Monthly Archives: October 2014

CATS

30th October 2014

A very busy and entertaining day today, with an exceptional arrival of thrushes spearheading a cast of quality and quantity. A minimum of 10,500 Redwings, 5,200 Blackbirds, 2,300 Fieldfares, 550 Song Thrushes, 15 Mistle Thrushes and 12 Ring Ouzels were …

29th October 2014

A settled and mainly sunny day with light northerly winds brought a surprisingly good haul of migrants both overhead and on the deck. Pick of the bunch was a Water Pipit (a far-less-than-annual species locally) briefly at Carr Naze Pond …

27th October 2014

Today’s notables included 19 Twite, 117 Siskins and a Great Northern Diver at Hunmanby Gap, while continuingly quiet sea-watching from the Brigg producing two Whooper Swans and a single Little Gull (with several on most recent days). Yesterday (26th), six …

24th October 2014

A better-than-expected day today, with SW winds and unpromising conditions failing to stop a good cast of new arrivals. Top of the list was a Rough-legged Buzzrd which arrived low and in off the sea in the early afternoon (MJP), …

OKOVANGO REVISITED

After three days lost in the swamp the survivors queued nervously for their turn on the escape catapult.

21st October 2014

Very little of note today in strong westerly winds, with 10 Red-throated Divers, five Great Crested Grebes, 12 Wigeon and 10 Teal in the north of the bay and seven Curlew at East Lea about as good as it got. …

LAST OF THE VOLES

What we have here is an unlikely pairing: an adult Field Vole and a juvenile Bank Vole (the latter moulting heavily). Both in the same trap (faulty door), they were inseparable. Only two traps failed this morning, the forty two …

19th October 2014

17 Whooper Swans dropped into East lea today, while 200 Pink-footed Geese overflew the town in the morning. Yesterday’s notables included a new Yellow-browed Warbler, in Long Lane with Goldcrests (MJP), plus a Ring Ouzel, 15 Goldcrests, 120 Song Thrushes, …

A QUIET FIRST HALF

STOP PRESS on the Mammal Trap. Quantity over quality with 26 Bank Vole, 4 Field Vole, 8 Wood Mice on Saturday morning. At it again tomorrow from 9am, all welcome.

17th October 2014

Today was generally quiet but for good migration this morning at Hunmanby Gap, which included three Whooper Swans, three Velvet Scoters and 366 Tree Sparrows through (full counts at trektellen.org). Yesterday (16th) saw a decent arrival of birds in the …

15th October 2014

Two Grey Phalaropes were at the Dams today (JL et al), the first record for the reserve, while land-based migrants included a Pied Flycatcher, a Ring Ouzel and a Short-eared Owl at Newbiggin, and two Pomarine Skuas and two Velvet …

14th October 2014

Strong north-easterlies were once again the order of the day (especially for the early part), with decent birds on both land and sea. Of the former, a Great Grey Shrike (JH et al) headed an arrival of birds that also …

13th October 2014

Strong north-easterlies, raging seas and increasing precipitation made for a productive day on the sea but an almost blank slate on the land. Highlights of the former included a (particularly dark) Balearic Shearwater, all four skuas totaling two Long-tailed, 10 …

LAST CHANCE FOR A CLOSE ENCOUNTER

  These little chaps are heading for an uncertain future, most won’t survive the winter, so this last trap of the year could get emotional. Come along anyway and help survey this fascinating band of creatures. We will be assembling …

Plenty going on today, with a new Yellow-browed Warbler in on Carr Naze during the early afternoon (AH et al), a Scaup on the Bay ponds (NCt et al), and good numbers of common migrants in the northern fields and …

10th October 2014

RINGING WEEK begins tomorrow in the Top Scrub – full details here Today was notable for excellent visible migration at Hunmanby Gap, with a long list of quality totals from this morning’s watch. Highlights included 423 Tree Sparrows and 34 …

8th October 2014

Today saw another new Yellow-browed Warbler arrive, this one unexpectedly flushed from stubble in the Top Fields before moving inland via Long Hedge this morning (MJP). A good arrival in the northern coastal area included at least 270 Song Thrushes …

TO LET

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An interesting day in the area with brisk southerly winds and plenty of movement. An increasing feeding assemblage / local movement of Little Gulls reached a minimum of 1200 offshore this afternoon (with many more birds likely of this species …

Perhaps a little higher…..

After today’s endeavours a discussion took place on the likelihood of Burrowing Owl using the new box.

A strong SSW wind during this morning’s four-hour seawatch, with three Pomarine Skuas heading south and a good cast of wildfowl doing likewise, including a Pintail, a Red-breasted Merganser and over a hundred each of Wigeon and Common Scoter. 23 …

1st October 2014

Fairly quiet on the land and at sea today, with a Redstart on the Brigg and 50 Teal, two Snipe and five Lapwing at East Lea & the Dams the only reports of note. Ringing activities proved more interesting, however, …