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 Gap and Primrose Valley (KC, MJP), as yet precludes positive identification (hopefully more to come on this bird), while a Red-backed Shrike at the Tip – the second of the year – was (unusually for the autumn) an adult female (CW et al.). A Firecrest (the first of the year) was with Goldcrests in Martin’s Ravine (MJP et al.), where a Yellow-browed Warbler was one of at least four in the area today, with others at Muston Sands, the Dams and Parish Wood. A total of 20 Goldcrests were recorded today (without the main areas being checked).
Winds and conditions were favourable for visible migration and an excellent morning at both the Gap and Muston Sands produced 33 Tree Sparrows, 949 Meadow Pipits, a Lapland Bunting south (MJP), 39 Reed Buntings and 41 Siskins (with most of the high counts from the Gap); also at Muston Sands, unusually a Stonechat came in over the bay, fed for several minutes and then continued south.