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).
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.