18th September 2014

More promising conditions and more great birds on the land today. What was presumably yesterday’s brief Rustic Bunting on Carr Naze was (re)found, but again it didn’t stick for long (DL); a new Red-breasted Flycatcher at the Tip (DL) led to the discovery of a Long-eared Owl there (IR et al), while a Yellow-browed Warbler (HJW, MJP et al) in the Top Scrub shared a sycamore with Filey’s first Little Bunting in 13 years (and only the second this century) (DL, MJP et al).

Rustic Bunting on Carr Naze (Dan Lombard)

Rustic Bunting on Carr Naze (Dan Lombard)

Little Bunting, Top Scrub (Mark Pearson)

Little Bunting, Top Scrub (Mark Pearson)

Birds observed arriving in off the sea and / or (often exhausted) on Carr Naze included up to 40 Chaffinches, five Bramblings, 15 Siskins,  seven Willow Warblers, three Garden Warblers, a Sedge Warbler and three Whinchats; common migrants were otherwise well scattered without being numerous. A total of at least seven Tree Pipits contues a good period for this species, and another Jack Snipe was found in the Top Fields, while another Lapland Bunting was at the Blue Dolphin.

Red-breasted Flcatcher, Tip (Dan Lombard)

Red-breasted Flcatcher, Tip (Dan Lombard)

A Convulvulus Hawkmoth was trapped at Hunmanby Gap (NCt, KC et al), where both Hobby and Merlin were also recorded.

Convulvulus Hawkmoth (Dan Lombard)

Convulvulus Hawkmoth (Dan Lombard)