Monday, August 13th, 2018

A small arrival of passerines arrived on Carr Naze in the fog early afternoon, with single Garden Warbler, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler there; a further 20 Willow Warblers, two Garden Warblers and a Sedge Warbler were in Top Scrub. Little Egrets were on the Brigg and East Lea, a Pomarine Skua, 187 Oystercatchers and three Grey Plovers went south off the Brigg, 11 Turnstones, two Purple Sandpipers, 18 Dunlins, 12 Curlews, three Sanderlings, two Whimbrels and four Redshanks were on it. 87 Sandwich and 11 Common Terns were in the Brigg / Bay Corner. 

Grey Plover, Brigg (Mark Pearson)

The Dams and East Lea held a similarly impresssive cast to recent days, with (between them) 10 Black-tailed Godwits, 30 Lapwing, five Green Sandpipers, 17 Dunlin, a Greenshank, a Ruff, up to 25 Snipe, two Redshanks, two Shelduck, a Wigeon and a Gadwall, while a Whimbrel and Green Sandpiper overflew the Gap.

Yesterday (12th), the Dams and East Lea were equally busy (with additionally a Ringed Plover and a total of six Green Sands), while 12 Curlew were on the sports field and 32 were at North Cliff, Arctic and Great Skuas went south, and 76 Sandwich Terns and an Arctic Tern were on the Brigg. 

Dunlin, Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Saturday, August 11th, 2018

A Merlin went east over Top Scrub this morning, a Hummingbird Hawkmoth was on Carr Naze, at least five Yellow Wagtails remain in the Carr Naze Pond area, and a similar cast of waders are at East Lea and the Dams. Yesterday (10th), single Balearic and Sooty Shearwaters were off the Brigg, along with four Arctic Skuas and 12 Manxies and a couple of Minke Whales; a Wood Sandpiper was with the wader congregation at the Dams.

On 9th, no fewer than five Minke Whales were feeding simultaneously to the north and north-east of Carr Naze, a Wood Sandpiper, six Green Sandpipers and 21 Snipe were notable at the Dams, and 10 Willow Warblers were in Top Scrub, where a Hobby and 14 Curlews went over.

Snipe, Dams (Mike Cole)

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

Merlin off the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

A Merlin came in off the sea and hunted over Carr Naze early afternoon, two Roseate Terns and – one of them or another later in the morning – were feeding off the Brigg, an adult Pomarine Skua and an Arctic Skua moved north, a Grey Plover and 14 Whimbrels were among waders on the move (also late morning), and the Dams continued to hold a strong cast of waders including a Wood Sandpiper, a Greenshank, 10 Snipe and six Black-tailed Godwits.

Green Sandpipers at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday (7th), a 1cy Yellow-legged Gull flew over the Brigg and settled in the bay, a Tree Pipit went south over carr Naze, a Minke Whale was feeding north of the Brigg, a Marsh Harrier went north over the Dams, and the wagtail cast in the Carr Naze Pond area included one White, one Grey, four Yellow and nine Pied. 

Green Sandpiper, Dams (Mark Pearson)

Monday, August 6th, 2018

Three Minke Whales (the peak count so far this year) were feeding north and north east of the Brigg today, while two Hobbies came in off the sea and a Marsh Harrier went north. Two Arctic Skuas went south, and a decent arrival in Top Scrub included 40 Willow warblers (15 ringed) and one Pied Flycatcher. 

Pied Flycatcher, Top Scrub (Dan Lombard)

Yesterday (5th), a Wood Sandpiper, three Black-tailed Godwits and two Greenshank were among the wader cast at the Dams, while on 4th, two Crossbills overflew Top Scrub where 13 Willow Warblers and one of three Pied Flycatchers present were ringed. 32 Curlews went over the Country Park. 

Hobby off the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

A colour-ringed adult Mediterranean Gull was at the Dams and an Avocet went south off the Brigg today, with other waders on the move in reasonable numbers, which included 45 Redshank and 114 Whimbrels. In addition, 22 Common Terns went north.

