27th October 2015

Pallas's Warbler (Lucy Murgatroyd)

Pallas’s Warbler (Lucy Murgatroyd)

A moderate south-easterly airflow with heavy cloud brought a good selection of migrants to the area today, the best of which were a Pallas’s Warbler caught in Top Scrub by the ringing team (DL, LM, CR et al) – the first to be trapped in Filey in a decade – and a Woodlark around the fields west of Long Lane (MJP, GR). A Black Redstart was in the Carr Naze area (MC), two dark-bellied Brent Geese were around the Brigg, a Goldeneye and a Red-breasted Merganser were off the Gap, and a steady trickle of classic late autumn incomers through the day in the northern area included estimates of 550 Redwings, 200 Blackbirds, 30 Song Thrushes, 75 Skylarks, 50 Fieldfares and 12 Bramblings.

Black Redstart (Mike Cole)

Black Redstart (Mike Cole)

At least two Sandwich Terns were in the Brigg / bay area, a second year Mediterranean Gull was on the Country Park and five Chiffchaffs included two abietinus-types (one of which was trapped), with full ringing totals as follows: Pallas’s Warbler 1, Chiffchaff 1, Goldcrest 10 (1), Blackcap 1, Goldfinch 1, Greenfinch 2 (1), Redwing 6, Song Thrush 1, Blackbird 9 (1), Blue Tit 1, Robin (2).

Yesterday (26th) was quieter, although single Snow Buntings were on Carr Naze and over North Cliff and ten Bralmblings were among modest numbers of incoming migrants.