Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

The Yellow-browed Warbler performed well on and off at the Dams, where 130 Pink-feet flew south-west this morning. Five Snow Buntings remained on Carr Naze, where three Goosanders flew south.

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Quiet again today, with a Great Northern Diver north, the Snow Buntings (five) and Twite (two) still in the Carr Naze area, where a Lapland Bunting was also reported.

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

East Lea is starting to resemble a flooded cattle meadow again; 6 Wigeon and 19 Teal dabbled there this morning and 8 Whooper Swans checked it out on there long glide in from Newbiggin before alighting at the Dams.

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

A Water Pipit was reported from the Brigg briefly early on, as was a Black-throated Diver past, while several Twite and five Snow Buntings were on Carr Naze. Three Yellow-browed Warblers included new birds in the Top Scrub (trapped by EYRG) and at the Dams (where there were two today – HJW et al). The first-winter Little Gull was at the Dams again but flew off strongly north, as it has for the last three days.

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Clear skies and warm sunshine today, and some quality birds through the area – the pick of which was a Richard’s Pipit which alighted briefly at Hunmanby Gap before continuing north-west this morning (KC). The same visible migration hotspot logged over 50 Whooper Swans, the latter species recorded widely throughout the area (and day) today – final totals to follow, but are in the region of about 90 so far. A first winter Little Gull (very rare away from the sea here), a Whooper Swan and a Yellow-browed Warbler were at the Dams, while five Snow Buntings and a single Twite were on the end of Carr Naze (MJP et al). The ringers trapped over a 100 birds in the Top Scrub today, mostly finches, with plenty of redpolls involved. Some movement of raptors suggested by four Common Buzzard over the Glen.

Whooper Swans (Mark Pearson)

Twite by the seawatch hide (Mark Pearson)

Twite by the seawatch hide (Mark Pearson)

Little Gull at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Little Gull at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

A quiet day with blustery southerlies and showers; several Yellow-brows remaining in the area, including the vocal bird in the Top Scrub, were the pick (per JH et al). Yesterday was also quiet, with a few scattered Yellow-brows (JH, MJP et al) and nine Whooper Swans south (KC).

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

An excellent week for Siberian warblers was signed off stylishly by a Pallas’s Warbler on private land near Hunmanby Gap today (NC et al), at times alongside a Yellow-browed Warbler; several of the latter, meanwhile, were still present in the north of the recording area again today (mo) and a Black-throated Diver and two Long-tailed Ducks went north this morning.

Pallas's Warbler (Mark Pearson)

Pallas’s Warbler (Mark Pearson)

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

RINGING WEEK kicked off this morning in the Top Scrub – follow the track immediately left after the Country Park Cafe and look for the team a few hundred metres up on the right – all welcome.

At least six Yellow-browed Warblers were in the area today, with new birds at the Tip (J&TGD), The Dams and Newbiggin (HJW), and two in Church Ravine (MJP), as well as a bird in the Top Scrub which was presumably the vocal bird of the last couple of Days. Two Snow Buntings went over, two Ring Ouzels were in the hedges and two Short-eared Owls were in the coastal area, but otherwise it was leftovers – the Dusky Warbler remained in Arndale (but was generally elusive), and the Red-breasted Flycatcher remained in Long Lane (ditto).

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Three Yellow-browed Warblers were scattered across the area today, inc. one trapped and ringed (mo), a Slavonian Grebe was in the bay corner early on, two Twite were on the north cliff path, and a Snow Bunting was briefly on Carr Naze. Both the Dusky Warbler and Eastern Lesser Whitethroat remained in Arndale to at least mid-morning but both went to ground as the wind and disturbance increased.

Thursday, October 17th, 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)

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Finally a county rare to show for conditions that’ve been full of eastern promise lately, and a classic vagrant Sibe at that – Filey’s fifth DUSKY WARBLER was found in Collared Fly Hedge late morning (MJP et al). Almost simultaneously, a Bluethroat was found on the eastern side of Parish Wood (J&TGD, SC), while a/the Red-breasted Flycatcher was reported again from Top Scrub. Plenty of other migrants moved through today, with at least three Ring Ouzels amongst the many hundreds of thrushes.

Dusky Warbler (Mark Pearson)

Dusky Warbler (Mark Pearson)

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Good numbers of incoming migrants again today, arriving throughout and with a regular changeover of birds across the area. Red-breasted Flycatchers were in Short Hedge (FM) and the Top Scrub pines (MJP et al), Ring Ouzels were in both Short and Long Hedges, while a significant arrival of Mealy Redpolls included birds in Church Ravine (two), Short Hedge (three), Top Scrub (two) and Carr Naze (one). Redwings numbered at least 600 (with large flocks overflying the area as well as many putting down), Goldcrest and Brambling numbers continue to swell with growing flocks in several places as well as individuals well spread, and both Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps are ubiquitous throughout.

