25th August 2014

After just twos and threes over the course of the week, ten Wheatears this afternoon is the best showing of the autumn thus far, and the previous few days have seen a decent spread of early autumn migrants. Yesterday (24th), a Pomarine Skua, 30 Manx Shearwaters and duos each of Arctic Skua and Bonxie were the highlights of a four-hour sea-watch off Hunmanby Gap, while raptor movements were evidenced by five Sparrowhawks and two Common Buzzards over the town within an hour.

Green Sandpiper, Dams (Dan Lombard)

Green Sandpiper, Dams (Dan Lombard)

An otherwise fairly quiet sea-watch on 23rd at least provided the first two Pomarine Skuas of the autumn, heading north mid-morning.

The Dams / East Lea complex continues to hold good numbers of commoner waders, with estimates of 10 Ruff, three Greenshank, three Common Sandpipers, four Green Sandpipers, two Dunlin, the long-staying Black-tailed Godwit, up to six Snipe and a couple of Little Egrets. Commoner warblers are also in evidence, with good numbers of hirundines also moving through.