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), before casually hunting over Carr Naze and drifting west. A juvenile Long-tailed Skua (MJP) was a surprise on an otherwise very quiet sea, and three Twite and a Snow Bunting were all fresh-in on Carr Naze (with a further two Twite south).
A total of 11 Whooper Swans moved south (also off the Brigg), while 43 Bullfinches and 63 Sisking south were among steady visible migration totals at Hunmanby Gap.
Yesterday (23rd) was quiet but for a Snow Bunting south at the Gap and two Pomarine Skuas south off the Brigg, but the 22nd saw a good roll-call during a six-hour seawatch from dawn: the highlights included 20 Pomarine Skuas, a Goosander, 55 Bonxies south, an adult Mediterranean Gull, three Snow Buntings, 100 Pink-footed Geese, and 25 White-fronted Geese (NCt, MJP).
More photos of the Rough-legged Buzzard are viewable here.