Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

Two Minke whales went north past the Brigg this morning with a third past the Gap earlier, and other movement at sea included 97 Sandwich Terns and 46 Knot. On the Brigg, a further 51 Knot were among a good cast of waders which also included 15 Dunlin and 21 Turnstones, as well a a further 13 Sandwich Terns and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull among increasing numbers of large gulls. A single Wood Sandpiper and three Common Sandpipers were at the Dams / East Lea.

Mediterranean Gull, Dams (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday (30th), three Wood, five Green and seven Common Sandpipers were commuting between East Lea and the Dams, while three Pied Flycatchers (an unusually early high count) and a small increase in common warblers was evident in Top Scrub.

On 29th, a Spotted Redshank circled the Dams but though better of it early on, where threes of Golden Plover and Redshank and four Black-tailed Godwits also went over. The godwits soon returned to East Lea, where there were three Wood Sandpipers, two Common Sandpipers and a Little Egret. A juvenile Mediterranean Gull was at the Dams late on; Up to four Dunlin and five Snipe have also been frequenting both wetland sites in recent days. 

Holly Blue (Judith Henley)

On 28th, a Pied Flycatcher (the season’s first) was in Top Scrub, two Wood Sandpipers and 33 Teal were at the Dams, and off the Brigg, 14 Sanderlings, a Common Sandpiper, two Golden Plovers, 54 Whimbrel, 15 Knot and 27 Sandwich Terns went south.

Friday, July 27th, 2018

The season’s first Marsh Harrier flew west at Newbiggin, 25 Whimbrels went south over Carr Naze in the late afternoon, an Arctic Skua, four Sanderling and 10 Manxies were the best of the sea, a Pintail, a Little Egret and a Shoverl were at East Lea, while the highlight of the day was undoubtedly the White-letter Hairstreak that was found feeding by the pines at the top of Long Lane. 

Common Sandpiper, Dams (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday (26th), two Minke Whales were off the Brigg, over-sea passage included 15 Black-tailed Godwits, 85 Dunlin and 25 Redshank, East Lea hosted three Black-tailed Godwits, the Sams hoasted a further 10 and three Little Egrets, and a single Grey and four Yellow Wagtails were at Carr Naze Pond. The story of the day again related to insects, however, with a sudden influx of c65 Small Red-eyed Damselflies across waterbodies in the recording area. 25th saw a Ruff and six Snipe at East Lea, and two Grey and five Yellow Wagtails at Carr Naze Pond, while two juvenile Shelduck have commuted between the Dams and East Lea throughout. 

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

The Dams hosted two Ruff, two Black-tailed Godwits, a Wood Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, a Wigeon, 12 Teal and three Snipe, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was in the bay corner again, and two Manxies were the best of a quiet sea. Seals on the Brigg are commonplace at the moment, with up to 12 Grey and one Common. 

Ruff, Dams (Ian Robinson)

23rd saw three Black-tailed Godwits, two Snipe, a Greenshank, a Ruff, 95 Lapwings, three Green Sandpipers and 10 Teal at the Dams, and both Wood and Green Sandpipers and seven juvenile Yellow Wagtails at the Tip. On the Brigg, there were eight Knot, six Whimbrel, five Ringed Plovers, 22 Dunlins, two Redshank, four Turnstones and a Sanderling, with Holly blue butterflies at four local sites. 

A Pintail and three Shoveler were at the Dams on 22nd, when a Minke Whale was off North Cliff, a Marbled White was on Carr Naze, and four juvenile Shelduck were in the bay. On 21st, Wood Sandpipers were at the Tip and East Lea, with two Ruff and three Snipe also at the latter. Two Manxies, 20 Common Scoter, 16 Sandwich Terns were on the move and three Yellow Wagtails were in the Carr Naze area. 

Knot, Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Friday, July 20th, 2018

A juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was in the bay corner, and impressive wader passage over the Brigg and bay in the afternoon included 90 Whimbrel (in many groups), 59 Oystercatchers, a Bar-tailed Godwit, Green and Common Sandpipers, five Knot, 26 Redshank and 39 Dunlin. Also on the move were 105 Common Scoters, 191 Sandwich Terns, four Tufted Ducks and a Red-throated Diver, while two Ruff, two Snipe and 106 Lapwings were at the Dams.

