13th September 2015

A calmer day today with a light and variable wind early on encouraging many birds to move overhead, and thankfully Filey’s visible migration hotspot at Hunmanby Gap was occupied by our crack team from first light – their rewards including an impressive 5835 Meadow Pipits, 12 Grey Wagtails, 860 Swallows, 266 House Martins, 149 Siskins and a Kingfisher (full counts available on Trektellen).

Pied Flycatcher (Lucy Murgatroyd)

Pied Flycatcher (Lucy Murgatroyd)

Grounded migrants were again disappointingly scant, with six Whinchats, four Wheatears, two Pied and two Spotted Flycatchers, while two Marsh Harriers and two Hobbies moved through the area. An influx of Dunnocks was evident, with at least 20 in the northern coastal strip this morning. The ringing team were in action in Top Scrub all morning, with returns of  32 new and 5 re-trapped (in brackets) birds: Pied Flycatcher 1, Blackcap 6, Garden Warbler 1, Reed Warbler 1, Willow Warbler 2, Chiffchaff (1), Lesser Redpoll 2, Chaffinch 2, Robin 2, Dunnock 8, Wren (2), Song Thrush 2, Coal Tit 1, Blue Tit 3, Great Tit (1), Woodpigeon 1.

The sea has been quiet of late but for thousands of Gannets per day and an adult Long-tailed Skua this afternoon (AB), while two Kingfishers were on the Brigg this evening.