27th April 2015

Two Red  Kites high over Carr Naze on 24th (Mark Pearson)

Two Red Kites high over Carr Naze on 24th (Mark Pearson)

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 the last couple of weeks, so House Martins are now attending at least two local colonies and Sand Martins are prospecting several spots.

Yellow Wagtail (Mark Pearson)

Yellow Wagtail (Mark Pearson)

Numbers of Swallows and Sand Martins reached 95 and 40 respectively at the Dams / East Lea yesterday, while a White Wagtail was at the former and three Yellow Wagtails at the latter today. A colour-ringed Herring Gull, first seen on 20th of this month, was present at East Lea again today – ringed by one of the Filey ringing team 3km east of York exactly a month earlier!