Saturday, May 28th, 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.

Red-backed Shrike at the Tip (Mark Pearson)

Red-backed Shrike at the Tip (Mark Pearson)

Friday, May 27th, 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 Egret in off at Carr Naze, a Wheatear at the Tip, 12 Black-tailed Godwits at East Lea and three Spotted Flycatchers today, while up to seven Whimbrels have been feeding in the Carr Naze area.

Whimbrels, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Whimbrels, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

An Arctic Skua was the pick of the sea on 25th, but other than a handful of Manxies, a trickle of Sandwich Terns and the odd Red-throated Diver per day it’s been otherwise quiet.

Wall, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Wall, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Tuesday, May 24th, 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 the ploughing of its chosen field. Otherwise, it’s been quiet in northerly winds and relatively settled conditions.

Stone-curlew (Ian Robinson)

Stone-curlew (Ian Robinson)

Sunday, May 22nd, 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 have a roving flock of five Mute Swans (in addition to the three in situ there).

Spoonbill (Tony Collinson)

Spoonbill (Tony Collinson)

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

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

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

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Weasel (Ian Robinson)

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 land is very quiet, with a single Wheatear on Carr Naze the only migrant of note.

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Bank Vole, Primrose Valley (Mark Pearson)

Bank Vole, Primrose Valley (Mark Pearson)

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 Lea. The sea remains very quiet with a trickle of Sandwich Terns and good numbers of Puffins the only noteworthy records. Yesterday, a southbound passage of four Common Buzzards over East Lea was the highlight.

Shelduck, Country Park (Mark Pearson)

Shelduck, Country Park (Mark Pearson)

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

Redstart, Rocket Pole Field (Mark Pearson)

Redstart, Rocket Pole Field (Mark Pearson)

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).

Sedge Warbler at the Dams (Ian Robinson)

Sedge Warbler at the Dams (Ian Robinson)

Plenty of other activity included a pair of Garganey at the Dams (MJP et al.), a Redstart by Carr Naze Pond, a Short-eared Owl at the Tip and then east, Wheatears at Carr Naze, North Cliff and the Gap (where three Manxies and a Whimbrel went north). Whinchats remained at the Tip and the Rocket Pole Field.

Male and female Garganey at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Male and female Garganey at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

A small influx of warblers including double figures of Lesser Whitethroats, while Common Sandpipers were at the Bay Ponds and the Dams. Our young drake Surf Scoter passed another unlikely anniversary today – it’s now been five months since he was first found frequenting the bay.

Common Sandpiper at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Common Sandpiper at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

Sand Martins at the Dams yesterday (Ian Robinson)

Sand Martins at the Dams yesterday (Ian Robinson)

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. Assorted other reports included a Great Northern Diver south, Whinchats at the Rocket Pole Field and the Tip, three Wheatears (at least two of which were leucorhoa) on Carr Naze and one at the Gap, two Common Sandpipers at the Dams and a Garden Warbler in Parish Wood.

House Martin at the Dams yesterday (Ian Robinson)

House Martin at the Dams yesterday (Ian Robinson)

Friday, May 13th, 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 this morning, joining singles there and at East Lea, with all 11 relocating to the latter site later; a male White Wagtail was also new in there. Common Sandpipers were at the Dams (three) and the Brigg (one), with two Yellow Wagtails at the former and a Whimbrel at the latter.

Pied Wagtail, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Pied Wagtail, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday (12th) saw four Yellow Wagtails, two Common and a single Green Sandpiper at the Dams, a Garden Warbler in Top Scrub, the Whinchat still on the Tip and at least one Greenland Wheatear still on Carr Naze.

Wednesday, May 11th, 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 the Tip, a Pied Flycatcher in Parish Wood and three Greenland Wheatears on Carr Naze. An Osprey headed north late afternoon (J&TGD) and the Surf Scoter was in its favoured area this morning.

Spotted Flycatcher, The Dams (Mark Pearson)

Spotted Flycatcher, The Dams (Mark Pearson)

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Greenland-type Wheatear (Mark Pearson)

Greenland-type Wheatear (Mark Pearson)

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 Knot, a Sanderling, seven Turnstones and 12 Dunlin, and the Surf Scoter returned to the south side of the Brigg. A Whinchat in the Rocket Pole Field (the first of the year) and four Greenland-type Wheatears on Carr Naze (including one watched arriving in off the sea) were best of grounded migrants, while at the Dams and East Lea, a Greenshank, two Yellow Wagtails and three Common Sandpipers were recorded. Four Bar-tailed Godwits headed north this evening.

