10th April 2015

Barn Owl, East Lea (Mark Pearson)

Barn Owl, East Lea (Mark Pearson)

A window of high pressure over the last few days has allowed a good variety of spring migrants to move through the area, with firsts for the year including Willow Warbler (East Lea) and Ring Ouzel  (Tip) today, Wheatear (Carr Naze) and Common Tern (Brigg) yesterday (9th), and Blackcap (Hunmanby Gap) and Sandwich Tern (Brigg) on 7th.

Willow Warbler, East Lea  (Mark Pearson)

Willow Warbler, East Lea (Mark Pearson)

Other notable records have included White Wagtails (one at the Dams today and one in the Rocket Pole Field on 7th), Swallows (from 7th, with 12 today through East Lea / Dams), Sand Martins (up to 30 today, ditto), Common Buzzards (with six west of the Dams on 7th), two Bramblings through at the Gap on 7th, a Ringed Plover at East Lea on 8th, and over 1000 Meadow Pipits through NW on 7th.

Bottlenose Dolphins (Mark Pearson)

Bottlenose Dolphins (Mark Pearson)

Echoing a similar occurence almost exactly a year ago, a pod of 18 Bottlenose Dolphins spent some time in Filey waters on 9th after arriving from the north and then moving south to Bempton and Flamborough.

Bottlenose Dolphins (Mark Pearson)

Bottlenose Dolphin (Mark Pearson)