Thursday, February 26th, 2015

The pre-spring lull continues, although a few records of interest over the sea have included a Blue Fulmar north on 25th, five Velvet Scoters and a Snow Bunting north on 22nd (JS), and a Black-throated Diver, initially in the bay and then north on 21st (NCt, KC, JS, KW).  Odd Great Northern Divers are still being recorded in the bay, while signs of life at the Dams include a small increase in wildfowl which included two drake Pochard, with Mute Swans and Little Grebes having both just returned.

Mute Swans at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Mute Swans at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Friday, February 20th, 2015

A quiet few days here at Filey, with our American friend taking his leave on 16th and not a great deal to report since. Single Snow Buntings have been in the Carr Naze area on 17th & 19th, and two Barnacle Geese went south at Hunmanby Gap on 18th.

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Monday, February 16th, 2015

Scottish colour-ringed Shag off the Brigg this afternoon (Mark Pearson)

Scottish colour-ringed Shag off the Brigg this afternoon (Mark Pearson)

The drake Surf Scoter remains along the bay side of the Brigg today, with at least one Great Northern Diver in the same area. A Blue Fulmar flew north this morning.

Surf Scoter (Dave Aitken)

Surf Scoter (Dave Aitken)

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

A quiet few days was suddenly enlivened by the arrival of a fine drake Surf Scoter (CW et al) off the Brigg and latterly in the bay corner from mid-morning to at least mid-afternoon. Our sixth, this smart American seaduck follows on the heels of another adult male in the same spot in June / July 2013.

Otherwise, the Dams has at least three Water Rails and Chiffchaff this afternoon, up to two Great Northern Divers are in the bay, and a total of 625 Pink-footed Geese flew north on the morning on 11th.

Surf Scoter (Mark Pearson)

Surf Scoter (Mark Pearson)

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

A largely quiet week in the area, with the main highlight being a brief Black Guillemot off the Brigg late morning of 7th (BP et al), two Little Auks and a Velvet Scoter went south on 5th, and good numbers of Northern Herring Gulls heading north offshore.

In the bay, at least two Great Northern Divers, up to 30 Red-throated Divers, 20 Great Crested Grebes, 30 Wigeon, 10 Common Scoters and several Eiders are intermittently present, while the Dams & East Lea have been quiet but for the usuals (and four Redwing this morning). Two Grey Wagtails continue to winter in the town.

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Northern (argentatus) Herrin Gull - this a particularly dark-mantled bird (Mark Pearson)

Northern (argentatus) Herring Gull – this a particularly dark-mantled bird (Mark Pearson)

It’s been all about the sea over the last few days, and despite slightly disappointing returns from a period of strong northerlies, there’s been notable records on all days. Today, a total of six Little Auks passed the Brigg (with a single on 3rd), as well as a Black-throated Diver and a Blue Fulmar (MJP, JS); a Scaup was in the Bay Corner on 2nd (J&TGD), when 37 Argentatus Herring Gulls moved north (with single figures on all other days of late) (MJP).

High-flying Little Auk off the Brigg, 3rd (Mark Pearson)

High-flying Little Auk off the Brigg, 3rd (Mark Pearson)

A Glaucous Gull went north over Carr Naze on 1st (SC), when Goldeneye numbers peaked at three in the Bay corner. Great Northern Divers have been particularly visible of late, with up to three recorded in the bay, from the Brigg south to the Gap, and one or two past on most sea-watches. Finally, the 31st saw a Velvet Scoter and a Bonxie past Hunmanby Gap (KC).

Knot, Bay corner (Mark Pearson)

Knot, Bay corner (Mark Pearson)