Friday, January 31st, 2014

Today’s highlight was (presumably the same) Iceland Gull reported early morning from the Brigg (JS) and Hunmanby Gap (KC). At least seven Velvet Scoters and 300 Common Scoters were at the south end of the bay, while Little Gulls were noted today off the gap (one a.m., two p.m.) and in the north of the bay (seven).

Yesterday, 12 Little Gulls went south in the morning and a total of 23 Grey Partridges were counted at the Tip.

Little Gull off the Brigg today (Mark Pearson)

Little Gull off the Brigg today (Mark Pearson)

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

A generally quiet few days, the highlights being: today – three Blue Fulmars and two Little Gulls flew south this morning; 28th – a Brambling still favouring a Hunmanby Gap garden; 27th – single Woodcocks on the the Brigg and in off the sea (and into the Top Scrub), 5o Snow Buntings, 135 Skylarks and 11 Rock Pipits in the top fields / Carr Naze area; 26th – a female Goldeneye on the north of bay, as well as fairly consistent numbers of c70 Wigeon, 10 Eiders, a few Common Scoters there and up to 30 Red-throated Divers along the North Cliff / Brigg area.

Ice=breaking Coot at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Ice-breaking Coot at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Today’s highlight was an unusually co-operative Black-throated Diver in the bay just off Coble Landing this lunchtime (JH, PJD et al), while single Great Skua and Goosander flew past the Brigg and a Bar-tailed Godwit came in-off and over the town.

Black-throated Diver, 25th January (Pete Dunn)

Black-throated Diver, 25th January (Pete Dunn)

Friday, January 24th, 2014

The Grey Phalarope was off the Brigg briefly late morning and a Great Northern Diver was in the bay. Yesterday’s highlights included a Lapland Bunting on Carr Naze, the year’s first Brambling in a garden at Hunmanby Gap and the return of the Phalarope (after an absence of several days) to the Brigg area, while the intermittently present Long-tailed Duck and a Little Gull were recorded on 22nd.

Up to 100 Lapwings are west of the Dams, where other top counts in recent days include 22 Curlew, 12 Gadwall and 85 Teal.

Purple Sandpiper, bay corner (Mark Pearson)

Purple Sandpiper, bay corner (Mark Pearson)

 

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

A Great Northern Diver flew north-east out of the bay this afternoon, where there were also 85 Wigeon (among other species). At the Dams, a male Goosander flew east and 65 Pink-footed Geese flew north-west this morning. A Great Northern Diver and the intermittently visiting Long-tailed Duck put in appearances yesterday,  but there was no further sign of the phalarope either yesterday or today.

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

The Grey Phalarope remained in its favoured feeding area along the southern flank of the Brigg this afternoon. Small numbers of Eiders and Scoters are in the north of the bay and at least ten Velvet Scoters were reported to the news services in the south of the bay.

Grey Phalarope, Filey Brigg, 19th January (Mark Pearson)

Grey Phalarope, Filey Brigg, 19th January (Mark Pearson)

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

A wet and windy day with the only notables being the Grey Phalarope which remains elusively along the Brigg’s southern edge and a Great Northern Diver past this morning.

Another shot of the Phalarope from the 16th (Mark Pearson)

Another shot of the Phalarope from the 16th (Mark Pearson)

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Highlights for today include a Grey Phalarope feeding along the southern flank of the Brigg this morning (per CW et al), nine Velvet Scoters and at least 300 Common Scoters off Reighton (per NC), Grey Wagtails in the bay corner and at Reighton, and 43 Red-throated Divers (in one loose flock) into the bay this morning.

Grey Phalarope off the Brigg this morning (Mark Pearson)

Grey Phalarope off the Brigg this morning (Mark Pearson)

Monday, January 13th, 2014

A clear and sunny day with a few more signs of movement. 19 Shelduck and eight Goldeneye were in the south of the bay (both high counts for the season), 20 Snow Buntings were in the top fields (with one also in off the sea at the Brigg), where there were also 50 Skylarks and a single Lapland Bunting. A Grey Wagtail was in the bay corner. Belated reports include Great Northern Divers (one, 11th; two, 12th) and Velvet Scoters (one, 12th; two, 11th) past the Brigg.

Peregrine, 13th January (Mark Pearson)

Peregrine, 13th January (Mark Pearson)

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

A rare overnight frost and a bright morning with some signs of movement: 10 Whooper Swans flew south over the bay and 141 Pink-footed Geese flew north over the Dams, where a 1st-winter Lesser Black-backed gull and a Chiffchaff were new in.

Up to 70 Snow Buntings are still in the top fields and the Velvet Scoter flock now numbers 10 in the south of the bay, while duck numbers at the Dams include 94 Teal, 52 Wigeon, 70 Mallard, and two Barnacle Geese with the feral flocks.

Recent news: a Blue Fulmar and 41 Pink-footed Geese flew by on the 10th, and two Water Rails were calling at the Dams on 9th.

Wigeon, Dams, 12th January (Mark Pearson)

Wigeon, Dams, 12th January (Mark Pearson)

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Four Whooper Swans flew south this morning, and at least two Little Gulls remain in the north of the bay. A drake Goosander and a single Pink-footed Goose were at the Dams yesterday, when eight Velvet and 238 Common Scoter remained in the south of the bay.

Goosander, 7th Jan (Mark Pearson)

Goosander, 7th Jan (Mark Pearson)

Monday, January 6th, 2014

A quieter day, with two Little Gulls in the north of the bay and a Long-tailed Duck (the same bird present in Dec) off the Brigg.

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

Today’s Bird Race teams produced a merged total of about 83 species in the recording area, the pick of being nine Velvet Scoters, five Little Gulls, two Water Rails, 73 Snow Buntings (68 still in the northern fields, and five in off the sea), no fewer than five wintering Chiffchaffs in Primrose Valley and good numbers of Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting and Grey Partridge, and at least 120 Skylarks (mo). Notable omissions included a complete absence of Coot on local wetlands, and even Canada Goose was awol. A Grey Phalarope flew north in the morning (JS).

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Little Gulls off the town seafront (Mark Pearson)

Little Gulls off the town seafront (Mark Pearson)

Two Little Gulls were off the promenade late afternoon, with two to three also reported off Primrose Valley early p.m. and two off the Brigg in the morning (at least four, possibly six birds were involved). A Great Northern Diver and seven Velvet Scoters were in the south of the bay, and an unseasonal Manx Shearwater went north.

Little gull off the seafront (Mark Pearson)

Little Gull off the seafront (Mark Pearson)

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Three blue Fulmars and two Little Gulls passed the hide this morning (as well as two Little Gulls yesterday), the Velvet Scoter flock in the south of the bay is now up to nine, while their Common cousins are still numbering over 200. An unseasonal Sooty Shearwater past Hunmanby Gap was the best of New Year’s Day’s sightings (KC).