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 this morning (KC); also through at the latter site were a late Swift, 36 Siskins, 216 Linnet (with 270 in the Top fields), 280 House Martin and seven redpoll; another Convolvulus Hawkmoth was caught there last night and Whinchats were there at on Short Hedge.

Mating Migrant Hawkers, Long Lane (Mark Pearson)

Mating Migrant Hawkers, Long Lane (Mark Pearson)

At least 11 Yellow-browed Warblers were recorded in the area – a likely increase on previous days (and perhaps suggestive of ‘new’ birds filtering south along the coast). The previous two days were generally quieter, with no more than three Yellow-brows, a Pied Flycatcher in the Top Scrub on 23rd, when a Marsh Harrier headed north at the Gap, seven Little Gulls were in the bay, and kingfisher was on the Brigg.