Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Slow going, as expected at this time of year, with the expected improvement in Common Scoter and Manx Shearwater passage at sea and very little on the land. The pick of Common Scoter counts were 88 north and 30 south today, 11=22 north yesterday and 62 north on 24th, with notable Manxie counts of 34 on 22nd and single figures on all other days. The season’s first two Sooty Shearwaters went north on 24th.

Black-headed Gull, Bay Corner (Mark Pearson)

Two European Storm-petrels were retrapped on the night of 23rd, including the infamous ’67’ – more to follow on this on the website soon. Up to 15 Teal, a Wigeon and a Shoveler are frequenting the Dams and East Lea. Other species trickling through include Black-headed Gulls (including odd juveniles at the Dams), up to ten Lapwings at the same site, Curlews (with single figures through on most days), odd Red-throated Divers, double figures of Puffins, and Grey Herons (with up to six at the Dams). 

Monday, June 18th, 2018

A Hobby went south at the Gap yesterday, while the Dams held a single Wigeon, five Teal, a Redshank and two Lapwings among the usuals on 16th. An impressive southbound movement of Swifts took place in classic conditions (a south-westerly storm front at this time of year) with 1,352 between 0600 and 0800hrs over Top Scrub, with a single Whimbrel also over. A European Storm-petrel was trapped and ringed on the team’s first attempt this season on the night of 15th, while on the sea, 34 Manxies and six Eiders were logged on the same day. 

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

Sandwich Tern, Brigg (Mark Pearson)

The best of the last few days was an Osprey which headed north over the town on 9th. A Marsh Harrier went south at Gristhorpe Bay the following day, while at the Dams, Little Ringed Plovers, a few Lapwings and the odd Common Sandpiper have been recorded. On the sea, a Bar-tailed Godwit went north yesterday, and small numbers of Manxies, Common Gulls, Black-headed Gulls and Sandwich Terns are passing daily; on the Brigg, a few Turnstone and Oystercatchers and a single Knot are present.  

Friday, June 8th, 2018

Little to report again over recent days, with a Bonxie past the best of few reports today; other seawatch records have included single figures of Manx Shearwaters past on most days, and a pair of Garganey south on 5th. 

Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

The only report of note today was a Hummingbird Hawkmoth on Sycamore Ave, while yesterday (2nd) a Spotted Flycatcher was in Church Ravine, and a Belgian-ringed Chiffchaff was trapped in Top Scrub. On 1st, a Tree Pipit and a Psainted Lady were on Carr Naze, and a Common Sandpiper was at East Lea.