Small Copper (Judith Henley)

Yesterday (2nd) a Minke Whale was off the Brigg and a Brown Argus was on Carr Naze, while the Dams held a nice selction of waders which included a Wood Sandpiper, seven Black-tailed Godwits, three Green Sandpipers, two Ruff, four Dunlin and nine Snipe. On 1st, a similar cast there also included a Little Egret. 

Mediterranean Gull, Dams (Kev Denny)

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

Two Minke whales went north past the Brigg this morning with a third past the Gap earlier, and other movement at sea included 97 Sandwich Terns and 46 Knot. On the Brigg, a further 51 Knot were among a good cast of waders which also included 15 Dunlin and 21 Turnstones, as well a a further 13 Sandwich Terns and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull among increasing numbers of large gulls. A single Wood Sandpiper and three Common Sandpipers were at the Dams / East Lea.

Mediterranean Gull, Dams (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday (30th), three Wood, five Green and seven Common Sandpipers were commuting between East Lea and the Dams, while three Pied Flycatchers (an unusually early high count) and a small increase in common warblers was evident in Top Scrub.

On 29th, a Spotted Redshank circled the Dams but though better of it early on, where threes of Golden Plover and Redshank and four Black-tailed Godwits also went over. The godwits soon returned to East Lea, where there were three Wood Sandpipers, two Common Sandpipers and a Little Egret. A juvenile Mediterranean Gull was at the Dams late on; Up to four Dunlin and five Snipe have also been frequenting both wetland sites in recent days. 

Holly Blue (Judith Henley)

On 28th, a Pied Flycatcher (the season’s first) was in Top Scrub, two Wood Sandpipers and 33 Teal were at the Dams, and off the Brigg, 14 Sanderlings, a Common Sandpiper, two Golden Plovers, 54 Whimbrel, 15 Knot and 27 Sandwich Terns went south.

Friday, July 27th, 2018

The season’s first Marsh Harrier flew west at Newbiggin, 25 Whimbrels went south over Carr Naze in the late afternoon, an Arctic Skua, four Sanderling and 10 Manxies were the best of the sea, a Pintail, a Little Egret and a Shoverl were at East Lea, while the highlight of the day was undoubtedly the White-letter Hairstreak that was found feeding by the pines at the top of Long Lane. 

Common Sandpiper, Dams (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday (26th), two Minke Whales were off the Brigg, over-sea passage included 15 Black-tailed Godwits, 85 Dunlin and 25 Redshank, East Lea hosted three Black-tailed Godwits, the Sams hoasted a further 10 and three Little Egrets, and a single Grey and four Yellow Wagtails were at Carr Naze Pond. The story of the day again related to insects, however, with a sudden influx of c65 Small Red-eyed Damselflies across waterbodies in the recording area. 25th saw a Ruff and six Snipe at East Lea, and two Grey and five Yellow Wagtails at Carr Naze Pond, while two juvenile Shelduck have commuted between the Dams and East Lea throughout. 

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

The Dams hosted two Ruff, two Black-tailed Godwits, a Wood Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, a Wigeon, 12 Teal and three Snipe, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was in the bay corner again, and two Manxies were the best of a quiet sea. Seals on the Brigg are commonplace at the moment, with up to 12 Grey and one Common. 

Ruff, Dams (Ian Robinson)

23rd saw three Black-tailed Godwits, two Snipe, a Greenshank, a Ruff, 95 Lapwings, three Green Sandpipers and 10 Teal at the Dams, and both Wood and Green Sandpipers and seven juvenile Yellow Wagtails at the Tip. On the Brigg, there were eight Knot, six Whimbrel, five Ringed Plovers, 22 Dunlins, two Redshank, four Turnstones and a Sanderling, with Holly blue butterflies at four local sites. 

