Sunday, April 28th, 2013

Marsh Harriers north along the cliffs am and over the bay after lunch and a Buzzard at the tip.  Pintail at the Dams where two Egyptian Geese showed and then slipped away. Reed Warblers well in at the Dams and Sand Martins taking full advantage of cliff slips south of Arndale.

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Two Ring Ouzels were at the Tip, three dark-bellied Brent Geese were in the bay, a Tree Pipit headed over, a sprinkling of Yellow Wagtails dropped in, Common Whitethroats numbered at least five and good numbers Phylloscs continued to move through.

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

A surge in warbler numbers today, with 18 Willow Warblers, 15 Chiffchaffs, 7 Blackcaps and a Common Whitethroat (first of the year) in the Church Ravine / Top scrub area. Otherwise quiet in blustery westerly winds.

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

A second calendar year Glaucous Gull coasted along the bay this morning, followed soon after by a Swift (first of the year). Otherwise quiet in strong westerly winds, with single Common Sandpiper and Common Snipe, and the female Pintail, at the Dams.

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Very quiet today in strong westerly winds. Two Red Kites headed south along the bay at 1015 and 1020 respectively, most sheltered corners held small numbers of Phylloscs and Blackcaps, and a female Pintail was the highlight at the Dams. Two Little Ringed Plovers were displaying at a local site.

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Common Crane, 21st April 2013 (c Mark Pearson)

Common Crane, 21st April 2013 (c Mark Pearson)

An excellent morning for the big guns, the highlight being a Common Crane which came in off the sea and toured the bay for 40 minutes before heading out again due east (MJP et al). A minimum of seven Red Kites (an Obs record), five Common Buzzards and three Marsh Harriers moved through the area, and a Jay flew north-west over the Dams (unusual in spring).

Eurasian Jay heading inland (c Mark Pearson)

Eurasian Jay heading inland (c Mark Pearson)

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

An Iceland Gull flew north over the Dams early on, a Marsh Harrier and a Red Kite were watched moving inland from Muston Sands late morning, a Little Ringed Plover, two Green Sandpipers and two Dunlins were at East Lea, and a further two LRPs were at Primrose Valley. At least eleven Arctic Terns are still in the bay.

Friday, April 19th, 2013

A quiet day with strong winds and clear skies. Two Wheatears were at the Tip, and a female Blackcap and several Chiffchaffs were at Parish Wood.

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

A Bittern landed in the rocks by the sea-watch hide this morning (but couldn’t be relocated), and a Sooty Shearwater went north (JS). Three Common Sandpipers, four Dunlin and a drake Mandarin were at the Dams, and another Common Sandpiper was at East Lea. Several Arctic Terns remain in the bay, and hirundine passage was again noticeable (including House Martins).

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

An Alpine Swift battled the gale force south-westerlies along the Brigg / Bay corner this evening for a short time before disappearing shortly before dusk (SC et al). Strong visible migration from the Muston Sands watchpoint included a Marsh Harrier north-west, a Little Ringed Plover in off, two Tree Pipits south, two Arctic Terns north and 139 Chaffinches south.

Another Little Ringed Plover, as well as two White Wagtails, seven Yellow Wagtails and a drake Mandarin, visited East Lea. Several Arctic Terns, a dozen or so Common Scoter and plenty of Sandwich Terns were in the bay.

Alpine Swift, Filey Brigg, 17th April 2013 (c Mark Pearson)

Alpine Swift, Filey Brigg, 17th April 2013 (c Mark Pearson)

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

A Common Sandpiper was at the Dams, lots of hirundines moved through and a male Marsh Harrier cruised north along the north cliff (from East Lea)..

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Osprey (c Mark Pearson)

Osprey (c Mark Pearson)

A White Stork was reported over the Dams at 0920, a Woodlark and a Marsh Harrier flew past Hunmanby Gap (KC), and an Osprey headed north and two Twite headed south past the Glen (MJP). Hirundines and finches (especially Linnets) were moving in their hundreds.

