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 a Shoveler at the Dams, with an adult Water Rail also showing briefly at the latter site, after a long-suspected but unproven breeding presence was confirmed this week.

European Storm-petrel (Mark Pearson)

European Storm-petrel (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday (1st) saw the month beginning with the first attempt at catching European Storm-petrels on the Brigg after dark, resulting in quick success – one was trapped, ringed and released at 2308hrs, when a further two were present around the nets. A brief seawatch prior to dusk produced a Little Egret south (plus a few Manxies and the commoner terns, and single Bonxie and Arctic Skua), while earlier a Hobby hunted at East Lea, and the Dams variously held Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, two Greenshank, two Snipe, up to 15 Lapwings and seven Curlews.

Hobby, East Lea (Mark Pearson)

Hobby, East Lea (Mark Pearson)

July ended with juvenile Cuckoos at both East Lea and Top Scrub on 31st, with up to 25 Lapwings at the former and a redpoll sp. also at the latter site. The Lesser Black-backed Gulls in the town centre have successfully fledged a single youngster.