Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Two Yellow-browed Warblers – one in Top Scrub (DL) and an un-ringed bird in Long Lane (MJP) keep the totals ticking over, while a late Hobby headed south in the evening. A Garden Warbler and a Wheatear were new arrivals at Hunmanby Gap.

Goldcrest (Lucy Murgatroyd)

Goldcrest (Lucy Murgatroyd)

The ringers trapped 50 birds in the Top Scrub today, which consisted of (retraps in brackets): Meadow Pipit 7, Lesser Redpoll 2, Chiffchaff 1, Blackcap 1, Goldcrest 3, Bullfinch 1, Goldfinch 1, Chaffinch 8, Greenfinch 14, Great Tit 4 (1), Blue Tit 4 (1), Blackbird 1, Dunnock 5, Wren 3.

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

No prizes for guessing which species took top billing, with record numbers arriving in the UK (particularly in the Northern Isles) over recent days – we hosted three more Yellow-browed Warblers today, with two trapped and ringed in top Scrub (LM, CR) and another at Hunmanby Gap (NCt), where the first Redwing of the season was also reported. Otherwise it was generally quiet in settled conditions, with similarly small numbers of common passerines to previous days.

Yellow-browed Warbler (Lucy Murgatroyd)

Yellow-browed Warbler (Lucy Murgatroyd)

Conversely it was an impressively busy day for the ringers, with 68 birds trapped, of which 63 were new and five were retraps: Great Spotted Woodpecker 1, Yellow-browed Warbler 2, Blackcap 1, Chiffchaff 2, Goldcrest 3 (1), Treecreeper 1, Lesser Redpoll 4, Goldfinch 1, Chaffinch 6, Greenfinch 11, Coal Tit 4, Blue Tit 2 (1), Great Tit 1, Long-tailed Tit 19, Robin 1 (1), Dunnock 4, Wren (2).

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Bonxie over Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Bonxie over Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

A day of high pressure and a light variable wind saw a Yellow-browed Warbler in the Country Park this morning (MJP), along with a White Wagtail, 12 Goldcrests, four (continental) Song Thrushes, 15 Dunnocks, five Chiffchaffs and a total of 13 Coal Tits (including Church Ravine and surrounding areas); visible migration in the same area included 130 Skylarks, 85 Meadow Pipits, 15 Redpolls and 26 Tree Sparrows (11 and 15) high and roughly south early on.

Last night's moon (Ian Robinson)

Last night’s moon (Ian Robinson)

Similar conditions yesterday (27th) – although with more intermittent mist – brought in a Woodcock and a Tree Pipit to the Country Park, 300 Meadow Pipits in the northern area and a Flava Wagtail south; a total of eight Coal Tits was three down on the previous day (26th), when a Little Gull was over the golf course early on.

Friday, September 25th, 2015

The quiet period continues…. notable records, scant as they are, have included a remarkable 18 Coal Tits which quickly filtered south in Top Scrub this morning (with four there later, either involving new birds or several of the same), a Lapland Bunting in the Top fields (with two also reported to the news services yesterday), a total of 55 Pink-footed Geese south (the first of the season), ten Goldcrests and 12 Robins scattered in the scrub.

Ringed Plover (Mark Pearson)

Ringed Plover (Mark Pearson)

Visible migration at Hunmanby Gap yesterday morning saw a wide range of species on the move, which included 57 Siskins and 224 Meadow Pipits. On the sea, two Sooty Shearwaters on 23rd were the best of what continues to be a very muted period.

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Common Blue, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Common Blue, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Another quiet few days, with little of note to report, particularly for the time of year. A Long-tailed Skua ambled past the Brigg early afternoon today (MJP, CA), a Mediterranean Gull went south yesterday, while a Yellow-legged Gull and three Little Gulls were in the bay off the Gap on 20th (KC), three Great Northern Divers headed south past the Brigg (MJP), with a Clouded Yellow was in the Rocket Pole Field on the same day (SLH et al).

Greenshank, East Lea (Pauline eccles)

Greenshank, East Lea (Pauline eccles)

Saturday, September 19th, 2015

Common Sandpiper (Pauline Eccles)

Common Sandpiper (Pauline Eccles)

A particularly unremarkable few days locally, with little to speak of either on the land or at sea. The two Kingfishers which set up temporary shop on the Brigg several days ago remained until at least yesterday, land-based migrants have been confined to single Stonechat, Whinchat, Redstart and Pied Flycatcher (plus up to ten Goldcrest and Chiffchaffs and three Wheatears), and a Velvet Scoter was easily the pick of the latter this morning (and indeed the last few days). Three Little Egrets went south at the Gap yesterday with one still hanging around the Dams and East Lea, where waders have included up to five Ruff.

Knot on the Brigg (Pauline Eccles)

Knot on the Brigg (Pauline Eccles)

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Sooty Shearwater (Mark Pearson)

Sooty Shearwater, 15th (Mark Pearson)

A quiet day today with two Sooty Shearwaters the best of a benign sea, two Kingfishers still on the Brigg, and grounded migrants including a White Wagtail at East Lea, single Pied Flycatcher and Redstart, 12 Goldcrests, three Wheatears and five Chiffchaffs.

Balearic Shearwater, 15th (Mark Pearson)

Balearic Shearwater, 15th (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday (15th) saw a surprisingly productive four hour sea-watch from first light, with a juvenile Long-tailed Skua, a Balearic Shearwater, 14 Arctic Skuas, eight Sooty Shearwaters and two Little Gulls among other species on the move in a moderate southerly wind (MJP, JS, CW); the land was quiet, with single Whinchat and Spotted Flycatcher in the Country Park/Carr Naze area and 270 Meadow Pipits in the same vicinity.

Sunday, September 13th, 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.

