28th April 2014

A memorable spring day here at the Obs, with overnight rain and an easterly airflow providing a long cast of quality arrivals and plenty of turnover throughout. The highlights were many (and liberally scattered), but two in particular grabbed the headlines: a DOTTEREL which flew over the Top Fields calling constantly, only the second Filey record in a decade (MJP), and a RICHARD’S PIPIT, which remained elusive in the same area this morning (MJP).

Richard's Pipit (Mark Pearson)

Richard’s Pipit (Mark Pearson)

The bay off Hunmanby Gap held three species of Diver this morning, with both Black-throated and Great Northern alongside several Red-throats (KC), while a Grasshopper Warbler continues to reel there.

Dotterel (Mark Pearson)

Dotterel (Mark Pearson)

A Long-eared Owl slipped into the Top Scrub late morning (HJW), while a first winter Glaucous Gull went to roost on the football field (J&TGD). Unfortunately now a local rarity, a Corn Bunting frequented the top of Long Lane for a while (MJP).

Corn Bunting (Mark Pearson)

Corn Bunting (Mark Pearson)

Other notable migrants included at least three Redstarts, two Whinchats, a female Ring Ouzel, at least ten Wheatears (including four Greenland-types fresh-in on Carr Naze in the afternoon), a handful of Whimbrel, a trickle of Sandwich Terns and Lesser Black-backed Gulls (as with previous days), and a Common Buzzard low over the Country Park.

Wheatear (Mark Pearson)

Wheatear (Mark Pearson)

Hirundines were on the move in good numbers (with over 100 Swallows, 50+ Sand Martins and five House Martins through), 15 Yellow Wagtails passed though, and the commoner warblers were well spread in moderate numbers.