Monthly Archives: October 2016

CATS

31st October 2016

Today’s highlight was the arrival of five Shorelarks in off the sea and onto the Top Fields, where they remained for at least the morning (MJP); at least two were still present in fields between the Tip and Newbiggin, with …

29th October 2016

A mild day today with a light south-westerly wind was notable for wildfowl movements along the coastal strip, with a particularly good count of 14 Scaup (two into the north of the bay, 12 off the Gap), 10 White-fronted Geese …

25th October 2016

A sunny and clear day with light variable winds was headlined by two Pallas’s Warblers loosely associating (and frequently contact-calling) at the landward end of Martin’s Ravine (MJP et al.), our fourth and fifth of the autumn. A total of …

23rd October 2016

A cold and windy day today was enlivened by a late Red-breasted Flycatcher (MJP et al.) fresh-in at the seaward end of Arndale. Very few new arrivals were noted on the land, although the particularly tame Snow Bunting remains on …

21st October 2016

Another busy couple of days in brisk north-westerly winds and often bright sunshine. Bird of the day yesterday (20th) was a new Pallas’s Warbler (the third of the month), trapped by the ringing team in the morning, while Yellow-browed Warblers …

19th October 2016

A Velvet Scoter was the best of a quiet sea again this morning, while a big high tide encouraged totals of 153 Oystercatchers, 30 Turnstones, a Bar-tailed Godwit and 17 Purple Sandpipers into roost; a Brent Goose was around the …

17th October 2016

A pleasingly busy day (especially given the brisk south to south-westerly wind), with the undoubted highlight being a candidate Central Asian Lesser Whitethroat S.c.halimodendri (MJP et al.) at the Tip. Scarce warblers were a theme of the day, with a …

16th October 2016

A busy first two days saw Ringing and Migration Week getting off to a flyer, with 300 birds ringed over the weekend, including three Woodcocks, two Mealy Redpolls and a¬†Yellow-browed Warbler among big numbers of thrushes (especially Redwings), Robins and …

14th October 2016

Another day of brisk easterlies and thick cloud (minus the showers today) which brought good numbers of classic late autumn migrants into the area. Notable tallies included 85 Bramblings, 250 Skylarks, 40 redpolls (of which at least four were Mealy) …

13th October 2016

More incoming activity from northern and eastern climes (in wet, windy and challenging conditions) was headlined by a Pallas’s Warbler in Arndale this afternoon (MJP) in the company of a roving Goldcrest flock. A minimum of eight Mealy Redpolls were …

12th October 2016

The ongoing promising conditions – cloudy and showery with a brisk easterly wind – finally delivered a top drawer rarity in the shape of Filey’s seventh-ever Dusky Warbler this morning, trapped and ringed in the Top Scrub (DL, LM, PJD) …

9th October 2016

Another busy couple of days for migration (albeit still without the much-searched for rarity in the mix as yet). Pick of the day was a conveniently vocal Siberian Chiffchaff in Church Ravine, in loose company with two Yellow-browed Warblers, Chiffchaffs …

7th October 2016

Two days with incoming arrivals throughout on an easterly airflow with cloud and brighter intervals. Pick of the bunch was a candidate Siberian Lesser Whitethroat in Arndale this morning (RAB, MJP), with Yellow-browed Warblers there and in Top Scrub, three …

5th October 2016

A day of increasingly brisk easterly winds was notable not for passerines but for a Black-browed Albatross that slipped by this morning (JS); thankfully also picked up by our neighbours at Bempton and Flamborough, the bird was subsequently enjoyed by …

3rd October 2016

A mainly, sunny, generally quieter day with a light wind veering into the east by the afternoon. Highlights included a Slavonian Grebe off Primrose Valley towards dusk (WS, GS) and a candidate Siberian Lesser Whitethroat at the Tip (MJP). On …

2nd October 2016

The productive start to the month continues, with a mostly bright day again dominated by a blustery northerly airflow (steadily subsiding by the afternoon), and consequently seabirds. This morning saw 130 Sooty Shearwaters, two juvenile Long-tailed Skuas, a Red-necked Grebe …

1st October 2016

An excellent start to the new month, especially on the sea, with an increasing NNE wind instantly providing this afternoon after an almost still morning. The early session was quiet but for two Balearic Shearwaters north (JS), but a later …