Monthly Archives: May 2016

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28th May 2016

The promising conditions delivered a quality bird today in the shape of a Red-backed Shrike at the Tip this morning (MJP et al.); otherwise it was generally quiet, with four Red-breasted Mergansers south and a Red-throated Diver in the bay.

27th May 2016

Promising conditions over the last two days have yet to deliver much in the way of late spring scarcities, but new arrivals have included two Hobbies (one east over the Country Park, one hunting west of the Tip), a Little …

24th May 2016

A great find near the Scarborough Road football pitch this morning concerned a Stone-curlew (NS et al.) – only the third ever Filey record (following the last in May four years ago), the bird was unfortunately disturbed soon after by …

22nd May 2016

Yesterday’s Spoonbill (which arrived during the late afternoon and stuck out the overnight rains) remained until early this morning before leaving to the south. Otherwise, up to three Common Sandpipers have been recorded at East Lea over recent days, as …

21st May 2016

A Spoonbill is at the Dams this afternoon / evening (TC et al.). More to follow tomorrow.

19th May 2016

Another quiet couple of days with few signs of movement locally. After several days missing, the Surf Scoter returned to the south of the Brigg late this afternoon, while two Manx Shearwaters, six Common Scoters and 208 Puffins headed south. The …

17th May 2016

A quiet couple of days with very little of note migration-wise. At the Dams, a couple each of Yellow Wagtail and Shelduck remain along with six Teal and a Common Sandpiper, while a male White Wagtail was briefly at East …

15th May 2016

A generally settled, cool day with a light variable breeze which was headlined by a male Serin, which flew low south over Carr Naze and the Country Park calling several times early this morning (MJP). Plenty of other activity included …

14th May 2016

The restrictively strong cold northerly wind persists, with today’s highlights involving northbound fly-bys: 45 Arctic Terns and three Manxies passed the Gap, a cream-crown Marsh Harrier headed over the Top Fields, and a single Manxie passed the Brigg this morning. …

13th May 2016

A quiet couple of days hampered by strong northerly winds. Four Garganey were reported off the Brigg, where the Surf Scoter remains, with six Manx Shearwaters the pick of another unremarkable morning’s seawatching. Nine Mute Swans arrived at the Dams …

11th May 2016

Moderate north-easterlies with cloud and some brightness today, and a small sprinkling of new arrivals which included a Spotted Flycatcher at the Dams, three Redstarts in the Top Scrub / Long Lane area, Whinchats at the rocket Pole Field and …

10th May 2016

Light to moderate north-easterlies with high cloud today, with the clear highlight being the summer-plumage Black Tern that headed high and south along the bay (MJP). Also this morning a Manx Shearwater headed south, waders on the Brigg included a …

9th May 2016

A sunny and mild day with a light easterly wind produced few new arrivals, although a Spotted Flycatcher in the orchard was a first for the year and wader interest was provided by a Greenshank over, a Little Ringed Plover …

8th May 2016

A day of sunshine of increasing temperatures after early fog and mist with a light north-easterly, and a gem of a bird to reward the ringing team’s pre-dawn endeavours – a cracking male Red-spotted Bluethroat was trapped before 0600hrs, and …

7th May 2016

A day of thick fog and a cold northerly wind hampering observations. On the sea (at least, the sliver that could be seen) a few terns on the move included two Common and one Arctic, the Surf Scoter was just …

6th May 2016

A quieter day today with a light easterly wind and plenty of sunshine. After three days awol (at least two of which were spent at Flamborough), the first-year drake Surf Scoter returned and was close inshore along the north side …

5th May 2016

A mostly sunny day with a moderate to brisk southerly wind which delivered plenty of interest. Highlights included a Red Kite south over the Country Park (MJP, IR) and a Black Redstart briefly at the Yacht Club (CW), plus firsts of …

4th May 2016

A quiet day today with a strong southerly wind and sunshine. Two Greenland-type Wheatears were fresh-in on Carr Naze, 18 Sandwich Terns and a single Red-throated Diver were the pick of the sea, and a Common Sandpiper was on the …

3rd May 2016

Today’s highlight was a local rarity in the shape of a female Red-crested Pochard (HJW et al) at the Dams, where there was also a Little Egret, a Dunlin and the usual cast of regulars (including e.g five Grey Herons, …

1st May 2015

Raptors have provided the highlights over recent days, with a Rough-legged Buzzard reported heading south this morning (SC, JS) and an Osprey heading north across a foggy bay from the Gap on 28th (KC). A Great Northern Diver went south …