Friday, June 28th, 2013

The Surf Scoter remains in its favoured area in the bay this evening, just south of the seawatch hut along the southern flank of the Brigg (and viewable from the top of Carr Naze for the less energetic). Still associating with a small group of Common Scoters, the bird is feeding on Razorfish and is relatively tolerant of disturbance thus far.

A Spoonbill dropped in to the Dams early this morning, but was gone within a few minutes. Otherwise, Curlews continue to move through in good numbers.

Surf Scoter (c Mark Pearson)

Surf Scoter (c Mark Pearson)

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

The drake Surf Scoter is still present today (and still this evening to at least 1900) with a small  flock of Common Scoters, viewable from Carr Naze (telescope advised). Otherwise relatively quiet, although Curlews are moving through in good numbers.

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

A cracking adult drake Surf Scoter (DL et al) frequented the northern part of the bay with its commoner congeners today; often showing well and actively feeding, this is only the fourth ever for Filey. The bird was present until late evening at least.

Surf Scoter with Common Scoters, Filey Bay, 26th June 2013 (c Mark Pearson)

Surf Scoter (with Common Scoters), Filey Bay – 26th June 2013 (c Mark Pearson)

Surf Scoter (with Common Scoters), Filey Bay - 26th June 2013 (c Mark Pearson)

Surf Scoter (with Common Scoters), Filey Bay – 26th June 2013 (c Mark Pearson)

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Movements on the sea are slowly improving, with numbers of e.g. Sandwich Terns, Manx Shearwaters, Common Scoters and Curlews picking up.

Things are getting on with procreation over at East Lea, nothing rare, but five Gadwall behaving like a family is intriguing and the Moorhens love the surf-board! The Dams is never boring, though an interest in botany will enhance any visit: the star at present is Pink Water Speedwell, quite scarce, first showed last year and best seen from the East Pool hide.

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Update: A quiet week generally, as expected at this time of year (hence updates now appearing a little less frequently). Several notable movements of both Swifts and Common Scoters included over 300 of each on 19th; waders and ducks are beginning to trickle through in small numbers, with e.g. double figures of Curlew on several days. Puffins are particularly numerous at the moment, with several hundred in the area on most days.

Friday, June 14th, 2013

A drake Mandarin in eclipse is at the Dams this morning, as are pairs of Shoveler and Shelduck. Presumably the same Great Northern Diver is is in the bay, off Coble Landing.

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

The Egret has landed!  Finally unable to resist the best habitat for miles, a Great White at the Dams this morning flew off to the west leaving a scruffy drake Garganey as consolation for late arrivals. Volunteers steering 26 kids round the reserve were finally rewarded as the birding God finally bestowed his benevolence; and the kids had a fantastic day as well.

Teal, Garganey and Great White Egret (c Mark Pearson)

Teal, Garganey and Great White Egret (c Mark Pearson)

Monday, June 10th, 2013

The Great Northern Diver remained in the bay for the day; otherwise quiet but for a few Arctic Terns along the seafront and Brigg.

Great Northern Diver (c Mark Pearson)

Great Northern Diver (c Mark Pearson)

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

Update for the last few days: a Great Northern Diver (in transitional, mostly non-breeding plumage) is in the bay this morning. Otherwise generally quiet, although four Barnacle Geese flew north on 7th, and several Arctic Terns are frequenting the bay.

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

A Marsh Warbler was found by the playground on the edge of Arndale this morning and continued singing (and showing) on and off until at least mid p.m. (MJP et al), while two Avocets visited the East Pool at the Dams.

Recordings of the Marsh Warbler can be heard here.

Marsh Warbler (no, really), Arndale, 6th June (c Mark Pearson)

Marsh Warbler (no, really), Arndale, 6th June (c Mark Pearson)

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Two Pale-bellied Brent Geese were in the bay corner this morning and eventually flew north, while a pair of Little Terns also went north and a late Wheatear was fresh in on Carr Naze (MJP).

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

Single Great Skua and Manx Shearwater were off the Brigg this afternoon, where there were also eight Purple Sandpipers, five Knot, a Whimbrel, five Eiders and a small movement of hirundines.

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

Nothing new to report today, but the female Red-backed Shrike and the male Black Redstart remain on Carr Naze.

Black Redstart (c Mark Pearson)

Black Redstart (c Mark Pearson)