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, however, this one provided, with the discovery of Filey’s 15th Greenish Warbler freshly grounded on the end of a damp and foggy Carr Naze this morning (MJP et al).
Other passerine migrants were hard to come by, although efforts in the Carr Naze area also produced a Grasshopper Warbler, four Whinchats and a Chiffchaff. Additionally, a Little Stint was on the Brigg (JS), a new Short-eared Owl was in the Tip area (as were a Yellow Wagtail and two Greenshank), while a generally quiet sea produced 40 Manx Shearwaters and 580 Common Scoters among more expected totals.
Yesterday was also productive in very different conditions, with a Red-necked Grebe south, an adult Pomarine Skua, two Minke Whales and at least 13 Harbour Porpoises at sea (MJP) and 27 Black-tailed Godwits among a good cast of waders off and around the Brigg. Additionally, two Ruff were the pick at the Dams, 150 Linnets were at Reighton, and interestingly a flock of 16 Tree Sparrows flew SE over Carr Naze and out over the bay.