first seen a few days ago, remains off Hunmanby Gap.

Little Ringed Plover (Mark Pearson)

Little Ringed Plover (Mark Pearson)

Swallows and Sand Martins at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Swallows and Sand Martins at the Dams (Mark Pearson)