Friday, August 31st, 2018

A productive sea yielded two Roseate Terns, two Velvet Scoters, three Sooty Shearwaters, five Bonxies, two Pomarine Skuas and 80 Common Scoters past this morning, as well as 5500 Gannets (and a Sooty) past the Gap. Yesterday (30th), a Black Tern, a Hobby, a Pomarine Skua and 50 Common Terns were the best of the sea, while the Curlew Sandpiper remained at East Lea.

Dunlin, Dams (Judith Henley)

On 29th, a Curlew Sandpiper arrived at East Lea (where, with the Dams, combined waders totals included seven Green Sandpipers), Reed and Garden Warblers were in Top Scrub, Whinchat and Stonechat were in the Rocket Pole Field, a Balearic Shearwater passed the Gap, and totals over the sea incuded 128 Teal, 12 Manx Shearwaters, 2000 Gannets (south), 74 Common Terns, a Black Tern and five Arctic Skuas. 

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

The last couple of days have been notable mainly for the big numbers of seabirds in feeding frenzies along our coast from North Cliff to Reighton, consisting of several thousand Kittiwakes and hundreds of terns. Of the latter, two Black Terns were inshore off the Gap today (in what has been a bumper couple of weeks for this species locally), with upwards of 100 Common, 20 Sandwich and a further 100 ‘commics’. A Little Egret was the Dams.

Bittern, Dams (Mike Cole)

Yesterday (27th), two Black Terns were north of the Brigg, with counts of 178 Arctic, 73 Sandwich and 77 Common on it (as well as a good cast of waders, including a Purple Sandpiper and 12 Whimbrels). A Bittern showed well at the Dams for much of the day, 13 Bonxies and four Arctic Skuas passed the Gap among the feeding frenzies, and single Wheatear and Whinchat were on Carr Naze. The Dams and East Lea continue to hold a good selection of waders, including e.g. up to six Black-tailed Godwits and 15 Dunlins. A Little Ringed Plover was on Carr Naze Pond yesterday.

Sunday, August 26th, 2018

A Balearic Shearwater, 75 Manx Shearwaters, five Arctic Skuas, 200 Common Terns and seven Bonxies were the highlights of a morning seawatch from the Brigg, while lesser numbers from the Gap however also involved a Sooty Shearwater. Small numbers of both commoner skuas are now an expected daily occurence. 

Black-tailed Godwit, Dams (Alan Walkington)

Yesterday (25th), a Black Tern went south in the evening, three Wheatears and two Whinchats were on Carr Naze, and a Yellow-legged Gull was on the Brigg. Waders are on the move over the Country Park, the Gap and over the sea every day, with small numbers of e.g. Grey and Golden Plovers, Whimbrels, Redshank, Greenshank, Snipe, Dunlin and other species logged most days recently. 

Friday, August 24th, 2018

Another Black Tern was today’s highlight, while yesterday’s (23rd) were 35 Willow Warblers in Top Scrub and a Little Ringed Plover on the Rocket Pole Field pond. The 22nd saw a good selection locally including two Spotted Redshanks at the Dams, an Osprey south, 72 Whimbrels south over town, and three Black Terns, 124 Common Terns, 15 Manxies and 180 Teal on the seawatch.

Greenshank, Dams (Alan Walkington)

21st saw a Redstart, two Spotted Flycatchers, a Garden Warbler and 30 Willow Warblers in Top Scrub, with three Whinchats and a Stonechat in the Rocket Pole Field. 102 Oystercatcxhers were on the Brigg. The Dams and East Lea continued to hold a similar cast of waders, including up to six Green Sandpipers and 20 Snipe.


Monday, August 20th, 2018

The last few days days have mostly been about waders, with good numbers passing through and stopping off, especially at the Dams and East Lea. Highlights there (most of which are still present) include Spotted Redshank, up to 11 Black-tailed Godwits, 19 Dunlin, 30 Snipe, six Green Sandpipers, Greenshank, Little Ringed and Ringed Plover, three Common Sandpipers and up to 45 Lapwing.

Black-tailed Godwit, Dams (Mark Pearson)

Five Shovelers, the long-staying Wigien and Shelducks and up to three Little Egrets have also frequented our two wetland reserves. Three Egyptian geese were in the bay corner on 14th, with five at the Dams on 18th and 19th. The sea has been very quiet, with just single figures of e.g. terns, the odd skua and a few Manx Shearwaters of note, but the Brigg is hosting a good selction of waders including two Purple Sandpipers and up to 35 Dunlin.

