1st November 2015

Hen Harrier at dusk (Mark Pearson)

Hen Harrier at dusk (Mark Pearson)

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).

Pink-footed Geese - with abberant bird, second from right (Mark Pearson)

Pink-footed Geese (with aberrant bird, third from right) (Mark Pearson)

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.

Colour-ringed Turnstone on the Brigg today - this bird was one of the first to be ringed by the FBOG ringing team on 19th February 2012 - that's a lot of miles between here and the Arctic since... (Mark Pearson)

Colour-ringed Turnstone on the Brigg today – this bird was one of the first to be ringed by the FBOG ringing team on 19th February 2012 – that’s a lot of miles between here and the Arctic since… (Mark Pearson)

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.

Pink-footed Geese (Mark Pearson)

Pink-footed Geese (Mark Pearson)

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).

Long-tailed Tit (Lucy Murgatroyd)

Long-tailed Tit (Lucy Murgatroyd)