Saturday, April 20th, 2019

Grasshopper Warbler, Tip (Mark Pearson)

A busy and productive day today, with highlights including both Firecrest and Mealy Redpoll trapped at Top Scrub, Hooded Crow in the same area, Grasshopper Warbler still on the Tip, Common Redstart on Long Hedge, Little Ringed Plover at the Dams, Avocet over the bay, Green Sandpiper, four Redwings, two Marsh Harriers and three Yellow Wagtails over the Top fields, and 10 continental Song Thrushes spread in the northern area. 

Friday, April 19th, 2019

Bottlenose Dolphin, Bay (Mark Pearson)

At least ten Bottlenose Dolphins spent the early afternoon in the bay, while a (the?) Hooded Crow was over Top Scrub, as was a male Marsh Harrier, while a Grasshopper Warbler reeled from the Tip, a (the?) male Garganey was at the Dams, five Wheatears wew in the Carr Naze area, and a Common Redstart and a Whimbrel were at the Tip. Yesterday (18th), two Little Ringed Plovers and a White Wagtail were at the Dams. 

Willow Warbler, Dams (Mike Cole)

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

Black Redstarts, Short Hedge (Mark Pearson)

A busy day with a gentler (but still cool) east-south-easterly airflow and sunny skies by the afternoon. Early on, a Merlin went east off Carr Naze and 256 Common Gulls went south in 45 minutes, with a Great Northern Diver off the Brigg. This afternoon, an Osprey went north, a Hooded Crow went south, a Common redstart was near Short Hedge and two Black Redstarts and two Wheatears were on the manure heap there. 175 Linnets and 18 Yellowhammers were in the same area. 

Black Redstart, Short Hedge (Mark Pearson)

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

The cold north-easterlies finally weakened and a hint of south-easterly crept in by the afternoon, with new arrivals including a Wheatear, a Yellow and two Grey Wagtsils at East Lea, two Wheatears on Carr Naze, 20 Swallows and 10 Sand Martins at the Dams, and a scattering of commoner warblers in the hedges and woodland.

Great Egret, Dams (Mike Cole)

Yesterday (15th), the Great Egret retuened to the Dams, while on the sea, 10 Common Scoters and three Red-throated Divers went south. 

Sunday, April 14th, 2019

A Great Egret is at the Dams today, with four Sand Martins and 392 Common Gulls past the Gap. Yesterday (13th), two Willow Warblers, five Chiffchaffs and four Blackcaps were in the Dams / East Lea area, where there were also 29 Oystercatchers, 37 Wigeon, a male Pochard, single figures of all three hirundines, two Shelduck and two Grey Wagtails. 

Great Egret, Dams (Judith Henley)

Remarkably, a Willow Warbler retrapped on 12th at the Dams had been originally ringed in August last year – in Top Scrub, just a few hundred metres away! 

Friday, April 12th, 2019

An Arctic Tern went north and two Sandwich Terns went south this morning, as did two Red-breasted Mergansers, with another off the Brigg and further wildfowl movement included 13 Common Scoters and three Eiders south. Two Great Northern Divers remain in situ, five Sand Martins and a Chiffchaff were in the Carr Naze area where a Siskin went north, while five Chiffchaffs, two Blackcaps, 12 Sand Martins and 11 Swallows were in the Dams / East lea area. 

Common Snipe, Dams (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday (11th), two Garganey went north, three Bottlenose Dolphins were in the bay, as were a Red-breasted Merganser and two Great Northern Divers, while a Whimbrel was on Carr Naze. 

Razorbill, Carr Naze (Nigel Webster)

10th saw a White Wagtail briefly at East Lea, two Pink-footed Geese with the ferals in the fields there, a Little Ringed Plover, a Water Rail, nine Shoveler, six Gadwall and single figures of all three hirundines at the Dams, as well as three Blackcaps and five Chiffchaffs there. Two Sandwich Terns went south and a Great Northern Diver was by the Brigg. 

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

A quieter few days, with two Sand Martin around Carr Naze and the male Garganey at the Dams being the highlights today. Yesterday (8th), a Great Northern Diver remained in the bay, a Blue Fulmar went north and a Wheatear and four Sand Martins were in the Carr Naze area, while on 7th, two Great Northern Divers and the Long-tailed Duck were in the bay, a Sandwich Tern went north and nine Purple Sandpipers were on the Brigg. 

Purple Sandpiper, Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Saturday, April 6th, 2019

A busier few days in the area with more Spring migrants moving through. The Garganey pair remained at the Dams at least until 4th. Visible migration at the Gap on 3rd had two Hooded Crow, a Little Egret, four Sand Martins, two Swallows and a Fieldfare move through as well as two Common Buzzards, two Blackcaps and six Chiffchaffs present. Three Red-Breasted Mergansers also went south off the Brigg. Swallows continued with two over Country Park on 4th and two at the Dams yesterday. 

Little Egret, Hunmanby Gap (Keith Clarkson)

Yesterday also saw an adult Yellow-Legged Gull go South off the Brigg and two Sand Martins around Carr Naze. Visible migration at the Gap was slow but movement over the sea included 350 Fulmars and 800 Kittiwakes South, and a Great Skua North. Today a Ring Ouzel flew North at the Gap and Top Scrub held both continental Robin and Song Thrush. Small numbers of Chiffchaff were also in the Scrub where a Brambling and four Redpoll moved over and a Magpie was trapped and ringed. 

Chiffchaff (Will Scott)

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

With high pressure continuing to dominate migration is slow. The two Garganey remain at the Dams and the two Great Northern Divers and Long-Tailed Duck continue in the Bay. Yesterday visible migration at the Gap included 50 Siskin and a Sand Martin. A similar situation today saw the two Great Northern Divers joined by three Red-Throated Divers and a Shelduck (the latter flying North). In the afternoon the same site was graced with the areas first Blackcap of the year and a Goosander which flew South. 

Reed Bunting, Dams (Mike Cole)