Friday, May 29th, 2015

Reed Warbler at the Dams yesterday (Heather Mason)

Reed Warbler at the Dams yesterday (Heather Mason)

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.

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Little Egret at the Dams (Henry Teahan)

Little Egret at the Dams (Henry Teahan). At 12 years old, Henry is one of FBOG’s younger members, but his photographic and identification skills are well beyond his years!

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.

Little Egret at the Dams (Henry Teahan)

Little Egret at the Dams (Henry Teahan)

Monday, May 25th, 2015

Grasshopper Warbler (Ian Robinson)

Grasshopper Warbler (Ian Robinson)

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 Little Terns north off the Brigg (JS) and the Grasshopper Warbler still performing well at the Tip.

Barn Owl (Ian Robinson)

Barn Owl (Ian Robinson)

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

Garganey, East Lea (Mark Pearson)

Garganey, East Lea (Mark Pearson)

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.) with presumably the same bird briefly at East Lea this evening (MJP), while the Grasshopper Warbler continued reeling loudly at the Tip, a Grey Wagtail was over the Golf Course, two Yellow Wagtails went north over Carr Naze, and the Cuckoo continued its lengthy singing stint in Arndale.

Grasshopper Warbler (Mark Pearson)

Grasshopper Warbler (Mark Pearson)

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Red Kite (Mark Pearson)

Red Kite (Mark Pearson)

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 Marsh Harrier (HJW) and at least two Common Buzzards, including one low over the town rooftops.

Four Egyptian Geese at the Dams yesterday (Mark Pearson)

Four Egyptian Geese at the Dams yesterday (Mark Pearson)

The year’s first Grasshopper Warbler (J&TGD, MJP) reeled intermittently from the western hedge of the Tip, a Little Ringed Plover circuited the Dams early on, and at least 250 Swifts moved through (in addition to many more in the general area). Four Egyptian Geese visited the Dams yesterday (HJW et al.).

Common Buzzard & Herring Gull low over the town (Mark Pearson)

Common Buzzard & Herring Gull low over the town (Mark Pearson)

Wednesday, May 20th, 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 was ringed at the Wadden in the Netherlands last summer.

Reed Bunting at the Dams (Les Day)

Reed Bunting at the Dams (Les Day)

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Greenfinch, east Lea (Mark Pearson)

Greenfinch, east Lea (Mark Pearson)

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 (BP, JS).

Friday, May 15th, 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 Sand Martins and 120 House Martins were only a percentage of the actual numbers passing through (with counts confined to three hours in the middle of the day and two later in the afternoon). Otherwise, two Garganey flew north on this morning’s seawatch and single Common Sandpiper and Yellow Wagtail were at East Lea, while the most notable of yesterday’s sightings involved three immature Mute Swans in the bay.

Poplar Hawk Moth (Nick Carter)

Poplar Hawk Moth (Nick Carter)

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Common Sandpipers by the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Common Sandpipers by the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

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, 28 Oystercatchers, two Sanderlings and five Ringed Plovers, while between one and three Wheatears have been around Carr Naze.

Dunlin on the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Dunlin on the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

A fly-by Turtle Dove (J&TGD) through the Country Park on 11th was the first of the year and the only real highlight, with passerine migrants thin on the ground but for a Spotted Flycatcher at the golf course yesterday, and others in Church Ravine and Parish Wood on 11th.

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

Colour-ringed Little Ringed Plover this morning (Mark Pearson) - unfortunately the inscription on the single colour ring was unreadable in the field

Colour-ringed Little Ringed Plover this morning (Mark Pearson) – unfortunately the inscription on the single colour ring was unreadable in the field

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, with just a couple of Wheatears in the Carr Naze area and a colour-ringed Little Ringed Plover (with a Dunlin) at East Lea and a single Common Sandpiper at the Dams.

Kittiwake, Carr Naze Pond (Mark Pearson)

Kittiwake, Carr Naze Pond (Mark Pearson)

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

Barn Owl, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Barn Owl, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

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 Ringed and Little Ringed Plovers, plus three Yellow Wagtails, 75 Sand Martins, 30 Swallows and 15 House Martins among other transient visitors.

Whinchat, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Whinchat, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

A small arrival of passerine migrants in the Carr Naze area late afternoon included a Whinchat (the first of the year), a Redstart, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Chiffchaff and eight Wheatears, while yesterday’s Black Redstart was still on the Brigg and eight Whimbrels came in off.

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Black Redstart (Mark Pearson)

Black Redstart (Mark Pearson)

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 Terns north in 90 minutes this afternoon. 90 Sand Martins (a peak count in the fog), Three Dunlin and a Common Sandpiper were at the Dams, while single Yellow and White Wagtails were at East Lea.

Yesterday was quiet, with a similar cast at the Dams and East Lea, odd Wheatears scattered and a report of a Short-eared Owl over the bay. The last few days have seen (or more often heard) Cuckoos still present in the Country Park and Dams areas.

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Goosander, East Lea (Mark Pearson)

Goosander, East Lea (Mark Pearson)

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 at the Dams and then East Lea this morning, with a White Wagtail at the latter site this morning and several Yellow Wagtails and Wheatears there this evening. A Grey Partridge was flushed from under the Dams boardwalk early on, a Sedge Warbler was in Long Hedge (an overdue first for the year), Common Sandpipers were at the Dams and East Lea, and a Green Sandpiper was at the Tip (with perhaps the same bird at East Lea later).

Common Sandpiper (Mark Pearson)

Common Sandpiper (Mark Pearson)

A late report involved a Black Redstart on the Brigg yesterday (JS).

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Cormorant and Coots, East Lea (Mark Pearson)

Cormorant and Coots, East Lea (Mark Pearson)

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 steadily – Sylvia warblers (including the first few Garden Warblers), hirundines (with e.g. 70 Sand Martins, 50 Swallows and 20 House Martins today), Swifts (c55 today), waders (including several Whimbrels) and wagtails (including four Yellow and a single White at East Lea today).

Friday, May 1st, 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 Lea with a handful of flavissima companions (MJP), the year’s first Hooded Crow heading north at Hunmanby Gap with a flock of Carrion Crows (KC), plus three Common Sandpipers and a Cuckoo at the Dams yesterday (30th).

Grey-headed Wagtail (Mark Pearson)

Grey-headed Wagtail (Mark Pearson)