A Pintail and three Shoveler were at the Dams on 22nd, when a Minke Whale was off North Cliff, a Marbled White was on Carr Naze, and four juvenile Shelduck were in the bay. On 21st, Wood Sandpipers were at the Tip and East Lea, with two Ruff and three Snipe also at the latter. Two Manxies, 20 Common Scoter, 16 Sandwich Terns were on the move and three Yellow Wagtails were in the Carr Naze area. 

Knot, Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Friday, July 20th, 2018

A juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was in the bay corner, and impressive wader passage over the Brigg and bay in the afternoon included 90 Whimbrel (in many groups), 59 Oystercatchers, a Bar-tailed Godwit, Green and Common Sandpipers, five Knot, 26 Redshank and 39 Dunlin. Also on the move were 105 Common Scoters, 191 Sandwich Terns, four Tufted Ducks and a Red-throated Diver, while two Ruff, two Snipe and 106 Lapwings were at the Dams.

Turnstone, Brigg (Mark Pearson)

On 19th, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was in the Brigg area, 15 Crossbills flew south over the golf course, a Wood Sandpiper, a Snipe and a Dunlin were at East Lea, a Black-tailed Godwit, two Ruff and a Common Sandpiper were at the Dams, and movement on the sea included seven Shrelduck, 125 Common Scoter, 4 Red-throated Divers, 56 Manx Shearwaters, 50 Oystercatchers, 17 Whimbrels, 10 Sanderlings, two Knot, 185 Dunlins and 95 Sandwich Terns.

On 18th, our bioblitz was a huge success, logging around 900 species in the FBOG recording area! These included three Storm-petrels trapped overnight three Arctic Skuas past, Wood Sandpipers at the Dams and the Tip, Green Sandpipers at several sites and ajuvenile Mediterranean Gull over the Country Park. 

Sandwich Tern, Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

A fairly busy week, with highlights including the following: 16th – four Mute Swan, five Manx Shearwater and 90 Sandwich Tern north; 82 Lapwing at the Dams, a Little Egret south at Reighton Sands. 15th – Adult Mediterranean Gull, two Arctic Terns eight Whimbrel south, four little Egrets, 16 Dunlins, an Arctic Skua and 27 Sandwich Terns north; Little Egret, Green Sandpiper and Dunlin at the Dams.

Arctic Tern, Brigg (Mark Pearson)

14th – busy on the sea with two juvenile Mediterranean Gulls by the hide and the year’s first juvenile Yellow-legged Gull north in the evening, plus 107 Redshanks, 310 Dunlins, 12 Knot, a Sanderling, three Whimbrels, a Red-throated Diver and six Manx Shearwaters through; at the Dams, a Greenshank, a Green Sandpiper, two Little Egrets, 28 Lapwing; at East Lea, a Snipe. 

Little Egret, Dams (Mark Pearson)

13th – an adult Mediterranean Gull and 135 Common Scoters north, two Grey and three Yellow Wagtails south at North Cliff (with odd ones of both wagtail sp. moving through on other days). 12th – an adult Mediterranean Gull, 230 Common Scoters, three Bonxies and an Arctic Skua past the Brigg, an Arctic Tern on it; seven Lapwing and a Snipe at the Dams.

11th – Two Little Egrets, a Common Sandpiper and a Redhank at the Dams, and at least one fledged Water Rail there. 10th – second calendar year Med Gull, two Manx Shearwaters and two Yellow wagtails through at the Gap. Throughout – two Mute Swans, a Wigeon, and up to 15 Teal at the Dams. 

Juvenile Mediterranean Gulls off the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Cetacean sightings have been the main story of the last few days, with the first two Minke Whales of the season north of the Brigg yesterday (8th) evening, when at least two White-beaked Dolphins were also present (from a group which were previously in the Scarborough area).

Little Egret, Dams (Judith Henley)

Today, at least five White-beaked Dolphins were patrolling the sea to the north east of the Brigg for much of the afternoon, and a single Minke was distantly to the north; three Harbour Porpoises off the Brigg and six Grey Seals on it completed the site sea mammal list for the day. A Common Sandpiper was also on the Brigg.

