Saturday, March 31st, 2018

Recent sightings (in chronological order)15th: Woodcocks at Top Scrub and Gristhorpe roundabout. 16th: a Blue fulmar on the seawatch. 17th: female Black Redstart St Oswald’s church, 60 Blackbirds among smaller numbers of other thrushes in the Top Scrub area, male Scaup and still two Velvet Scoters in the bay (with at least one remaining for another week), 24 Lapwings at Newbiggin, Blue Fulmar and Little Gull on the seawatch. 18th: Four Corn Buntings and 25 Yellowhammers among other passerines in the Reighton Gap set-aside. 19th: a Blue Fulmar past the Brigg.

Water Rail, Dams (Mike Cole)

20th: female Black Redstart Bay Corner (presumably the same bird as above), Short-eared Owl at the Tip, Pink-footed Goose and Chiffchaff at East Lea. 21st: Two Goosander in the bay. 22nd: 22 Redwing by Long Lane, a juvenile Glaucous Gull north over Carr Naze, improved vismig at the Gap with 234 Meadow Pipits, a Corn Bunting, two Mute Swans and 30 Redwings north there. 24th: a Scandinavian Rock Pipit in the Rocket Pole Field, 8,000 Kittiwakes south and 69 Red-throated Divers and a Velvet Scoter north at the Gap, and an adult Med Gull on the seawatch. 

25th: Vismig at the Gap included 134 Linnet and 30 Redwings, and 78 Red-throated Divers in the bay. 26th: Two Twite and 35 Pink-footed Geese north at the Gap, with a Long-eared Owl brielfy near Muston roundabout; Water Rails performing well at the Dams. 28th: A White Wagtail on Carr Naze. 29th: 35 Redwings, a Fieldfare, a female Goosander north at the Gap, and a Mealy Redpoll there with 15 Lessers. 30th: A Bar-tailed godwit in the Bay Corner (often relocating to the Country Park over the next few days), a Woodcock in the Rocket Pole Field, a male Pochard at the Dams and 15 Lesser Redpolls still at the Gap. 31st: A male rubicola-type Stonechat in the Rocket Pole Field, and a Little Gull south on the sea. 

Corn Buntings, Reighton Gap (Will Scott)

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

A Scandinavian Rock Pipit was among a total of six of the species in the Carr Naze area today, with 30 Pink-feet north over the town, a Tawny Owl in long Plantation and Yellowhammers in song at the Tip and Filey Fields Farm. Yesterday (13th) two Pintail went north and a Siskin was on Brigg Road, with an intermedius Lesser Black-backed Gull at the Dams on 11th – the same day a Red-necked Grebe went north, Grey Plovers were on the Brigg and flying south, a Short-eared Owl was at the Tip and a Mediterranean Gull went south over the Brigg.

Siskin (Mike Cole)

Stonechats have been reported from the Rocket Pole Field (a pair) and Hunmanby Gap and Carr Naze (singles), while seabird numbers are increasing rapidly (including the first few Puffins).  

Fieldfare (Judith Henley)

Friday, March 9th, 2018

Barn Owl, Rocket Pole Field (Mark Pearson)

A Blackcap was at Hunmanby Gap on 6th, while the bird of the month so far was undoubtedly the Great Egret that flew from the Dams and over the town on the early morning of 7th (DL, GD). Otter activity at the Dams has been regular in recent days, while Red-necked Grebe and eight Velvet Scoters were reported from the Brigg area on 8th

Monday, March 5th, 2018

Velvet and Common Scoters off the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

11 dark-bellied Brents were in the bay on 3rd, when an adult Little Gull was with large numbers of Larids (including 470 Common Gulls) feeding in the bay corner at last light. A Velvet Scoter and two Eider remained in the same area, while a set-aside field just north of Reighton Gap held an extraordinary 24 Corn Buntings (a scarce species annually with usually just a handful of records each year) plus 90 Yellowhammers, eight Reed Buntings, 250 Linnets and 22 Tree Sparrows. 28 Golden Plovers, a Woodcock, 15 Snipe and 20 Lapwing were in the Rocket Pole Field / Carr Naze area. 

Fieldfare, Wharfedale (Mark Pearson)

A drake Pintail was on a still mostly frozen Dams on 4th, while the numbers at the Reighton Gap set-aside area included a big increase in Reed Buntings to 73 (but a lack of any Corn Buntings), as well as 65 Yellowhammers, 310 Linnets, 40 Skylarks and a Snipe. A total of 18 Goldcrests were in scrub and woodland from Reighton Woods to north of Reighton Gap. 

Little Gull, Bay Corner (Mark Pearson)

The Velvet Scoter was with eight Common Scoters, two Eider, a Great Northern Diver, 15 Red-throated Divers, 55 Wigeon and four Teal in the north of the bay on 5th, with four dead guillemots along the tideline after recent extreme weather conditions. 

Golden Plover, Rocket Pole Field (Mark Pearson)