Saturday, October 31st, 2015

Twite, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Twite, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

A busy day, with plenty of highlights and variety across the area, the best of which were two firsts for the year (of two just-about-annual species) in the shape of a Water Pipit on Carr Naze (MJP) and a Hen Harrier south at the Gap (KC). Other quality included a Firecrest in Top Scrub (PJD), five Lapland Buntings in off at Carr Naze (MJP) and another at the Gap (KC), two Jack Snipe in the Rocket Pole Field (DL), a Black Redstart on Carr Naze (MJP), a Ring Ouzel at the Gap, four Snow Buntings in off at Carr Naze and another five through the Gap, and a strong presence of Twite, with a minimum of 17 through at Carr Naze (including a flock of five in situ) and another south at the Gap, where two Whooper Swans and 340 Siskins were also recorded. An impressive day-count for Rock Pipits included 12 in the Brigg / Carr Naze area and 12 south at the Gap.

Water Pipit, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Water Pipit, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Two Woodcocks were in Long Lane, two Sandwich Terns were feeding off North Cliff, a Great Northern Diver and 15 Bonxies passed the Brigg, single figures of redpoll, Brambling and Siskin came in at Carr Naze, c50 Golden Plovers moved south over the Country Park, a Red Admiral was in Church Ravine, the Short-eared Owl remained at the Tip, and a dragonfly sp. was at Carr Naze Pond. There was also a report of Glossy Ibis late morning – if you have details and/or photos, please contact our recorder George (see contacts).

Sparrowhawk, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Sparrowhawk, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday (30th) was dominated by heavy rain, but three Twite and a Woodcock were on Carr Naze, two Sandwich Terns were off the Brigg, three Red-breasted Mergansers went south, as did a Velvet Scoter and a Whooper Swan.

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Two days dominated by a mild south-south-easterly airflow and good numbers of incoming late autumn migrants. Today was blustery and changeable (with rain dominating the afternoon), with counts of incoming thrushes – many of which arrived mid-morning – including 370 Blackbirds, 110 Redwings, 80 Fieldfares and 15 Song Thrushes. Woodcocks were in top Scrub, Long Lane and off the Brigg, while a Short-eared Owl was along North Cliff and 135 Skylarks and 10 Bramblings arrived in the northern area and a Lapland Bunting overflew the Gap.

Short-eared Owl (Mark Pearson)

Short-eared Owl (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday (28th) saw an impressive arrival of thrushes before the heavy rain set in late morning, and (especially) for the last hour of light – combined minimum totals consisted of 1350 Blackbirds, 1100 Redwings, 470 Fieldfares, 25 Song Thrushes and a Ring Ouzel. A notably high count of 17 Goldeneyes were in the bay corner, a total of 130 Wigeon were in the bay, two Woodcocks were on Carr Naze, and a locally rare Merveille du Jour moth was caught at Hunmanby Gap (KC).

Merveille du Jour (Nick Carter)

Single Red-necked Grebe, Little Auk and Med Gull went south off the Brigg in the morning, while the ringers caught an impressive 73 birds (68 new, 5 re-traps): Goldcrest 4, Chiffchaff 1, Brambling 12, Bullfinch 1, Greenfinch (2), Robin (2), Blackbird 31, Redwing 12, Song Thrush 2, Long-tailed Tit 5 (1).

Tuesday, October 27th, 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.

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

A generally low-key few days with a largely south-westerly airflow encouraged some notable visible migration at least, with the observations at the Gap this morning including a Lapland Bunting and 30 Whooper Swans south and a Velvet Scoter offshore. A further eight Whoopers were in the bay this afternoon before leaving south-east, and a Sandwich Tern was fishing offshore. A Little Gull went south at the Gap yesterday (24th), while strong vismig there on 23rd included 10 Whooper Swans, 81 Siskins, two Crossbills and a Lapland Bunting; eight Whooper Swans went south over the Country Park  and two Lapland Buntings flew south off the Brigg on the same day.

