14th August 2015

With high pressure over Scandinavia, a north-easterly airflow across the North Sea and suitably murky conditions here on the coast, an early window of possibility regarding contintental drift migrants opened today; unlike most such occurrences this early in the season, however, this one provided, with the discovery of Filey’s 15th Greenish Warbler freshly grounded on the end of a damp and foggy Carr Naze this morning (MJP et al).

Greenish Warbler, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Greenish Warbler, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Other passerine migrants were hard to come by, although efforts in the Carr Naze area also produced a Grasshopper Warbler, four Whinchats and a Chiffchaff. Additionally, a Little Stint was on the Brigg (JS), a new Short-eared Owl was in the Tip area (as were a Yellow Wagtail and two Greenshank), while a generally quiet sea produced 40 Manx Shearwaters and 580 Common Scoters among more expected totals.

Dunlin on the Brigg yesterday (Dan Lombard)

Dunlin on the Brigg yesterday (Dan Lombard)

Yesterday was also productive in very different conditions, with a Red-necked Grebe south, an adult Pomarine Skua, two Minke Whales and at least 13 Harbour Porpoises at sea (MJP) and 27 Black-tailed Godwits among a good cast of waders off and around the Brigg. Additionally, two Ruff were the pick at the Dams, 150 Linnets were at Reighton, and interestingly a flock of 16 Tree Sparrows flew SE over Carr Naze and out over the bay.