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).
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.
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).
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.
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.