White-beaked Dolphins off the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Also moving at sea were an adult Mediterranean Gull and two Arctic Skuas south, and 17 Manxies and a Red-throated Diver north. A just fledged Grasshopper Warbler at the Tip was rare confirmation of this species breeding in our area. At the Dams, a male Ruff and a Little Egret were new in alongside 10 Teal, four Grey Herons and a Wigeon, with  Greenshank and a Dunlin there on 7th. Two Tree Pipits, a Yellow Wagtail and a Grey Wagtail went south at the Gap, where a Marbled White and two Hummingbird Hawkmoths were present yesterday and nine Crossbills went south. 

Ruff, Dams (Mark Pearson)

Storm-petrel trapping on the Brigg after dark produced a control (’67’) last night and two new birds the night before. 

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

Today’s highlight was a Spoonbill that frequented the Dams for a while this morning, while a pair of Long-tailed Ducks flew into the bay on 1st. Otherwise, thousands of Silver Y’s have been in the area over recent days, including a count of 927 in the northern coastal area on 2nd, when c500 were estimated north at the Gap; 320 were on Carr Naze the following day. Elsewhere it’s been business as usual, with e.g. a few Lapwing, Teal Redshank and Oystercatchers at the wetlands, and a few Painted Ladies (esp on Carr Naze).

Spoonbill, Dams (Nigel Webster)

 

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Slow going, as expected at this time of year, with the expected improvement in Common Scoter and Manx Shearwater passage at sea and very little on the land. The pick of Common Scoter counts were 88 north and 30 south today, 11=22 north yesterday and 62 north on 24th, with notable Manxie counts of 34 on 22nd and single figures on all other days. The season’s first two Sooty Shearwaters went north on 24th.

Black-headed Gull, Bay Corner (Mark Pearson)

Two European Storm-petrels were retrapped on the night of 23rd, including the infamous ’67’ – more to follow on this on the website soon. Up to 15 Teal, a Wigeon and a Shoveler are frequenting the Dams and East Lea. Other species trickling through include Black-headed Gulls (including odd juveniles at the Dams), up to ten Lapwings at the same site, Curlews (with single figures through on most days), odd Red-throated Divers, double figures of Puffins, and Grey Herons (with up to six at the Dams). 

Monday, June 18th, 2018

A Hobby went south at the Gap yesterday, while the Dams held a single Wigeon, five Teal, a Redshank and two Lapwings among the usuals on 16th. An impressive southbound movement of Swifts took place in classic conditions (a south-westerly storm front at this time of year) with 1,352 between 0600 and 0800hrs over Top Scrub, with a single Whimbrel also over. A European Storm-petrel was trapped and ringed on the team’s first attempt this season on the night of 15th, while on the sea, 34 Manxies and six Eiders were logged on the same day. 

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

Sandwich Tern, Brigg (Mark Pearson)

The best of the last few days was an Osprey which headed north over the town on 9th. A Marsh Harrier went south at Gristhorpe Bay the following day, while at the Dams, Little Ringed Plovers, a few Lapwings and the odd Common Sandpiper have been recorded. On the sea, a Bar-tailed Godwit went north yesterday, and small numbers of Manxies, Common Gulls, Black-headed Gulls and Sandwich Terns are passing daily; on the Brigg, a few Turnstone and Oystercatchers and a single Knot are present.  

Friday, June 8th, 2018

Little to report again over recent days, with a Bonxie past the best of few reports today; other seawatch records have included single figures of Manx Shearwaters past on most days, and a pair of Garganey south on 5th. 

Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

The only report of note today was a Hummingbird Hawkmoth on Sycamore Ave, while yesterday (2nd) a Spotted Flycatcher was in Church Ravine, and a Belgian-ringed Chiffchaff was trapped in Top Scrub. On 1st, a Tree Pipit and a Psainted Lady were on Carr Naze, and a Common Sandpiper was at East Lea.  

