Friday, February 28th, 2014

The month closed with the usual suspects frequenting the bay, with the Slavonian Grebe patrolling its favoured stretch of shore (seen off Hunmanby Gap, the Glen and Primrose Valley today from early morning to dusk); Velvet Scoters off the Gap and off the Glen; up to ten Little Gulls well scattered; and 120 Red-throated Divers were in the area this evening.

New additions included a Small Tortoiseshell (the first of the year) at Parish Wood and a male Stonechat on the cliff path at the Tip (a welcome record of a surprising rare bird of late).

Small Tortoiseshell (Dan Lombard)

Small Tortoiseshell (Dan Lombard)

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

A sunny, spring-like morning here in Filey and steady-as-she-goes sightings wise – two Velvet Scoters and around 20 Little Gulls were off Hunmanby Gap (with a further three Little Gulls in the Brigg / Bay Corner), and a pair of Goldeneye were amongst more usual birds in the bay. up to 20 Snow Buntings were reported from the top fields and 15 Skylarks came in off the sea.

Little Gull in the bay this morning (Mark Pearson)

Little Gull in the bay this morning (Mark Pearson)

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

The year’s first Black Redstart was briefly on a rooftop in the town this afternoon (HA), while the Slavonian Grebe remained in the bay (off Hunmanby Gap today), and 20 Little Gulls were well scattered between the Bay corner and the gap.

Aberrant Herring Gull at the Dams today (Mark Pearson)

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

A Mediterranean Gull and 15 Little Gulls were in the bay this afternoon. Otherwise generally more of the same over recent days (although ‘the same’ isn’t so bad for the time of year): The Slavonian Grebe continues its preference for the middle part of the bay (last seen off Primrose Valley yesterday), up to 15 Little Gulls have occupied the same area (with up to five in the Brigg / Bay corner area), at least two Velvet Scoters are still off Reighton, and two Pink-footed Geese are still with the feral flocks in the Dams / East Lea area.

A pod of three White-beaked Dolphins passed the Brigg on 21st but unfortunately didn’t stick around.

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Today’s sightings include a Short-eared Owl and a Stonechat at Reighton, and wildfowl numbers at the Dams and East Lea this morning included a pair of Shelduck, a drake Pochard, 14 Tufted Ducks, 18 Gadwall, two Pink-footed Geese, and good numbers of Wigeon and Teal. Two Chiffchaffs were by the East Lea entrance.

Highlights from yesterday (18th) included the Slavonian Grebe in the bay (again roosting with Great Crested Grebes in the evening off the Glen), a Great Northern Diver, three Goldeneye, two Pintail and 15 Little Gulls also in the bay, over 70 Skylarks in off the sea, and 500+ Pink-footed Geese north during the morning.

Pink-feet at East Lea (Mark Pearson)

Pink-feet at East Lea (Mark Pearson)

Monday, February 17th, 2014

The Slavonian Grebe remained in the bay today, off the Promenade in the morning and off the Glen (asleep with Great Crested Grebes) late afternoon (MJP); up to ten Little Gulls were in the same area.

Slavonian Grebe lurking in this morning's fog (Mark Pearson)

Slavonian Grebe lurking in this morning’s fog (Mark Pearson)

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

A Slavonian Grebe was off Hunmanby Gap and then the seafront this afternoon (AMa et al). The bay continues to harbour good numbers of Little Gulls, with a total of 29 recorded this morning (well spread along the length of the shore); up to 18 have been present over recent days. No sign of the Snow Bunting flock on the top fields (and Skylark nuymbers are down to about 75 there), but three remain on Carr Naze.

Snow Bunting on Carr Naze today (Mark Pearson)

Snow Bunting on Carr Naze today (Mark Pearson)

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Today’s highlights were once again Little Gulls, with a further increase in numbers seeing a minimum of 26 in the north of the bay this morning.

Little Gull, 13th Feb 2014 (Mark Pearson)

Little Gull, 13th Feb 2014 (Mark Pearson)

Little Gull, 13th February 2014 (Mark Pearson)

Little Gull, 13th February 2014 (Mark Pearson)

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

The quality bay dwellers continue their semi-residence with a (the?) Black-throated Diver, at least five Little Gulls and a high count of 63 Sanderlings off Hunmanby Gap (NC); a further four Little Gulls were around the Brigg.

11th: A (the?!) Black-throated Diver was off the promenade, while in the wider north bay at least 16 Little Gulls, seven Goldeneye, 41 Red-throated Divers, 49 Wigeon and 27 Razorbills were also recorded (MJP).

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Monday, February 10th, 2014

A high count of 218 Red-throated Divers were recorded at Hunmanby Gap in the south of the bay this evening, where there were also ten Little Gulls and seven Velvet Scoters. An inbound movement of 27 Skylarks arrived in several hours this morning, with a further 135 in the top fields; 50 Snow Buntings remain in the same area, and a single was also in the Carr Naze area.

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

A quiet weekend although reasonable numbers of Red-throated Divers and a few Auks continue to haunt Filey Bay. Highlights include a (the?) Black-throated Diver feeding off the Brigg yesterday (8th) and the resident Little Gulls are still feeding intensely anywhere from the Bay Corner south to Reighton

1st Winter Little Gull (JH)

1st Winter Little Gull (JH)

Adult Little Gull (JH)

Adult Little Gull (JH)

Friday, February 7th, 2014

6th: A Black-throated Diver was close inshore off Reighton and ten Little Gulls were in the bay (MJP, AJD), while a Great Northern Diver passed the Brigg (JS). 5th: Ten Little Gulls were in the north of the bay, a Long-tailed Duck (the same bird seen intermittently over recent months) was off the Brigg, and a Blue Fulmar was among 324 heading south. 4th: 130 Lapwings were west of Newbiggin, a couple of Little Gulls were in the bay and a Blue Fulmar went north.

Black-throated Diver off Reighton, 6th Feb (Mark Pearson)

Black-throated Diver off Reighton, 6th Feb (Mark Pearson)

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Late news for today – a Balearic Shearwater went south this morning, and large southbound movement of 731 Golden Plovers occurred early on (JS). A Black-throated Diver was off Hunmanby Gap this morning, perhaps the same bird being involved in several recent reports in what’s been a particularly good few months for this species locally. Also off the Gap, at least four Little Gulls and six Velvet Scoters, and a Brambling continues to visit a local garden (KC, NC).

Yesterday saw at least six Little Gulls in the north of the bay and three more plus four Velvet Scoters off the Gap. A Bar-tailed Godwit was on the Country Park and a Chiffchaff was at East Lea among more usual sightings.