Monthly Archives: September 2018

CATS

30th September 2018

A relatively quiet but slightly more promising end to the month, with two Jays being the standout highlight at the Gap, and 95 Tree Sparrows and 1cy Yellow-legged Gull also passing by there. A Velvet Scoter and a Mediterranean Gull …

28th September 2018

Single Balearic and Sooty Shearwaters passed the Gap this morning (with 53 Red-throated Divers in the bay there), with a total of 10 Bonxies and 28 Barnacle Geese passing the Brigg and a Kingfisher on it. 

27th September 2018

A busy morning’s vismig at the Gap produced 600 Siskins, 350 House Martins, 250 Linnets, 100 Swallows and 170 Pink-footed Geese; otherwise still quiet in the area. 

26th September 2018

A quiet day, with the pick of the Gap’s vismig being 140 Siskin, three Corn Buntings, 12 Snipe and four Coal Tits. Two Bonxies and 11 Sandwich Terns passed the Brigg in the afternoon, with a Wheatear and Greenshank among …

25th September 2018

A much quieter day at the Obs, with a brisk SW and high pressure dominating. Highlights of a p.m. seawatch included a Marsh Harrier high in-off from the east and eventually north-west, and a first year Mediterranean Gull feeding with …

24th September 2018

Finally a busier day on the sea, with the wind steadily swinging north during the day and plenty of activity, especially in the afternoon and evening. Our first all-four-skua day of the autumn included day counts of one juvenile Long-tailed, …

23rd September 2018

A little more activity on the sea this morning was headlined by a Balearic Shearwater lingering offshore for a while before meandering south, with back-up from 37 Manxies north (and three south), four Bonxies north (and two south), 11 Red-throated …

22nd September 2018

The Gap continies to provide most of the local highlights, with another quality morning there providing counts of 1200 House Martins, 1140 Meadow Pipits, 360 Siskins, 255 Linnets, 112 Goldfinches, 40 Pink-feet and a Sand Martin. The Top Scrub saw …

21st September 2018

Another good morning for visible migration at the Gap included 2240 House Martins, 80 Siskins and 200 Pink-footed Geese among others on the move. Two Roseate Terns south continued a good year for this species locally. Hobby was in the …

20th September 2018

An extraordinary morning for visible migration at Hunmanby Gap resulted in over 6,000 birds moving through, which included 1150 Siskins, 600 House Martins, almost 3,000 Meadow Pipits, 55 Chaffinches, 30 Alba wagtails (and one White), site records of 75 Reed …

19th September 2018

With strong south-westerly winds from a succession of Atlantic lows still dominating, Hunmanby Gap is providing the lion’s share of notable counts and sightings, with the best of today’s watch being 450 House Martins, 355 Swallows, 240 Siskins and seven …

18th September 2018

A busy day for vismig at the Gap was headlined by 1600 House Martins, 350 Swallows, nine Sand Martins and 67 Linnets, with a still very quiet sea contributing just two Arctic Skuas and a single Manx Shearwater. A Marsh …

17th September 2018

The Brigg provided plenty of highlights with the Curlew Sandpiper still, a Kingfisher, two Arctic, five Common and 15 Sandwich Terns, a Greenland Wheatear and a good selection of waders which included Purple Samdpiper, Dunlin, Ringed Plover and Redshank all …

15th September 2018

A total of over 300 Pink-footed Geese passed south through the area today, with 209 of those through the Gap, where a Swift and a Wheatear also headed south. Two Hobbies over the Country Park, and an increase in common …

14th September 2018

Vismig at the Gap continued to be productive, with notable counts there including 600 House Martins, 212 Siskins and over 80 Pink-footed Geese. The Dams also continues its productive period with the Curlew Sandpiper still, nine Green Sandpipiers, five Greenshank, …

13th September 2018

A Curlew Sandpiper was new at the Dams this morning, with highlights of visible migration at the Gap including 1147 Meadow Pipits, 162 Siskins, 708 House Martins and 205 Swallows, all south. A covey of 23 Grey Partridge at the …

12th September 2018

Another big day for Meadow Pipits, with 1212 south at Reighton Sands this morning and 1117 south at the Gap. Other visible migration highlights from both sites included two Swifts, a Sand Martin, 121 Siskins, and (finally) signs of hirundines …

10th September 2018

A surge of visible migration at the Gap saw 3619 Meadow Pipits south, supported by an Osprey, 420 Siskins and 99 House Martins all south among others (as always see Trektellen.org for full counts).  Today’s other star birds were the …

9th September 2018

The stand-out highlight was undoubtedly the Nightjar which roosted in a private garden, just the seventh record for Filey. Otherwise quiet with a Hobby, a Manx Shearwater, two Arctic Skuas and 50 Meadow Pipits through the Gap this morning, a …

7th September 2018

A surge of hirundines late morning was the main story of the day, with over 500 (453s, 62n) counted through Reighton Sands between 1000-1145hrs, and a further 86n through Gristhorpe Bay earlier. A late Swift, 120 Swallows, four Mute Swans …

6th September 2018

A Velvet Scoter, a Bonxie, four Manx Shearwaters over the sea and 40 Meadow Pipits, 64 Swallows and a Siskin over the land were the best of the Gap vismig, while a Whinchat, a Wheatear, 50 Goldfinch and 70 Linnets …

5th September 2018

Another productive day on the sea was the first of the year to yield all four skua species, with two Pomarines south and a juvenile Long-tailed dip-feeding off the Brigg in the early afternoon as well as 10 Great and …

4th September 2018

Totals from six hours seawatching included two Balearic Shearwaters, a Pomarine Skua, 14 Great Skuas, nine Arctic Skuas, six Pintail, 200 Manx and eight Sooty Shearwaters, over 3000 Gannets, 100 Teal, a Mediterranean Gull and a Bar-tailed Godwit. Three Wheatears …

2nd September 2018

A Short-eared Owl roamed the Top Fields this morning, while 11 Flava wagtails, 82 Swallows and 173 House Martins were the pick of vismig at the Gap. Ringing on the Brigg in the early hours was very successful, with various …