Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

Generally quiet locally, although the Surf Scoter was present in its favoured area in the north of the Bay off Carr Naze until at least this morning, extending its stay to a fortnight so far.

Surf Scoter (Mark Pearson)

Surf Scoter (Mark Pearson)

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

Other than continued and very welcome presence of the Surf Scoter in the north of the bay, it’s been an uneventful few days, with a Common Buzzard at East Lea and five Goosanders south yesterday and a late report of a Black-throated Diver south on 19th.

Tree Sparrow at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Tree Sparrow at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Saturday, December 19th, 2015

Two notable reports today concern the Surf Scoter back off the Brigg after a two day absence this morning, and an adult Mediterranean Gull on the beach north of Reighton (SB).

Surf Scoter (15th) (Mark Pearson)

Surf Scoter (15th) (Mark Pearson)

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Surf Scoter (Mark Pearson)

Surf Scoter (Mark Pearson)

A generally quiet couple of days, with the Surf Scoter staying for about 48 hours in total and last reported on the afternoon of 16th. Otherwise, four Little Gulls went north this morning, a Great Northern Diver did likewise on 17th, and two also went into the bay on 16th.

Pink-footed Goose (with Greylag), The Dams (Mark Pearson)

Pink-footed Goose (with Greylag), The Dams (Mark Pearson)

The Dams and East Lea are holding the usuals presently, which include up to 15 Curlews, 18 Oystercatchers, four Redshanks, 60 Wigeon, 45 Teal, eight Lapwings, four Shovelers, three Water Rails, two Gadwall, and regular Pink-footed Geese with the local ferals (with at least 65 in the northern area). A Coot was unseasonal at the Dams today, where up to ten Siskins are still in residence, and 12 Fieldfare dropped in.

Blackcap (Ian Robinson)

Blackcap (Ian Robinson)

Chiffchaffs are at both the Dams and East Lea, and a Blackcap has been visiting a garden nearby on the Wharfedale estate.

There’s more great content on the ringing blog, with new posts about Greenfinches and dazzling waders – see here for more…

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

With unhelpful conditions and little in the way of movements it was looking like a predictably quiet week locally – until today…. proving once again that December always seems to produce the goods here in Filey, our seventh-ever¬†Surf Scoter¬† – a young drake – materialised in the Bay off the Brigg late morning (MJP), one of only two ducks in the bay (the other a Goldeneye); later on, a Pallas’s Warbler was reported from the trees along the footpath behind Deepdene shortly before dusk (J&TGD).

Surf Scoter (Mark Pearson)

Surf Scoter (Mark Pearson)

Otherwise, it’s been pretty much as you were – Great Northern Divers have been recorded on most days (including one in the bay corner today), a Goldeneye was at the Dams on 14th (where a Kingfisher was reported earlier in the week), and five Whooper Swans went south on 9th.

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Stonechat on the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Stonechat on the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Notable reports over recent days have concerned regular Great Northern Divers in the bay (with three on 6th), a Little Gull south on 7th (with 75 Fulmars present off the North Cliff / Brigg), and a male Stonechat and eight Rock Pipits in the Brigg / Carr Naze area. The Dams and East Lea are hosting a pair of Mute Swans, up to 80 Wigeon, 50 Teal, 12 Curlew, eight Shoveler and a male Pochard among other species, while up to 70 Pink-footed Geese are in the northern area.

Friday, December 4th, 2015

Mediterranean Gull, East Lea (Mark Pearson)

Mediterranean Gull, East Lea (Mark Pearson)

The bird of the month so far involves the extraordinary record of a Bittern flushed after dark yesterday evening by part of our ringing team from Carr Naze Pond (DL, GD), the first (and likely last) of the year. Today, another Mediterranean Gull was briefly at East Lea, where there were also 25 Siskins, 64 Pink-footed Geese, seven Shovelers, 17 Oystercatchers, two Argentatus Herring Gulls, seven Curlews and a pair of Mute Swans. A Great Northern Diver went north this morning, while another was still present in the bay.

Mute Swans, East Lea (Mark Pearson)

Mute Swans, East Lea (Mark Pearson)

A late report concerned eight Whooper Swans over the Dams on 2nd. More fresh and top quality content is available over on the ringing blog page, including the background to a record year for Long-tailed Tits – see here for more.

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

A very quiet few days locally, the only notable reports being a Great Northern Diver north on 1st and seven Whooper Swans through yesterday (2nd). More action from the ringing team lately however – read about their latest exploits here.