29th April 2015

Another day, another rare flava at East Lea, when a male Grey-headed Wagtail (M.f.thunbergi) dropped in during the early evening (MJP). Not quite as exotic as last week’s Spanish (M.f.iberiae), it’s still a rare bird, with an average of one or two annually in Yorkshire in recent years; Filey’s last was in 2007.

Grey-headed Wagtail (Mark Pearson)

Grey-headed Wagtail (Mark Pearson)

A total of 16 Yellow Wagtails (13 males and three females), three Pied and one White Wagtail were also present over the course of several hours there, as were two Dunlin and a Common Sandpiper. A Long-tailed Duck passed the Brigg this morning (JS) a total of 12 Arctic Terns went north, a Cuckoo sang from Arndale, three Wheatears and a Rock Pipit were on Carr Naze, and the year’s first Swift was over Hunmanby Gap this evening.