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).

Twite (Mark Pearson)

Twite (Mark Pearson)

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.

Rough-legged Buzzard (Mark Pearson)

Rough-legged Buzzard (Mark Pearson)

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).

Rough-legged Buzzard (Mark Pearson)

Rough-legged Buzzard (Mark Pearson)

More photos of the Rough-legged Buzzard are viewable here.