Saturday, December 24th, 2016

FBOG WOULD LIKE ATO WISH ALL OUR MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS A VERY HAPPY MIDWINTER FESTIVAL SEASON!

FBOG WOULD LIKE TO WISH ALL OUR MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS A VERY HAPPY MIDWINTER FESTIVAL SEASON AND NEW YEAR!

A quiet few days locally, with the few notable records involving a Black-throated Diver and five White-fronted Geese at the Gap on 22nd (WS, GS) and a single Snow Bunting still intermittently on Carr Naze. I’m taking a short break over the festive period but the latest sightings will be back as usual early in the new year, and I’ll still be posting anything particularly notable if and when it occurs in the meantime.

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Teal, Filey Dams (Mark Pearson)

Teal, Filey Dams (Mark Pearson)

A fairly quiet few days here at the Obs with the exception of (yet more) Eurasian White-fronted Geese records; an already excellent season continued with an adult at East Lea (DL, MJP) and a first year at Hunmanby Gap (NC, WS) on 17th, with 13 north at the latter site on 18th (WS). The Velvet Scoter remains faitful to the seafront area (with another south on 19th), where a Great Northern Diver and up to 100 Wigeon have also been present. At least one Snow Bunting remained on Carr Naze to 18th at least, while Snipe are present in the area in good numbers, with peaks of 13 at the Dams and 11 at East Lea on 16th. Three Chiffchaffs and three Water Rails are also still present at the latter sites, with Barn Owls at two regular local sites.

White-fronted Goose, east Lea (Mark Pearson)

White-fronted Goose, East Lea (Mark Pearson)

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Rock Pipit, Filey Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Rock Pipit, Filey Brigg (Mark Pearson)

In the bay, both the Red-necked Grebe and Velvet Scoter remain off the town seafront over recent days, as do up to 12 Great Crested Grebes and two Goldeneye. Sea-watching has been quiet, but for a Merlin and two Bonxies south this morning, Long-tailed Ducks south yesterday (14th) and 12th, and Great Northern Divers past today and 11th (JS). Up to 13 Rock Pipits are in the Brigg/bay/beach area, while 27 White-fronted Geese flew south on 12th (MJP).

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

Quiet today, with 21 Snipe and two water Rails at East Lea and a Little egret south at the Gap the pick. Yesterday (9th) saw a Bittern reported in flight near the Blue Dolphin holiday camp (GD) and a Long-tailed Duck at East Lea (MM), while the black Redstart remains in the bay corner and the Snow Buntings on Carr Naze. Redwings, Fieldfares and Blackbirds have been trickling through daily, and in what has been a particularly good couple of months for the species, another 25 White-fronted Geese went south on 7th (JS), with 32 Pink-footed Geese over the Dams.

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

(With apologies for the recent delay due to now-resolved tech issues): working backwards, yesterday (5th) saw a new Red-necked Grebe in the bay corner (MJP) and then along the town seafront, a Great Northern Diver off the Brigg, and the long-staying female Snow Buntings on Carr Naze and the female-type Black Redstart still in the bay corner. A first-year Iceland Gull drifted over Carr Naze on 4th (GS, AB), with at least one Red-necked Grebe also in the bay / Brigg area (JH, MJP et al.).

Red-necked Grebe (Mark Pearson)

Red-necked Grebe (Mark Pearson)

On 3rd, a Black-necked Grebe toured the bay before settling for a while off Martin’s Ravine (JH et al.) with a Velvet Scoter north and a Great Northern Diver in the bay, while a Sooty Shearwater and three Whooper Swans went north on 2nd. December ended with a female Long-tailed Duck and a Great Northern Diver in the bay and Mealy-type Redpoll on Carr Naze on 29th (MJP, JS et al.).

Snow Bunting (Pete Short)

Snow Bunting (Pete Short)

Additional records from sea-watches have included odd Bonxies, Red-breasted Mergansers and Goosanders, while up to 50 Purple Sandpipers, 18 Knot and 21 Turnstones are among waders in the bay corner and Brigg area, while up to 12 Rock Pipits (a good wintering population) are along the shoreline here. Snipe are present in good numbers, with eight north over Carr Naze yesterday, up to 12 at East Lea, ten at the Tip and six at the Dams, while odd Woodcocks have been seen over the town at dusk.