Monthly Archives: April 2016

CATS

25th April 2016

A slow few days, with an unhelpful northerly airflow setting in and new arrivals thin on the ground. A Cuckoo to the south of Primrose Valley today was the first of the year, while hailstorms brought 140+ Swallows to the …

22nd April 2016

Another quiet couple of days enlivened by the year’s first Osprey powering into the cold northerly wind along the cliffs this afternoon (MJP); otherwise, very much as you were, with trickles of hirundines, Yellow Wagtails and other expected migrants in …

20th April 2016

High pressure settling over us at this time of year usually means a dearth of interesting visible movement (conversely because conditions are ideal for high-flying, pit stop-free migration) but a healthy arrival of expected, often local breeders, which has been …

18th April 2016

The pick of a mainly dull day with a brisk, cool north-westerly was another Marsh Harrier north-west over East Lea / North Cliff late morning, the same route taken by three more Common Buzzards (all of which were ‘non-local’ birds …

17th April 2016

Cool northerlies hardly inspired much enthusiasm today but a few new migrants arrived, notably a Marsh Harrier high and west over North Cliff, a Reed Warbler and a Lesser Whitethroat at the Dams (both firsts for the year), three Bramblings …

15th April 2016

Today is, remarkably, the four-month anniversary of the arrival of the immature male Surf Scoter in the bay, which is┬ástill showing no inclination to return to the homeland (much to the dismay of the local razorfish population). Other highlights consisted …

14th April 2016

  Another day of notable new arrivals, despite generally unhelpful conditions. Two male Blue-headed Wagtails (one showing a probable slight flavissima influence, above) were at East Lea this afternoon (MJP, DL), as were four Yellow, one White and three Pied …

13th April 2016

Visible migration watches this morning at Muston Sands and Hunmanby Gap accounted for most of today’s notable records, with several-hour early morning watches at both sites and then later counts from the northern coastal area combining for final totals. The …

11th April 2016

Fairly quiet over the last couple of days, with a modest trickle of new migrants including several Willow Warblers, widespread Chiffchaffs, a few hirundines and a single Wheatear on Carr Naze today. Yesterday (10th) saw 121 Pink-footed Geese, 319 Meadow …

8th April 2016

A quiet day today with a trickle of hirundines, four Sandwich Terns north and the Surf Scoter in the bay (associating with a couple of Common Scoters intermittently today); yesterday (7th) saw the female Black Redstart still on Carr Naze …

6th April 2016

Another changeable day with a more blustery south-westerly wind and heavy hail and rain showers. Notable records were headlined by a female Black Redstart on Carr Naze (MJP), where there were also three Wheatears, five Sand Martins and a pair …

5th April 2016

A cool south-westerly wind and changeable conditions brought more early spring activity to the area today, the highlight being a Crane which headed south-east over Hunmanby Gap this morning (KC). Other notable records included an Egyptian Goose in off and …

4th April 2016

A very changeable day with a south-westerly airflow, and early humidity and misty drizzle giving way to heavy hailstorms and cooler temperatures. Plenty of notable sightings were headlined by a Black Redstart at Hunmanby Gap (KC), a Corn Bunting at …

3rd April 2016

An encouraging start to the new month with several firsts for the year and a trickle of summer migrants. Of the former, a Marsh Harrier was at the Dams and a Little Ringed Plover was at East Lea on 1st, …