Monthly Archives: July 2015

CATS

30th July 2015

It’s been all about the sea over the last few days, with five hours from 0540 this morning being particularly productive in what were not the most promising of conditions; however, with the sea-watching season now officially open, surprises are …

27th July 2015

A northerly blow and nine hours observations produced some quality seawatching today, the best of which was a European Storm-petrel north at 1440hrs (the first field record in some years), a Pomarine Skua south mid-morning, and a Little Gull in …

26th July 2015

A quieter few days in the area, with a Ruff south at the Gap and three Dunlin and two Curlews at East Lea the best of this morning. The last few days have seen a steady but modest trickle of …

22nd July 2015

Today provided several notable records in the shape of a Little Tern south past the Brigg this afternoon (MJP), presumably the same juvenile Yellow-legged Gull this morning and this afternoon there (JS, MJP), a Turtle Dove south at the Gap …

18th July 2015

After a somewhat late start to the autumn migration, waders have finally begun to increase in numbers and variety in recent days, with a respectable showing over the land and (particularly) the sea. This morning saw four Black-tailed Godwits south …

15th July 2015

An otherwise fairly quiet five hours or so on the sea this morning (trickles of terns, common waders, Manxies and Common Scoters notwithstanding) produced several isolated highlights, the best of which were a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull over the hut (MJP), …

14th July 2015

Highlights on the sea this morning included singles of three skua species (Arctic, Bonxie and an adult Pomarine) and four Little Egrets north (MJP, JS, CW). Two Little Egrets and a Greenshank went south at the Gap, while the Brigg …

11th July 2015

Finch passage was again the story of the day today, with 242 Siskins and 13 Crossbills south at the Gap (with a Little Egret also south there), and a further two Crossbills west over East Lea this morning. Three Red-breasted …

8th July 2015

The stormy northerly blow of the late morning failed to produce any early movements at sea, although a 2nd-summer Mediterranean Gull north (MJP) was some consolation. Otherwise, a Hobby was west of the Dams this morning (NCt), and a Little …

7th July 2015

An unremarkable couple of days (as might be expected for the time of year) were most notable for finch passage at Hunmanby Gap yesterday (6th), with 57 Siskins and seven Crossbills heading south early on (as well as 565 Swifts …

THAT TIME OF YEAR

The Land Girls and Dad’s Army tackling the July tasks: managing water levels and cutting back overhanging vegetation. When the wading birds arrive they will be met with fresh, nutritious mud and the birders who come to see the waders …

4th July 2015

The mini-heatwave continues with temperatures rising to 25 degrees celsius this afternoon, and movements are predictably quite slow; however, waders continue to gradually up their game at the Dams, with a single summer-plumaged Black-tailed Godwit there yesterday. Sea-watching remains in …

2nd July 2015

The big news of the last few days concerns the multiple arrival of Red-veined Darters at East Lea (MJP et al), with three discovered on 30th, at least three yesterday (1st), and up to six reported today. Otherwise, waders have …