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Sandwich Tern (Mark Pearson)

Sandwich Tern (Mark Pearson)

A quiet few days in the area with minimal passage noted on land and at sea. A single Sooty Shearwater was the best of the latter this morning, with Sandwich Terns moving south this morning and yesterday, when two were fishing in the bay. A late sand Martin overflew the ringers at Top Scrub, where a Common (Mealy-type) Redpoll was among birds caught. Visible migration at the Gap on 20th saw 22 of both Brambling and Reed Bunting heading north-west, when 110 Skylarks headed over the Country Park and a Migrant Hawker was at the entrance of the same site.

Migrant Hawker (Mark Pearson)

Migrant Hawker (Mark Pearson)

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Blackcap (Mark Pearson)

Blackcap (Mark Pearson)

A quieter day today with a general clear-out of passerine migrants, although plenty of Goldcrests and handfuls of e.g. Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps remain, as well as reasonable numbers of thrushes; four Goosander overflew the Country Park, and unusually, a Swallow was caught and ringed in Top Scrub. Yesterday (18th) saw a Great White Egret over the Country Park (TH, JH, MJP) mid-morning – only our second ever, after the first at the Dams in 2013 -as well as a Merlin over Carr Naze, a Great Northern Diver south past the Brigg, and a Med Gull and 30 Bonxies past the Gap.

Goldcrest (Mark Pearson)

Goldcrest (Mark Pearson)

Additional news for 17th involved two Velvet Scoters north and a Kingfisher at the Brigg, and a Balearic Shearwater, a Pomarine Skua and 21 Bonxies past the Gap (KC).

Saturday, October 17th, 2015

Pallas's Warbler (Dan Lombard)

Pallas’s Warbler (Dan Lombard)

More blustery north-easterlies and finally a rare Sibe to show for it today (with apologies to the couple of dozen Yellow-brows so far this autumn), when a Pallas’s Warbler briefly appeared on the south side of Arndale (DL, MR, CB). A Black Redstart and two Egyptian Geese were at the Tip (MJP), and the first day of ringing week was illuminated by the surprise capture of a Short-eared Owl. (More totals to follow tomorrow).

Short-eared Owl (Lucy Murgatroyd)

Short-eared Owl (Lucy Murgatroyd)

 

Friday, October 16th, 2015

A reminder that Ringing Week begins tomorrow – all details here

Great Grey Shrike (Mark Pearson)

Great Grey Shrike (Mark Pearson)

Conditions were much like yesterday, with a blustery north-easterly wind and overcast skies, but the score-sheet was appreciably busier and more varied today. Top billing went to a new Great Grey Shrike, which (like yesterday’s bird) made landfall on Long Hedge and soon made its way westwards (MJP, DL). After a quiet few days for the species, a stealthy arrival of five new Yellow-browed Warblers saw birds at Parish Wood, Reighton Woods (two) and near Donkey Bridge (two), where there also a Firecrest (MJP, AN); another of the latter in Long Lane was perhaps the same bird reported there over the last few days. A Long-eared Owl flushed from Parish Wood (DL) was likely the same as one reported from the Arndale area shortly afterwards, the autumn’s first Black Redstart was in Long Hedge (J&TGD), Woodcocks were there and at the Tip, the Ring Ouzel remained in Short Hedge, and two new Short-eared Owls arrived. On the sea, two Balearic Shearwaters and a Black-throated Diver went north (JS, KC), a Med Gull went south, 283 Oystercatchers were in the high tide roost and a Kingfisher was on the Brigg.

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Great Grey Shrike (Dan Lombard)

Great Grey Shrike (Dan Lombard)

An overcast day with showers and a moderate north / north-easterly wind brought plenty of new arrivals to the area, the pick of which was a Great Grey Shrike in Long Hedge which soon made its way westwards (DL). The unprecedented Short-eared Owl influx continued, with at least seven either coming in off the sea or heading south through the day – with nine doing the same yesterday and five the day before, that’s a minimum of 20 in just three days. A Lapland Bunting overflew the Tip, ten Whoopers Swans went south at the Gap with a further two at the Dams, a Ring Ouzel was in Short Hedge, a Velvet Scoter flew south, 170 Skylarks passed over, and Goldcrests numbered around 130 (including many new birds, with arrivals on Carr Naze throughout the day).

