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 dispersing Little Egrets, with a day record of at least 16 logged – groups of five, four and seven came in off the sea, while four at the Dams and a single on the Brigg may have involved some of the above. In what is the traditional window for arrivals of this species into the area, this year is clearly a record-breaking one, with over thirty birds recorded in the last couple of weeks.

Sedge Warbler at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Sedge Warbler at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Also yesterday, The Tip held a Snipe and a Curlew, while Yellow Wagtails are now a daily feature overhead and at marshy locations – as well as on the Brigg end this morning (see below).

Yellow Wagtail (Mark Pearson)

Yellow Wagtail (Mark Pearson)

A late report of a  Blue Fulmar (likely the same small bird in wing moult seen recently near Scarborough) was the highlight of 21st.