Sunday, August 31st, 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 55 Tree Sparrows all heading south at Hunmanby Gap amongst others (full counts here), and a good selection of waders remaining at East Lea and the Dams – in addition to recent counts, eight Black-tailed Godwits were at the Dams late on.

Migrant Hawkers at the Dams yesterday (Mike Day)

Mammal trapping and conservation work updates (the latter of which will temporarily affect where many of our waders choose to feed) can be seen on the news page here.

Grey Heron & Little Egret at East Lea this morning (Mark Pearson)

Grey Heron & Little Egret at East Lea this morning (Mark Pearson)

Friday, August 29th, 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 and a small scattering of common warblers were otherwise the only notables in the northern area.

Our crack vismig team at Hunmanby Gap are back in action and scored highly this morning with a Turtle Dove and a Hobby south, and over 500 Swallows through (with a further 160 south this afternoon over the northern area) – full counts are entered daily on the trektellen website here.

An oddly pale Kestrel currently faithful to the open ploughed area along North Cliff (Mark Pearson)

An oddly pale Kestrel currently faithful to the open ploughed area along North Cliff (Mark Pearson)

East Lea and the Dams continue to host a fine selection of waders, with no less than 75 birds of ten species this afternoon; in full – 12 Ruff, 20+ Snipe, 20+ Lapwing, eight Dunlin, six Greenshank, three Curlew, three Green Sandpipers, a Ringed Plover, a Redshank and a Black-tailed Godwit.

Yesterday (28th) failed to deliver on the promising conditions (easterlies and early morning precipitation), with very few grounded migrants despite good coverage. The ploughed strip along North Cliff continues to attract a good cast of passerines however, the pick of being up to seven Wheatears, three Whinchats, and somewhat bizarrely, a Pied Flycatcher.

Pied Flycatcher (Dan Lombard)

Pied Flycatcher (Dan Lombard)

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

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Wednesday, August 27th, 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 were in the top fields, two Whinchat were at the Tip, a Marsh Harrier overflew the same venue mid morning, 12 Whimbrel and single figures of Curlew, Ringed Plover and Golden Plover came in off, and a few Yellow Wagtails and Meadow Pipits were on the move. East Lea continues to attract and hold a good selection of waders, including six Greenshank, nine Ruff, four Dunlin and 2 Ringed Plover.

Marsh Harrier (Mark Pearson)

Marsh Harrier (Mark Pearson)

The ringers were busy in the Top Scrub this morning, with an impressive catch of 29 birds (retraps in brackets): Lesser Whitethroat 1, Common Whitethroat 4, Blackcap 2, Linnet 3, Swallow 1, Greenfinch 4, Dunnock 1 (1), Blue Tit 8, Wren 2 (2).

Lesser Whitethroat (Lucy Murgatroyd)

Lesser Whitethroat (Lucy Murgatroyd)

Late news from yesterday involves a report of a Cory’s Shearwater at 0700 (CW).

Swallow (Lucy Murgatroyd)IMG_62555

 

Tuesday, August 26th, 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 the highlights – full counts to follow on Trektellen.

Wheatear, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Wheatear, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Seven Wheatears and three Whinchats were in the ploughed strip on North Cliff, another Wheatear was new on Carr Naze, a Sedge Warbler was in Short Hedge (where a Blue-morph Budgerigar also, er, skulked), a Greenshank overflew the Country Park and a Green Sandpiper did likewise at Hunmnaby Gap.

Budgerigar, Short Hedge (Mark Pearson)

Budgerigar, Short Hedge (Mark Pearson)

Eight Ruff, 12 Snipe, two Dunlin, one ringed Plover, one Black-tailed Godwit, three Green Csandpipers and one Common Sandpiper were at the Dams / East Lea.

Greenshank, Dams (Mike Day)

Greenshank, Dams (Mike Day)

Monday, August 25th, 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), a Pomarine Skua, 30 Manx Shearwaters and duos each of Arctic Skua and Bonxie were the highlights of a four-hour sea-watch off Hunmanby Gap, while raptor movements were evidenced by five Sparrowhawks and two Common Buzzards over the town within an hour.

Green Sandpiper, Dams (Dan Lombard)

Green Sandpiper, Dams (Dan Lombard)

An otherwise fairly quiet sea-watch on 23rd at least provided the first two Pomarine Skuas of the autumn, heading north mid-morning.

The Dams / East Lea complex continues to hold good numbers of commoner waders, with estimates of 10 Ruff, three Greenshank, three Common Sandpipers, four Green Sandpipers, two Dunlin, the long-staying Black-tailed Godwit, up to six Snipe and a couple of Little Egrets. Commoner warblers are also in evidence, with good numbers of hirundines also moving through.

Friday, August 22nd, 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 Manx Shearwaters past the hide, two Green Sandpipers and the Black-tailed Godwit at the Dams, and three Greenshank and four Ruff at East Lea. Six Whimbrel overflew the Gap, and a late report concerned five Little Egrets roosting at the Dams on 20th.

Juvenile Wheatear on the campsite, 20th (Mark Pearson)

Juvenile Wheatear on the campsite, 20th (Mark Pearson)

Wednesday, August 20th, 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 the one that got away. A Little Tern south (MJP) continued a particularly good season for this species locally, while a large skua around fishing boats mid-morning lacked any markings and turned out to be an all-black Bonxie (which totaled six). 95 Manx Shearwaters, 12 Arctic Skuas and three Red-throated Divers (the first of the autumn) were among other records.

