29th August 2014

A brisk south to south-westerly wind made observations challenging today, although highlights included a 2nd calendar-year Yellow-legged Gull (MJP, DL) in the bay corner and a Spotted Flycatcher new in the Top Scrub (the first of the autumn); a Swift and a small scattering of common warblers were otherwise the only notables in the northern area.

Our crack vismig team at Hunmanby Gap are back in action and scored highly this morning with a Turtle Dove and a Hobby south, and over 500 Swallows through (with a further 160 south this afternoon over the northern area) – full counts are entered daily on the trektellen website here.

An oddly pale Kestrel currently faithful to the open ploughed area along North Cliff (Mark Pearson)

An oddly pale Kestrel currently faithful to the open ploughed area along North Cliff (Mark Pearson)

East Lea and the Dams continue to host a fine selection of waders, with no less than 75 birds of ten species this afternoon; in full – 12 Ruff, 20+ Snipe, 20+ Lapwing, eight Dunlin, six Greenshank, three Curlew, three Green Sandpipers, a Ringed Plover, a Redshank and a Black-tailed Godwit.

Yesterday (28th) failed to deliver on the promising conditions (easterlies and early morning precipitation), with very few grounded migrants despite good coverage. The ploughed strip along North Cliff continues to attract a good cast of passerines however, the pick of being up to seven Wheatears, three Whinchats, and somewhat bizarrely, a Pied Flycatcher.

Pied Flycatcher (Dan Lombard)

Pied Flycatcher (Dan Lombard)