Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Little Ringed Plover, East Lea (Ian Robinson)

A Turtle Dove west over East Lea this morning (MJP) at least ensures this species makes it into another Filey Bird & Wildlife report next year. A strong day for visible migration – particularly of waders, terns and wildfowl along the coast – was otherwise headlined by a Black Tern south at the Gap, where other day counts included 38 Bar-tailed Godwits, 15 Whimbrel, 14 Knot and 16 Sanderlings south, with a single Pintail the best of a small duck movement and two Corn Buntings south (KC). Smaller numbers of waders, including Grey Plovers and Bar-tailed Godwits, were also noted off the Brigg in the day and at the Gap in the evening. A Grasshopper Warbler sang from Top Scrub (DL) and up to six Greenland Wheatears were along the coastal strip (JP, MC, DL, AH et al).

Otherwise, previous days were reasonably quiet with totals at the Gap of 112 Linnets and 61 Goldfinches on 28th and 240 / 74 respectively on 27th. Two Ring Ouzels went north there on 25th (KC), while other species on the move in small numbers along the coastal strip over the period have included Manx Shearwaters, Whimbrel, Grey Plovers, Red-breasted Mergansers, Goosanders, Sandwich and Arctic Terns, hirundines, and Yellow and Pied Wagtails. Odd waders at the Dams and (particularly) East Lea have included Whimbrel, Greenshank, Little Ringed Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit and Common Sandpipers, and all warbler species (including Reed, Garden, Sedge and Lesser Whitethroat) have trickled in in small numbers. 

Grey Plovers and Bar-tailed Godwit off the Brigg (John Harwood)


Monday, April 24th, 2017

More headline news from Hunmanby Gap, where a Red-rumped Swallow went south early on this morning (KC, NC), as did a Corn Bunting; otherwise visible migration in the first couple of hours was reasonable there and at Gristhorpe Bay, where double figures of the three (commoner) hirundines and treble figures of Linnets and Meadow Pipits dominated the notebooks. Two Bottlenose Dolphins and a Raven went north off the Brigg this morning (JS), while at least 20 Wheatears arrived along the coast early on. Two White Wagtails and a Common Sandpiper were at East Lea, and a Short-eared Owl was at the Tip this evening. A Lesser Whitethroat was new for the year at the Gap and a Common Whitethroat was at Reighton.

Otherwise the last few days have been quieter in unhelpful conditions, but a Glaucous Gull went north at the Gap on 22nd and a Ring Ouzel was there yesterday (KC, NC), while East Lea held a Whimbrel and the Dams a Reed Warbler and an Acredula-type Willow Warbler, also on 22nd.   

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Another excellent morning for visible migration, with Hunmanby Gap once again rewarding dedicated efforts and Gristhorpe Bay beginning to yield interesting results and records. Bird of the day was an adult female Montagu’s Harrier which drifted north inland at the Gap shortly before 0700hrs (KC, NC), reappearing a full 45 minutes later pursued by crows and heading inland from Gristhorpe Bay (MJP). The Gap also logged a male Ring Ouzel, another Hooded Crow and two Whimbrels, and both sites recorded continuingly strong totals of Linnets, Meadow Pipits and Goldfinches.

Grasshopper Warbler at the Tip yesterday (Ian Robinson)

Wheatears were incoming and moving through quickly, with four through G. Bay and two the Gap, a smattering of hirundines were northbound at both and two Corn Buntings were southbound at the Gap, while acredula-type Willow Warblers were prevalent with two heading north at G. Bay (pausing briefly on the cliff fence), one at East Lea (where there was also a Common Whitethroat) and they were described as the dominant form during this morning’s ringing session in Top Scrub (per DL). 

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Peregrine, Gristhorpe Bay (Mark Pearson)

Another good morning for the visible migration watchers at either end of our recording area, with an Osprey along the cliffs and south-east early on at Gristhorpe Bay (MJP) and a Marsh Harrier north at the Gap and then Gristhorpe Bay (KC, MJP). A Twite and a White Wagtail also bypassed the Gap (KC), and both sites had similarly good counts of Linnets and Meadow Pipits into triple figures, high double figures of Goldfinches and single figures of both martins (and 22 Swallows through G. Bay) among other species. 

