Friday, November 30th, 2018

A Great Northern Diver and 54 Red-throated Divers were the best of the sea this morning, with the Velvet Scoter still in the bay, two Snow Buntings still on Carr Naze and four little Gulls still off the seafront. At the Dams, the black-tailed Godwit remains along with a Shelduck, eight Lapwing, two Curlews, two Redshank and the Kingfisher. Twos of Siskins were over the Dams and the town.

Grey Wagtail, Dams (Mark Pearson)

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

At the Dams, a Goosander and a Black-tailed Godwit joined the long-staying Kingfisher, up to eight Snow Buntings are in the carr Naze area, while on the sea, a Little Gull and a Grey Plover went south and limited wildfowl movements included 52 Teal and four Pochard. The male Velvet Scoter remained in the bay. 

Snow Bunting, Carr Naze (Nigel Webster)

Yesterday (27th), the Black Guillemot remained for at least the morning, the Snow Buntings were present all day, the male Velvet Scoter was in the bay, a Woodcock went south, a Great Northern Diver went north, and four Little Gulls were off the town seafront.  

Monday, November 26th, 2018

The Black Guillemot remained faithful to the south side of Carr Naze all day today, while four Snow Buntings frequented the latter, the Kingfisher was still at the Dams, while an Arctic and two Great Skuas were the best of a quiet sea. 

Black Guillemot in the bay (Nigel Webster)

Sunday, November 25th, 2018

Snow Bunting, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

A day of brisk north-easterlies brought a Black Guiillemot to the south side of the Brigg this afternoon – a just about annual visitor, Black Guillemots do sometimes stick around and the Brigg  / bay corner may hold the bird for a while. Seven little Gulls, three Eiders,  50 Common Scoters and 20 Red-throated Divers were among birds off the Brigg / in the bay, a dark-bellied Brent went north and a Snow Bunting was on Carr Naze.

Black Guillemot off the Brigg (Will Scott)

Saturday, November 24th, 2018

A male Snow Bunting came in and dropped onto Carr Naze briefly before heading south, while off the the Brigg, over a hundred Red-throated and a single Great Northern Diver were present or passing, an adult little Gull fed and then meandered north with Black-headed Gulls, five dark-bellied Brent Geese went south and single Goldeneye and Red-breasted Merganser went north; another Goldeneye was in the bay corner.

Snow Bunting, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Friday, November 23rd, 2018

Kingfisher, Dams (Mike Cole)

A Bittern was seen briefly in the reedbed at the back of the Dams late morning, where there were also two Water Rails, a Jack Snipe and a Chiffchaff. Another Chiffchaff was a East Lea, while off the Brigg, four Little Gulls and a (the) Red-necked Grebe were feeding late on, and four Snow Buntings, 16 Little Gulls and a Med Gull moved through. Yesterday (22nd), the Kingfisher remained at the Dams and the Red-necked Grebe was in the bay. 

Kingfisher, Dams (Mike Cole)

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

A quiet sea produced two Goldeneye among slim pickings today, with the Kingfisher still at the Dams. Also at the Dams yesterday (20th) were two Chiffchaffs, two Mute Swans, eight Curlew, 65 Wigeon, 50 Teal, a Shoveler and two argentatus Herring Gulls, with three Bonxies and a 1cy Glaucous Gull passing the Gap – the latter likely the same bird present on the country park briefly on 19th

Pale-bellied and dark-bellied Brent Geese passing the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Also on the 19th, the Red-necked Grebe remained off the Brigg (also seen 20th), where a pale-bellied Brent Goose sneaked by with 51 dark-bellied congeners; other wildfowl on the move included a Velvet Scoter, 60 Wigeon, four Pintailm 14 Eiders, a make Goosander and two Red-breasted Mergansers, with similar numbers recorded at the Gap. 

Sunday, November 18th, 2018

A quiet day today with a Mediterranean Gull and at least five Little Gulls feeding off Hunmanby Gap and two Barnacle Geese at Filey Fields Farm. Yesterday (17th), a Mealy Redpoll was among birds trapped and ringed in Top Scrub, where there were also 70 Redwings, 60 Blackbirds, a Woodcock, 40 Fieldfare and threes of Brambling and Lesser Redpoll; a Lapland Bunting overflew the same site. Six Little Gulls were in the bay, 16 dark-bellied Brents went north and 35 Red-throated Divers went south. 

Mealy redpoll (Dan Lombard)

Friday, November 16th, 2018

Murky, mild conditions with south-easterly winds encouraged late autumn movements today, with incoming totals at Carr Naze including two Waxwings, 327 Blackbirds, 86 Fieldfares, 273 Redwings and 18 Song Thrushes, while passage over the sea included a Great Northern and 37 Red-throated Divers, 10 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, eight Gadwall, 140 Wigeon, 26 Little Gulls, a Pochard, 77 Dunlins and four Bar-tailed Godwits. 

