Monthly Archives: August 2013


31st August 2013

Update for the last few days: generally quiet overall, with presumably the same Curlew Sandpipers remaining at both the Brigg end and the Dams, the latter site maintaining a good cast of common waders. The land continues to hold very …

28th August 2013

Today’s highlights came from the sea this afternoon and evening, with a fine cast of scarcities including a pristine adult summer-plumage Sabine’s Gull, five Black Terns, a Red-necked Grebe, a Velvet Scoter and a Sooty Shearwater (MJP). A Curlew Sandpiper …

26th & 27th August 2013

Update for the last two days: 27th – a Common Crane flew high and south this afternoon (MJP), Curlew Sandpipers were at the Tip and the Brigg end, and a Balearic Shearwater, a Pomarine Skua and four Sooty Shearwaters passed …

25th August 2013

A rich and varied day of migration which almost ended without a scarcity on the land, but all ended well with an Icterine Warbler at the death in the Top Scrub (MJP). Otherwise, the sea took the prizes for quality, …

24th August 2013

A promising but ultimately underwhelming day with drizzle, fog and at times heavy rain. Despite a good likelihood of a scarcity, commoner migrants were the order of the day, with an arrival on Carr Naze of Tree Pipit, Whinchat, Redstart, …

23rd August 2013

More signs of movement today with three Pomarine Skuas, a Curlew Sandpiper, a Sooty Shearwater and 30+ Arctic Skuas on the sea, two Wheatears fresh-in on Carr Naze, and 20 Black-tailed Godwits at the Dams.


We are using Longworth live-traps again this weekend, 31st August / 1st September, this time on the north side of Filey Dams. Spectators very welcome, especially accompanied children.  Arrive anytime before 10 am on Saturday or Sunday to be sure …

20th August 2013

Two Garganey are at the Dams this evening, along with 67 Lapwings, eight Black-tailed Godwits, six Snipe, five Dunlin, two Greenshanks and a Green Sandpiper.

19th August 2013

Three Roseate Terns were around the Brigg this evening, while numbers of hirundines built further over the top fields and Willow Warblers remain well scattered.

18th August 2013

A quiet few days, although signs of passerine migration on 18th included a Tree Pipit, 12 Willow Warblers, eight Lesser Whitethroats and hundreds of hirundines over the top fields. A (the?) juvenile Yellow-legged Gull followed a trawler past on the …

15th August 2013

An adult and juvenile Roseate Tern were present on the Brigg both this and yesterday morning, while a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull followed a trawler north on 13th. Waders at the Dams include several Common Snipe and Dunlin, up to 20 …


This year’s Ringing Week is now confirmed for 19th – 26th October 2013. More details to follow when available. 

12th August 2013

Evening update: A Cory’s Shearwater ambled north at 1820 (MJP) as well as five Sooty and 75 Manx Shearwaters; four Minke Whales were also present off the Brigg. Update for the last few days: A generally quiet period, with the …

7th August 2013

Another warm and mostly sunny summer’s day, the highlights being a Pomarine Skua which lingered briefly offshore before moving north, and three Minke Whales, feeding north-east of the Brigg for a while this morning.

4th August 2013

The Garganey is at the Dams again this evening, as are eight Black-tailed Godwits and three Green Sandpipers. A further 16 Black-tailed Godwits, a Mediterranean Gull and six Little Gulls were logged off the Brigg this morning.

4th August 2013

A Garganey was at the Tip ponds today along with three Common Snipe and four Dunlins early this afternoon; presumably the same bird arrived at the Dams sometime later. The latter site also held a Green Sandpiper, two Common Sandpipers, …

2nd August 2013

Waders continue to dominate records over the last couple of days, with various species at the Dams (including a fresh-in Little Ringed Plover today) and big numbers moving at sea, especially Whimbrel and Knot (in their hundreds).