Thursday, December 13th, 2018

With White-fronted Geese arriving in small numbers along the coast in recent days, we were hopeful of getting some action here at Filey – and as of this evening we did, with no fewer than 28 dropping onto the fields just west of the Dams at last light today. Two dark-bellied Brents and 11 Ringed Plovers south were notables over the sea this morning. 

White-fronted Geese, Dams (Mark Pearson)

A Red-necked Grebe went south yesterday (12th), but otherwise it’s very much as you were over the last couple of days, with two Snow Buntings on Carr Naze, the Long-tailed Duck and two Great Northern Divers off the Brigg, the juvenile Whooper Swan and Goldeneye at the Dams (to yesterday). Additionally on 11th a Goldeneye, a Red Breasted Merganser and three Great Northern Divers were in the bay and the Kingfisher was on the Brigg.   

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Snow Bunting, Carr Naze (Adrian Hotson)

Very much a case of as you were over recent days, although there are some quality lingering birds still on offer – including the Black Guillemot, Great Northern Diver and Long-tailed Duck all bayside of the Brigg, and at least two Snow Buntings on Carr Naze.

Goldeneye, Dams (Mike Cole)

Additional records have included a Goldeneye and a Little Grebe at the Dams today, seven Pink-footed Geese at East Lea on 8th, up to two each of Water Rail and Chiffchaff at the Dams over recent days, as well as the juvenile Whooper Swan there til 8th and a Black-tailed Godwit intermittently there. 

Black Guillemot, Brigg (Nigel Webster)

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

All today’s notable records could be seen from effectively the same spot on Carr Naze, featuring an excellent roll-call of winter specialities including a Black Guillemot, Black-throated and Great Northern Divers, a Long-tailed Duck, a Little Gull, two Snow Buntings, two Great Crested Grebes, eight Red-throated Divers, a Red-breasted Merganser, three Common Scoters and three Eiders. 

Great Northern and Black-throated Divers in the bay (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday (3rd) was notable for strong wildfowl passage, which included c450 Pink-footed Geese and 27 Whooper Swans (26 south and one east) heading over, as well as the juvenile of the latter species still at the Dams, where there were also two Water Rails and a Siskin. 

Sunday, December 2nd, 2018

Whooper Swan, Dams (Judith Henley)

A busy day at the Dams was headed up by a flyover Great Egret this morning, with other reports from there including an adult Mediterranean Gull, 100 Lapwings, three Black-tailed Godwits, the juvenile Whooper Swan and the Kingfisher. A minimum of 800 Pink-footed Geese overflew the area during the day, and the male Velvet SCoter was slightly further south, off the Gap. Yesterday (1st), the Whooper was at the Dams with four Curlews and two Redshanks, and 25 Pink-feet flew east. 

Whooper Swan, Dams (Alan Walkington)