Brambling, Top Scrub (Mark Pearson)

Brambling, Top Scrub (Mark Pearson)

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Promising conditions (north-easterlies, cloud and rain) brought limited returns today, although a Great Grey Shrike (JH) at Newbiggin was the main highlight. A Yellow-browed Warbler was by Deepdene (AB) and four Mealy Redpolls were in the Top Scrub (MJP). Plenty of commoner migrants included good counts of Goldcrests, Bramblings, Lesser Redpolls, Siskins, Redwings, Chiffchaffs, Song Thrushes, Blackbirds, Robins, Wrens, Blackcaps and Dunnocks. The best of the sea was a Black-throated Diver and an impressive 16 Velvet Scoters this morning (JS, BP).

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

Cloud, rain and strong north-easterlies brought a decent arrival of common migrants today, although aside from a Woodlark (MJP, PJD), scarcities were at a premium. Other notables included single Twite, Snow Bunting, Short-eared Owl and several Woodcocks.

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Bonxie (Mark Pearson)

Bonxie (Mark Pearson)

Another day of strong northerlies, and another day of top quality seawatching. Highlights today (0700-1540) included three Long-tailed Skuas, another Leach’s Storm-petrel, two Balearic Shearwaters, 251 Sooty Shearwaters, 10 Blue Fulmars, five Velvet Scoters and 145 Bonxies (MJP, JS).

Sooty Shearwater (Mark Pearson)

One of today’s 251 Sooty Shearwaters (Mark Pearson)

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Strong to gale force northerlies and a dramatically heavy swell made for challenging but ultimately rewarding seawatching today, the highlights being two Leachs’ Storm-petrels, 203 Sooty Shearwaters, eight Pomarine Skuas, two Long-tailed Ducks, three Velvet Scoters, 62 Bonxies and seven Barnacle Geese (MJP, JS, CA, KC, TIC, CM).

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

A Balearic Shearwater was offshore this evening (MJP) and a Jack Snipe was at the Dams (IR et al); otherwise quiet in brisk westerly winds. Six House Martins were above the town again today.

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Two Yellow-browed Warblers were in Parish Wood this morning and were still present this afternoon (MJP et al), and the Curlew Sandpiper remained at the Dams. Small numbers of common migrants continue to trickle through, and a single Sand Martin was with the small flock of House Martins over the town this afternoon.

Yellow-browed Warbler, Parish Wood (Mark Pearson)

Yellow-browed Warbler, Parish Wood (Mark Pearson)

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

1,850 Pink-footed Geese went south (mostly over the sea) between 1050 and 1300hrs, a female Scaup was off Hunmanby Gap (JH et al), and a Curlew Sandpiper was at the Dams (SH et al).

Some of today's Pink-feet (Mark Pearson)

Some of today’s Pink-feet (Mark Pearson)

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

A Yellow-browed Warbler was at Hunmanby Gap (KC) while 90 Pink-footed Geese flew south this morning; otherwise, a scattering of common migrants included three Redstarts and 15 Blackcaps, and 20 Reed Buntings were in the northern crops.

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Small numbers of migrants were recorded today including Bramblings, Robins, Song Thrushes, Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs and Goldcrests, while a Jack Snipe flushed from the end of Carr Naze at dawn was the highlight (MJP). A Red-necked Grebe was the best of another quiet day on the sea.

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

A new Yellow-browed Warbler was with a tit flock in Church Ravine today (MJP et al). Otherwise a small arrival of migrants was evident, with c25 Bramblings, 40 Chaffinches, 35 Song Thrushes, 30 Robins and five Redwings in the coastal cover. Another Little Stint was at the Dams in a good year for this species, and two Curlew Sandpipers (presumably the birds seen regularly over the last ten days) also dropped in.

2nd Oct – A Snow Bunting was on Carr Naze, c30 Song Thrushes and 15 Blackbirds were freshly arived, 19 Bramblings were in Church Ravine and two Goosander flew west over the town.

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Another very windy day today, with a force 4-5 SE ensuring very few birds were on view. Bird of the day was a Jack Snipe on Carr Naze (MJP, SC) and a small influx of Song Thrushes and Bramblings was evident, with c50 of the former and 20 of the latter. Of interest, a Hawfinch was reported to the bird information services.