Saturday, September 30th, 2017
27th: a scattering of migrants in the northern area included a Ring Ouzel in Short Hedge the first of the season), three Yellow-browed Warblers (two in Top Scrub, one Arndale), single Pied Flycatcher and Willow Warbler in Top Scrub and the Red-backed Shrike still at Gristhorpe Bay. The best of quiet vismig at the Gap were 86 Meadow Pipits, 16 Red-throated Divers and a late Tree Pipit.
28th: The clear highlight of the day was a flighty Dotterel which frequented the Top Fields for about 20 minutes before leaving to the south-east (MJP), with back-up from a Redstart on Carr Naze first thing, five Whinchats, 20 Robins, 40 Song Thrushes and three Stonechats in the hedgerows, three Wheatears in the Carr Naze area, three Great and five Arctic Skuas south at the Brigg, and five Blackcaps, a Firecrest and a Spotted Flycatcher at the Gap (KC) where 24 Song Thrushes went west. Single figures of Bramblings, Siskins, Redwings and redpolls have been recorded on most recent days.
29th: An un-ringed Siberian Lesser Whitethroat (which gave the diagnostic call) was in Top Scrub (MJP) with two Spotted Flycatchers, while an Osprey which inland at the Gap and then south over Primrose Valley (NC, MJP) and was later seen over both Flamborough and Spurn. Two Red-breasted Mergansers south and dark-bellied Brent north were the best of still very quiet sea, while a late Little Ringed Plover, five Golden and a single Grey Plover all came in off and west over the Country Park. A Med Gull was in the bay corner late on.
30th: Much improved vismig at the Gap included totals (all south) of 62 Skylarks, 14 Song Thrushes, 390 Tree Sparrows, 520 Meadow Pipits, 239 Chaffinches, 93 redpolls, 1808 Goldfinches (a site record), 80 Siskins and 80 Reed Buntings. Single Med Gull and Marsh Harrier passed the Brigg, while the long-staying Kingfisher remained at the Dams.