26th April 2018

Today saw the year’s first Hobby west through East Lea, where a notable hirundine passage included 101 Swallows and 39 House Martins, as well as two Swifts. Linnets were on the move at the Gap this morning, with 314 north and 113 south, as well as 33 Swallows and five Yellow Wagtails through. 12 Common Scoter were in the bay. Two Wheatears were on Carr Naze. 

Yesterday (25th) a Grasshopper Warbler (another year first) was singing at the Tip, 14 Red-throated Divers were in the south of the bay and two Wheatears were on Carr Naze., while a single Greenshank, two Common Sandpipers and a Little Ringed Plover were at the Dams. Five Bottlenose Dolphins went south on 24th, with firsat-of-the-year Cuckoos in the Rocket Pole Field and at the Gap and Wheatear in off and a Swift north at Reighton Sands.  

Common Sandpiper, Dams (Mike Cole)

Whimbrels and Yellow Wagtails are present passing through daily in single figures and all three hirundines are picking up in numbers at local breeding sitesas well as visibly migrating.