11th September 2015

Grey-headed Wagtail (Mark Pearson)

Grey-headed Wagtail (Mark Pearson)

A clear and sunny day with a continuing and strengthening east-south-easterly wind that eventully delivered on its promise. A Grey-headed Wagtail was briefly at East Lea (MJP, with thanks to MG!), the second there this year of a rare Yorkshire bird (with just one or two annually in the county in recent years). Two Yellow-browed Warblers, at East Lea (HJW et al) and Top Scrub (DL) respectively, constituted our earliest ever by several days and were part of the autumn’s first wave on the east coast.

Redstart, Tip (Mark Pearson)

Redstart, Tip (Mark Pearson)

Otherwise it was a small but improved showing of grounded migrants which included ten Whinchats (with eight together at the Tip this eve), five Redstarts, four Pied Flycatchers, two Spotted Flycatchers, a Stonechat, a Tree Pipit and five Wheatears.

Redstart, Muston Sands yesterday (Mark Pearson)

Redstart, Muston Sands yesterday (Mark Pearson)

The Velvet Scoter remained in the bay, over 8,000 Gannets moved north, and nine Little Gulls and two Pintail went south. Yesterday (10th) was somewhat quieter in similar conditions, with a Whinchat at the Tip, a Redstart at Muston Sands, a Wheatear at the Gap and two Goosander over Carr Naze.