Thursday, June 20th, 2019

A quiet few days for the area with most records coming from the Dams. The Little Ringed Plover remained until 16th and the Little Egret until 17th. The latter date also saw a moulting drake Mandarin and female Pintail drop in. Swifts were on the move with 214 Southwest at Hunmanby Gap in an hour on 17th. The seawatch continues to have single figures of Common Scoter, Manx Shearwater and Sandwich Tern each day with a Bar-Tailed Godwit on 17th and 12 Common Terns, two Tufted Ducks and a Dunlin yesterday. Insect interest was provided today with a Hairy Dragonfly at Reighton Ponds and 65 Painted Lady butterflies in the Southern part of the area. 

Juvenile Blue Tit (Will Scott)

 

Saturday, June 15th, 2019

A very quiet period locally with minimal activitiy reported. A Spotted Redshank failed to settle at the Dams this afternoon, and otherwise, sea passage has consisted of a trickle of Manx Shearwaters (single figures most days, with 22 on 10th), Common Scoters (low double figures most days, with a peak of 36 this morning), the odd Bonxie (10th and 13th), single figures of Eiders most days (with a few in the bay and off the Brigg), and a Barnacle Goose north on 10th.

Green Sandpiper, Dams (Mark Pearson)

The land has been even quieter, with a Hobby at the Gap on 9th, the usual Little Ringed Plover and Little Egret reports from the Dams, the two Grasshoper Warblers at the Tip, and Green Sandpipers reported from the Dams and Carr Naze Pond.  

Saturday, June 8th, 2019

A Willow Tit was an excellent record thanks to the ringers at the back of the Dams today, while a Greenshank, two Ringed Plovers and a Little Ringed Plover were on the pools there. 

Willow Tit, Dams (Ana Cowie)

A Mediterranean Gull, 30 Manxies and 11 Sandwich Terns passed on 7th, with 20 Manxies on 6th and 96 on 5th, with the same Med Gull on the latter date. Up to two little Egrets have frequented the Dams over recent days, with uop to five Sanderlings on the Brigg.

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

Spoonbill, Dams (judith Henley)

Spoonbills have been the highlight recently, with one at the Dams on 1st and five north yesterday. A Mediterranean Gull went north today, while on the Brigg, waders numbers have included seven Sanderling, seven Dunlin, three Turnstones, 126 Sandwich Terns went south yesterday, a Little Ringed Plover and a Little Egret are still Dams regulars, and Little Grebes have three young on the Golf Corse Pond. 

Little Egret, Dams (Mike Cole)