Monthly Archives: September 2016

CATS

30th September 2016

The highlight of a benign sea was a Black-throated Diver south (MJP) as well as 14 Red-throats and a trickle of incoming passerines that included three Wheatears (with a total of four others at other sites). Visible migration at the …

29th September 2016

A surprisingly productive morning for visible migration (given the strong winds) resulted in 1184 House Martins, 324 Meadow Pipits, 386 Goldfinches and two Lapland Buntings south at the Gap; good passage there yesterday included three Curlew Sandpipers north and 89 …

26th September 2016

An entertainingly busy day today, or rather morning, with a flurry of activity in the couple of hours after dawn producing several notable sightings and some good numbers of migrants. A first-year ring-tail Harrier species, seen several times between Hunmanby …

25th September 2016

A busy day for flyovers today in brisk south-westerly winds, with two Great White Egrets heading north-west over the area late morning (SC, JS, CS) and a Hen Harrier and a Jack Snipe the pick of vismig at Hunmanby Gap …

22nd September 2016

A generally fine day with a freshening southerly wind and few new arrivals, although a minimum of 14 Yellow-browed Warblers remained in those areas covered (12 in the Country Park / Church Ravine area and two at Hunmanby Gap). A …

21st September 2016

A promising north-easterly airflow across the North Sea delivered an avalanche of Russian invaders today in the multiple spritely shapes of at least 34 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS – more than three times our previous day record (and almost as many as …

20th September 2016

A day of drizzle and brisk north-westerly to northerly winds becoming drier and a little less windy by mid afternoon. It may have been gloomy but the star of the show was far from it, with a sudden influx of …

19th September 2016

A quieter couple of days, with today’s highlight being a Long-tailed Skua on the sea off the Brigg this morning (JP, CW) and a Great Northern Diver off Hunmanby Gap. Yesterday, visible migration in the morning involed small numbers of …

17th September 2016

  Strong northerlies for much of the day dictated almost all attentions were paid to the sea, and good coverage was rewarded with some impressive counts. (Note that the following tallies avoid duplication by taking the highest counts from The …

16th September 2016

A day of increasingly strong north-westerly winds and heavy rain from late morning was predictably a non-starter for land-based observations but productive for sea passage, and eight hours from the hide produced highlights including a juvenile Long-tailed Skua south (MJP), …

15th September 2016

A day of light winds, warm temperatures and thick fog, which hampered observations across the area for much of the time. A small arrival of land migrants included a Redstart on Long Hedge, a Whinchat, three Willow Warblers and two …

14th September 2016

Two days of sharp contrasts – yesterday being exceptionally warm, sunny and humid, and today being dominated by thick fog and strong winds from the northern sector. As a result, today was very much about the sea – at least, …

12th September 2016

(With apologies for the short break in transmissions, we’re just back from the Spurn Migration Festival!)… A relatively quiet few days, although the White-rumped Sandpiper was present on the Brigg to 9th at least, where a Yellow-legged Gull and a …

8th September 2016

An excellent day here at the Obs thanks in no small part to an incredibly tame and accommodating White-rumped Sandpiper (SD, KD et al.) on the Brigg. At times feeding down to two metres of appreciative observers, it’s our fourth …

7th September 2016

A much quieter day, with a very light variable and continuing warm temperatures offering little new of note. Visible migration was minimal at best, while the sea offered few signs of movement; the Dams kept things interesting, however, with the …

6th September 2016

A day of brisk south-westerlies, increasingly balmy temperatures and a memorably epic movement of hirundines this morning. Peaking for approx 90 minutes (between 0800 and 0930), perhaps our biggest ever count of Swallows and House Martins flooded south, with counters …

5th September 2016

Another day of promising conditions on the sea (with the possibility of birds reorientating after yesterday’s north-westerlies) which delivered some good results in seven and a half hours consecutive watching from dawn. Highlights included two Cory’s Shearwaters, both north at …

4th September 2016

With winds due to strengthen and swing into the north-west, most of the attention was focused on the sea today, with just shy of ten hours consecutive coverage yielding some good returns (although arguably there perhaps wasn’t as much activity …

3rd September 2016

A mild and cloudy morning turning to a wet and windy afternoon, with the highlight coming early on at the Gap where an Osprey headed south (KC, NC); other passage there included over 200 Meadow Pipits south. The Dams held …

2nd September 2016

A juvenile Yellow-legged Gull (MJP, CW) was the highlight of a still benign sea over the last two days, while a Little Stint remains on the Brigg both today and yesterday with a good selection of common waders (including five …