5th April 2016

Egyptian Goose coming in off at the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Egyptian Goose coming in off at the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

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 west (MJP, J&TGD), two White Wagtails in off and west at Carr Naze this morning (with one still at East Lea), a Ring Ouzel at the Country Park this afternoon and 12 Wheatears freshly arrived in the same areas (with most or all quickly filtering inland).

Chiffchaff, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Chiffchaff, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

At least 15 Sand Martins are prospecting around Carr Naze and about 15 Swallows and five House Martins moved through the general area this afternoon (with one of the latter at the Gap yesterday being the first of the year). A heavy passage of passerines in off at Carr Naze included 320 Meadow Pipits, 115 Linnets, three Siskins and three Reed Buntings. The Surf Scoter is still in the bay, again staying further out today.