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 just the case over the last 48 hours.

Whimbrel, East Lea - 19th (Mark Pearson)

Whimbrel, East Lea – 19th (Mark Pearson)

Warblers are out (or rather, in) in force, with Blackcaps especially numerous in all suitable habitat, as well as Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers in good numbers, at least one Reed Warbler at the Dams, Lesser Whitethroats at the Dams, East Lea and Hunmanby Gap, and the year’s first Common Whitethroat at the latter site.

Surf Scoter this morning (Mark Pearson)

Surf Scoter this morning (Mark Pearson)

Waders include a Whimbrel at East Lea both days and a Common Sandpiper at the Bay pools today, migrant Common Buzzards numbered two yesterday and two today, a female Sparrowhawk was high and north over the sea this morning, while the Surf Scoter remains off the south side of the Brigg. Sandwich Terns and Lesser Black-backed Gulls have trickled past in single figures with hirundines well into in double, ten Yellow Wagtails moved through today with the female White Wagtail still at East Lea, while single Fieldfare, Redwing and Tree Pipit overflew the Gap yesterday.