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

Plenty more migration action today (despite the very strong SW winds), with highlights including a Little Ringed Plover and a Green Sandpiper at East Lea, a Whimbrel, small numbers of Golden Plovers and Curlews and 30+ Lapwing overhead, a Yellow Wagtail and four Willow Warblers at the Dams (and two more Willow Warblers in Church Ravine), all three hirundines trickling through, and a huge thrush exodus at last light this evening – more to follow.

Little Ringed Plover. East Lea (c Mark Pearson)

Little Ringed Plover. East Lea (c Mark Pearson)

Willow Warbler, Dams (c Mark Pearson)

Willow Warbler, Dams (c Mark Pearson)

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

Two Black Redstarts, a Wheatear and two Water Rails were at Hunmanby Gap, a Willow Warbler was in Short Hedge (first of the year), a Ring Ouzel and a Red Kite went north at Reighton. Otherwise a good sprinkling of Chiffchaffs, Goldcrests, thrushes, plenty of Common Snipe well spread (as has been the case for a week or so), a Green Sandpiper, two Woodcocks, and odd Swallows and Sand Martins, decent Lapwing movement and a trickle of Curlews. An adult Little Gull was along the seafront.

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Thick fog and cold north-easterlies encouraged a fall of thrushes today on Carr Naze and Top Scrub, including a Ring Ouzel. Short-eared and Barn Owls were at the Tip, as was a Brambling and a Golden Plover.

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

A Harbour Porpoise was washed up on the beach earlier today; the Short-eared Owl is still  on the tip, five Chiffchaffs were in the area,  15 Common Scoters and small numbers of all three auks off North Cliff, and fifteen Purple Sandpipers on the Brigg; otherwise quiet in the returning cold north-easterlies.

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

A Firecrest (presumably yesterday’s bird) was in Parish Wood, and an Osprey flew over Mill Hill (per T&JD). Otherwise quiet, with four Common Snipe the best of the Dams.

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Back to strong north-easterlies, although a Firecrest was fresh-in at the Tip (MJP) and an Osprey headed north off the Brigg early a.m. (JS). Otherwise, a good scattering of soon-to-be-exiting passerines including Redwings, Blackbirds, Robins and Goldcrests.

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

Common Crane (c Mark Pearson)

Common Crane (c Mark Pearson)

Finally a change in the weather, and with it a real surge in activity. Pick of the day was the Common Crane that soared over Hunmanby Gap (MJP) at 1030-1040, and later north over the Dams (JH) at 1245 (wandering to Bempton and Flamborough inbetween). A female Red Crested Pochard spent the day at the Dams (the first in decades), as did eight Common Snipe, three Chiffchaffs and two Goldcrests.

Red Kite (c Mark Pearson)

Red Kite (c Mark Pearson)

Red Kite and at least three Common Buzzards (MJP) also moved past the Muston Sands watchpoint. Over 700 Meadow Pipits were counted heading north during the day, two Iceland Gulls did likewise (per KC), the first Wheatear (a male) was on the golf course, and in the bay there were 67 Red-throated Divers as well as Wigeon, Teal, Pintail, Tufted Ducks, Great Crested Grebes and three Harbour Porpoise.

Red Crested Pochard (c Mark Pearson)

Red Crested Pochard (c Mark Pearson)

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

A Black Redstart was on the housing estate near Parish Wood. At least one Common Buzzard over today, plus a Sandwich Tern and a Blue Fulmar on the sea. Two Curlews went north over the bay.

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Short-eared Owl daily at the tip with Grey Partridges, Hares and Roe Deer. Common Seal in the bay.

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

A White Wagtail was at the Dams (see photos on yahoo group), and the long-staying Short-eared Owl is still at the Tip.

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Generally quiet still, with single Chiffchaff and Redwing and two Common Snipe at the Dams, a Common Buzzard over the town, and a trickle of Meadow Pipits on the move northbound. The cold north-easterlies continue, but at least the sun shone all day.

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Welcome to the new latest sightings page, hopefully we’ll have some exciting birding to report throughout the spring and beyond. At the moment, very quiet in the continuing chilling north-easterlies; Grey Partridges are displaying in the Rocket Pole Field and 30+ Stock Doves were in with feeding Woodpigeons.