3rd September 2014
An intitally murky day with a light easterly wind, becoming warm and mostly sunny by the afternoon. Visible migration was again notable, with at least 11 Common Buzzards moving generally south-east through the area between 1100 and 1700hrs. Passerine action came mainly in the shape of Meadow Pipits, which totaled 595 at Hunmanby Gap and 165 over the northern area (as well as at least 50 in the Top Fields), and hirundines, with 220 Swallows and 100 House Martins heading south-east during the middle of the day.
Yellow Wagtails are present or overhead daily in single figures, and seven Grey Wagtails (five past Hunmanby Gap and two north over Top Scrub) was a notable count for the area today.
Grounded migrants were once again very hard to come by, although a total of four Whinchats (one at the Tip, one in the Top Fields and two at East Lea) were fresh in. Waders included 10 Ruff and four Dunlin at East Lea, three Greenshank over Hunmanby Gap, a couple of Green sandpipers and 25 Lapwings at the Dams, and a Common Sandpiper on the rocks off North Cliff.
Yesterday (2nd) was generally quiet but for a Balearic Shearwater off Hunmanby Gap (NCt, KC) and a similar cast of waders at East Lea and the Dams, which included 13 Ruff; four Common Buzzards headed east over the former site, while a Sparrowhawk came in off the sea at Carr Naze.
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