Sunday, March 24th, 2019

22nd March saw four Wheatears and a Black Redstart arrive on Carr Naze, otherwise sighting related to visible migration at the Gap where 63 Chaffinches, 465 Starlings, two Fieldfares and two Lapwings headed South and 73 Meadow Pipits moved North. Six Chiffchaffs were also present. Five Wheatears graced Carr Naze on 22nd and a Lesser Black-Backed Gull was at the Dams. Highlights from Hunmanby Gap included 196 Meadow Pipits, 49 Goldfinch, Six Crossbill and a White Wagtail, seven Common Buzzards and two Peregrines were also in the area. 

Black Redstart, Carr Naze (Mike Cole)

Today Wheatears seemed to have left Carr Naze although two worked there way North at the Gap. A Snow Bunting went North over Country Park, where a Marsh Harrier and Chiffchaff came in off the sea. 260 Starling went East out to sea and a further two Chiffchaffs were singing in the area. Highlights from Hunmanby Gap included a Crossbill, ten Siskin, three Grey Wagtails, 105 Meadow Pipits, 840 Starling and a Red-Legged Partridge (full counts for this site can be found on One Great Northern Diver remains in the Bay and another flew South this morning. 

Marsh Harrier, coming in off the sea (Will Scott)

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

Busier few days with Spring migration starting to kick in. On 19th a Green Sandpiper dropped into the Dams and Top Scrub held a Goldcrest and three continental Song Thrushes. Common Buzzards were also moving through the area with five over the town. Three Chiffchaffs remain at the Dams along with the three  Pink-Footed Geese, two Mute Swans and two Water Rails.

Grey Heron, Dams (Mark Pearson)

20th was headlined by visible migration at the Gap where five Whooper Swans, 145 Meadow Pipits, three White Wagtails and four Siskin went North and 230 Starling went South, the first Sandwich Tern of the year headed North off the Brigg. Today a Hooded Crow headed North through the Gap with a supporting cast of four Whooper Swans, three White Wagtails, four Corn Buntings, 45 Chaffinches, Brambling, Fieldfare and three Curlew. During the afternoon Wheatears arrived, with three on Carr Naze. The three Great Northern Divers and the Long-Tailed Duck remain in the Bay and Grey Wagtails are frequenting East Lea and Rutland Street. Butterfly interest was provided by Small White, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and at least three Brimstone along the seafront.

Monday, March 18th, 2019

A little more activity over the last couple of days has included at least one Scandinavian Rock Pipit and a Stonechat fresh in in the Carr Naze area, 19 Whooper Swans in the bay corner for much of the day today (before heading north mid-afternoon), and up to three Great Northern Divers and the Long-tailed Duck as well as up to 20 Common Scoters and two Shovelers in the bay. 

Whooper Swans, bay (Mike Cole)

Friday, March 15th, 2019

Little to report of late, with the Long-tailed Duck on several recent dates and up to two Great Northern Divers still off the Brigg, three Barnacle Geese on the Tip yesterday, three Little Grebes at the Dams and Chiffchaffs at several sites. 

Little Grebe, Dams (Mike Cole)

Saturday, March 9th, 2019

Slow going of late, with the main interest again coming from the long-stayers in the north of the bay – the Velvet Scoter, two Great Northern Divers and Long-tailed Duck all putting in regular appearances in the last few days. Otherwise, a Yellow-legged Gull was reported off the bay on 5th, up to 14 Yellowhammers and a few Grey Partridge are in the Short Hedge area, and (unfortunately) reports of Red-legged Partridges are becoming more regular across the area. 

Sparrowhawk, Martin’s Ravine (Mike Cole)


Monday, March 4th, 2019

Steady as she goes locally with the Velvet Scoter and at least one Great Northern Diver still off the Brigg, Grey Wagtails in the town ad surrounding area, plenty of auks and Fulmars back on the cliffs, up to 65 Red-throated Divers off the Gap, and very small trickles of passerines heading through in single figures, including Skylarks Meadow Pipits, Chaffinches and Siskins. 

Carrion Crow, town (Mike Cole)