1st November 2015
A great start to the new month, particularly given the very pleasant, sunny and warm (and therefore unpromising) conditions. Highlights involved a Woodlark south over Hunmanby Gap this morning (KC, NCt), a ring-tail Hen Harrier hunting along North Cliff this evening (DL et al), and a Tundra Bean Goose in off last thing (MJP).
A good movement of Pink-footed Geese totalled at least 850 and included an aberrant individual with partially pale plumage, five Whooper Swans went south, Short-eared Owls were along north Cliff (two) and at Gristhorpe Bay, and a totals of four Goosanders and six Red-breasted Mergansers passed the Brigg. The Dams held a Little Egret, 35 Wigeon, and a Chiffchaff, and a flock of ten Long-tailed Tits headed out off the Brigg before u-turning.
Insects were abundant in the unseasonably mild conditions, with two Common Darters fresh-in on the Brigg and another ovipositing at the Dams, while at least eight Small Tortoiseshells and four Red Admirals were noted.
The ringing team were active again this morning, with a good haul of 41 birds – 37 new, 4 re-traps: Treecreeper 1, Goldcrest (1), Lesser Redpoll 3, Bullfinch 1, Greenfinch 3 (1), Tree Sparrow 1, Long-tailed Tit 20 (1), Blackbird 6, Song Thrush 1, Wren 1, Dunnock (1).