Turnstone, Brigg (Mark Pearson)

On 19th, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was in the Brigg area, 15 Crossbills flew south over the golf course, a Wood Sandpiper, a Snipe and a Dunlin were at East Lea, a Black-tailed Godwit, two Ruff and a Common Sandpiper were at the Dams, and movement on the sea included seven Shrelduck, 125 Common Scoter, 4 Red-throated Divers, 56 Manx Shearwaters, 50 Oystercatchers, 17 Whimbrels, 10 Sanderlings, two Knot, 185 Dunlins and 95 Sandwich Terns.

On 18th, our bioblitz was a huge success, logging around 900 species in the FBOG recording area! These included three Storm-petrels trapped overnight three Arctic Skuas past, Wood Sandpipers at the Dams and the Tip, Green Sandpipers at several sites and ajuvenile Mediterranean Gull over the Country Park. 

Sandwich Tern, Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

A fairly busy week, with highlights including the following: 16th – four Mute Swan, five Manx Shearwater and 90 Sandwich Tern north; 82 Lapwing at the Dams, a Little Egret south at Reighton Sands. 15th – Adult Mediterranean Gull, two Arctic Terns eight Whimbrel south, four little Egrets, 16 Dunlins, an Arctic Skua and 27 Sandwich Terns north; Little Egret, Green Sandpiper and Dunlin at the Dams.

Arctic Tern, Brigg (Mark Pearson)

14th – busy on the sea with two juvenile Mediterranean Gulls by the hide and the year’s first juvenile Yellow-legged Gull north in the evening, plus 107 Redshanks, 310 Dunlins, 12 Knot, a Sanderling, three Whimbrels, a Red-throated Diver and six Manx Shearwaters through; at the Dams, a Greenshank, a Green Sandpiper, two Little Egrets, 28 Lapwing; at East Lea, a Snipe. 

Little Egret, Dams (Mark Pearson)

13th – an adult Mediterranean Gull and 135 Common Scoters north, two Grey and three Yellow Wagtails south at North Cliff (with odd ones of both wagtail sp. moving through on other days). 12th – an adult Mediterranean Gull, 230 Common Scoters, three Bonxies and an Arctic Skua past the Brigg, an Arctic Tern on it; seven Lapwing and a Snipe at the Dams.

11th – Two Little Egrets, a Common Sandpiper and a Redhank at the Dams, and at least one fledged Water Rail there. 10th – second calendar year Med Gull, two Manx Shearwaters and two Yellow wagtails through at the Gap. Throughout – two Mute Swans, a Wigeon, and up to 15 Teal at the Dams. 

Juvenile Mediterranean Gulls off the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Cetacean sightings have been the main story of the last few days, with the first two Minke Whales of the season north of the Brigg yesterday (8th) evening, when at least two White-beaked Dolphins were also present (from a group which were previously in the Scarborough area).

Little Egret, Dams (Judith Henley)

Today, at least five White-beaked Dolphins were patrolling the sea to the north east of the Brigg for much of the afternoon, and a single Minke was distantly to the north; three Harbour Porpoises off the Brigg and six Grey Seals on it completed the site sea mammal list for the day. A Common Sandpiper was also on the Brigg.

White-beaked Dolphins off the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Also moving at sea were an adult Mediterranean Gull and two Arctic Skuas south, and 17 Manxies and a Red-throated Diver north. A just fledged Grasshopper Warbler at the Tip was rare confirmation of this species breeding in our area. At the Dams, a male Ruff and a Little Egret were new in alongside 10 Teal, four Grey Herons and a Wigeon, with  Greenshank and a Dunlin there on 7th. Two Tree Pipits, a Yellow Wagtail and a Grey Wagtail went south at the Gap, where a Marbled White and two Hummingbird Hawkmoths were present yesterday and nine Crossbills went south. 

Ruff, Dams (Mark Pearson)

Storm-petrel trapping on the Brigg after dark produced a control (’67’) last night and two new birds the night before. 

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

Today’s highlight was a Spoonbill that frequented the Dams for a while this morning, while a pair of Long-tailed Ducks flew into the bay on 1st. Otherwise, thousands of Silver Y’s have been in the area over recent days, including a count of 927 in the northern coastal area on 2nd, when c500 were estimated north at the Gap; 320 were on Carr Naze the following day. Elsewhere it’s been business as usual, with e.g. a few Lapwing, Teal Redshank and Oystercatchers at the wetlands, and a few Painted Ladies (esp on Carr Naze).

Spoonbill, Dams (Nigel Webster)