Wednesday, February 28th, 2018


Fieldfare, Wharfedale (Ian Robinson)

The Siberian airflow has brought bone-shaking storm force easterly winds, heavy snow and plummeting temperatures over the last few days, which has encouraged some cold weather movements into the area. Most notably, Fieldfares have arrived and moved through in good numbers, with several hundred per day and many birds in gardens, along roadsides, in reedbeds and basically anywhere feeding may be possible. Lesser numbers of Redwings and Blackbirds, and a few Song Thrushes, have likewise been pushed into the area.

Water Pipit, Dams (Mark Pearson)

Lapwings have been on the move each day with a peak of 470 through (mostly at the Dams on 27th, Golden Plover have numbered up to 45 on several days, and Snipe are particularly numerous; estimates are hard to give but examples include at least 29 at the Dams on 27th (few of which were visible when grounded), and 25 in the Carr Naze Pond area on the same day. 

Wigeon, Dams (Mark Pearson)

A Water Pipit was at East Lea on 24th, with at least one (probably two) at the Dams from 27th, while a Black Redstart was at Hunmanby Gap on 24th. The male Velvet Scoter remains in the north of the bay, where a Great Northern Diver and at least 73 Red-throated Divers (plus 36 at the Gap) braved the conditions on the 26th, when a Blue Fulmar went north. A Little Gull flew south on 26th on an otherwise very quiet (and extremely choppy!) sea. 

Common Snipe, Dams (Mark Pearson)

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Male Sparrowhawk, Dams (Mark Pearson)

The late winter doldrums continue, with few records of note. The pick of a very quiet sea was a Blue Fulmar north on 22nd, plus a Goldeneye north on 21st and a male Velvet Scoter in the bay since 17th. Otherwise, the Dams is hosting up to three Shovelers, a Shelduck, a male Pochard, up to ten Snipe, plus a Jack Snipe on 22nd. Up to 13 Tufted Ducks are also there, with nine at PV south lake (and two Mute Swans also there). A Corn Bunting was reported from the Gristhorpe roundabout area, a female Blackcap is visiting a Wharfedale garden, 190 Pink-feet went north on 17th, and a Grey Wagtail has been in song from rooftops on Rutland Street. 

Canada and Barnacle Goose, Dams (Mark Pearson)

Friday, February 16th, 2018

Typically quiet over recent days. The sea has been extremely poor so far this year, although a belatedly-reported Bottlenose Dolphin north on 13th was notable. A single Pink-footed Goose remains with the ferals at the Dams / East Lea, where up to 85 Wigeon, two Mute Swan and 30 Teal are also present. The pair of Stonechats are still in the Carr Naze area, a Woodcock was near Gristhorpe roundabout, scatterings of thrushes include double figures of Fieldfares and Redwings most days and small numbers of continental Song Thrushes, Skylark numbers are increasing steadily and the pair of Lesser Black-backed Gulls are already at a nesting site near the train station. 

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

Pink-feet at the Dams (Mike Cole)

It remains quiet locally, with most records of note involving long-stayers. On 1st, 61 Pink-feet and a Chiffchaff at East Lea. On 4th, 65 Pink-feet at the Dams and two Blue Fulmars north off the Brigg. On 5th, a Snow Bunting in the Rocket Pole Field, two Shelduck and the hybrid Shelduck at the Dams, 101 Red-throated Divers, 12 Great Crested Grebes and 14 Sanderling at the Gap, and a dark-bellied Brent Goose south off the Brigg.

On 7th, 62 Reed Buntings and 42 Magpies in the Dams/East Lea roost, 34 Moorhens in the fields to the west, 60 Pink-feet in the same area, three Water Rails in the reedbed, 65 Redwings south there and 20 Fieldfare north. On 8th, a Blue Fulmar south. On 9th, a Short-eared Owl in the Rocket Pole Field.