Thursday, May 30th, 2019

Swift, Dams (Mark Pearson)

A quiet end to the month, with 150 Swifts through the Dams area this morning as well as five each of Sandwich Tern and Manx Shearwater the best of a still extremely quiet sea, with two Arctic Skuas past the Gap yesterday (29th) and a Whimbrel south. A greenshank and a Dunlin are still at the Dams. 

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

Reed Bunting, Dams (Judith Henley)

Two tundra-type Ringed Plovers were at the Dams this morning, where a Greenshank and Common Sandpiper remain. On the Brigg, a single Purple Sandpiper, 11 Turnstones and five Dunlin were in situ and 16 Sandwich Terns and eight Manx Shearwaters passed by. A Black-tailed Godwit was at the Dams on 26th and yesterday, with a Short-eared Owl at the Rocket Pole Field and an Arctic Skua north on the former date.

Saturday, May 25th, 2019

Bluethroat, Carr Naze (Steve Meridith)

A Bluethroat was on Carr Naze this morning, our first this year. Otherwise, seven Mute Swans joined the breeding pair at the Dams, with three Black-tailed Godwits there this morning and a Garden Warbler was at Reighton Sands.

Friday, May 24th, 2019

Spotted Redshank & Greenshank, Dams (Mike Cole)

Plenty of Bottlenose Dolphin activity off our stretch of the coast has included two offshore today and three offshore on 20th (as well as sightings at various other coastal watch-points). a Great Egret at the Dams on 21st and 22nd has been the pick of bird sightings, with up to two Greenshanks, a Little Ringed Plover, a Redshank, a Dunlin, a Snipe and two Common Sandpipers there, as well as a late Redwing yesterday. 

Holly Blue – one of multiple sightings in recent days (Judith Henley)

Two sightings of perhaps the same ring-tail harrier sp., at the Gap on 20th and offshore on 23rd, both went unidentified, while a (fully-winged) Mandarin is still at Primrose Valley lake, a Hobby went south over the town also yesterday, a few Manxies and Common Scoter have been over the sea, and a few Purple Sandpipers, Dunlin and the odd Sanderling are on the Brigg.  

Mandarin, Primrose Valley (Will Scott)

Sunday, May 19th, 2019

Notables over recent days include a Turtle Dove on Long Hedge today (the first, and hopefully not last, of the year) and a brief Temminck’s Stint at the Dams, which attracted a superb summer plumage Spotted Redshank on the 17th and 18th. 

Spotted Redshank, Dams (Nigel Webster)

The Dams is also hosting up to five Common Sandpipers, three Greenshank, a Little Ringed Plover, a Redshank and a Snipe as well as four Little Grebes, two Gadwall and a Little Egret, while the Brigg is hosting five Purple Sandpipers, five Turnstones, a Common Sandpiper, three Ringed Plovers and, on 18th, two Grey Plovers. Passerine migrants have been thin on the ground, with just a small increase in common warblers as well as the Grasshopper Warbler still singing at the Tip.  

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

Garganey heading south off the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Today’s highlight was a male European Honey-buzzard which came in off the sea and headed SW at Reighton Sands at 1145hrs. Yesterday (14th), a Whinchat was in the Rocket Pole Field, and a Fieldfare and two Sanderlings were on the Brigg, while on 13th, four Wheatears were on Carr Naze.

Honey-buzzard, Reighton Sands (Mark Pearson)

A busy 11th saw two Garganey go south off the Brigg, Great Northern and Red-throated Divers in the bay (and five more Red-throats north), a Black-throated Diver go north, 65 Sandwich Terns, six Manx Shearwaters and 75 Swallows go south, while on the land, the Short Hedge area was the place to be, with a Hobby, a Ring Ouzel, a Black Redstart, a Common Redstart and a Pied Flycatcher during the afternoon.

Common Sandpiper, Dam (Alan Walkington)

On the Brigg, up to eight Purple Sandpipers, 6 Ringed Plover, 11 Dunlins and a Common Sandpiper are among waders, while the Dams and East Lea are also still hosting up to two Common Sandpipers each. 

Purple Sandpiper, Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Friday, May 10th, 2019

A scattering of new migrants today included a Pied Flycatcher in the Top Scrub, two Whinchats at the Tip and a small upsurge in Willow Warblers and Sylvias, while on the sea, an Arctic Skua and 45 Sandwich Terns went north; a single Great Northern Diver remained in the bay, and the Greenshank, Redshank, Dunlin and Snipe are still at the Dams.

Linnet, Gristhorpe Bay (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday (9th), cold northerlies and heavy showers saw an Arctic Skua fly east through the Dams (very unusual!), and 22 Sanderlings north. 

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Five Black Terns were at the Dams today, with four heading south off the Brigg. Yesterday (7th) two Wood Sandpipers, a Whimbrel, a Greenshank, five Yellow Wagtails, four Ringed Plovers, four Dunlin and a Swift dropped in at the Dams during a similarly wild and wet day, and the gull flock there contained 11 Common and 15 Black-headed Gulls (all 2cy birds). Two Little Egrets came in off at Carr Naze, and an acredula Willow Warbler was on long Lane. 

Wood Sandpiper, Dams (Mark Pearson)

Monday, May 6th, 2019

At the Dams this eve, totals of 42 Pied, one White and one Yellow Wagtail and 75 Sand Martins, 55 Swallows and five Shelduck were among pre-roost congregations, while at the Gap, light movenents this morning included 23 Swallows, two House Martins and single Red-throated and Great Northern Divers. 

Stock Dove, Short Hedge (Mike Cole)

Yesterday (5th), a Common Tern and a Whimbrel were bonuses on our Seabird Special event on Carr Naze, an acredula Willow Warbler was one of many birds shown to the public at the ringing station, and a Manx Shearwater, two Red-throated Divers and a Bonxie went south at the vismig session at the Gap. 

Saturday, May 4th, 2019

The quiet, northerly wind-dominated period continues, although a male Black Redstart was on Mill Meadows in the evening, with two Common Sandpipers at the Dams, a Manxie and a Whimbrel on the seawatch, and a Great Northern Diver in the bay. Yesterday (3rd), a Whimbrel was at East Lea and four Manxies and two Red-breated Mergansers went north. 

Redshank, East Lea (Judith Henley)

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

Teal, Dams (Mark Pearson)

At East Lea, a Tree Pipit and a Swift went north, with two Common Sandpipers, a Little Ringed Plover, and single White and Yellow Wagtails on the deck there, while a Tufted Duck, three Manxies and 16 Sandwich Terns were the best of a still very quiet sea.

Sand Martins, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)