Monthly Archives: July 2014

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31st July 2014

The month ended relatively quietly, although a Marsh Harrier flew west over the Dams, four Little Egrets were at East Lea and four Snipe were present (two at the Dams and two at the Tip). A high count of 19 …

29th July 2014

The pick of this morning’s seawatch was a Marsh Harrier heading south several hundred metres offshore and towards Flamborough at 0830; it or another was reported from the Dams at a similar time. The latter site held a Green Sandpiper, …

BLOODBATH AT THE AUDITION

Forget the shrews, this time it was the turn of the voles, taking blood twice while being ‘surveyed’. No one died, and over a very busy couple of trapping sessions we handled nearly sixty small creatures of five species, the …

27th July 2014

(early p.m. update) The Dams hosted two Little Egrets this morning, while a Large Red Damselfly was in a garden at Hunmanby Gap. Yesterday’s (26th) highlight on a still generally quiet sea was the year’s first Roseate Tern south (JS), …

25th July 2014

Little Egrets continue to make the headlines over the last two days, with no less than ten (six roosting and four over) at the Dams yesterday (24th), plus a single there briefly this afternoon and a further four in to …

23rd July 2014

A quiet day in the area but for a juvenile Mediterranean Gull heading north (CW), with moderate northerly winds delivering very little over the sea and local wetlands remaining wader-free. Yesterday (22nd) was notable mainly for the continuing upsurge in …

20th July 2014

A much quieter day on the sea with a trickle of expected waders and a fraction of yesterday’s Manxie total, while two Green and a Common Sandpiper were at the Dams. A European Storm-petrel was trapped and ringed on Carr …

19th July 2014

The steady build-up in activity over the sea reached a season’s-peak-so-far today – a total of 12 hours watching resulted in especially high counts of 805 Manx Shearwaters (the biggest tally since 2008), 329 Oystercatchers and 264 Whimbrel (both recent …

17th July 2014

Another hot and sunny day with an intially light and variable wind becoming brisk and easterly by early afternoon. An entertaining day for the time of year began with a flock of seven Little Egrets coming in off the sea …

15th July 2014

Four Little Egrets came in off the sea and briefly visited the bay corner before heading north this morning; otherwise quiet but for a total of five Yellow Wagtails through. Highlights on 13th saw 20 Whimbrel, a Little Egret and …

12th July 2014

Today’s highlights were an unexpected White Wagtail which spent a few minutes at Carr Naze pond (where two juvenile Yellow Wagtails also dropped in), and a moulting adult Hobby which came in off over north Cliff late this evening. The …

9th July 2014

This morning’s northerly gales produced modest returns, but a gradual improvement in movements over the sea included 112 Manx Shearwaters yesterday (8th) when there were also five Little Gulls and 560 Common Scoters on the move. Wader quality and quantity …

July 4th 2014

Still quiet of late, although waders are beginning to trickle through, with a Green Sandpiper, four Lapwings and three Dunlins new at the Dams. Yesterday’s highlight was a Velvet Scoter with the Common Scoter flock off Reighton (NC).