Monday, June 30th, 2014

Finally a hint of things to come at the Dams today, with a Greenshank and two Little Egrets ending the month on a note of promise.

Little Egrets (Ian Robinson)

Little Egrets (Ian Robinson)

Aside from the above, there’s the usual trickle of Black-headed Gulls, Curlews, Grey Herons and other expected early migrants each day, plus small numbers of Manx Shearwaters and the odd Arctic and Great Skua at sea.

Friday, June 27th, 2014

A very quiet few days across the area was enlightened by a Death’s Head Hawk Moth this evening, which flew into the town from the east, alighted briefly on a wall and unfortunately soon disappeared (MJP).

Death's Head Hawk Moth (Mark Pearson)

Death’s Head Hawk Moth (Mark Pearson)

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Today’s highlight was a lateĀ Osprey which came in off the sea over the bay and then the town before continuing west.

Today's Osprey heading over the town (Mark Pearson)

Today’s Osprey heading over the town (Mark Pearson)

Otherwise little to report with settled high pressure dominating, the best of the last few days being the typical seasonal movements of Common Scoters (with e.g. over 250 this morning and 602 on 22nd), a Minke Whale and a Dark-bellied Brent Goose in heavy moult on 20th, odd Arctic and Great Skuas, and small numbers of e.g. Manx Shearwaters, Curlews and Black-headed Gulls on the move.

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Still quiet of late, although the Long-tailed Ducks lingered in the bay until yesterday (18th) and were replaced this morning by a trio of Red-breasted Mergansers. Flocks of Common Scoter are in the bay and Brigg area, with a total of 70 present today.

Gannet in the bay (Mark Pearson)

Gannet in the bay (Mark Pearson)

Monday, June 16th, 2014

A quiet few days across the recording area, but the two Long-tailed Ducks remain in the Brigg / northern bay area (with today being their sixth day). 220 Common Scoters and a Blue Fulmar past the Brigg on 14th and an Arctic skua went north yesterday (15th).

Long-tailed Ducks (Mark Pearson)

Long-tailed Ducks (Mark Pearson)

Friday, June 13th, 2014

The two Long-tailed Ducks remained in the Brigg / bay area today and yesterday. Otherwise quiet, although Common Scoter are beginning to move, with over 70 past today.

Long-tailed Ducks (Mark Pearson)

Long-tailed Ducks (Mark Pearson)

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Conditions looked promising for the possibility of cetaceans today, and the first Minke Whale of the year duly appeared within ten minutes of observations this afternoon; a total of three were recorded by 1800hrs (MJP, AJD). A pair of summer plumage Long-tailed Ducks were off the Brigg end in the afternoon (belatedly also reported from yesterday). At the Dams, twos of Shelduck, Curlew and Teal are amongst the commoner summer residents, while a Hobby hunted over Hunmanby Gap on 10th.

Monday, June 9th, 2014

A Hobby hunted over the Dams before the rain set in this afternoon. The year’s second Turtle Dove was briefly at there yesterday (8th), where a Little Egret also dropped in; the sea remains extemely quiet, with a few Manx Shearwarers and double figures of Sandwich Terns the only notables recently.

Friday, June 6th, 2014

A warm, sunny and quiet day today, the only record of note being a colour-ringed Shag (white AST) briefly at rest on the cliffs of Carr Naze. Details to follow.

Colour-ringed shag (Mark Pearson)

Colour-ringed shag (Mark Pearson)

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Four Crossbills flew in west along Carr Naze early this morning, a Hobby hunted over the country park (before catching and plucking a Sand Martin over the bay), a Spotted Flycatcher was new in the Top Scrub, and five Manx Shearwaters and four Shelducks went south. Yesterday (4th), two Arctic Terns went south and 35 Sandwich Terns were in the bay.

Linnet, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Linnet, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

A quiet few days to start the month, with the only unusual sighting today being a flock of 40+ Canada Geese on the sea off North Cliff. The year’s first Turtle Dove was reported briefly on Carr Naze yesterday, when a Grey Plover and a Mediterranean Gull passed the Brigg.

Willow warbler, Top Scrub (Mark Pearson)

Willow warbler, Top Scrub (Mark Pearson)