Friday, February 26th, 2016

Recent highlights – beyond the Surf Scoter, still entertaining visitors in the usual place – include a 1st winter Glaucous Gull north yesterday (per CW), the year’s first Little Egret at the Dams today, and plenty of Purple Sandpipers in the Brigg area, with a high tide roost of 84 on 21st.

Little Egret at the Dams (David Eccles)

Little Egret at the Dams (David Eccles)

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Very little in the way of notable reports over recent days, with the Surf Scoter still in situ along (with a Great Northern Diver), small numbers of Skylarks and Meadow Pipits trickling through, and handfuls of Pink-footed Geese both heading north and with the feral flocks in the Dams area.

Surf Scoter (Mark Pearson)

Surf Scoter (Mark Pearson)

 

 

Sunday, February 14th, 2016

Male Surf Scoter off the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Male Surf Scoter off the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Pretty much as you were over the last couple of days, although signs of movement on the land have included the first trickles of Skylarks and Meadow Pipits through, small groups of Siskins at the Dams and Top Scrub, and a Fieldfare on the Country Park this morning.

Pink-footed (& Canada) Goose, East Lea (Mark Pearson)

Pink-footed (& Canada) Goose, East Lea (Mark Pearson)

The Brigg and the north of the bay continue to provide most of the interest, which – judging by the steady procession of Surf Scoter admirers each day – is yet to wane; not surprising, with not just our American friend in situ, but also a variety of commoner species including plenty of Red-throated Divers, up to three Great Northern Divers, numerous auks (with an increasing percentage of Razorbills), odd other ducks (including Teal, Common Scoters and Tufted Duck) and at least 40 Purple Sandpipers.

Shag on the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Shag on the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Pink-footed Geese continue to move, with three figures on a couple of days heading north and a few in the East Lea / Dams area with the feral flocks (which include up to 21 hybrid ‘Granadas’).

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

The north of the bay and southern flank of the Brigg are particularly busy at the moment, with large numbers of auks (mainly Guillemots) on high tides and up to 100 Gannets joining good numbers of Red-throated Divers (up to 35), Great Northern Divers (at least four, with up to two also at the Gap), 18 Great Crested Grebes, 20 Teal and 5 Common Scoters.

Barn Owl, Country Park (Mark Pearson)

Barn Owl, Country Park (Mark Pearson)

The Surf Scoter remains faithful to the same area, while 45 Purple Sandpipers are among the waders in the Brigg area. Small numbers of Pink-footed Geese have been recorded, with several in the Top Fields and at East Lea, with up to 200 Wigeon at the latter site. A late report concerned a Glaucous Gull north  on 7th.

Purple Sandpiper (Mark Pearson)

Purple Sandpiper (Mark Pearson)

FBOG’s Pete Dunn is giving a free talk on Ringing at Filey next Thurs 18th (see here), while the ringing team have been busy catching a range of species, including Water Rails – read their latest updates here.

This Curled Octopus was found in a rockpool on the Brigg by Mel Wall and photographed by Richard Braithwaite yesterday - a beautiful creature that is recorded less than annually here

This Curled Octopus was found in a rockpool on the Brigg by Mel Wall and photographed by Richard Braithwaite yesterday – a beautiful creature that is recorded less than annually here

 

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Long-tailed Duck (John Harwood)

Long-tailed Duck (John Harwood)

A ring-tail Hen Harrier over the Tip on 6th (CW) was a notable land record in a period still dominated (as expected) by more saline-flavoured reports, with the drake Surf Scoter, drake Long-tailed Duck and two Great Northern Divers still in the bay corner / Brigg area. Pink-footed Geese have been on the move, with at least 500 heading north on 6th.

Oystercatchers & Knot (Will Scott)

Oystercatchers & Knot (Will Scott)

Friday, February 5th, 2016

It remains quiet of late, with the north of the bay producing most of the interest – the Surf Scoter is into its eighth week as a Filonian, while two Great Northern Divers and a Long-tailed Duck are in the same area.

Surf Scoter (Mark Pearson)

Surf Scoter (Mark Pearson)