Additional records involved a/the Firecrest in Long Lane (J&TGD) and a Woodcock in Top Scrub yesterday, and a Wheatear at the Gap on 13th.

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

Blustery north-easterlies (swinging north) and cooler, variable conditions today brought a small scattering of new arrivals, exclusively concerning species well covered over previous days. After at least four arrived yesterday, the main story involved another nine Short-eared Owls arriving in off the sea this morning, plus a Long-eared Owl and an additional unidentified Asio sp (JS). Three Fieldfares were new in the hedges, where 60 Redwings and 40 Song Thrushes were well scattered. Otherwise, numbers of migrants were as you were.

Brambling (Lucy Murgatroyd)

Brambling (Lucy Murgatroyd)

Ringing totals for the past two days were again impressive and see the team approaching 800 birds for the season so far. Today’s totals: 66 birds – 62 new, 4 re-traps – Goldcrest 38 (1), Brambling 3, Redwing 3, Blackbird 5, Robin 1 (1), Greenfinch 3, Long-tailed Tit 8.

Yesterday’s: 47 birds – 47 new – Goldcrest 22, Willow Warbler 1, Chiffchaff 1, Blackcap 1, Tree Sparrow 5, Greenfinch 5, Long-tailed Tit 8, Song Thrush 2, Blackbird 1, Wren 1.

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Short-eared Owl arriving on the Brigg - just (Mark Pearson)

Short-eared Owl arriving on the Brigg – just (Mark Pearson)

The best of a relatively modest cast of migrants on the land today was a Firecrest in Top Scrub (MJP, PJD), with 75 Goldcrests, 25 Redwings, 30 Song Thrushes and seven Chiffchaffs also scattered. Two Short-eared Owls were over the Dams, while a third came in off at the Brigg, and a fourth came in at the Gap, where two Sooty Shearwaters, a Pomarine Skua and five Velvet Scoters also passed (KC). A late Willow Warbler was among birds trapped this morning.

Willow Warbler (Pete Dunn)

Willow Warbler (Pete Dunn)

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Reed Bunting, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Reed Bunting, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

A north-westerly airflow with a fine morning and a stormy afternoon delivered similar species and numbers to previous days (although many of the birds were fresh-in); Goldcrests numbered at least 200, with other migrants including two new Yellow-browed Warblers together at the top end of Long Lane, three Ring Ouzels, 11 Chiffchaffs, 29 Bramblings (including 25 in the canopy of Church Ravine) and five Blackcaps. Barn Owls were in Top Scrub and at the Tip, with a Short-eared Owl at the latter site and several Common Buzzards in the area. Late news also of a Firecrest in Arndale this morning (JS).

Another excellent haul from the ringers consisted of 120 birds today – 109 new, 11 re-traps: Goldcrest 50 (6), Chiffchaff 2, Blackcap 2, Reed Bunting 2, Lesser Redpoll 1, Siskin 1, Brambling 1, Chaffinch 4, Bullfinch 3, Greenfinch 17 (1), Goldfinch 1, Redwing 2, Song Thrush 2, Blackbird (1), Robin 3, Dunnock 1, Coal Tit 3, Blue Tit 5 (1), Great Tit 3, Long-tailed Tit 5, Woodpigeon 1.

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

Stonechat (Mark Pearson)

Stonechat at the Tip (Mark Pearson)

An easterly airflow with largely fair conditions was most notable for a Goldcrest-dominated fall of migrants which began mid to late morning and continued on and off through the day. A minimum of 250 Goldcrests arrived in the northern coastal area, along with 15 Bramblings, 170 Redwings, 60 Song Thrushes, three Ring Ouzels, 20 Robins, 13 Chiffchaffs, 17 Siskins, 15 Reed Buntings and 10 Redpolls, as well as a Yellow-browed Warbler in Top Scrub. A Short-eared Owl was along the North Cliff and several Common Buzzards were in the area.

Pintail at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Pintail at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday (10th) saw a Yellow-browed Warbler in Long Lane, 25 Reed Buntings, five Ring Ouzels scattered, two Stonechats, Short-eared and Barn Owls at the Tip and two Pintail at Dams.

