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 (MJP), but there was plenty of quality and quantity besides.

Combined observations from Muston Sands and Hunmanby Gap produced some exceptional counts, including a spring record of 1083 Linnets south (and 290 north), and high numbers of Goldfinches (over 500). A Red Kite, a Short-eared Owl, five Common Buzzards (three of which were moving through), a Lapland Bunting and a Corn Bunting were further highlights, while up to 30 Sand Martins, four Swallows and nine Bullfinches were also noteworthy.

Reports from elsewhere in the area included a Merlin over the Dams, a Black Redstart on Carr Naze and a couple of Sandwich Terns past the Brigg. A Mediterranean Gull with in the gull roost off the Gap late evening.

Full counts of today’s visible migration watches can be viewed on Trektellen here.

Crane (Mark Pearson)