22nd February 2019

Comma, 21st (Judith Henley)

An unseasonably mild few days (set to continue) has seen more activity generally, with that classic sign of early spring, Pink-footed Goose return migration, figuring recently (and especially today). A total of 770 moved through in multiple skeins today, with lesser numbers on previous days and a single bird at the Dams.

Chiffchaff, Dams (Judith Henley)

A Red Kite was over Primrose Valley yesterday, while at the Dams, seven Gadwall, a male Common Pochard, 13 Tufted Ducks, 14 Coot, a pair of Mute Swans, up to three Chiffchaffs, two Snipe and an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull, 180 Common Gulls and 130 Black-headed Gulls were also present today.

Treecreeper, Martin’s Ravine (Mike Cole)

In the Brigg area, the Velvet Scoter, up to six Common Scoters, two Great Northern Divers, up to 20 Red-throated Divers and up to 45 Purple Sandpipers are still present. Early butterfly sightings have ncluded a Small Tortoiseshell on Carr Naze and a Comma in a provate garden, both yesterday.