The ringing team’s continuing hard work in the Top Scrub has been rewarded with impressive hauls over the last two days, the stand-out being over a hundred Goldcrests trapped. Today’s totals (retraps in brackets): 113 birds – 110 new, 3 re-traps: Goldcrest 96 (1), Brambling 2, Blackcap 1, Goldfinch 2, Greenfinch 6 (1), Song Thrush 1, Blue Tit 1, Great Tit 1 (1).

Brambling, Top Scrub (Mark Pearson)

Brambling, Top Scrub (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday’s totals: 80 birds – 72 new, 8 re-traps: Goldcrest 6 (2), Meadow Pipit 2, Reed Bunting 1 (1), Chaffinch 12, Goldfinch 2, Greenfinch 30 (1), Tree Sparrow 2, Song Thrush 2, Long-tailed Tit 4, Blue Tit 5, Great Tit 4 (1), Wren 2 (3).

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Barred Warbler (Mark Pearson)

Barred Warbler (Mark Pearson)

Another mainly sunny day with a light westerly wind produced a Barred Warbler in the Country Park (SC et al), our first since 2012 of an inexplicably rare migrant in the area. 945 Pink-footed Geese went south during the day, the autumn’s Whooper Swan and another two Barnacle Geese flew south at the Gap, at least two Yellow-browed Warblers were in the Country Park area, and a movement of thermalling raptors consisted of 12 Common Buzzards and a Marsh Harrier.

Barred Warbler (Mark Pearson)

Barred Warbler (Mark Pearson)

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

A finer and bright day with a westerly wind encouraged both wildfowl movements and passerine feeding activity today. Of the former, a Scaup circuited the bay and five Barnacle Geese and 400 Pink-footed Geese flew south, and of the latter, three Yellow-browed Warblers, 15 Chiffchaffs and five Ring Ouzels were in the coastal cover. A Snow Bunting flew over North Cliff and two Lapland Buntings went over the Gap.

Barnacle Geese (Mike Cole)

Barnacle Geese (Mike Cole)

Yesterday (7th) saw a Sooty Shearwater, two Little Gulls, two Pomarine and 33 Great Skuas passing the Brigg (JS) and a single Kingfisher still there. On the land, thick fog hampered observations but four Yellow-browed Warblers and four Ring Ouzels maintained the theme of recent days.

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

The strong south-easterly wind dropped considerably as the day wore on, and heavy rain became intermittent with misty and occasionally brighter spells – promising conditions, which (while rarities elude us for the time being) produced a quality cast of classic autumnal migrants in the northern coastal area.

Short-eared Owl (Mark Pearson)

Short-eared Owl (Mark Pearson)

 

Final totals included a minimum of ten Yellow-browed Warblers, 12 Ring Ouzels, three Short-eared Owls, a Jack Snipe, 12 Bramblings, 130 Song Thrushes, 65 Redwings, 15 Robins, three Wheatears, seven Chiffchaffs, 20 Siskin, 15 Redpolls and single Stonechat and Whinchat.

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Barnacle Geese (Mark Pearson)

Barnacle Geese (Mark Pearson)

Hard work in promising but challenging conditions today, despite dawn to dusk coverage. Strong south-easterlies and heavy showers didn’t quite deliver as hoped, but did provide a total of 33 Barnacle Geese south over the sea, the first Ring Ouzel of the autumn (in off late on), a Short-eared Owl, a Whinchat, a Wheatear, 230 Redwings, 65 Song Thrushes, five Chiffchaffs and a Yellow-browed Warbler. At least one Kingfisher remained on the Brigg.

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

A day of lingering high pressure and light winds on which the main feature was undoubtedly the influx of new Yellow-browed Warblers into the Country Park area (mo), with the ringing team responsible for the lion’s share in Top Scrub (with three trapped), several un-trapped birds there, and further singles in Arndale and Church Ravine. An exact count is difficult to ascertain, but an absolute minimum of seven birds were involved.

(Lesser) Redpoll (Lucy Murgatroyd)

(Lesser) Redpoll (Lucy Murgatroyd)

Other notables included a Jack Snipe at Gristhorpe Bay (JH),  a late Wheatear at the Tip, Bramblings at the Dams and Top Scrub, a handful of Redwings, Siskins numbering at least 76 (with 20 in the Dams / East Lea area and 46 south at the Gap), 12 Little Gulls and six Swallows past the Gap, and single Grey and Golden Plovers over Carr Naze.

