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 highlight was a Woodlark which headed low and north-west past Muston Sands at 0740 (MJP), a male Redstart by the watchpoint there (first of the year), a Tree Pipit over the Gap (first of year), several Yellow Wagtails, over 250 Linnets, 70 Sand Martins north (and others around potential colonies), and several Swallows, House Martins and Siskins among others.

Redstart, Muston Sands (Mark Pearson)

Redstart, Muston Sands (Mark Pearson)

A total of 10 Wheatears arrived along the coastal strip, eight Common Buzzards drifted south (including six together), and further single Redstart and Yellow Wagtail were at the Tip. The Surf Scoter is still in the north of the bay, with a male Common Scoter today, and a northbound passage of Lesser Black-backed Gulls (c12) was noted.

Common Buzzard and Carrion Crow, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Common Buzzard and Carrion Crow, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday (12th) was generally quiet in the thick mist, but saw the first Whimbrel of the year over Carr Naze and a small influx of passerines there and in the Top Scrub, with five Fieldfares, four Song Thrushes, 10 Robins and a total of 15 Chiffchaffs.