Monday, April 30th, 2018

Today’s cold and blustery northerly saw four Manx Shearwaters north at the Gap. Yesterday (29th) a Great Skua and nine Sandwich Terns were the best of the seawatch and a Greenshank remained at the Dams, while on 28th the ringing team trapped a potentially interesting Chiffchaff (which we hope to provide more details of soon), a Black-tailed Godwit was at the Dams, a Stonechat was on Carr Naze, a Corn Bunting was near Gristhorpe roundabout and a single Manxie went north. 

Black-tailed Godwit, Dams (Mark Pearson)

Thursday, April 26th, 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. 

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

The year’s first Common Swift was hawking over the town at dusk, while a Red Kite went south at Hunmanby Gap and c12 Wheatears were scattered across the area. White Wagtails went south at Reighton Sands and dropped into East Lea, the latter site also hosting the Greenshank and a female Pochard. The male Pochard remained with the Tufted Duck flock at the Dams, where two Common Sandpipers were also present.

Wheatear, East Lea (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday (22nd), a White Wagtail was on Carr Naze, Wheatears were there and at the Gap, and six Whimbrel moved through. 

Saturday, April 21st, 2018

Returning Lesser Whitethroat, Top Scrub (George Day)

After lots of effort recently (with bonuses including two Firecrests and a Nuthatch), the FBOG ringing team really excelled themselves today with an extraordinary, perhaps unique, occurrence…. the story starts last May, when two Lesser Whitethroats were ringed in the same session on Top Scrub. Both stayed to breed, and then, incredibly, both were retrapped this morning – in the same net, at the same time! Proof of site fidelity and other factors are one thing, but the chances of both arriving back together – infinitesimal!

Other records today included an interesting northern/Mealy-type Redpoll also trapped in Top Scrub, an Avocet south over the Brigg, Greenshanks at the Dams and East Lea, and a Sedge Warbler (new for the year), a male Mandarin and Common Sandpiper at the latter site.

Yesterday (20th), a male Ring Ouzel was at Hunmanby Gap where a pair of Garganey went north, a female Black Redstart headed north at Reighton Sands, a Jack Snipe was at the Dams, and a Whitethroat, a Greenshank and ten Swallows were at East Lea. Another Whitethroat was a the Tip, while about 15 Whimbrels moved through the area. 

Black Redstart, Reighton Sands (Mark Pearson)

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Today’s clear highlight was the Nuthatch trapped by the ringing team in the early afternoon in Top Scrub – a local rarity and a big surprise! Also in the same area were two Redpoll, five Brambling and four Lesser Whitethroats. The year’s first Little Ringed Plover dropped in a the Dams before heading east, while raptor passage on a warm and sunny day included a Marsh Harrier thermalling with no fewer than 13 Common Buzzards west of the Dams mid-a.m. and a Red Kite over Primrose Valley.

Visible migration at Hunmanby Gap included a Red Kite, 200 Common Gulls and 16 Arctic Terns south, a Wheatear west, a handful of hirundines and Yellow Wagtails and strong finch passage, which included 11 Crossbills, 546 Linnets, a Brambling, 183 Chaffinches and 47 Siskins south. Smaller numbers at Reighton Sands also included 58 Meadow Pipits north. 

Yesterday (18th) saw two male Mandarins at East Lea (hot on the heels of the female at the Dams a few days ago), and the Greenshank also there; as well as the usual wildfowl, passerines across both the latter sites included four lesser Redpolls, five Redwings, 10 Siskins, a Brambling, ten Chiffchaffs and ten Blackcaps. Single Knot and Wheatear were on the Brigg. Vismig at the Gap was again productive particularly for finches, with 302 siskins, 380 Linnets, 235 Goldfinches, 94 Chaffinches and 13 redpoll spthrough, as well as a single Arctic Tern, eight Yellow wagtails, a Grey Plover and a handful of hirundines. A single Arctic Tern and 28 Carrion Crows south-east were the best of a still quiet sea.

A Greenshank arrived at the Dams on 17th, where all three hirundines were hawking in the fog, while visinle migration was quiet and grounded migrants were few (although included a good scattering of the exptected warblers). Two Whimbrels were among the few waders on the Brigg. 

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Osprey, North Cliff (Mark Pearson

A welcome southerly airflow produced lots of variety today, with a Hooded Crow high and north-west over North Cliff, a Merlin low and in the same direction, another Firecrest trapped by the ringing team in Top Scrub first thing, an Osprey north over the sea past the Gap and then over North Cliff late morning, four Ring Ouzels (one in off just after dawn at Reighton Sands, one in the Donkey Field and two at Gristhorpe Bay), year’s firsts in the shape of House Martins (about a dozen, with some back at colonies) and a Green Sandpiper at East Lea, an acredula-type Willow Warbler trapped in Top Scrub, a White Wagtail and a Wheatear at Gristhorpe Bay, Lesser Whitethroats at Reighton Sands (three) and the Gap (two), a Little Egret at East Lea and the Dams, and good visible migration of common species at Reighton Sands and the Gap, which included over 400 Linnets, 300 Goldfinches and 100 Siskins south at the latter site. 