Red-necked Grebe off the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

A Jack Snipe was flushed from the Brigg, where there also 36 Purple Sandpipers and a Kingfisher; just off the Brigg were a Black-throated Diver and a Red-necked Grebe. 

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

The Black-throated Diver remained in the bay off the Brigg, where 26 Red-throated Divers, two Gadwall, a Little Gull and an Arctic Skua passed in the morning. /a /manx Shearwater and a Pomarine Skua did likewise yesterday (14th), when a Snow Bunting was on Carr Naze. 

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

A memorable day at the Obs with our second BB rarity of the year (after the Coues’s Arctic Redpoll a couple of weeks ago) in the shape of a Pallid Swift feeding over the Brigg early afternoon before heading south-east over the bay. Other notable records included a significant southbound movement of Pink-footed Geese; although many slipped through unnoticed this morning (judging by counts at Flamborough), skeins continued throughout the day, numbering at least 1792 by late afternoon, most of which were out over the sea. 

Pallid Swift over the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Also at the Brigg, a Red-necked Grebe and a Black-throated Diver were offshore, a Kingfisher is still in residence, while four Snow Buntings (one Carr Naze, three south) were recorded. The Gap saw record counts of 6570 Woodpigeons and 71 Stock Doves as well as 140 Chaffinches, 115 Goldfinches, 49 Siskins, 10 Bramblings and a Crossbill. Six Whooper Swans went south over the country park, with a further two off the Brigg this morning, and a Short-eared Owl was at Gristhorpe Bay. 

Monday, November 12th, 2018

A Velvet Scoter, a Little Gull and a Great Northern Diver passed the Brigg, 26Purple Sandpipers were on it, 50 Skylarks and 26 Golden Pover went south over Carr Naze, seven Whooper Swans went south at the Gap (with another in the bay), with a late Swallow, three Goosander and a Red-breasted Merganser also south there. 

Roe Deer, Tip (Nigel Webster)

Yesterday (11th), a productive morning at the Gap included a Richard’s Pipit, 146 Chaffinches, 53 Bramblings, three Twite and a late Whimbrel south, plus a Great Northern Diver and a Green Sandpiper present, while two Velvet Scoters and two Stonechats were at Reighton sands, a Little Gull flew past the Brigg and the Snow Bunting was on Carr Naze. On 10th, a Great Northern Diver was in the bay, the Snow Bunting was on Carr Naze, and a Lapland Bunting went south at the Gap.

Friday, November 9th, 2018

A Firecrest was along the western hedge of the Tip today, while totals there and along North Cliff combined included 13 Goldcrests, 105 Tree Sparrows, 193 Linnets, three Stonechats, 63 Skylarks, 10 Grey Partridge and 13 Reed Buntings. 34 Redwing, 35 Blackbirds and a Sparrowhawk came in off, 94 Curlew were at the Gristhorpe Reef roost and three Little Gulls went south. 

Goldcrest (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday (8th), a Snow Bunting was on Carr Naze, a probable Common Swift was reported over the town, 56 Wigeon, 21 Teal, a Shoveler and five Curlews were at East Lea, the Black-tailed Godwit was still at the Dams, while the Gap saw movements of 11 Pink-footed Geese, two Pintail, a Green Sandpiper, 80 Skylarks, 15 Fieldfares, nine Bullfinches, 11 Bramblings, 34 Crossbills,and 48 Siskins. On 7th, a Waxwing and eight White-fronted Geese headed south at the Gap, and a Long-tailed Duck went south off the Brigg.  

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

A quiet couple of days, today’s highlights being a late Whimbrel over and a few Redwings and two Woodcock in Top Scrub this morning, another Woodcock on Carr Naze, and a Curlew and a Black-tailed Godwit still at the Dams.

Black-tailed Godwit, Dams (Judith Henley)

Yesterday (5th), a Waxwing was a brief visitor to a town garden, 20 Little Gulls and a Great Northern Diver went south, a Short-eared Owl was at the Tip and a Crossbill and 21 Siskins were the best of the Gap. 

Sunday, November 4th, 2018

A generally quiet start to the month, although a Rough-legged Buzzard over the west of the town on 2nd maintains our annual strike rate recently of this rare winter immigrant. Otherwise, a Lapland Bunting went through the Gap on 1st, with notable vismig there on 2nd including a Merlin, 42 Pink-feet, 85 Skylarks, 23 Siskins, two Med Gulls and a Woodcock, with two Snow Buntings on the beach path. 

Kingfisher, Brigg (Nigel Webster)

25 Crossbills and a Mediterranean Gull were the best of the Gap on 3rd, when a Snow Bunting was along North Cliff, and a further 28 Crossbills also moved through the Gap today. Otherwise a Black-tailed Godwit is at the Dams and the Kingfisher and dark-bellied Brent remain on the Brigg, with up to 30 Purple Sandpipers there.