Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

The month drew to a close with more of the same quality themes still at play: namely more White-fronted Geese – with one north at the Gap on 28th (WS) and 12 at Primrose Valley in 30th (JD & TGD) – and white-winged gulls, with an adult Iceland past the gap on 28th and a 2cy Glaucous Gull (eating a White-front!) on the sea yesterday (BP et al.). Otherwise, the Snow Bunting is still on Carr Naze and up to 180 Wigeon are in the bay (and up to 210 at East Lea, with at least some interchange involved as is usual).

Rock Pipit, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Friday, January 27th, 2017

White-fronted Goose (Dan Lombard)

Two White-fronted Geese were with the ferals at Primrose Valley today (DL), with a Chiffchaff also in the same area, 25 Sanderlings on the beach, a Blue Fulmar went south (JS) and a male Pochard and four Shovelers were at the Dams. Yesterday saw two Treecreepers in Glen Gardens and a good movement of wildfowl over the sea, which included a White-fronted Goose north, 89 Wigeon, 75 Mallard, five Shoveler, two Pintail, four Pochard, a Tufted Duck and four Gadwall south, as well as a Red-necked Grebe south (JS). Highlights on 24th consisted of a Velvet Scoter south, two Stonechats in the Rocket Pole Field.

Pochard (Dan Lombard)

Long-stayers still kicking around include the Black Redstart in the Brigg area, at least one Great Northern Diver off North Cliff and the Snow Bunting on Carr Naze. Grey Wagtails are particularly noticeable this winter, with up to four roaming the area (and perhaps easiest to find in the town centre and the Bay Corner). Up to 200 Wigeon and 60 Teal are at the Dams / East Lea. 

Sanderling (Dan Lombard)

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

Highlights over the last few days have included (from today backwards) 18 Barnacle Geese, an unseasonal Manx Shearwater and a Goosander south plus two Great Northern Divers and five Harbour Porpoise off North Cliff today, two Scaup went south yesterday (JS, MA, BP), 27 White-fronted Geese headed north over the Tip (CW) and four White-beaked Dolphins went south on 20th and Blue Fulmars did likewise on 19th & 18th (JS). A Corn Bunting was at Filey Fields Farm on 18th (J&TGD), The wintering female Black Redstart and Snow Bunting remain in the Carr Naze area, while the Red-necked Grebe and Great Northern Diver remain in the bay.  

Grey Partridges on the Tip (Ian Robinson)

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

A generally dull and nondescript midwinter day produced a nice surprise in the shape of a Water Pipit at East Lea this morning (MJP) – a less than annual species which is almost unheard of here in winter. Two flocks totalling c500 Pink-footed Geese headed north over the town this afternoon, while East Lea and the Dams are holding 204 Wigeon, 66 Teal, a few Snipe, two Shoveler, four Fieldfare and the odd Redshank and Dunlin.

Water Pipit (Mark Pearson)

Two Red-necked Grebes, 35 Red-throated Divers and 10 Great Crested Grebes were off the seafront yesterday (MJP), where a Great Northern Diver is also in temporary residence; a Black-throated Diver headed north yesterday (JS, BP). Late news for the 14th consisted of nine White-fronted Geese north at the Gap after dusk (SB).

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

 

Glaucous Gull (Mark Pearson)

Glaucous Gull (Mark Pearson)

Just as cold (but lacking the gale-force winds, storm surge and varied precipitation), today’s moderate west-north-west wind brought mainly sunshine and even more pleasingly a hatful of Glaucous Gulls to the area. A minimum of five (although likely six or seven) passed through the Brigg and bay corner during the day, with sightings also at North Cliff and the Gap (treated as the same here although possibly additional). Individuals included an adult (very rare here), a 3rd calendar year and three second calendar years (MJP, AJD, WS, NC et al.).

Glaucous Gull (Mark Pearson)

Glaucous Gull (Mark Pearson)

Other notable sightings included a Black-throated Diver (MJP), a Velvet Scoter and three Great Northern Divers, while the Red-necked Grebe was in the bay corner again.

Friday, January 13th, 2017

 

Glaucous Gull (Mark Pearson)

Glaucous Gull (Mark Pearson)

A day of very strong north-westerly winds, wintry showers (and heavy snow around dawn) and a very potent storm surge made for challenging but ultimately productive conditions today. The morning, was quiet bird-wise (in sharp contrast to the weather), but an afternoon bay/sea-watching session from the seafront produced a fantastic haul of at least four Glaucous Gulls and an Iceland Gull, with one of the Glaucs heading over Carr Naze and (presumably) one of them past Hunmanby Gap (MJP, IR, TC, KC et al.).

Coble Landing (Ian Robinson)

Coble Landing (Ian Robinson)

Two Great Northern Divers were in the northern bay, the Snow Bunting was still on Carr Naze, and a Red-necked Grebe was reported (with the long-stayer also reported on several previous days in the bay, as well as the long-staying Velvet Scoter). A Blue Fulmar went north on 12th, while the female Black Redstart reappeared near the sea-watch hide on 11th.

Town seafront (Ian Robinson)

Town seafront (Ian Robinson)

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Notable highlights today included a second-year Glaucous Gull north-west on an otherwise uneventful sea-watch this morning (JS), and two Bean Geese over the town in the afternoon. The Snow Bunting remains on Carr Naze.

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Two teams partook in the annual Michael Clegg bird race today, and as is often the case, turned up a decent bird or two – this year in the shape of 10 Waxwings heading west at the Bay (WS, GS, GD). Three dark-bellied Brents were on the Brigg, and an impressive 170 Red-throated Divers were in the bay along with two Great Northerns. Two Chiffchaffs were in Church Ravine, and the Snow Bunting remains on Carr Naze.

Waxwings (Will Scott)

Waxwings (Will Scott)

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

Waxwings were the bird of the day today, with three (a two and a one) through at East Lea (DL) and two on the Pastures estate (SB). Otherwise, East Lea & the Dams continue to hold two Chiffchaffs and three Water Rails, with 200 Wigeon and 30 Teal at the former site and no fewer than 30 Reed Buntings in the evening roost.  A large local movement of 100 Red-throated Divers (including 84 north) occurred at the gap this morning, with a Great Northern Diver, 80 Wigeon and seven Great Crested Grebes off the seafront this afternoon. A Pintail north yesterday and a Goosander north today were the best of a quiet sea, while a Snow Bunting remains on Carr Naze.

The Brigg from the Country Park (Mark Pearson)

The Brigg from the Country Park (Mark Pearson)

 

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Happy new year from all of us here at Filey Bird Observatory & Group! It’s been an uneventful festive period birdwise, with a 2nd calendar year Glaucous Gull past the Gap this morning (KC) being the pick, as well as three Med Gulls and two Velvet Scoters past the Brigg (JS, JB, CW). Long-stayers include both the Red-necked Grebe and the Velvet Scoter in the bay, a Snow Bunting on Carr Naze throughout and the Black Redstart until 30th, while a Merlin went south at the Gap on Christmas Day (GS, WS).

Rock Pipit on the Brigg this afternoon (Mark Pearson)

Rock Pipit on the Brigg this afternoon (Mark Pearson)