Firecrest (Ana Cowie)

Yesterday (15th), a Red-breasted Merganser was at the Dams (a rare record there), two Little Egrets went south at the Gap, where 362 Linnets and 22 Siskins did likewise, and a Wheatear was in the Rocket Pole Field. 

Saturday, April 14th, 2018

A full count along North Cliff produced 174 Puffins and 12 Red-throated Divers as well as a Wheatear and 172 Linnets; small numbers of grounded migrants again included single figures of Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps in Top Scrub and elsewhere, with odd Willow Warblers, Swallows and Sand Martins, and a few Redwings and Fieldfares (a similar case to recent days). A Sandwich Tern and a Goosander were the best of the sea and another Wheatear was on the Brigg. 

Sparrowhawk, Dams (Mark Pearson)

Four Sandwich Terns went south on 12th, when seven contintental Robins were among migrants in Top Scrub and a female Black Redstart was at Hunmanby Gap. 

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

Mandarin, Dams (Mark Pearson)

A female Mandarin frequented the Dams this morning (where it spent much of it time attacking other birds substantially larger than itself). A total of seven Swallows and two Sand Martins moved through there, with the male Pochard, three Shelduck, two Mute Swans, 26 Wigeon, 15 Teal and five Chiffchaffs divided between there and East Lea. A Blue Fulmar and a Red-breasted Merganser were the best of the seawatch, while single Redwings were at the Dams and the Tip. Yesterday (10th), two Swallows were at the Dams.

Monday, April 9th, 2018

Firecrest, Top Scrub (Dan Lombard)

Thick fog hampered visible migration watches this morning but a brief respite early on saw a Corn Bunting, two Bramblings and a Fieldfare among a few birds on the move at Reighton Sands. Later in the day, a firecrest was trapped and ringed in the Top Scrub, while two Shelduck, a male Pochard, five Chiffchaffs and 18 Tufted Ducks remained at the Dams. A total of at least four pairs of Lesser Black-backed Gulls are breeding in the town this year the highest number recorded. 

Sunday, April 8th, 2018

Roe Deer, Reighton Sands (Mark Pearson)

Today’s highlights were a Ring Ouzel, three Swallows, four singing Chiffchaffs and a Redwing through at Hunmanby Gap, a Willow Warbler and a Swallow at Reighton Sands, a Stonechat on Carr Naze and a Sandwich Tern past the Brigg. Two Little Gulls went south on 6th, when a Black Redstart remained on Carr Naze and slightly improved vismig tallies at the Gap included 210 Linnets, 110 Chaffinch, 50 Siskin, two Redwing, Two dark-bellied Brent Geese and a Brambling (all south). 

On 5th, a Marsh Harrier and two Swallows went through the Gap, a (the) Firecrest relocated to Long Lane, the black Redstart and the Bar-tailed Godwit remained on Carr Naze and the Country Park respectively,  



Thursday, April 5th, 2018

A Firecrest was in Long Lane and later Top Scrub (probably yesterday’s bird relocating a few metres across the Country Park), a female Black Redstart remained on Carr Naze, at least eight Common Buzzards moved south through the area (in addition to six local birds in the skies at the same time), and a cream-crown Marsh Harrier and two swallows went south at the Gap this morning. 

Common Buzzards. Reighton Sands (Mark Pearson)

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

A Firecrest was reported from Arndale, a Willow Warbler was at the Tip, presumably the same two Black Redstarts were in the Carr Naze area, 15 Continental Robins and ten Redwings were in the Top Scrub area, a Fieldfare came in off, three Swallows were at the Dams (with two at East Lea and one south at the Gap later), three Wigeon went north and another 12 were at East Lea, and single Manx Shearwater and Great Northern Diver went north.

Water Rail, Dams (Pete Dunn)

Yesterday (3rd), a Glaucous Gull went high and north over the Gap in the morning, where a male Marsh Harrier went south and two Sandwich Terns went north in the early afternoon. Chiffchaffs were well scattered and the Bar-tailed Godwit remained in the Country Park. 

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

A male Ring Ouzel flew inland from the North Cliff this morning, while 10 Chiffchaffs (a significant increase) and four Redwings were in the Top Scrub area. Yesterday (1st), a pair of Black Redstarts were in the Rocket Pole Field area.