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

A male Redstart was on the clifftop in the fog above the Yacht Club and a male wheatear was on Carr Naze, while a Wood Sandpiper (the year’s first) was on Carr Naze Pond in the evening. A Garden Warbler was in Top Scrub, and two Ringed Plovers, a Purple Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, a Dunlin and a Common Gull were on the Brigg.

Wood Sandpiper, Carr Naze Pond (Nigel Webster)

Yesterday (30th), a Pied Flycatcher and a Redstart were fresh in on Carr Naze, a Spotted Flycatcher was in Top Scrub, and single Common Sandpiper and Little Ringed Plover were at the Dams, and three Purple Sandpipers, a Wheatear and a Redstart were on the Brigg.   On 29th, a Garden Warbler was in Top Scrub, a Whimbrel overflew Gristhorpe Bay. On 28th, three Roseate Terns went north, a single Corn Bunting was at Gristhorpe Bay, and a Spotted Flycatcher was in Top Scrub.  

Sunday, May 27th, 2018

Unfortunately still quiet over recent days, with very few migrants of note. Today, a Whinchat was fresh in on Carr Naze, Wheatears were there and at Gristhorpe Bay, a Snipe was by Short Hedge and a Garden Warbler was in Arndale. Otherwise, the few notable reports recieved were as follows:

On 19th, two adult Med Gulls over East Lea; 20th, a Spotted Flycatcher in Parish Wood; on 23rd, 26 Manx Shearwaters and five Whimbrel north on the seawatch (with single figures of Manxies on other dates); on 25th, three Goosander off the Brigg and a Wheatear on Carr Naze; and on 26th, an acredula Willow Warbler among a small arrival of commoner warblers in Top Scrub.

Whinchat, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Otherwise, the Dams has held up to four Ringed Plovers, a semi-resident Little Ringed Plover, up to two Common Sandpipers and regular single Yellow Wagtails.  

Friday, May 18th, 2018

A quiet few days of high pressure and generally settled conditions. Today, two Eiders and a Red-breasted Merganser were in the bay corner, and single Greenshank and Little Ringed Plover were at the Dams. A Cuckoo was at the Tip on 14th and 15th, while on 13th, a Long-eared Owl was trapped in Top Scrub, a Little Tern was in the bay, two Common Sandpipers werea at the Dams and 117 Gannets and 327 Herring Gulls were feeding on a baitball off the Brigg. 

Cuckoo, Tip (Ian Robinson)

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

A busier day locally with a Marsh Harrier and two Yellow Wagtails over Top Scrub, a Hobby over Primrose Valley, a pair of Garganey, five Little Terns and 294 Sandwich Terns south at the Brigg, a Bar-tailed Godwit and a Red-breasted Merganser north there, and five acredula-type Willow Warblers and a Reed Warbler among a good cast of arrival trapped and ringed in Top Scrub. 

10th saw single Whimbrel and Wheatear on Carr naze, while on 9th a minimum of three Hobbys were in the area as well as the first double figure count of Swifts (over the town), two Wheatears on Carr Naze, and a Yellow Wagtail and a four-spotted Chaser at the Tip. 

Monday, May 7th, 2018

Kestrel, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

The quiet, blue-skied warm period continues, with a Tree Pipit briefly in Top Scrub this morning the pick of today’s sightings, where there were five Large Red Damselflies. On 5th, a Firecrest in Top Scrub was the fourth or fifth of the spring (an unusually high return), while 320 Herring Gulls were on the Brigg and a Red-breasted Merganser and a Whimbrel went south at the Gap, where there was also a single Wheatear. 