Greenland-type Wheatear (Mark Pearson)

Greenland-type Wheatear (Mark Pearson)

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Barn Owl, Rocket Pole Field (Mark Pearson)

Barn Owl, Rocket Pole Field (Mark Pearson)

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 and two Lapwings at the Dams and a Common Sandpiper at East Lea. The Bluethroat was reported from the same area as yesterday briefly this morning, but not since, while Cuckoos were at the Dams and above Coble Landing.

Cuckoo (Pete Dunn)

Cuckoo (Pete Dunn)

 

 

Sunday, May 8th, 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 went on to perform superbly for a steady stream of admirers in the Rocket Pole Field (DL, GD et al.).

Bluethroat (Mark Pearson)

Bluethroat (Mark Pearson)

Otherwise there was little to report, apart from the locally extraordinary record of a Nuthatch in the Top Scrub (GT et al. – an illustration of what can and could be found with more comprehensive coverage!).

Nuthatch (Ian Robinson)

Nuthatch (Ian Robinson)

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Bluethroat (Mark Pearson)

Bluethroat (Mark Pearson)

Saturday, May 7th, 2016

Little Ringed Plover (Ian Robinson)

Little Ringed Plover (Ian Robinson)

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 visible in the murk, while five Yellow Wagtails, 85 Swallows, 60 Sand Martins and 15 House Martins were feeding at the Dams this evening and a Little Ringed Plover dropped in there this morning.

Reed Warbler (Dan Lombard)

Reed Warbler (Dan Lombard)

Earlier, the ringing team were in action there and caught an impressive haul of 31 birds: Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Buntings, 2 Willow Warblers, 4 Blackcaps, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Great Tits, 5 Dunnocks, 5 Blue Tits, 1 Blackbird, 1 Tree Sparrow, 3 Wrens (plus 1 re-trapped Dunnock).

Sedge Warbler (Dan Lombard)

Sedge Warbler (Dan Lombard)

Friday, May 6th, 2016

Surf Scoter (Mark Pearson)

Surf Scoter (Mark Pearson)

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 of the Brigg. On the sea, a good movement of Sandwich Terns numbered 371 south this morning, with two Common Terns, three Gadwall and single Little Ringed and Grey Plovers also south.

Dunlin on the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Dunlin on the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Waders in the Brigg area included five Turnstones, 16 Dunlin, four Ringed Plovers and two Sanderlings, while the Dams and East Lea combined held three Yellow Wagtails, four Mute Swans, a Cuckoo, two Common Sandpipers, 75 Swallows, 40 Sand Martins and 50 Swifts (with plenty more of the latter elsewhere).

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Pied Flycatcher, Dams (Mark Pearson)

Pied Flycatcher, Dams (Mark Pearson)

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 the year in the shape of an Arctic Tern in the bay, a male Pied Flycatcher at the Dams and a Garden Warbler at East Lea.

Greenland-type Wheatear, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Greenland-type Wheatear, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Cuckoos were at East Lea, the Yacht Club and the Dams, while Swifts arrived en masse, with a minimum of 230 today (after no more than four on previous days). Four Greenland-type Wheatears  were in the Carr Naze area. Two Common Sandpipers and a pair of Pochard dropped into East Lea, where three Yellow Wagtails went through (with three more elsewhere).

Red Kite over the Country Park (Mark Pearson)

Red Kite over the Country Park (Mark Pearson)

Wednesday, May 4th, 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 Brigg.

Surf Scoter off the north side of Carr Naze yesterday (John Harwood)

Surf Scoter off the north side of Carr Naze yesterday (John Harwood)

Tuesday, May 3rd, 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, four Gadwall and 12 Teal). Visible migration from Muston Sands this morning included the year’s first Hobby north, a Marsh Harrier north, plus 12 Yellow Wagtails, two Swifts and 75 Goldfinches through among other migrants; a further four Yellow Wagtails through East Lea brought the day total to 16.

Little Egret at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Little Egret at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday (2nd) was quieter, with a Wheatear and four Siskins at East Lea, three Common Sandpipers at the Dams and the Surf Scoter on the north side of Carr Naze.

Red-crested Pochard at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Red-crested Pochard at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

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 and a Cuckoo was in Long Lane on 30th, but otherwise it’s been fairly slim pickings, with an expected roll-call of warblers, hirundines etc., and Yellow Wagtails trickling through.

Sparrowhawk (Mark Pearson)

Sparrowhawk (Mark Pearson)

(With apologies for lack of posts in recent days – blame the Filey Folk festival!)