Friday, March 27th, 2015

Sand Martin, 24th (Mark Pearson)

Sand Martin, 24th (Mark Pearson)

Another generally quiet few days with unhelpful conditions, but the first trans-Saharan migrants still made it through in the very welcome form of two Sand Martins – the first of which came in off the sea on Carr Naze – on 24th (MJP). The same day saw a single Scandinavian Rock Pipit on the Brigg, a male Stonechat on Carr Naze and at least 16 Goldcrests and 6 Chiffchaffs in the Church Ravine / Country Park area.

Scandinavian Rock Pipit, 24th (Mark Pearson)

Scandinavian Rock Pipit, 24th (Mark Pearson)

Four Common Buzzards drifted north to the west of East Lea on 25th, when two Great Northern Divers were in the bay off Hunmanby Gap. An Iceland Gull was briefly on the Country Park on 26th (JS).

Goldcrest (Mark Pearson)

Goldcrest (Mark Pearson)

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Spring is still stuttering in at a typically pedestrian pace presently, reflected in the relative highlights over the last week. Pick of the bunch was certainly a Bewick’s Swan which went north with a flock of 12 Whooper Swans on 20th (JS, CW), with a further 38 Whoopers north this morning.

Friday's solar eclipse from the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Friday’s solar eclipse from the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Modest signs of early spring passerine migration include small scatterings of Chiffchaffs and Goldcrests in recent days, and up to three Scandinavian Rock Pipits and a male Stonechat on Carr Naze. At the Dams, an adult Mediterranean Gull dropped in briefly on 20th (HJW), where up to three Lesser Black-backed Gulls and nine Shelduck are also intermittently present.

Shelduck at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Shelduck at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Monday, March 16th, 2015

A small arrival of passerines included a female Stonechat on Carr Naze, 15 Goldcrests in the northern area and four Chiffchaffs together in Church Ravine this morning, while a Common Buzzard headed north along the bay and then u-turned.

Notable records from the last few days included a Glaucous Gull north on 11th (JS), two Pomarine Skuas south past Hunmanby Gap on 12th (KC, NCt) (with two skua sp. past the Brigg presumably the same birds) and one south on 15th, and single Scandinavian Rock Pipits on Carr Naze and the Brigg on several days (MJP, JS). Of interest, a Rough-legged Buzzard skirted around (but perhaps just beyond?) the southern limit of the recording area on the afternoon of the 14th, between Reighton and Hunmanby (GS).

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

A slightly busier week with notable records over the land and sea. A female Stonechat arrived in the Rocket Pole Field this morning (with presumably the same relocating to the Tip this afternoon), while seven Rock Pipits included at least one Scandinavian bird. A Blue Fulmar flew past the hut early on, while a juvenile Glaucous Gull (JS) went north yesterday (9th). Three Egyptian Geese came over the Brigg and bay and then past Hunmanby Gap on 8th (JS, KC et al), with visible migration at the latter site including 68 Siskins and 84 Skylarks south.

Stonechat (Mark Pearson)

Stonechat (Mark Pearson)

A female-type Goosander went north on 7th, while impressive northbound passage of Pink-footed Geese included a clear peak of at least 1805 on the morning of 5th and smaller flocks on several other days.

Pink-footed Geese, 5th (Mark Pearson)

Pink-footed Geese, 5th (Mark Pearson)

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Generally quiet still locally, with the highlight being three Avocets over the north of the town (CW) on 28th, sadly not subsequently dropping in at local wetlands. On the sea, minimal movements have at least included two Scaup on 26th (JS) but little else apart from expected ‘local’ species (with e.g. auks and Gannets now present in good numbers daily).

Barn Owl (Mike Cole)

Barn Owl (Mike Cole)

At the Dams and East Lea, Barn Owls are being seen with increasing frequency and two Buzzards circled overhead on 2nd, while up to 65 Wigeon, 35 Teal, 24 Coots, five Shelducks (disputing territory), at least three Water Rails and small numbers of Gadwall, Tufted Ducks and Shovelers are also present.

Teal at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Teal at the Dams (Mark Pearson)