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), sadly (but somewhat predictably) not seen again despite searches.

Marsh Harrier (Pete Dunn)

Marsh Harrier (Pete Dunn)

Otherwise a high count of 98 Barnacle Geese south this morning (in flocks of 60 and 38) was notable over the sea, a male Marsh Harrier came in off and toured the northern area before finally departing south-west, three White Wagtails were at East Lea (with one remaining this afternoon), while both Grasshopper Warbler and Great Northern Diver are still favouring Hunmanby Gap.