A short break in transmissions beckons – back in early September with a full update and regular sightings as the autumn proceeds!

Monday, August 13th, 2018

A small arrival of passerines arrived on Carr Naze in the fog early afternoon, with single Garden Warbler, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler there; a further 20 Willow Warblers, two Garden Warblers and a Sedge Warbler were in Top Scrub. Little Egrets were on the Brigg and East Lea, a Pomarine Skua, 187 Oystercatchers and three Grey Plovers went south off the Brigg, 11 Turnstones, two Purple Sandpipers, 18 Dunlins, 12 Curlews, three Sanderlings, two Whimbrels and four Redshanks were on it. 87 Sandwich and 11 Common Terns were in the Brigg / Bay Corner. 

Grey Plover, Brigg (Mark Pearson)

The Dams and East Lea held a similarly impresssive cast to recent days, with (between them) 10 Black-tailed Godwits, 30 Lapwing, five Green Sandpipers, 17 Dunlin, a Greenshank, a Ruff, up to 25 Snipe, two Redshanks, two Shelduck, a Wigeon and a Gadwall, while a Whimbrel and Green Sandpiper overflew the Gap.

Yesterday (12th), the Dams and East Lea were equally busy (with additionally a Ringed Plover and a total of six Green Sands), while 12 Curlew were on the sports field and 32 were at North Cliff, Arctic and Great Skuas went south, and 76 Sandwich Terns and an Arctic Tern were on the Brigg. 

Dunlin, Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Saturday, August 11th, 2018

A Merlin went east over Top Scrub this morning, a Hummingbird Hawkmoth was on Carr Naze, at least five Yellow Wagtails remain in the Carr Naze Pond area, and a similar cast of waders are at East Lea and the Dams. Yesterday (10th), single Balearic and Sooty Shearwaters were off the Brigg, along with four Arctic Skuas and 12 Manxies and a couple of Minke Whales; a Wood Sandpiper was with the wader congregation at the Dams.

On 9th, no fewer than five Minke Whales were feeding simultaneously to the north and north-east of Carr Naze, a Wood Sandpiper, six Green Sandpipers and 21 Snipe were notable at the Dams, and 10 Willow Warblers were in Top Scrub, where a Hobby and 14 Curlews went over.

Snipe, Dams (Mike Cole)

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

Merlin off the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

A Merlin came in off the sea and hunted over Carr Naze early afternoon, two Roseate Terns and – one of them or another later in the morning – were feeding off the Brigg, an adult Pomarine Skua and an Arctic Skua moved north, a Grey Plover and 14 Whimbrels were among waders on the move (also late morning), and the Dams continued to hold a strong cast of waders including a Wood Sandpiper, a Greenshank, 10 Snipe and six Black-tailed Godwits.

Green Sandpipers at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday (7th), a 1cy Yellow-legged Gull flew over the Brigg and settled in the bay, a Tree Pipit went south over carr Naze, a Minke Whale was feeding north of the Brigg, a Marsh Harrier went north over the Dams, and the wagtail cast in the Carr Naze Pond area included one White, one Grey, four Yellow and nine Pied. 

Green Sandpiper, Dams (Mark Pearson)

Monday, August 6th, 2018

Three Minke Whales (the peak count so far this year) were feeding north and north east of the Brigg today, while two Hobbies came in off the sea and a Marsh Harrier went north. Two Arctic Skuas went south, and a decent arrival in Top Scrub included 40 Willow warblers (15 ringed) and one Pied Flycatcher. 

Pied Flycatcher, Top Scrub (Dan Lombard)

Yesterday (5th), a Wood Sandpiper, three Black-tailed Godwits and two Greenshank were among the wader cast at the Dams, while on 4th, two Crossbills overflew Top Scrub where 13 Willow Warblers and one of three Pied Flycatchers present were ringed. 32 Curlews went over the Country Park. 

Hobby off the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

A colour-ringed adult Mediterranean Gull was at the Dams and an Avocet went south off the Brigg today, with other waders on the move in reasonable numbers, which included 45 Redshank and 114 Whimbrels. In addition, 22 Common Terns went north.

Small Copper (Judith Henley)

Yesterday (2nd) a Minke Whale was off the Brigg and a Brown Argus was on Carr Naze, while the Dams held a nice selction of waders which included a Wood Sandpiper, seven Black-tailed Godwits, three Green Sandpipers, two Ruff, four Dunlin and nine Snipe. On 1st, a similar cast there also included a Little Egret. 

Mediterranean Gull, Dams (Kev Denny)