Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Highlights over the last week include a single Waxwing briefly near the junior school on 27th & 28th (J&TGD et al), a Little Auk north this morning (and up to 200 Gannets in a feeding frenzy off the Brigg), up to three Great Northern Divers, 40 Red-throated Divers and 20 Great Crested Grebes in the bay (from the Brigg to Reighton) and a Velvet Scoter north on 25th. Six Tufted Ducks, four Gadwall and a single Shoveler are alongside up to 60 Wigeon and 20 Teal at the Dams / East Lea.

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Wren on the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

A little more activity over recent days, with sub-zero temperatures encouraging several scarce species into the area and a few notable highlights on the sea. This morning a Great Northern Diver and a Puffin went south (among thousands of Guillemots and hundreds of Gannets and Fulmars); a single Pomarine Skua and three Puffins went south and 901 Fulmars went north on 20th (MJP), when five Water Rails – four at the Dams and East Lea, and one in Top Scrub – were in the area. Ten Pink-footed Geese were with the feral flock at the latter site.

Scaup at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Another four Pink-feet went south over the Dams on 19th, the same day a Jack Snipe was Reighton Golf Course (NCt, DL) and an immature Scaup – a rare bird locally, not least on fresh water – lurked in the twilight at the back of the Dams (MJP). Seven White-fronted Geese were unfortunately brief visitors to the Newbiggin farm area on 18th (TGD), while activity over the sea on 17th included a Glaucous Gull off the Brigg (with presumably the same there the previous day), a Great Northern Diver north, and a Black-throated Diver and a Pomarine Skua south (JS, BP, DB).

Fox at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Fox at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Water Vole at the Dams this morning (Mark Pearson)

Water Vole at the Dams this morning (Mark Pearson) – thanks to everyone who packed out the Evron Centre for our talk last night – this is what happens when you complain about Water Vole views!

Another quiet week or so, with an often strong westerly / south-westerly airflow keeping expectations low. A Glaucous Gull was off the Brigg this morning, where a blue Fulmar went north on 9th and three did likewise on 10th – part of a continuing strong movement of the Fulmars, which included 3800 past the Gap and 2400 past the Brigg on the latter date. The 10th also saw five Bean Geese (presumably the same birds that were present on 4th) at several sites along the area’s coastline.

10 Rock Pipits and 10 Snipe were in the Carr Naze / Rocket Pole field this morning, and two Mute Swans have returned to East Lea, where 60 Wigeon came in; the male Tufted Duck, six Gadwall and 20 Teal were joined by three Shovelers at the Dams.

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

A generally quiet few days with a continuing brisk westerly airflow and little in the way of quality or quantity. Despite being below par lately, the Bay and the Brigg are nevertheless predictably providing most recent records, with a Slavonian Grebe north this morning (JS), a Black-throated Diver off North Cliff on 5th (MJP), at least one Great Northern Diver remaining in the bay on several dates, up to 25 Red-throated Divers and eight Great Crested Grebes, four Common Scoters and two Eiders still around the Brigg, up to 25 Sanderlings and 23 Purple Sandpipers, and c70 Pink-footed Geese north over the bay on 7th.

Tree Sparrow at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Tree Sparrow at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

The odd Snow Butning and up to nine Rock Pipits have frequented Carr Naze, while the Dams and East Lea are hosting up to 90 Wigeon, 30 Teal, six Gadwall, a Tufted Duck, and no less than 14 hybrid Greylag x Canada Geese in the feral flock.

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Happy New Year from Filey Bird Observatory! After a short break over the holiday period we’re back as usual with regular updates; a summary of the recent days follows below.

Tundra Bean Geese today (Dan Lombard)

Tundra Bean Geese today (Dan Lombard)

A quiet Christmas period saw a Mute Swan north on 24th (the same bird heading south the previous day), two Great Northern Divers on 25th & 26th (with one off the Gap on occasion), a Little Gull north and a Pomarine Skua south on 27th and a Velvet Scoter south on 28th. Quieter still then until the last couple of days, which have seen Bonxies south past the Brigg (two) and the Gap (three) on 2nd, seven dark-bellied Brent Geese and a first-winter Glaucous Gull off the Brigg on 3rd (JS, BP, KW).

Today saw several Filey teams taking part in the Michael Clegg Memorial Bird Race, with the highlight being five Tundra Bean Geese in the Newbiggin area (NCt, KC, DL).