Friday, May 4th, 2018

Hen Harrier, Gristhorpe Bay (Mark Pearson)

Today’s highlight was a female Hen Harrier which moved swiftly north and out across the sea at Gristhorpe Bay. Other notable records included a Tree Pipit which overflew the Tip, a Little Tern north, four Wheatears on Carr Naze and two Purple Sandpipers on the Brigg, while the Dams hosted a Little Ringed Plover, a late Redwing, several Swifts, two singing Reed Warblers and a Common Sandpiper (with another at East Lea). Good numbers of Common Whitethroats arrived across the area, while a Sedge Warbler was at Cawthorne Pond.

Yesterday, a tundrae-type Ringed plover was at East Lea, two White Wagtails and a Wheatear were on Carr Naze (where two Swifts and 35 Swallows went through), and a late peak of 312 Meadow Pipits went north at the Gap, where a Little Egret, two Swifts and two Yellow Wagtails did likewise.  

Hen Harrier, Gristhorpe Bay (Mark Pearson)

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

A Great Northern Diver and a Little Tern went north on this morning’s seawatch, while Common Sandpipers were at the Dams (two) and East Lea (two), with both White and Yellow Wagtails at the latter site and two singng Reed Warblers at the former, and three Wheatears on Carr Naze. 

Mute Swans in this morning’s downpour at East Lea (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday’s (1st) highlight was undoubtedly the Hawfinch which went north-west at East Lea in the late afternoon, while the Grasshopper Warbler continued at the Tip, where there were also two Snipe. At the Gap, a slight improvement on recent mornings included 205 Linnets, four Whimbrels and four Yellow Wagtails all north. 

Monday, April 30th, 2018

Today’s cold and blustery northerly saw four Manx Shearwaters north at the Gap. Yesterday (29th) a Great Skua and nine Sandwich Terns were the best of the seawatch and a Greenshank remained at the Dams, while on 28th the ringing team trapped a potentially interesting Chiffchaff (which we hope to provide more details of soon), a Black-tailed Godwit was at the Dams, a Stonechat was on Carr Naze, a Corn Bunting was near Gristhorpe roundabout and a single Manxie went north. 

Black-tailed Godwit, Dams (Mark Pearson)

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Today saw the year’s first Hobby west through East Lea, where a notable hirundine passage included 101 Swallows and 39 House Martins, as well as two Swifts. Linnets were on the move at the Gap this morning, with 314 north and 113 south, as well as 33 Swallows and five Yellow Wagtails through. 12 Common Scoter were in the bay. Two Wheatears were on Carr Naze. 

Yesterday (25th) a Grasshopper Warbler (another year first) was singing at the Tip, 14 Red-throated Divers were in the south of the bay and two Wheatears were on Carr Naze., while a single Greenshank, two Common Sandpipers and a Little Ringed Plover were at the Dams. Five Bottlenose Dolphins went south on 24th, with firsat-of-the-year Cuckoos in the Rocket Pole Field and at the Gap and Wheatear in off and a Swift north at Reighton Sands.  

Common Sandpiper, Dams (Mike Cole)

Whimbrels and Yellow Wagtails are present passing through daily in single figures and all three hirundines are picking up in numbers at local breeding sitesas well as visibly migrating. 

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

The year’s first Common Swift was hawking over the town at dusk, while a Red Kite went south at Hunmanby Gap and c12 Wheatears were scattered across the area. White Wagtails went south at Reighton Sands and dropped into East Lea, the latter site also hosting the Greenshank and a female Pochard. The male Pochard remained with the Tufted Duck flock at the Dams, where two Common Sandpipers were also present.

Wheatear, East Lea (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday (22nd), a White Wagtail was on Carr Naze, Wheatears were there and at the Gap, and six Whimbrel moved through. 

Saturday, April 21st, 2018

Returning Lesser Whitethroat, Top Scrub (George Day)

After lots of effort recently (with bonuses including two Firecrests and a Nuthatch), the FBOG ringing team really excelled themselves today with an extraordinary, perhaps unique, occurrence…. the story starts last May, when two Lesser Whitethroats were ringed in the same session on Top Scrub. Both stayed to breed, and then, incredibly, both were retrapped this morning – in the same net, at the same time! Proof of site fidelity and other factors are one thing, but the chances of both arriving back together – infinitesimal!

