Sunday, June 30th, 2019

Black-tailed Godwits are on the move in numbers today, with a total of 54 through, inc. two flocks of 26, through the Brigg and Dams respectively, where there is also single Green Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover and up to two Little Egrets (as with previous days). Both Little Grebe and Lapwing have chicks there at the moment, and Gadwall, Shoveler, Pochard and Shelduck are also present. An early juvenile Common Redstart was on Long Hedge this morning and two Grasshopper Warblers are reeling at the Tip. 

Fulmar, Filey Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Manx Shearwaters have, predictably, been one of the main species on the move over the sea, peaking at 157 past the Gap (and 53 past the Brigg) on 26th, and (much) smaller numbers on several other days; Common Scoters, the other main passage species at this time of year, have reached up to 60 on several recent days. Many hundreds of Painted Ladies have dominated insect reports. 

Monday, June 24th, 2019

A busier few days peaking with a Sooty Tern heading North off the Brigg earlier today. The bird had previously gone through Bempton Cliffs and is a first for FBOG area and Yorkshire. Other seawatching highlights include double-figures of Manx Shearwaters daily, triple figure counts of Common Scoters today and yesterday and a male Black Redstart feeding around the seawatching hide on 21st (as always seawatch counts can be found on The Dams has held up to three Little Egrets and 15 Lapwing, and a Quail was calling to the South of Blue Dolphin early on the morning of 22nd. Odonata activity also picked up with a first for the area in the form of a Vagrant Emperor on 21st and a Red-Veined Darter on 22nd.

The Sooty Tern that passed the Brigg, taken at RSPB Bempton Cliffs  (Will Scott)

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

A quiet few days for the area with most records coming from the Dams. The Little Ringed Plover remained until 16th and the Little Egret until 17th. The latter date also saw a moulting drake Mandarin and female Pintail drop in. Swifts were on the move with 214 Southwest at Hunmanby Gap in an hour on 17th. The seawatch continues to have single figures of Common Scoter, Manx Shearwater and Sandwich Tern each day with a Bar-Tailed Godwit on 17th and 12 Common Terns, two Tufted Ducks and a Dunlin yesterday. Insect interest was provided today with a Hairy Dragonfly at Reighton Ponds and 65 Painted Lady butterflies in the Southern part of the area. 

Juvenile Blue Tit (Will Scott)


Saturday, June 15th, 2019

A very quiet period locally with minimal activitiy reported. A Spotted Redshank failed to settle at the Dams this afternoon, and otherwise, sea passage has consisted of a trickle of Manx Shearwaters (single figures most days, with 22 on 10th), Common Scoters (low double figures most days, with a peak of 36 this morning), the odd Bonxie (10th and 13th), single figures of Eiders most days (with a few in the bay and off the Brigg), and a Barnacle Goose north on 10th.

Green Sandpiper, Dams (Mark Pearson)

The land has been even quieter, with a Hobby at the Gap on 9th, the usual Little Ringed Plover and Little Egret reports from the Dams, the two Grasshoper Warblers at the Tip, and Green Sandpipers reported from the Dams and Carr Naze Pond.  

Saturday, June 8th, 2019

A Willow Tit was an excellent record thanks to the ringers at the back of the Dams today, while a Greenshank, two Ringed Plovers and a Little Ringed Plover were on the pools there. 

Willow Tit, Dams (Ana Cowie)

A Mediterranean Gull, 30 Manxies and 11 Sandwich Terns passed on 7th, with 20 Manxies on 6th and 96 on 5th, with the same Med Gull on the latter date. Up to two little Egrets have frequented the Dams over recent days, with uop to five Sanderlings on the Brigg.

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

Spoonbill, Dams (judith Henley)

Spoonbills have been the highlight recently, with one at the Dams on 1st and five north yesterday. A Mediterranean Gull went north today, while on the Brigg, waders numbers have included seven Sanderling, seven Dunlin, three Turnstones, 126 Sandwich Terns went south yesterday, a Little Ringed Plover and a Little Egret are still Dams regulars, and Little Grebes have three young on the Golf Corse Pond. 

Little Egret, Dams (Mike Cole)