Friday, June 30th, 2017

Leach’s Storm-petrel (Dan Lombard)

The petrel catching season got off to a flying start on 23rd, with a preliminary test session resulting in the trapping of a Leach’s Storm-petrel and three (European) Storm-petrels (FBOG ringing team), the latter including ’67’ – a bird which has toured the east coast for ten years and which spent much of last year’s season at Filey!  The Leach’s is only the fourth to be ringed at Filey in 30 years. 

Other notable sightings over the previous days unfortunately concern mainly belated reports via bird news services, including a Green-winged Teal off the Brigg on 29th and a Nuthatch at Hunmanby Gap on 28th. The Bempton Black-browed Albatross also appears to have been seen in Filey Bay (per MR) (despite apparent time anomalies which we’re trying to straighten out) on its way north on 28th. 

Common Scoters have been on the move and in the bay in good numbers, with 535 south on 29th, 175 south (a.m) and 570 north (p.m.) on 28th and 1998 north on 27th. Manxies are on the move in small numbers every day, with a peak so far of 14 on 24th, while skuas are starting to trickle through, with the first Arctics on 27th (three south) and subsequent ones and twos, as well as odd Bonxies. 

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Med Gull (Mark Pearson)

An unexpectedly productive afternoon session on the Brigg produced a Garganey (around the Brigg and then eventually south), an adult summer Mediterranean Gull south, a summer plumage Red-throated Diver north and 31 Oystercatchers, six Turnstones and a single Knot (MJP).

Garganey (Mark Pearson)

Garganey (Mark Pearson)

Monday, June 19th, 2017

Red-veined Darter, East Lea (Mark Pearson)

A check of our East Lea reserve this afternoon revealed a minimum of four male Red-veined Darters (MJP) – the first of the year, maintaining a recently annual run of ecords for this scarce species in our recording area. 

Red-veined Darter, East Lea (Mark Pearson)

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

Four-spotted Chaser (David Eccles)

A calm, mild and quiet week locally, with few notable sightings beyond local and breeding species. On the sea, 248 Puffins south (and 48 north) and 14 Manxies south on 11th were peak day counts for the month so far, while an unseasonal Corn Bunting at the Tip and a Little Ringed Plover in a field south of the Gap (both on 16th) were a little less predictable. Dragonflies and butterflies are very much out in full force now – expect more attention to be paid to them over the coming weeks! 

Broad-bodied Chaser, Filey Dams (David Eccles)

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

Barn Owl and Roe Deer, The Tip FBOG reserve (Patricia Morris)

A reasonably quiet week in generally settled conditions, although another Osprey – heading south over Carr Naze on 7th (TH) – completes a good spring for this species locally. Otherwise notable sightings have included a Cuckoo at the Tip today and a Hummingbird Hawkmoth near Parish Wood yesterday. Slightly improved seawatching movements have included 108 Puffins south (and 49 north) and 17 Manx Shearwaters north (and two south) yesterday, 50 Manxies south on 6th, while two Red-throated Divers (one north, one south) passed by on 4th. Small numbers of waders on the Brigg were headlined by a good count of 16 Ringed Plovers on 3rd.

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

Reed Warbler, Dams (Mark Pearson)

A Grasshopper Warbler and a Garden Warbler were reported from the Tip today, where a late Tree Pipit as also grounded yesterday. The first Large Red Damselfly of the season was recorded in the Top Scrub, Broad-bodied Chasers have been seen at the Dams for the last five days or so, while a few Manxies continue to pass in most recent seawatches.


Blackbird, Dams (Steve Bowden)