Saturday, March 30th, 2019

Garganey, Dams (Judith Henley)

A steady trickle of Spring migrants has continued over the last couple of days, the best of which yesterday was a pair of Garganey at the dams and a Swallow through the same site in the evening. At Hunmanby Gap 13 Whooper Swans, 180 Meadow Pipits, four Sand Martins, three Corn Buntings, a Stonechat and six Chiffchaffs were the highlight of the morning visible migration. A Great Northern Diver continues in the bay and two Brent Geese settled off the Brigg (presumably the two Dark-Bellied that flew South past Long Nab in the morning). Today, raptors made use of the thermals; two Red Kites and eight Common Buzzard were over the Northern area. A Spoonbill was reported flying Northwest and the Garganey pair continued at the Dams. 

Swallow, Dams (Will Scott)

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

Visible migration at Hunmanby Gap continues to headline the sightings. A steady morning yesterday saw 205 Meadow Pipits, 72 Linnets, nine Siskins and six Crossbill move North, with a Great Northern Diver inshore (and another two still off the Brigg). Two Shelduck rested in Bay Corner and the first Swallow of the year headed South over Carr Naze. Today Hunmanby Gap had its third Hooded Crow of the Spring head North with a supporting cast of a Sand Martin, Brambling and 134 Meadow Pipits North and three Red-Legged Partridge were present. The Bay held 23 Common Scoter (with an additional eight North off the Gap), the two Shelduck remained in Bay Corner, as did two Eider. Additionally an Agonopterix umbellana moth was trapped at the Gap last night, this is the first record for the Filey area and one of only about 20 Yorkshire records.  

Red-Legged Partridge, Hunmanby Gap (Will Scott)

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

The highlight over the last few days refers to a belated report of two Cranes over the area on 24th, before moving North over Gristhorpe. These are presumably the two birds that moved North over Spurn the day before. As high pressure dominates things have quietened down. Yesterday 10 Redwing moved North at Hunmanby Gap and the Long-Tailed Duck and Great Northern Diver remained in the Bay. Today a Hooded Crow moved North through the Gap, as did a Long-Tailed Duck off the Brigg. Three Great Northern Divers were in the Bay late morning, 11 Curlew were on the Brigg and a Red-Legged Partridge was in Rocket Pole Field. 

Mute Swan and Canada Goose, Dams (Judith Henley)

Sunday, March 24th, 2019

22nd March saw four Wheatears and a Black Redstart arrive on Carr Naze, otherwise sighting related to visible migration at the Gap where 63 Chaffinches, 465 Starlings, two Fieldfares and two Lapwings headed South and 73 Meadow Pipits moved North. Six Chiffchaffs were also present. Five Wheatears graced Carr Naze on 22nd and a Lesser Black-Backed Gull was at the Dams. Highlights from Hunmanby Gap included 196 Meadow Pipits, 49 Goldfinch, Six Crossbill and a White Wagtail, seven Common Buzzards and two Peregrines were also in the area. 

Black Redstart, Carr Naze (Mike Cole)

Today Wheatears seemed to have left Carr Naze although two worked there way North at the Gap. A Snow Bunting went North over Country Park, where a Marsh Harrier and Chiffchaff came in off the sea. 260 Starling went East out to sea and a further two Chiffchaffs were singing in the area. Highlights from Hunmanby Gap included a Crossbill, ten Siskin, three Grey Wagtails, 105 Meadow Pipits, 840 Starling and a Red-Legged Partridge (full counts for this site can be found on One Great Northern Diver remains in the Bay and another flew South this morning. 

Marsh Harrier, coming in off the sea (Will Scott)

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

Busier few days with Spring migration starting to kick in. On 19th a Green Sandpiper dropped into the Dams and Top Scrub held a Goldcrest and three continental Song Thrushes. Common Buzzards were also moving through the area with five over the town. Three Chiffchaffs remain at the Dams along with the three  Pink-Footed Geese, two Mute Swans and two Water Rails.

Grey Heron, Dams (Mark Pearson)

20th was headlined by visible migration at the Gap where five Whooper Swans, 145 Meadow Pipits, three White Wagtails and four Siskin went North and 230 Starling went South, the first Sandwich Tern of the year headed North off the Brigg. Today a Hooded Crow headed North through the Gap with a supporting cast of four Whooper Swans, three White Wagtails, four Corn Buntings, 45 Chaffinches, Brambling, Fieldfare and three Curlew. During the afternoon Wheatears arrived, with three on Carr Naze. The three Great Northern Divers and the Long-Tailed Duck remain in the Bay and Grey Wagtails are frequenting East Lea and Rutland Street. Butterfly interest was provided by Small White, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and at least three Brimstone along the seafront.

Monday, March 18th, 2019

A little more activity over the last couple of days has included at least one Scandinavian Rock Pipit and a Stonechat fresh in in the Carr Naze area, 19 Whooper Swans in the bay corner for much of the day today (before heading north mid-afternoon), and up to three Great Northern Divers and the Long-tailed Duck as well as up to 20 Common Scoters and two Shovelers in the bay. 

Whooper Swans, bay (Mike Cole)

Friday, March 15th, 2019

Little to report of late, with the Long-tailed Duck on several recent dates and up to two Great Northern Divers still off the Brigg, three Barnacle Geese on the Tip yesterday, three Little Grebes at the Dams and Chiffchaffs at several sites. 

Little Grebe, Dams (Mike Cole)

Saturday, March 9th, 2019

Slow going of late, with the main interest again coming from the long-stayers in the north of the bay – the Velvet Scoter, two Great Northern Divers and Long-tailed Duck all putting in regular appearances in the last few days. Otherwise, a Yellow-legged Gull was reported off the bay on 5th, up to 14 Yellowhammers and a few Grey Partridge are in the Short Hedge area, and (unfortunately) reports of Red-legged Partridges are becoming more regular across the area. 

Sparrowhawk, Martin’s Ravine (Mike Cole)


Monday, March 4th, 2019

Steady as she goes locally with the Velvet Scoter and at least one Great Northern Diver still off the Brigg, Grey Wagtails in the town ad surrounding area, plenty of auks and Fulmars back on the cliffs, up to 65 Red-throated Divers off the Gap, and very small trickles of passerines heading through in single figures, including Skylarks Meadow Pipits, Chaffinches and Siskins. 

Carrion Crow, town (Mike Cole)