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 Gap included the first Woodcock of the season, a Lapland BuntingĀ (KC), 448 Pink-footed Geese (with over 200 more noted elsewhere, mostly heading south), 57 Siskins and 527 Meadow Pipits, 241 Goldfinches and 178 Linnets (full counts on Trektellen as usual).

Little Egret, Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Little Egret, Brigg (Mark Pearson)

The long-staying Little Egret remained on the Brigg, while the Dams hosted maxima of 26 Dunlin, a Curlew Sandpiper (early on only), a Jack Snipe, the Little Ringed Plover, six Snipe and a Black-tailed Godwit, while the long-staying Pintail and two Ruff were on East Lea. Grounded passerines were hard to come by in the blustery winds, but a Yellow-browed Warbler was located on Long Lane (MJP).