31st July 2019

Continuing with early Autumn migration, two Pied Flycatchers were in Top Scrub yesterday morning and waders continued to arrive including 18 Sanderling and two Dunlin at Muston Sands. The highlight of the seawatch from the Brigg was the first Minke Whale of the season heading South along with eight species of wader including 23 Redshank. The highlight of the today’s morning seawatch was five Common Sandpipers high West amongst Swifts and six Shovelers North, this evening an Arctic Skua went South into the Bay. Today the Spoonbill at the Dams was joined by a Sanderling and a (presumed feral) Barnacle Goose. East Lea held five Green Sandpipers (switching between East Lea and the Dams), two Common Sandpipers and a Shoveler. Four Little Gulls were observed over the Dams mid-morning but didn’t drop in. Moths at Hunmanby Gap yesterday included three Cydia amplana and 75 Diamond-Backed Moths, and today a Hummingbird Hawkmoth.

Arctic Tern, Brigg (Will Scott)