Other records today included an interesting northern/Mealy-type Redpoll also trapped in Top Scrub, an Avocet south over the Brigg, Greenshanks at the Dams and East Lea, and a Sedge Warbler (new for the year), a male Mandarin and Common Sandpiper at the latter site.

Yesterday (20th), a male Ring Ouzel was at Hunmanby Gap where a pair of Garganey went north, a female Black Redstart headed north at Reighton Sands, a Jack Snipe was at the Dams, and a Whitethroat, a Greenshank and ten Swallows were at East Lea. Another Whitethroat was a the Tip, while about 15 Whimbrels moved through the area. 

Black Redstart, Reighton Sands (Mark Pearson)

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Today’s clear highlight was the Nuthatch trapped by the ringing team in the early afternoon in Top Scrub – a local rarity and a big surprise! Also in the same area were two Redpoll, five Brambling and four Lesser Whitethroats. The year’s first Little Ringed Plover dropped in a the Dams before heading east, while raptor passage on a warm and sunny day included a Marsh Harrier thermalling with no fewer than 13 Common Buzzards west of the Dams mid-a.m. and a Red Kite over Primrose Valley.

Visible migration at Hunmanby Gap included a Red Kite, 200 Common Gulls and 16 Arctic Terns south, a Wheatear west, a handful of hirundines and Yellow Wagtails and strong finch passage, which included 11 Crossbills, 546 Linnets, a Brambling, 183 Chaffinches and 47 Siskins south. Smaller numbers at Reighton Sands also included 58 Meadow Pipits north. 

Yesterday (18th) saw two male Mandarins at East Lea (hot on the heels of the female at the Dams a few days ago), and the Greenshank also there; as well as the usual wildfowl, passerines across both the latter sites included four lesser Redpolls, five Redwings, 10 Siskins, a Brambling, ten Chiffchaffs and ten Blackcaps. Single Knot and Wheatear were on the Brigg. Vismig at the Gap was again productive particularly for finches, with 302 siskins, 380 Linnets, 235 Goldfinches, 94 Chaffinches and 13 redpoll spthrough, as well as a single Arctic Tern, eight Yellow wagtails, a Grey Plover and a handful of hirundines. A single Arctic Tern and 28 Carrion Crows south-east were the best of a still quiet sea.

A Greenshank arrived at the Dams on 17th, where all three hirundines were hawking in the fog, while visinle migration was quiet and grounded migrants were few (although included a good scattering of the exptected warblers). Two Whimbrels were among the few waders on the Brigg. 

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Osprey, North Cliff (Mark Pearson

A welcome southerly airflow produced lots of variety today, with a Hooded Crow high and north-west over North Cliff, a Merlin low and in the same direction, another Firecrest trapped by the ringing team in Top Scrub first thing, an Osprey north over the sea past the Gap and then over North Cliff late morning, four Ring Ouzels (one in off just after dawn at Reighton Sands, one in the Donkey Field and two at Gristhorpe Bay), year’s firsts in the shape of House Martins (about a dozen, with some back at colonies) and a Green Sandpiper at East Lea, an acredula-type Willow Warbler trapped in Top Scrub, a White Wagtail and a Wheatear at Gristhorpe Bay, Lesser Whitethroats at Reighton Sands (three) and the Gap (two), a Little Egret at East Lea and the Dams, and good visible migration of common species at Reighton Sands and the Gap, which included over 400 Linnets, 300 Goldfinches and 100 Siskins south at the latter site. 

Firecrest (Ana Cowie)

Yesterday (15th), a Red-breasted Merganser was at the Dams (a rare record there), two Little Egrets went south at the Gap, where 362 Linnets and 22 Siskins did likewise, and a Wheatear was in the Rocket Pole Field.