The ringing team’s sterling efforts of late have resulted in an excellent total for the week of 263 birds. Today’s haul was 63 (59 new, 4 re-traps): Yellow-browed Warbler 3, Chiffchaff 2, Goldcrest 4 (1), Blackcap 3, Meadow Pipit 3, Siskin 2, Lesser Redpoll 4, Goldfinch 4, Chaffinch 4, Greenfinch 17, Tree Sparrow 2, Blue Tit 2, Robin 1, Blackbird 1, Dunnock 6 (2), Wren 1 (1).

Yesterday (3rd) saw 44 birds trapped (39 new, 5 re-traps): Chiffchaff 1, Goldcrest 1 (1), Reed Bunting 1, Lesser Redpoll 3, Meadow Pipit 6, Goldfinch 4, Chaffinch 3, Greenfinch 13 (1), Coal Tit 1, Blue Tit 1, Great Tit 1, Robin 1 (2), Blackbird 1 (1), Dunnock 1, Wren 1 (1).

Yellow-browed Warbler (Lucy Murgatroyd)

Yellow-browed Warbler (Lucy Murgatroyd)

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

Evening update: A dark morph Honey-buzzard flew south-west in the afternoon (MJP), while a Long-tailed Skua, a Red-necked Grebe and two Mediterranean Gulls were sea-watching rewards this morning (BP, JS).

Honey-buzzard (Mark Pearson)

Honey-buzzard (Mark Pearson)

Earlier: Cloudy and relatively still conditions today, and but for a few more Song Thrushes, Blackbirds and Redpolls, it was otherwise pretty much as you were (see below) across the area; three Redwings arrived in the afternoon. Ringing totals to follow.

Little Egret, East Lea (Mark Pearson)

Little Egret, East Lea (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday’s (2nd) records included two Kingfishers on the Brigg (presumably the birds from a week or so ago, continuing an excellent year for this species), 157 Pink-footed Geese south, a White Wagtail at Carr Naze pond, a Short-eared Owl at the Tip, and common migrant totals of 25 Goldcrests, 18 Song Thrushes, 35 Siskins, 13 Redpolls, 35 Long-tailed Tits, 55 Meadow Ppits, 110 Skylarks (including 75 through), four late Swallows and eight Chiffchaffs. A good total of 230 Lapwings came in to roost at the Dams, where two Little Egrets also roosted (after spending the afternoon at East Lea).

Lapwings, Dams (Mark Pearson)

Lapwings, Dams (Mark Pearson)

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Short-eared Owl, North Cliff (Mark Pearson)

Short-eared Owl, North Cliff (Mark Pearson)

High pressure continues to dominate, with a misty start soon giving way to a sunny, clear and almost windless day. Just about annual and with no records this year until today, a vocal (but elusive) Firecrest in the west hedge of the Tip was a welcome addition to the year list (JL, MJP), while (presumably) yesterday’s Yellow-browed Warbler was equally elusive in Long Lane (MJP). A Short-eared Owl arrived along North Cliff this evening, and a locally very impressive total of 15 Grey Wagtails moved through during the day.

Chiffchaff, Top Scrub (Mark Pearson)

Chiffchaff, Top Scrub (Mark Pearson)

A Lapland Bunting (JL) and a Wheatear were in the Top Fields this morning, where 65 Skylarks, 45 Goldfinches and 30 Linnets are congregating; 120 Pink-footed Geese headed south, with single Ringed Plover, Golden Plover, Snipe and Dunlin also overhead. Two Buzzards were over the Dams, and totals of 20 Goldcrests, eight Chiffchaffs, eight Coal Tits and 35 Long-tailed Tits were in the northern area.

The FBOG ringing team put in another impressive eight-hour shift from first light, with more modest returns today consisting of Chiffchaff 1, Goldcrest 3 (1), Meadow Pipit 3, Lesser Redpoll 1, Chaffinch 1, Greenfinch 12, Dunnock 3, Blackbird (1), Wren 1 (1).