19th August 2014

A more promising forecast inspired a seven-hour-plus seawatch from 0630 this morning, and finally there was some serious action to enjoy. The pick of the bunch was the year’s first Cory’s Shearwater (MJP, JS) which cruised north at 0850 (followed soon after by a Blue Fulmar), five Sooty Shearwaters, a first-year Mediterranean Gull, 21 Arctic Skuas and 26 Manx Shearwaters; a summer-plumage Grey Plover was the pick of a decent selection of waders. Full counts are available on the trektellen migration website here.

Bar-tailed Godwit with Oystercatchers on the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Bar-tailed Godwit with Oystercatchers on the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Two juvenile Wheatears and two Yellow Wagtails were fresh in on Carr Naze, while the autumn’s first Pied Flycatcher was at Hunmanby Gap.

Yesterday’s (18th) highlights at sea featured a first-year Mediterrranean Gull and 15 Arctic Skuas south, plus a total of 167 Manx Shearwaters south and 31 north. Common wader numbers are creeping back up at the Dams, with up to three each of Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper and Ruff, up to two Greenshank, a single Black-tailed Godwit present since 17th and a scattering of Snipe and Lapwings. Little Egrets remaing omnipresent but are stalling at three of late.

The Tip has held up to two each of Redshank and Greenshank, a Green Sandpiper and a Little Egret over the last couple of days, while a belatedly-reported fly-by Caspian Gull on 17th would be a new species for Filey if accepted.