After disappearing from a post the other day, another chance to see Mike Day's cracking Snipe photo from the Dams

After disappearing from a post the other day, another chance to see Mike Day’s cracking Snipe photo from the Dams

The Dams retained a similar cast of waders, a Wheatear was on caravans in the Country Park and the ringers were back in action in the Top Scrub – a total of 15 birds were trapped, as follows:

1 Willow Warbler, 1 Common Whitethroat, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Blue Tits, 1 Great Tit, 2 Dunnocks, 3 Blackcaps, 1 Robin and 3 Wrens.

Willow Warbler (Dan Lombard)

Willow Warbler (Dan Lombard)

Tuesday, August 19th, 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 soon after by a Blue Fulmar), five Sooty Shearwaters, a first-year Mediterranean Gull, 21 Arctic Skuas and 26 Manx Shearwaters; a summer-plumage Grey Plover was the pick of a decent selection of waders. Full counts are available on the trektellen migration website here.

Bar-tailed Godwit with Oystercatchers on the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Bar-tailed Godwit with Oystercatchers on the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Two juvenile Wheatears and two Yellow Wagtails were fresh in on Carr Naze, while the autumn’s first Pied Flycatcher was at Hunmanby Gap.

Yesterday’s (18th) highlights at sea featured a first-year Mediterrranean Gull and 15 Arctic Skuas south, plus a total of 167 Manx Shearwaters south and 31 north. Common wader numbers are creeping back up at the Dams, with up to three each of Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper and Ruff, up to two Greenshank, a single Black-tailed Godwit present since 17th and a scattering of Snipe and Lapwings. Little Egrets remaing omnipresent but are stalling at three of late.

The Tip has held up to two each of Redshank and Greenshank, a Green Sandpiper and a Little Egret over the last couple of days, while a belatedly-reported fly-by Caspian Gull on 17th would be a new species for Filey if accepted.

Saturday, August 16th, 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 Dams, while a Greenshank and a Green Sandpiper overflew Hunmanby Gap.

Yesterday’s (15th) returns featured 434 Fulmar, 237 Gannet and 45 Common Scoter moving north, with three Whimbrel and a Greenshank west over Hunmanby Gap.

Sightings from the 14th included another Wheatwear on Carr Naze, two Greenshank, a Green Sandpiper and a Little Egret at the Tip, and another Greenshank on the Brigg.

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

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 sea has been quiet, with odd Manx Shearwaters and Arctic Skuas the only birds of note.

A Greenshank was on the Brigg today and a Whinchat reported from Carr Naze on 13th, East Lea held a Little Egret, while two Green Sandpipers, a Common Sandpiper and 4 Snipe were at the Dams today. Two Green Sandpipers flying over the pools at The Bay Development at Hunmanby Gap yesterday were a welcome, if overdue patch tick for one local birder.

Small Copper (Mark Pearson)

Common Blue MD

Tuesday, August 12th, 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 least 15 Chiffchaffs (nearly all juvs), two Willow Warblers, six Whitethroats, four Lesser Whitethroats and singles of Blackcap, Garden Warbler and Sedge Warbler.

Despite the new drain from the Dams the recent very heavy rain has increased the water level again resulting in a much reduced amount of mud; thankfully there was still some precious shoreline at East Lea and the two sites held Snipe, Green Sandpiper (at least three), Common Sandpiper, Redshank and a Knot. Belated news from yesterday concerned three Roseate Terns on the Brigg.

Green Sandpiper (Mike Day)

Knot (Mike Day)

Monday, August 11th, 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 and 20 Lapwing, while the latter included handfuls of Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers, Blackcaps, Whitethroats and the odd Garden Warbler.

Swallow, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Swallow, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

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 two Garden Warblers at East Lea and a further single at the Dams.

Not so quiet this weekend however, with FBOG’s second annual Woodcock Festival kicking off at midday tomorrow in the bandstand in Crescent Gardens – great live music, stalls, prizes, sunshine and more – all for free…. details here.

We’re following it up with a special talk about bird migration in Filey at the Evron Centre, 7pm sharp – also free entry and open to all. More details here.

Tuesday, August 5th, 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 the evening , with the addtion of at least five more Little Egrets.

Little Egret, East Lea  (Mark Pearson)

Little Egret, East Lea (Mark Pearson)

Monday, August 4th, 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 and the season’s first Southern Hawker. Yesterday (3rd) a Marsh Harrier flew north over Hunmanby Gap, with presumably the same bird seen at the Dams about 30 minutes later, while a Greenshank dropped in at the latter site.

A reminder about this Saturday’s events – the second annual FBOG Woodcock Festival kicks off at midday (see here for full details and line-up), while the evening talk about Migration in Filey begins at 7pm sharp at the Evron Centre (details here). Both events are free and all are welcome.

Saturday, August 2nd, 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 waders over recent days. The Dams attracted two Common and one Green Sandpiper, plus 15 Lapwings and the semi-resident trios of Teal and Shelduck, while two Little Egrets visited Carr Naze pond.

Common Tern at the Dams yesterday (Mark Pearson)

Common Tern at the Dams yesterday (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday (1st) three Little Terns went south (JS, BP) and six Little Egrets went north (with further singles over the town and at East Lea), while waders grounded at the latter site and the Dams included twos of Whimbrel and Curlew, 12 Lapwing and ten Snipe. Unusually, a Common Tern also briefly visited the East Pool at the Dams before heading east.

Arctic Skua heading south off High Brigg this evening (Mark Pearson)

Arctic Skua heading south off High Brigg this evening (Mark Pearson)