Friday, September 11th, 2015

Grey-headed Wagtail (Mark Pearson)

Grey-headed Wagtail (Mark Pearson)

A clear and sunny day with a continuing and strengthening east-south-easterly wind that eventully delivered on its promise. A Grey-headed Wagtail was briefly at East Lea (MJP, with thanks to MG!), the second there this year of a rare Yorkshire bird (with just one or two annually in the county in recent years). Two Yellow-browed Warblers, at East Lea (HJW et al) and Top Scrub (DL) respectively, constituted our earliest ever by several days and were part of the autumn’s first wave on the east coast.

Redstart, Tip (Mark Pearson)

Redstart, Tip (Mark Pearson)

Otherwise it was a small but improved showing of grounded migrants which included ten Whinchats (with eight together at the Tip this eve), five Redstarts, four Pied Flycatchers, two Spotted Flycatchers, a Stonechat, a Tree Pipit and five Wheatears.

Redstart, Muston Sands yesterday (Mark Pearson)

Redstart, Muston Sands yesterday (Mark Pearson)

The Velvet Scoter remained in the bay, over 8,000 Gannets moved north, and nine Little Gulls and two Pintail went south. Yesterday (10th) was somewhat quieter in similar conditions, with a Whinchat at the Tip, a Redstart at Muston Sands, a Wheatear at the Gap and two Goosander over Carr Naze.

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Teal over the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Teal over the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

A fairly underwhelming couple of days given the promising conditions, the pick of which was a Balearic Shearwater, a blue Fulmar and the Velvet Scoter still in the bay this morning (MJP, JS), with strong wildfowl passage early on consisting of 108 Teal (plus 40 present), 155 Wigeon, 289 Common Scoter and two Pintail; three Sooty Shearwaters went north and a Pintail went south at the Gap. A Balearic Shearwater also went north early yesterday morning (MJP) in what is becoming a good month for this scarce visitor, while at the Dams, a Kingfisher has been present both days.

Convolvulus Hawk-moth (Nick Carter)

Convolvulus Hawk-moth (Nick Carter)

A Convolvulus Hawk-moth was trapped in a Hunmanby Gap garden last night (NCt, SCt), the second consecutive year this rare immigrant has occurred there. 

The ringers were active in the Top Scrub this morning and caught (with retraps in brackets) Willow Warbler 1 (1), Chiffchaff 1, Blackcap 5 (2), Whitethroat 1, Goldcrest 2, Linnet 1, Goldfinch 2, Greenfinch 3, Robin 1, Dunnock (1), Blackbird 1, Wren 2, Blue Tit 3, Great Tit 3.

Monday, September 7th, 2015

More decent action on the sea this morning in moderate north-westerlies, with a Balearic Shearwater, a juvenile Long-tailed Skua and 44 Sooty Shearwaters the pick of a 4.5 hour morning session (MJP, JS, CW).

Lesser Redpoll (Lucy Murgatroyd)

Lesser Redpoll (Lucy Murgatroyd)

Late news from yesterday (6th) includes a Great Northern Diver and four Sooty Shearwaters past the Brigg, while the FBOG ringers trapped a total of 33 birds (30 ringed, three re-traps) in Parish Wood: Willow Warbler 2, Chiffchaff 1, Blackcap 1, Whitethroat 1, Lesser Redpoll 1, Coal Tit 1, Blue Tit 6 (2), Great Tit 2 (1), Greenfinch 1, Robin 2, Wren 6, Dunnock 4, Blackbird 2.

Sunday, September 6th, 2015

With apologies for delayed posting (we’ve been representing the Obs at the Spurn Migration Festival this weekend, which was a great success): The first Curlew Sandpiper of the year appeared at East Lea today (SH et al), with seven Sooty Shearwaters past Hunmanby Gap. The previous few days were all about the sea, with a strong north-westerly airflow encouraging good movements including 43 Sooty and four Balearic Shearwaters on 5th past the Brigg (JS et al) and 17 Sootys, 16 Arctic Skuas and both Brent Goose ssp past the Gap.

Common Seal pup on the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Common Seal pup on the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Two Long-tailed Skuas (an adult and a juv), 10 Sooty Shearwaters and three Pintail from the Brigg (MJP, JS, CW, DL, RAB, JH) and two Balearic Shearwaters past the Gap (KC) were the pick of 4th, while 3rd provided three Long-tailed Skuas, a Black-throated Diver, a Red-necked Grebe, a Pomarine Skua, a Little Gull, one Balearic Shearwater, eight Sooty Shearwaters and a Black Tern past the Brigg (MJP, JS, CW, JH) and two Balearic Shearwaters past the Gap (KC).

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Turnstone, Ringed Plover & Bar-tailed Godwit on the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Turnstone, Ringed Plover & Bar-tailed Godwit on the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

A switch of emphasis to the sea over the last few days, with a north-westerly airflow encouraging passage off the Brigg (and generally discouraging land-based migration). A six-hour seawatch this morning produced a juvenile Long-tailed Skua, a Balearic Shearwater, 25 Arctic Skuas and seven Sooty Shearwaters (MJP), with a Balearic Shearwater and five Sooty Shearwaters yesterday (1st) morning (MJP, JS, CW). A (very) high tide wader roost included a Bar-tailed Godwit and 26 Knot this morning.

Pintail & Teal heading north, 31st Aug (Mark Pearson)

Pintail & Teal heading north, 31st Aug (Mark Pearson)

The 31st saw a Velvet Scoter north and the Little Stint still on the Brigg, while good wildfowl movement included five Pintail and 374 Teal. A passage of 90 Swifts headed south along a storm front, three Wheatears were on the Brigg (with up to three since), a Marsh Harrier and a Short-eared Owl were at the Tip, and a single Wood Sandpiper was at East Lea.