Monthly Archives: April 2015

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29th April 2015

Another day, another rare flava at East Lea, when a male Grey-headed Wagtail (M.f.thunbergi) dropped in during the early evening (MJP). Not quite as exotic as last week’s Spanish (M.f.iberiae), it’s still a rare bird, with an average of one …

27th April 2015

A cold, mainly sunny day (with a heavy overnight frost) was generally quiet, although expected summer migrants continue to trickle through, with e.g. Whitethroats, Lesser Whitethroats and Reed Warblers edging upwards in number; after many Swallows reoccupied breeding sites over …

25th April 2015

A hot and sunny morning on 24th encouraged two Red Kites and a Hobby to thermal high over Carr Naze (MJP) and the first scattering of Lesser Whitethroats to begin singing, a Glaucous Gull went north this morning (possibly the …

22nd April 2015

A (presumed) SPANISH WAGTAIL briefly visited East Lea this afternoon (MJP), fortunately posing for a few hastily-grabbed photos and calling several times before being chased away by the resident male Pied Wagtail. More photos here. Other sightings today included a …

20th April 2015

A predictably quiet day with high pressure, sunshine and a cool easterly breeze. A Whimbrel, five Sand Martins and a Wheatear were in the Carr Naze / Brigg area, while the first brood of Mallards were at East Lea (with …

19th April 2015

An evening seawatch in strong northerly winds produced a single Manx Shearwater and 84 Common Gulls north, with 39 Purple Sandpipers in the high tide roost. Yesterday (18th) saw the year’s first Little Ringed Plovers (two) at East Lea, while …

16th April 2015

  More migration activity over the last couple of days included a White Wagtail in at the Brigg and a Jack snipe on Carr Naze this morning, with a Greenland-type Wheatear on Reighton golf course, while yesterday (15th) an Iceland …

14th April 2015

Most news came from visible migrations watches today, from both Hunmanby Gap (0600-0930) and Muston Sands (1020-1220). Highlights from the former included a Marsh Harrier and a Ring Ouzel north (KC), from the latter a Long-tailed Duck (northwest over the …

13th April 2015

A relatively quiet few days, with a trickle of migrants and a generally benign sea. 11th saw a blue Fulmar and 414 Common Gulls south, three Wheatears on Carr Naze and Goosander over the Country Park, with two Great Northern …

10th April 2015

A window of high pressure over the last few days has allowed a good variety of spring migrants to move through the area, with firsts for the year including Willow Warbler (East Lea) and Ring Ouzel  (Tip) today, Wheatear (Carr …

5th April 2015

A week of minimal signs of spring, with prevailing conditions continuing to hold up northbound migrants and very little of note over the sea. Highlights from the last few days have included a Snow Bunting over on 2nd, a Swallow …