Little Ringed Plover, East Lea (Ian Robinson)

A Grasshopper Warbler sang and showed well from the Tip on 19th and today (J & TGD et al.), while the long-staying White-fronted Goose continued with Greylags on 17th and 18th, this time at East Lea, where it was joined briefly by two Pink-feet on the latter date. The same site hosted waders in the shape of a Ringed Plover on 18th and Green Sandpiper and Little Ringed Plover on 19th (yesterday), while the Dams hosted a dark-bellied Brent Goose and a Yellow Wagtail as well as the usual lingering wildfowl and Barn Owls. White Wagtails have been reported from Carr Naze Pond and East Lea.

Osprey, Gristhorpe Bay (Mark Pearson)

Monday, April 17th, 2017

A quieter week than others of late, with high pressure and winds from the northerly sector equalling lesser returns re: incoming migrants in recent days. Visible migration studies at Hunmanby Gap continue to provide plenty of interest, with highlights of a Little Egret, a Brambling and over 300 Linnets through yesterday (16th), 250 Linnets and 80 Goldfinches through on 15th, 21 Fieldfares and 400 Linnets through on 14th, 435 Linnets and 110 Goldfinches on 13th (when 502 Linnets and 225 Meadow Pipits went north through the Gristhorpe Bay watchpoint early on), and an excellent day on 11th which included two Red Kites north, a Hooded Crow south and our first Whimbrel north (KC, NC). Full totals, as always, are available on the Trektellen website here

A few Swallows, Sand Martins and Sandwich Terns have been a feature of most days, while a White Wagtail was reported again from East Lea (where the first Mallard ducklings, a brood of five, were out and about yesterday), while a few Wheatears and occasional House Martins have moved through.  

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Another busy few days, although today was somewhat quieter, with seven Wheatears (six Carr Naze, one Gap) the most notable record. Yesterday (9th) saw a Firecrest at the Dams (please contact us if it you’re the observer who photographed the bird so we can credit you), a singing Corn Bunting at the Gap (an unusual record of a locally extinct breeder) and a House Martin past the Brigg, while a Med Gull went north at the Gap on 8th (KC). 

Raven (Dan Lombard)

A Raven which was first seen at Gristhorpe roundabout and then toured the northern area on 7th was one of the rarest records of the year thus far (RAB et al.), with other good records for the day involved both Red Kite and Jack Snipe (plus 218 Meadow Pipits north) at the Gap (KC, NC), and a/the Hooded Crow over the Top Fields (CW).  

Swallows and Sand Martins are now moving through / arriving back in reasonable numbers, while Blackcaps and Willow Warblers have joined Chiffchaffs in suitable habitat and Redwings and Fieldfares are still trickling back north. 

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

The action continues over the last couple of days, with highlights today of a Green Woodpecker (locally very rare) briefly on Carr Naze and a Hooded Crow in the Top Fields (DL), Snow Bunting and Marsh Harrier north at Gristhorpe Bay (MJP) and a Red Kite over the town (J & TGD). 

Yesterday (5th) saw an Avocet on the sea off the Gap before heading north (KC, NC) and the White-fronted Goose still with Greylags, this time at East Lea, where the White Wagtail also remains. 6th, meanwhile, was very productive for visible migration at the Gap, with highlights of a Great White Egret, 493 Meadow Pipits, 1035 Common Gulls, six Corn Buntings and 252 Linnets north (KC), while a Little Egret overflew the Dams.

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

A busy start to the new month, with 2nd calendar-year Glaucous and Mediterranean Gulls off the Brigg on 1st (MA), when visible migration included a very early Yellow Wagtail over long Lane and 222 Linnets, two Bramblings, two Crossbills, two Sand Martins, 11 Whooper Swans and 75 Redwings past the Gap. The same or another 2cy Glaucous Gull went south past the Gap the following day (yesterday) (KC), as well as Sandwich Tern and Wheatear there. 

Sand Martins, Carr Naze (Mike Cole)

A Long-eared Owl and a Hooded Crow were both reported this morning (AN) with a Merlin and a Med Gull this afternoon (WS), while eight Sand Martins and a Water Rail were at the Dams (with other sand Martins at several other sites), a Wheatear was on Carr Naze, and Chiffchaffs and Redwings are well scattered. An early Painted Lady was also at the Gap.