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 just out of range), with the year’s first Sabine’s Gull (MJP) within their distant ranks at 1620 (and presumably the same bird at 1650hrs). Three Pomarine Skuas, 11 Sooty Shearwaters and 18 Arctic Skuas were also recorded.
Visible migration at Hunmanby Gap was impressive, with totals including the season’s first two Whooper Swans, nine Jays, 188 Tree Sparrow, 14 Mistle Thrushes, a Lapland Bunting, two Goosanders, a Merlin and 100 Chaffinches. Full counts at www.trektellen.org.
The ringing team had another good session at the Top Scrub this morning, with 74 birds caught in total (67 new, 7 re-traps): Treecreeper 1, Goldcrest 2, Blackcap 2, Reed Bunting 1, Chaffinch 9, Goldfinch 5, Greenfinch 10, Tree Sparrow 2, House Sparrow 1, Dunnock 6, Song Thrush 1, Blackbird 1, Great Tit 6, Blue Tit 15 (2), Robin 1 (2), Wren 4 (3).
Yesterday was quieter, with a Short-eared Owl and a Stonechat at the Blue Dolphin the only reports of note on the land and a Red-necked Grebe and six Pintail on the morning seawatch.
A reminder that RINGING WEEK begins next Saturday – all details here