Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Curlew, Gristhorpe Bay (Mark Pearson)

A generally quiet final week in the area included a few highlights: Med Gulls past the Brigg and Gap on 26th and 27th, a Sooty Shearwater, 547 Black-headed Gulls and a Marsh Harrier through the Gap on 27th, a good tern passage from the Brigg on 28th with 224 Common Terns north and 89 south, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull off the Brigg on 29th (BP, JS) and another past the Gap the following day (KC), and a decent wader passage past the Gap on 30th which included 32 Ringed Plovers south (and four Blackwits south on 31st). 

Juvenile Peregrine, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Friday, August 25th, 2017

A Spotted Flycatcher was the best of a Top Scrub ringing session this morning, with a Wheatear on Carr Naze, 39 Sandwich and 44 Common Tern on the Brigg (and 56 north), an Arctic Skua south at Gristhorpe Bay (where the returning Curlew flock is already up to 25 and at least 40 Grey Seals were in the water at high tide), and a juvenile Mediterranean Gull passed the Gap, where 10 Whimbrel, a Tree Pipit, 12 Yellow Wagtails and six Grey Wagtails went south and 70 tree Sparrows went north. 

Fulmar, Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Highlights over sea yesterday (24th) were a Sooty Shearwater and three Arctic Skuas south, a Bonxie north and 25 Common Terns, while visible migration at the Gap included a Marsh Harrier and 40 Tree Sparrows south and 370 Swallows and 12 Yellow Wagtails north, with three Spotted Flycatchers present; finch congregations included 150 Goldfinch there and 250 on Carr Naze.   

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Promising conditions for sea passage (a brisk northerly) produced our most notable selection of the autumn so far, the highlight being the year’s first Long-tailed Skua south (MJP), as well as single Balearic Shearwater and Pomarine Skua (JS), 14 Arctic Skuas, three Bonxies, 148 Fulmars, eight Swifts, a Grey Plover an 132 Common Terns south, and a fresh-in Wheatear on the Brigg.  

Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull (Mark Pearson)

An equally productive 22nd was most notable for terns, of which many stopped by on the Brigg for variable periods – these included two Roseate Terns, two Black Terns (and one south), Sandwich Terns (170s, 150n, 220 present), Common Terns (160s, 270n, 60 present) and Arctic Terns 13s, 10n, 15 present) (CW, MJP). Other highlights included a Sooty Shearwater, 259 Common Scoter and two juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls north (MJP), and a Stonechat and four Willow warblers were new on Carr Naze. 

Black Tern (Mark Pearson)

Monday, August 21st, 2017

The highlight of a quiet seawatch this morning was a colour-ringed Little Egret (blue C3) fishing in the rockpools, which is from either Norfolk of Notts – more to follow. Otherwise a build-up of terns included 80 Sandwich Tern at the Brigg / bay corner and another 37 north, and six Arctic Terns and 37 Common Terns (also north); at the Gap, a Black Tern went north (KC) as well as a Bonxie, a Pintail, five Manxies and 111 ‘commic’ terns. Two Ruff and two Dunlin were among waders at East Lea. The Greylag flock has built to an unfortunate high of at least 380 in the north of the area. 

Colour-ringed Little Egret (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday (20th) saw some light movement at the Gap with highlights including 13 Yellow Wagtails and three Corn Buntings north, single Greenshank and Ruff west, and 102 House Martins south. Good numbers of hirundines remain in drifting loose flocks throughout the area but most appear to be present rather than actively migrating, although 139 Swallows and 84 House Martins were recorded doing so at the Gap on 19th.

Two Corn Buntings south and a single north were recorded passing the Gap on 18th (KC), while the season’s first Wood Sandpiper was at East Lea (KP, PP) along with a Green Sandpiper, two Little Egrets and a Black-tailed Godwit.

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Another juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was recorded today, this time north at the Gap (KC), where five Yellow Wagtails and a Little Egret did likewise. A Little Egret was also at the Tip, while it or another has been frequenting the Dams and East Lea for the last few days. East Lea continues to attract a nice selection of waders over recent days, with two Ruff, a Little Ringed Plover, up to three Ringed Plover, single Common and Green Sandpipers, up to seven Dunlins and four Snipe present. Yesterday, the season’s first Tree Pipit, four Bar-tailed Godwits and a Greenshank went south at the Gap. 

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

A female Merlin was at the Gap both today and yesterday (KC), with a Grey Plover, a Bonxie and 101 Teal south the best of a quiet sea. Decent wader passage yesterday (14th) over the sea included 136 Redshank, 162 Dunlins, 49 Knot and 17 Sanderling all south, as well as a Sooty Shearwater (also seen from the Gap), 2 Bonxies and an Arctic Skua in the same direction. 

Water Vole, Dams (Caroline Garrod)

In a what’s been a productive period for this species, 34 Black-tailed Godwits went south at the Gap on 13th and 11 on 12th, while a Brown Argus was reported from the Dams on the former date along with two Greenshank and 49 Lapwings.

Friday, August 11th, 2017

At the Gap, 23 Black-tailed Godwits went south and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull (KC) went north, while the Dams held two Greenshank, a Green Sandpiper, three Gadwall and 20 Lapwing; a similar cast were present there yesterday (10th), along with a Little Egret. 

Black-tailed Godwit, Dams (Ian Robinson)

9th saw some improved activity on the sea, which included a Sooty Shearwater north, 16 Manx Shearwaters south (and nine north), 11 Bonxies, 10 Arctic Skuas, 313 Fulmars and 271 Common Scoters north, and 218 Oystercatchers and a Greenshank south. A Hobby went south at the Gap (WS) along with 20 Black-tailed Godwits, two Arctic Skuas and 42 Redshanks. 


Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Comma (Judith Henley)

A very wet, quiet day today with the only birds of note being a Greenshank and a Green Sandpiper at the Dams, and three Arctic Skuas and 666 Common Scoters north on this morning’s seawatch. Hobbys overflew the tow and the Gap on 6th, when 23 Black-tailed Godwits went south over the Country Park.

Hedgehog emerging from nest (Mike Cole)

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

Red-backed Shrike (Mark Pearson)

A Kingfisher at the dams today (DL) was the first of the season, while a three hour seawatch from mid-morning yesterday (4th) was quiet but for a good passage of gulls, including a day-record three Yellow-legged Gulls (MJP); all were juveniles and all northbound. A female-type Black Redstart was on Carr Naze first thing (CW) and 215 Swifts went south at the Gap. The Red-backed Shrike was last seen on 3rd, completing a stay of nine days.

Yellow-legged Gull (Mark Pearson)

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

The Red-backed Shrike remain in situ on long Hedge, while waders at the Dams today included twos of Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Common Sadnpiper and Redshank, with another two Blackwits, two Curlew and 37 Lapwing at East Lea. Two Garden Warblers were trapped in Top Scrub and 23 Sandwich Terns were on the Brigg.