Monthly Archives: May 2015

CATS

29th May 2015

The best of the last 48 hours has consisted of a summer-plumaged Great Northern Diver close inshore at Hunmanby Gap this morning (KC, NCt) and a Short-eared Owl and the Grasshopper Warbler at the Tip this afternoon.

27th May 2015

Still generally quiet, with the best of today being a Little Egret at the Dams and two Whimbrels in the Brigg area, while yesterday saw a Greenshank over East Lea and the Grasshopper Warbler still at the Tip.

25th May 2015

Very quiet today with no reports of note. Yesterday saw four Barnacle Geese heading high and north over East Lea in the evening, a Little Egret south over the Dams at lunchtime, the drake Garganey commuting between both sites, two …

23rd May 2015

A day which began still and cool and became increasingly sunny and breezy, with again very little in the way of noticeable migration but a couple of highlights. A drake Garganey was at the Dams early afternoon (TS et al.) …

22nd May 2015

A still blustery west-south-westerly wind, a significant rise in temperatures, and finally a selection of notable birds today. After a poor spring so far for raptors, a succession arrived in off the sea today, including a Red Kite (MJP), a …

20th May 2015

Another very quiet few days (particularly for the time of year), with the best of meagre returns consisting of a Greenshank circuiting the Dams on 19th, and up to 30 Sandwich Terns on the Brigg, including a red colour-ringed bird which …

17th May 2015

Another prohibitively windy day (and again unfortunately from the west), with a Spotted Flycatcher at East Lea the only report of note. Yesterday’s highlights were a Glaucous Gull in the bay off Primrose Valley (J&TGD) and a male Scaup north …

15th May 2015

A day of promising conditions and a southerly airflow, with the clear highlight being a Red-rumped Swallow briefly over the Tip pools before heading east (TGD) during a day of heavy and relatively consistent hirundine passage. Combined totals of 1325 Swallows, 230 …

13th May 2015

Still quiet locally, with blustery winds from the west and south-west over recent days and very few signs of movement. Waders in the Brigg area include three Common Sandpipers, up to three Purple Sandpipers, 15 Turnstones, four Whimbrel, six Dunlin, …

10th May 2015

A blustery south to south-west wind made for difficult viewing conditions today, with the highlights overflying Hunmanby Gap in the shape a Marsh Harrier and a Hobby (KC, NCt), with 300 Swallows south there this evening; the land was very quiet generally, …

9th May 2015

A cool and showery day with a south-west to westerly wind swinging north by mid afternoon (with increasingly bright spells later on). Highlights included a Wood Sandpiper through at East Lea early on (MJP), with brief appearances there of both …

8th May 2015

Early sunshine and westerly winds steadily became cloud and south-easterlies (and later heavy rain), with a few migrants in the Carr Naze / Brigg area including fresh-in singles of Black Redstart, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Wheatear (MJP) and 134 Sandwich …

6th May 2015

Strong winds from the south-west and showers during the day produced a scattering of new arrivals. Hobbies were at East Lea first thing (MJP) and this eve (DL), and also at Hunmanby Gap this eve (NCt), a drake Goosander was …

5th May 2015

A relatively quiet few days characterised by strong winds and changeable conditions. Highlights have included a Wood Sandpiper briefly at the Tip today (CW) and a Red Kite over the town yesterday (JH), while numbers of commoner migrants are building …

1st May 2015

A quiet day so far today, with just a Great Northern Diver north off the Brigg, a Cuckoo at the Dams and two Common Sandpipers at East Lea of note. April ended with the Grey-headed Wagtail again briefly at East …