24th September 2014

The productive period of recent weeks continues, although with all attentions focused on the sea over the last couple of days. Exceptionally numerous and transient feeding flocks of gulls, terns and other species (including skuas and shearwaters) have for the most part remained just beyond range, but counts of Little Gulls (one of the main species involved) have been impressive – a minimum of 500 with a further 192 north and 67 south were recorded today.

Barnacle Geese (Mark Pearson)

Barnacle Geese (Mark Pearson)

Other highlights from today’s nine and a half hours seawatch included single Long-tailed and Pomarine Skuas, 21 Barnacle Geese (20 north and one on the Brigg), 74 Sooty Shearwaters and a Red-breasted Merganser. Full counts are viewable here.

On the land, a total of 17 Wheatears and 250 Linnets were in the northern area, and 20 Pink-footed Geese flew south.

Yesterday (23rd) was quieter, with thick fog dominating much of the day, although two juvenile Pomarine Skuas were off Hunmanby Gap.

The ringing team did well to catch anything in the challenging conditions, with the following trapped in the Top Scrub (retraps in brackets): Redstart 1, Chiffchaff 2, Goldcrest 1, Blackcap, Goldfinch,  Greenfinch 2, Bullfinch 1, Chaffinch , Blue Tit 2, Great Tit 1 (1), Dunnock 2 (1), Wren 2 (2), Robin (1).

Wren (Lucy Murgatroyd)

Wren (Lucy Murgatroyd)