Monthly Archives: August 2014

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31st August 2014

A quiet day so far, with little of note on the land, at sea or overhead. A good day for visible migration yesterday (30th), however, saw over 1600 Swallows and 1500 House Martins, a Hobby, a Cuckoo, 33 Swifts and …

Saturday 30th August

New birds on Saturday were in at the Dams  –  eight Black-tailed Godwits. These were somewhat overshadowed by the nine species of mammal: Fox and Squirrel, three shrew species, two voles and Wood Mouse, mainly in traps at East Lea. …

Saturday 30 August 2014

STOP PRESS Mammal Trap results from this morning: Despite the slugs, 17 traps worked effectively, producing a remarkable six species : 5 Water Shrew, 3 Common Shrew, 3 Pygmy Shrew, 1 Bank Vole, 2 Field Vole and 3 Wood Mouse. We’re …

29th August 2014

A brisk south to south-westerly wind made observations challenging today, although highlights included a 2nd calendar-year Yellow-legged Gull (MJP, DL) in the bay corner and a Spotted Flycatcher new in the Top Scrub (the first of the autumn); a Swift …

PEBBLING EAST LEA

On Tuesday 2nd September we embark on an ambitious project: the re-surfacing of the large island with gravel. Most of the work will be handled by machines driven by people who know what they are doing, where you come in is …

2013 REPORT out now!

We’re proud to announce that the 2013 Filey Bird Report is now available, and is bigger and better than ever – and only £8! See here for more details and how to buy.  

27th August 2014

A quieter day today with an often brisk easterly wind and (unfortunately) clear and sunny skies. A few skuas and 202 Teal (as well as other common ducks beginning to move) were the pick of the sea, while five Wheatears …

26th August 2014

A brisk north-easterly promised something somewhere locally today, and it was the sea that provided during a three hour watch this evening. Two Long-tailed Skuas, two Pomarine Skuas, 20+ Arctic Skuas, a Black Tern and a Sooty Shearwater (MJP) were …

25th August 2014

After just twos and threes over the course of the week, ten Wheatears this afternoon is the best showing of the autumn thus far, and the previous few days have seen a decent spread of early autumn migrants. Yesterday (24th), …

22nd August 2014

A quiet day today with very little on the sea this morning but for three Great and four Arctic Skuas, and no reports from elsewhere. Yesterday (21st) saw 224 Common Scoters, a juvenile Mediterranean Gull, a single Sooty and ten …

20th August 2014

A moderate north-westerly and another seven or so hours observation from the Brigg produced relatively limited returns, with a large shearwater sp – very likely a Great – heading north and then unfortunately disappearing in the swell at 0945 constituting …

19th August 2014

A more promising forecast inspired a seven-hour-plus seawatch from 0630 this morning, and finally there was some serious action to enjoy. The pick of the bunch was the year’s first Cory’s Shearwater (MJP, JS) which cruised north at 0850 (followed …

A DATE WITH A MOUSE

Today’s mammal trap (Sunday 17th August) was slightly disappointing; despite four species, yesterdays Water Shrews kept away or were dissuaded by huge slugs. It was windy and wet overnight which probably didn’t help but never again will I predict the …

16th August 2014

Slightly improved movements over the sea today included a single Sooty Shearwater, 36 Manx Shearwaters south and six north, 409 Fulmars and a single Arctic Skua south. A single Ruff, a Black-tailed Godwit and two Little Egrets remained at the …

14th August

The last couple of days have seen further Tern activity on the Brigg – following the three Roseates on Monday there was a juvenile Black Tern present today and yesterday, while five Little Terns flew south yesterday (15th).  Otherwise the …

12th August 2014

An excellent early morning spell at Hunmanby Gap helped to prove that post juvenile dispersal/early movement of passerines is now underway.  A fifty metre stretch of hedgerow that caught the first morning light was alive with migrants and contained at …

11th Aug 2014

An unremarkable few days, with most activity involving an increase in common waders at the Dams and common warblers in suitable habitat. The former have included up to five Green Sandpipers, three Ruff, two Dunlin, two Common Sandpipers, seven Snipe …

8th Aug 2014

Pretty quiet over the last few days, with sea passage almost at a standstill and a similar cast of waders (and a few egrets) at the Dams; passerines have however included a sprinkling of warblers, the best of which were …

MANAGING FILEY DAMS

Nothing stands still … in this most dynamic of habitats, so every so often we do the odd job, and try to slow down the inexorable transition from muddy wader scrape to mature woodland. We could just let it go …

5th August 2014

A juvenile Little Ringed Plover (the first of the autumn), a Little Egret, two Green Sandpipers, six Snipe, a Common Sandpiper and five Lapwings were at the Dams / East Lea in the morning; a similar cast was present in …

4th August 2014

Two more Little Terns were the highlight of this morning’s sea-watch (BP, JS), as well as another Little Egret north; two more were at the Dams, where there were also two Green Sandpipers, two Common Sandpipers, six Snipe, eight Lapwing …

2nd August 2014

Today’s highlights included three Little Terns south at 1924hrs (MJP) and one south this morning (JS, BP) in what is becoming an excellent ‘autumn’ for this locally barely annual species, plus a Grey Plover within a good cast of southbound …