Monthly Archives: May 2014

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31st May 2014

The recent run of quality late spring scarcities continued today with a Marsh Warbler in song at Newbiggin (JH et al); Filey’s 13th record, this is the third consecutive spring we’ve hosted a singing male. The male Red-backed Shrike continued …

30th May 2014

A much calmer day – with plenty of brightness, bouts of sunshine and a light easterly breeze – brought a nice haul of classic late spring drift migrants to the recording area. Two Icterine Warblers – the first multiple day …

29th May 2014

Easterlies and overnight rain delivered a singing Icterine Warbler to the south of Long Lane early this morning (MJP), while another local rarity in the more robust shape of a Hawfinch was flushed from Carr Naze (JS) yesterday morning (28th). …

26th May 2014

A largely sunny and mild day with a south-easterly wind brought a pulse of raptors during the late morning and early afternoon, the best of which was a Honey-buzzard north-west over the area (MJP), followed soon after by a cream-crown …

BOVINE INCURSION

The cattle are moving. From now on and through the summer months a few cows will be grazing on the field at the back of the Dams, the field that must be crossed to reach East Lea. It’s a 70 …

ANIMAL OF THE DAY ?…

….. well probably not, too much competition We did catch an extraordinary amount of mice and voles. The next chance to witness this spectacle will be on Sarturday, Sunday, 14th & 15th June, meet in the Dams car park from …

25th May 2014

Finally a couple of birds to break the migrant-free monotony today, both of which were at the Dams, and both of which brought a flavour of the Med to an already warm and sunny afternoon. A Spoonbill arrived there mid-p.m …

24th May 2014

Another day of promising conditions but with ultimately scant returns; a small scartering of new arrivals included two Spotted Flycatchers, while the male Red-backed Shrike remained faithful to the southern flank of Carr Naze.

23rd May 2014

Another day of promising conditions (easterlies with early rain clearing) which delivered a smart male Red-backed Shrike,¬†as well a Redstart and a Spotted Flycatcher, to Carr Naze (per J&TGD). Otherwise new migrants were thin on the ground, as was the …

The patter of tiny feet….

Saturday morning and Sunday morning, 24th, 25th May we’re releasing all the little creatures that we have been looking after over the last few hours. Nothing is harmed, beyond being thoroughly confused. Turn up in the Dams car park at …

21st May 2014

A bright day with a southerly airflow and high pressure, with new arrivals being understandably hard to come by on the land and over the sea. Two Hobbys were fresh in, however, with one in off the sea and one …

20th May 2014

Today’s highlight visited the Dams for a couple of hours mid-morning in the shape of a transitional-plumage Curlew Sandpiper (CC et al); the same site saw 16 Common Terns pass through, including two which dropped in for a while, as …

19th May 2014

Today’s highlight was a Spoonbill which headed south over the Dams at 0750 this morning (MJP), while a Little Egret dropped in briefly at East Lea, a flock of 27 Barnacle Geese went south at sea and a Spotted Flycatcher …

18th May 2014

A clear, sunny day with a brisk south-easterly wind again looked promising for a quality fly-over, but sustained sky-watching sessions again failed to produce the goods; however, an Osprey had the good grace to briefly circle over the town at …

17th May 2014

Limited highlights in warm and settled conditions today consisted of a Marsh Harrier high and in off the sea late morning, a Little Ringed Plover and a Common Sandpiper at the Dams first thing, and a Siskin at the Tip. …

15th May 2014

A Wood Sandpiper was at the Dams and East Lea early this morning (MJP), while hirundines were on the move this afternoon, with over 200 Swallows, 45 House Martins and 20 Sand Martins through at Muston Sands.

14th May 2014

Steady as she goes over recent days, with highlights including a Marsh Harrier over the bay this morning, three Common Sandpipers, eight Purple Sandpipers and 15 Turnstones in the Brigg high tide roost this evening (with two Common Sands there …

11th May 2014

A very quiet few days, with scant new arrivals in challenging conditions. An adult Little Gull along the shoreline at dusk on 9th and a Common Sandpiper at the Dams were the only reports of note, with very limited passage …

8th May 2014

A Spoonbill was reported flying north past the seawatch hide this morning (presumably the same bird that visited the Dams a few days ago), and other notables included a Mandarin at Hunmanby Gap and a Marsh Harrier over Carr Naze. …

7th May 2014

A fairly quiet couple of days, enlivened mainly by Swift and hirundine passage: over 70 of the former moved west over the Dams this evening, while a Little Ringed Plover dropped in before dusk. A single male Garganey and a …

5th May 2014

A quieter day in the area, with the main highlights being a pair of Avocets on the beach this morning at Hunmanby Gap (KC) which were later relocated at Flamborough, a male Garganey, a White Wagtail and a Dutch-ringed Bar-tailed …

4th May 2014

A change in prevalent conditions to a warmer southerly airflow made for a busy day in the area today. A Black-necked Grebe was found off Hunmanby Gap this morning (KC et al), drifting north along the tideline and present off …

2nd May 2014

Three Garganey returned to East Lea and continued to entertain there for most of the day. Also at East Lea were a White Wagtail, two Yellow Wagtails, two Dunlins and a Whimbrel.

1st May 2014

A fairly quiet start to the month, with a White Wagtail still at East Lea, Grasshopper Warbler and Great Northern Diver still at Hunmanby Gap, a singing Cuckoo at the Dams, a Short-eared Owl at the Tip and a continuing …