29th July 2019
The early Autumn feel has continued over the last week with passerine migration slowly kicking in. It began with the first juvenile Willow Warblers in Top Scrub and Yellow Wagtails and Swallows heading South. An early Icterine Warbler was found on Carr Naze yesterday evening and today two were present with one trapped and ringed in Top Scrub and one present on Carr Naze. Other passerine migrants in the Northern coastal area today included Sedge and Garden Warbler, Tree Pipit and a few Willow Warblers and Blackcaps.
Away from passerines, waders continue to dominate sightings. Peak counts for of each species moving South off the Brigg include 39 Redshanks on 23rd, 122 Dunlin on 24th, 39 Knots and 39 Sanderlings on 24th, 288 Oystercatchers, 40 Whimbrel and a Ruff on 28th and a Green Sandpiper today. Other notable sightings off the Brigg have included Little Gull and 253 Sandwich Terns on 24th, juvenile Yellow-Legged Gulls on 25th, 26th and 28th and three juvenile Mediterranean Gulls yesterday. Arctic Skua, Common Scoter, Teal and Manx Shearwater continue to be recorded daily. As always the seawatch counts can be found at trektellen.org
The Dams still holds the now long-staying Spoonbill as well as up to six Common Sandpipers, three Mediterranean Gulls (24th and 25th), six Green Sandpipers, Little Ringed Plover, two Black-Tailed Godwit (25th), nine Dunlin, two Snipe, two Wood Sandpipers (26th and 27th) and Greenshank. Odonata interest is provided by the presence of Small Red-Eyed Damselflies and Banded Demoiselle. East Lea has had a similar cast (and likely cross-over in individuals) with a Wood Sandpiper, four Green Sandpipers and two Common Sandpipers today.
190 Common Scoter, 30 Teal and four Tufted Ducks were off Hunmanby Gap on 24th with 11 Sanderling on the beach and 400 Swifts and a Greenshank flew South there on 26th.