Monthly Archives: September 2014

CATS

30th September 2014

A warm and sunny end to the month after a murky start this morning, with the pick being a Firecrest in the Top Scrub with a passerine feeding flock (MJP) and a Great Northern Diver with 35 Red-throated Divers off …

28th September 2014

A warm and mostly sunny day with a generally light southerly wind saw a Balearic Shearwater off Hunmanby Gap (NCt, KC), and a Pomarine Skua off the Brigg. Otherwise, Pink-footed Geese numbered at least 97 for the day, the Top …

Saturday 27th September 2014

A quiet couple of days for notable grounded migrants and also on the sea, but flyovers made the headlines today with not one but two Hawfinches north-west at Hunmanby Gap (KC) this morning as well as three Corn Buntings through, …

FINAL PUSH

Quick reminder:  On Tuesday 30th September the last two tons of shingle goes onto the island at East Lea. It will be emotional of course, there may be tears, but there will also be coffee and biscuits and companionship; the …

25th September 2014

An otherwise quiet day with an unpromising south-westerly breeze produced a surprise quality find in the shape of a male Red-breasted Flycatcher, found feeding in clifftop scrub to the east of the Blue Dolphin holiday camp (NCt, AZ, MB). A …

24th September 2014

The productive period of recent weeks continues, although with all attentions focused on the sea over the last couple of days. Exceptionally numerous and transient feeding flocks of gulls, terns and other species (including skuas and shearwaters) have for the …

22nd September 2014

Another day, another star bird, with plenty of quality back-up. Today’s pick was a Great Shearwater which flew north at 0720 this morning (JS, CW), with a Long-tailed Skua and a Balearic Shearwater this evening (MJP). Other counts of note …

FILEY DAMS MAMMAL SURVEY

Sunday 21st September produced a few firsts: duos of both Field Vole and Wood Mouse in single traps, and a success rate of 91%, that’s 40 animals in 44 traps. Sisters: Two Field Voles who spent a noisy night in …

21st September 2014

Afternoon update: An already memorable week ended with a bang this morning, as all attentions turned away from the land and towards the sea. A strong northerly promised and emphatically delivered, the runaway highlight being a FEA’S (type) PETREL which …

20th September 2014

A day of strengthening north to north-westerly winds with thick cloud, some fog and periods of drizzle saw a continued trickle of new arrivals, although conditions made observing difficult and there was much less of an arrival compared with previous …

VOLES ‘R’ US

Saturday 20th September Constant effort mammal trapping today at FILEY Dams: 44 traps caught 23 Bank Vole, 2 Field Vole, 9 Wood Mouse, 1 Common Shrew, 1 Water Shrew. It was wet and uncomfortable but nothing died and we’re at …

19th September 2014

A rather less headline-grabbing but still productive day locally, with a northerly wind and dark skies throughout. Potentially the bird of the day was our second candidate Siberian Lesser Whitethroat of the year which appeared – alongside a nominate bird …

18th September 2014

More promising conditions and more great birds on the land today. What was presumably yesterday’s brief Rustic Bunting on Carr Naze was (re)found, but again it didn’t stick for long (DL); a new Red-breasted Flycatcher at the Tip (DL) led …

17th September 2014

Morning update: damp and foggy with a brisk NW wind making observations difficult this morning, but a Jack Snipe (the first of the autumn) was at Carr Naze pond, and three Goldcrests, five Song Thrushes, and single Merlin, Ring Ouzel, …

16th September 2014

Another day of promising conditions for continental drift migration, and another day of pleasing returns. With easterly winds and fog (with intermittent drizzle) dominating the morning and early afternoon, attentions were focused on the land and in particular the Carr …

15th September 2014

A busy day, much more productive than recently with a moderate NE lightening as the day progressed. Overcast skies gave way to intermittent drizzle and fog (often thick) as the afternoon wore on, providing classic fall conditions at and around …

14th September 2014

A promising day with the wind in the east and increasing cloud delivered the year’s first Yellow-browed Warbler to Parish Wood by mid-afternoon (MJP), and a candidate Eastern Lesser Whitehroat to Long Lane late morning (MJP). The Black Guillemot returned …

More voles than birds.

Saturday 14th September: Public trap in the Country Park concluded today, with yet again seven species, a remarkable result. The best were one Harvest Mouse, four Water Shrews and the fact that less of the shrews were dead. This alarming …

13th September 2014

Today’s varied highlights included the autumn’s first Lapland Bunting in the Top Fields late this afternoon with Skylarks (MJP), a Kingfisher in the Brigg area (JS), a Spotted Redshank and two Balearic Shearwaters past Hunmanby Gap this morning (KC, NCt), …

A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH

Saturday 13th September, this morning’s mammal trap was a rather disturbing but very successful affair: there were 14 dead shrews this morning, all leaving lots of food behind them. Even though all adult shrews are doomed to this fate in autumn, …

11th September 2014

The juvenile / first winter Black Guillemot returned to the north of the bay for its third day this morning, while a small arrival of passerines in the Top Scrub in the late afternoon included an exceptionally early Brambling, single …

10th September 2014

A much quieter day today, with a brisk south-easterly breeze and sunny skies. The Black Guillemot returned to the north of the bay for a second day, however, and a Common Buzzard flew south at Muston Sands; otherwise, the best …

A close look at this poster promises a rather special Mammal Trap! This is an annual public event which FBOG run with the Friends of Filey Parks, it’s fun, open to all and will probably run from 9 am to about …

9th September 2014

Very much a day of quality over quantity, with a fine selection of notable birds (but not a great deal in the way of numbers). Top billing goes to a juvenile/first winter Black Guillemot (MJP) in the north of the …

A PIECE OF CAKE

Well, more than one actually, and some strangely effective coffee, had us charging about with wheel-barrows shifting stone all over the place. Only Mike Day is missing and he took the shot (and the one below), there’s John Ives and …

8th September 2014

A generally quiet weekend locally, with little reported from the land and a steady reduction in the cast of waders at East Lea and the Dams. Visible migration has been muted until this morning when over 1,000 Meadow Pipits overflew …

GLORIOUS MUD !

HELP ! Challenging conditions on East Lea yesterday. The loader struggled to reach the central ridge of the island and had to deposit lots of the gravel along the edge; it’s not a disaster but the “stroll in the park” …

4th September 2014

The easterly airflow of recent days fulfilled its promise this morning in the shape of a Red-breasted Flycatcher in Short Hedge (MJP), and a much better supporting cast of passerines were scattered across the northern area. Five Pied Flycatchers, seven …

3rd September 2014

An intitally murky day with a light easterly wind, becoming warm and mostly sunny by the afternoon. Visible migration was again notable, with at least 11 Common Buzzards moving generally south-east through the area between 1100 and 1700hrs. Passerine action …

OPERATION COVER-UP

So far, so good: these pictures say it all, the pain on the faces, the inappropriate clothing and dubious digging techniques. No matter, the liner is in place and there, looming in the background, is 40 tons of gravel. The big …