5th June 2015

Broad-bodied Chaser, 4th (Mark Pearson)

Broad-bodied Chaser, 4th (Mark Pearson)

A modest sprinkling of late spring migrants over recent days, with highlights as follows: An immature Mediterranean Gull (MJP) flew south along North Cliff this morning, while a Corn Bunting (MJP) – a locally rare bird, with a handful of annual records at most, usually from visible migration watches – appeared in the Rocket Pole Field after a shower. At sea, c75 Common Scoters, a handful of Manxies and a pod of c10 Bottlenose Dolphins (CW et al.) passed the Brigg this morning.

Swift (Mark Pearson)

Swift (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday (4th), 3/4 Common Crossbills were briefly near the church (JH), while the year’s first Painted Lady and Broad-bodied Chaser were around Top Scrub pond. A colour-ringed Mute Swan (red 531) ran into conflict with the semi-resident pair at East Lea on 3rd, when a Black-tailed Godwit was on a roadside flash. A Marsh Harrier flew east over the Tip on 2nd (J&TGD), where the Grasshopper Warbler has continued to sing and show well.

Corn Bunting, 5th (Mark Pearson)

Corn Bunting, 5th (Mark Pearson)