Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Yellow wagtail, East Lea (Mark Pearson)

Yellow wagtail, East Lea (Mark Pearson)

Today was notable for this morning’s finch passage at the Gap, where an impressive 350 Siskins and 21 Crossbills headed south before 0800hrs. A further two Crossbills dropped into Arndale early on, but otherwise today was quiet (as might be expected given the clear, hot conditions). The female Shoveler and two Teal remain at the Dams, while a juvenile (just-fledged) Yellow Wagtail at East Lea is indicative of local breeding this year.

Sand Martins, Carr Naze pond (Mark Pearson)

Sand Martins, Carr Naze pond (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday (29th), a Pomarine Skua and a Mediterranean Gull went south on a morning sea-watch (JS), while counts of Painted Ladies peaked at five (also yesterday) and Curlews and Black-headed Gulls are trickling through.

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

Mammal trapping at the Dams tomorrow – see here  for details

No reports of note so far today, but yesterday saw a notable movement of Swifts through the area, with a minimum of 600 moving roughly south (the majority between 0900 & 1045), as well as a Cuckoo south over Carr Naze, small numbers of Siskins on the move (including nine which dropped brielfy into Arndale), and at least three Painted Ladies on the coastal strip.

Colour-ringed Shag on the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Colour-ringed Shag on the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

After a pair were observed copulating some weeks ago, just-fledged Rock Pipits on the Brigg confirm a successful breeding presence this year, while a colour-ringed Shag (white ZSJ) on the Brigg is likely from the Firth of Forth (details to follow).

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Filey Dams (Les Day) - probably one of ours, details awaited

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Filey Dams (Les Day) – probably one of ours, details awaited

 

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Reed Warbler at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Reed Warbler at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

An uneventful couple of days, with a trickle of migrants including small numbers of Curlews, 12 Black-headed Gulls, 85 Common Scoter and a Red-throated Diver into the bay, and two Painted Ladies (Arndale and in off at Carr Naze) today, while the summering pair of Gadwall and a female Shoveler are modest highlights at the Dams and East Lea.

Reed Warbler at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Reed Warbler at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

A busier day today after what can best be described as a very quiet week locally. A Pomarine Skua went south mid afternoon (MJP, J&TGD) along with 42 Manx Shearwaters, while single Bar-tailed Godwits went north both this morning and this afternoon (full counts from this a.m. to be added later). Otherwise the only recent report of note concerned a Willow Tit in Reighton Woods on 18th (NCt), a barely annual species in the area.

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

A quiet few days locally, with the only records of note involving the first Arctic Skua of the year on 14th, a male Wheatear on Carr Naze on the same day, an immature Mediterranean Gull off the Brigg on 13th & 14th (the same bird first seen on 5th), and a Hobby over the Tip on 13th.

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Few records of note over recent days, with the pick of the bunch being a Quail singing briefly at the top of Long Lane this morning (CW). Odd painted Ladies are arriving on the coastal strip, a Hummingbird Hawkmoth was behind the seawatching hide on 7th, and 28 Manx Shearwaters and a single Bonxie went north yesterday (8th).

Friday, June 5th, 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)

Monday, June 1st, 2015

The new month unfortunately began as the old one ended, with strong south-westerly winds and no birds to speak of. The best of the last few days has consisted of a Turtle Dove over Carr Naze (CW) and a Common Buzzard over East Lea on 30th.

Common Buzzard, East Lea, 30th (Mark Pearson)

Common Buzzard, East Lea, 30th (Mark Pearson)