17th Oct 2013

A seemingly quiet afternoon with light variable winds and bright, often sunny skies exploded into life with a hatful of eastern scarcities discovered within an hour or so of each other. A SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF and two Yellow-browed Warblers were fresh-in (and vocal) in the Top Scrub (MJP), while a short distance away on the southern side of Arndale, an EASTERN LESSER WHITETHROAT shared a hawthorn with a DUSKY WARBLER – Filey’s sixth, after a gap of almost a decade (MJP). The fifth, meanwhile, was refound in Collared Fly Hedge, at the junction with Long Hedge, this afternoon. The Red-breasted Flycatcher was again reported briefly on Long Lane, and Six Mealy Redpolls and a Water Rail were amongst other migrants in Top Scrub, also present yesterday (when several Ring Ouzels were the pick of an otherwise fairly quiet day locally).

Yellow-browed Warbler (Mark Pearson)

Eastern-type Lesser Whitethroat (Mark Pearson)

Siberian Chiffchaff (Mark Pearson)

Siberian Chiffchaff (Mark Pearson)

Mealy Redpoll (Mark Pearson)

Mealy Redpoll (Mark Pearson)