8th July 2019
Expected migration over the last few days has involved mainly Manx Shearwaters and Common Scoters over the sea, and a sprinkling of waders passing by and dropping in. In addition, notable highlights have included a Quail at Reighton on 1st, two juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls north on 7th, and a Mandarin was at East Lea on 1st.
On the sea, Manxies have been in double figures every day, with peaks of 150 north today, 69 north yesterday and 59 north on 5th, while Common Scoters numbered 410 today, with double figures counts otherwise the norm. Great Skuas have passed today (two), 3rd (two) and 2nd (one), adult Mediterranean Gulls have been logged on several dates, and five Mute Swans went north on the 1st.
At the Dams, three Green Sandpipers have been present for almost a week, with up to three Little Egrets, one to three Black-tailed Godwits, two Little Ringed Plovers and the odd Dunlin, Snipe and Yellow Wagtail there. A further three Little Egrets overflew the town on 3rd.
European Storm-petrels have been ringed on the Brigg on three nights, totalling eight birds. Curlews and Whimbrels are a daily feature in single figures, a Common Sandpiper was on the Brigg in the early hours of 1st, up to 50 Oystercatchers are at Gristhorpe Bay, and 27 Redshank were on the Brigg on 7th.