Monthly Archives: August 2015

CATS

30th August 2015

On the Brigg, the Little Stint remained for its fifth day, while on the sea, single Balearic & Sooty Shearwaters passed this morning (JS et al) and a Mediterranean Gull this evening (MJP). Land migrants were confined to a scattering …

28th August 2015

A Little Stint, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull and a Little Egret were on the Brigg today (JS, MJP) with (possibly the same or another) Yellow-legged Gull in the Bay corner at dusk (MJP). The two Wood Sandpipers again headlined a …

26th August 2015

A quieter couple of days locally, with a strengthening south to south-westerly airflow encouraging a clear-out of land migrants and keeping movements at sea to a minimum; Pied Flycatchers, for example, are down to low single figures and Willow Warblers …

24th August 2015

With promising conditions (both overnight and during daylight hours) and good coverage of the area throughout the day, the recent purple patch continued to prevail, and was arguably at its most impressive so far today. A combination of various scarcities …

22nd August 2015

Yet another good day here at the Obs, with a south-easterly airflow encouraging the sea to provide this morning and the land to host a small influx of passerines this evening. Of the former, a Long-tailed Skua, a Red-necked Grebe, …

21st August 2015

Less encouraging conditions nevertheless provided a few notables today, the best of which was a Little Stint south past the Brigg (in the company of a Grey Plover and a Dunlin) this afternoon (MJP), the third this year of a less …

21st August 2015

The good run has continued over the last couple of days, with a decent selection of notable early autumn records in the area. Today has been a little quieter, although a Balearic Shearwater went north this morning (JS, JP), single …

19th August 2015

Quite a day here at the Obs, particularly for so early in the autumn, with classic seasonal continental scarcities illuminating a frenetic morning in the northern coastal area. Within a couple of hours, no fewer than three Wrynecks were found …

THE CORNFIELD FLOWER PROJECT

Mike Day’s photo, taken on 17th August, shows the extent of the plot, dominated this season by Corn Marigold; the lilac tint of Corn Cockle and intense blue of Cornflower can also be picked out. In a few weeks time, …

17th August 2015

A quiet day today with few reports of note, except for a decent cast of waders at the Dams: over the last few days, the mud there has hosted 11 Ruff, up to four Common and Five Green Sandpipers, three …

14th August 2015

With high pressure over Scandinavia, a north-easterly airflow across the North Sea and suitably murky conditions here on the coast, an early window of possibility regarding contintental drift migrants opened today; unlike most such occurrences this early in the season, …

12th August 2015

The main story of the last few days has concerned the number of Gannets taking advantage of developing ‘bait balls’ both out at sea and, most spectacularly, close inshore – particularly on the morning of 11th, when up to 2,700 …

9th August 2015

(With apologies for delayed reports – we’ve had a busy weekend!) Relatively quiet (thankfully) over recent days, with the pick being a Kingfisher and three Pomarine Skuas on / off the Brigg on 7th (MJP, JS) and a Short-eared Owl …

5th August 2015

More quality today in what has been a pleasingly productive period of late. Today’s pick was an adult Sabine’s Gull briefly off North Cliff (TGD), with three Marsh Harriers at large in the northern area and the Little Stint reported …

3rd August 2015

A busy and high quality day in the area from dawn to dusk, with highlights over the sea consisting of two Spotted Redshanks south (MJP), an adult Roseate Tern south (MJP), three Little Terns south (JS) and a Yellow-legged Gull …

2nd August 2015

The pick of today’s reports consisted of a Marsh Harrier hunting in the East Lea / Top Fields area in the afternoon, a Ruff, a Green Sandpiper and three Dunlin at East Lea, a Dunlin, a Kittiwake, eight Teal and …