9th September 2015

Teal over the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Teal over the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

A fairly underwhelming couple of days given the promising conditions, the pick of which was a Balearic Shearwater, a blue Fulmar and the Velvet Scoter still in the bay this morning (MJP, JS), with strong wildfowl passage early on consisting of 108 Teal (plus 40 present), 155 Wigeon, 289 Common Scoter and two Pintail; three Sooty Shearwaters went north and a Pintail went south at the Gap. A Balearic Shearwater also went north early yesterday morning (MJP) in what is becoming a good month for this scarce visitor, while at the Dams, a Kingfisher has been present both days.

Convolvulus Hawk-moth (Nick Carter)

Convolvulus Hawk-moth (Nick Carter)

A Convolvulus Hawk-moth was trapped in a Hunmanby Gap garden last night (NCt, SCt), the second consecutive year this rare immigrant has occurred there. 

The ringers were active in the Top Scrub this morning and caught (with retraps in brackets) Willow Warbler 1 (1), Chiffchaff 1, Blackcap 5 (2), Whitethroat 1, Goldcrest 2, Linnet 1, Goldfinch 2, Greenfinch 3, Robin 1, Dunnock (1), Blackbird 1, Wren 2, Blue Tit 3, Great Tit 3.