Monday, April 23rd, 2018

The year’s first Common Swift was hawking over the town at dusk, while a Red Kite went south at Hunmanby Gap and c12 Wheatears were scattered across the area. White Wagtails went south at Reighton Sands and dropped into East Lea, the latter site also hosting the Greenshank and a female Pochard. The male Pochard remained with the Tufted Duck flock at the Dams, where two Common Sandpipers were also present.

Wheatear, East Lea (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday (22nd), a White Wagtail was on Carr Naze, Wheatears were there and at the Gap, and six Whimbrel moved through. 

Saturday, April 21st, 2018

Returning Lesser Whitethroat, Top Scrub (George Day)

After lots of effort recently (with bonuses including two Firecrests and a Nuthatch), the FBOG ringing team really excelled themselves today with an extraordinary, perhaps unique, occurrence…. the story starts last May, when two Lesser Whitethroats were ringed in the same session on Top Scrub. Both stayed to breed, and then, incredibly, both were retrapped this morning – in the same net, at the same time! Proof of site fidelity and other factors are one thing, but the chances of both arriving back together – infinitesimal!

Other records today included an interesting northern/Mealy-type Redpoll also trapped in Top Scrub, an Avocet south over the Brigg, Greenshanks at the Dams and East Lea, and a Sedge Warbler (new for the year), a male Mandarin and Common Sandpiper at the latter site.

Yesterday (20th), a male Ring Ouzel was at Hunmanby Gap where a pair of Garganey went north, a female Black Redstart headed north at Reighton Sands, a Jack Snipe was at the Dams, and a Whitethroat, a Greenshank and ten Swallows were at East Lea. Another Whitethroat was a the Tip, while about 15 Whimbrels moved through the area. 

Black Redstart, Reighton Sands (Mark Pearson)

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Today’s clear highlight was the Nuthatch trapped by the ringing team in the early afternoon in Top Scrub – a local rarity and a big surprise! Also in the same area were two Redpoll, five Brambling and four Lesser Whitethroats. The year’s first Little Ringed Plover dropped in a the Dams before heading east, while raptor passage on a warm and sunny day included a Marsh Harrier thermalling with no fewer than 13 Common Buzzards west of the Dams mid-a.m. and a Red Kite over Primrose Valley.

Visible migration at Hunmanby Gap included a Red Kite, 200 Common Gulls and 16 Arctic Terns south, a Wheatear west, a handful of hirundines and Yellow Wagtails and strong finch passage, which included 11 Crossbills, 546 Linnets, a Brambling, 183 Chaffinches and 47 Siskins south. Smaller numbers at Reighton Sands also included 58 Meadow Pipits north. 

Yesterday (18th) saw two male Mandarins at East Lea (hot on the heels of the female at the Dams a few days ago), and the Greenshank also there; as well as the usual wildfowl, passerines across both the latter sites included four lesser Redpolls, five Redwings, 10 Siskins, a Brambling, ten Chiffchaffs and ten Blackcaps. Single Knot and Wheatear were on the Brigg. Vismig at the Gap was again productive particularly for finches, with 302 siskins, 380 Linnets, 235 Goldfinches, 94 Chaffinches and 13 redpoll spthrough, as well as a single Arctic Tern, eight Yellow wagtails, a Grey Plover and a handful of hirundines. A single Arctic Tern and 28 Carrion Crows south-east were the best of a still quiet sea.

A Greenshank arrived at the Dams on 17th, where all three hirundines were hawking in the fog, while visinle migration was quiet and grounded migrants were few (although included a good scattering of the exptected warblers). Two Whimbrels were among the few waders on the Brigg. 

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Osprey, North Cliff (Mark Pearson

A welcome southerly airflow produced lots of variety today, with a Hooded Crow high and north-west over North Cliff, a Merlin low and in the same direction, another Firecrest trapped by the ringing team in Top Scrub first thing, an Osprey north over the sea past the Gap and then over North Cliff late morning, four Ring Ouzels (one in off just after dawn at Reighton Sands, one in the Donkey Field and two at Gristhorpe Bay), year’s firsts in the shape of House Martins (about a dozen, with some back at colonies) and a Green Sandpiper at East Lea, an acredula-type Willow Warbler trapped in Top Scrub, a White Wagtail and a Wheatear at Gristhorpe Bay, Lesser Whitethroats at Reighton Sands (three) and the Gap (two), a Little Egret at East Lea and the Dams, and good visible migration of common species at Reighton Sands and the Gap, which included over 400 Linnets, 300 Goldfinches and 100 Siskins south at the latter site. 

Firecrest (Ana Cowie)

Yesterday (15th), a Red-breasted Merganser was at the Dams (a rare record there), two Little Egrets went south at the Gap, where 362 Linnets and 22 Siskins did likewise, and a Wheatear was in the Rocket Pole Field. 

Saturday, April 14th, 2018

A full count along North Cliff produced 174 Puffins and 12 Red-throated Divers as well as a Wheatear and 172 Linnets; small numbers of grounded migrants again included single figures of Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps in Top Scrub and elsewhere, with odd Willow Warblers, Swallows and Sand Martins, and a few Redwings and Fieldfares (a similar case to recent days). A Sandwich Tern and a Goosander were the best of the sea and another Wheatear was on the Brigg. 

Sparrowhawk, Dams (Mark Pearson)

Four Sandwich Terns went south on 12th, when seven contintental Robins were among migrants in Top Scrub and a female Black Redstart was at Hunmanby Gap. 

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

Mandarin, Dams (Mark Pearson)

A female Mandarin frequented the Dams this morning (where it spent much of it time attacking other birds substantially larger than itself). A total of seven Swallows and two Sand Martins moved through there, with the male Pochard, three Shelduck, two Mute Swans, 26 Wigeon, 15 Teal and five Chiffchaffs divided between there and East Lea. A Blue Fulmar and a Red-breasted Merganser were the best of the seawatch, while single Redwings were at the Dams and the Tip. Yesterday (10th), two Swallows were at the Dams.

Monday, April 9th, 2018

Firecrest, Top Scrub (Dan Lombard)

Thick fog hampered visible migration watches this morning but a brief respite early on saw a Corn Bunting, two Bramblings and a Fieldfare among a few birds on the move at Reighton Sands. Later in the day, a firecrest was trapped and ringed in the Top Scrub, while two Shelduck, a male Pochard, five Chiffchaffs and 18 Tufted Ducks remained at the Dams. A total of at least four pairs of Lesser Black-backed Gulls are breeding in the town this year the highest number recorded. 

Sunday, April 8th, 2018

Roe Deer, Reighton Sands (Mark Pearson)

Today’s highlights were a Ring Ouzel, three Swallows, four singing Chiffchaffs and a Redwing through at Hunmanby Gap, a Willow Warbler and a Swallow at Reighton Sands, a Stonechat on Carr Naze and a Sandwich Tern past the Brigg. Two Little Gulls went south on 6th, when a Black Redstart remained on Carr Naze and slightly improved vismig tallies at the Gap included 210 Linnets, 110 Chaffinch, 50 Siskin, two Redwing, Two dark-bellied Brent Geese and a Brambling (all south). 

On 5th, a Marsh Harrier and two Swallows went through the Gap, a (the) Firecrest relocated to Long Lane, the black Redstart and the Bar-tailed Godwit remained on Carr Naze and the Country Park respectively,  



Thursday, April 5th, 2018

A Firecrest was in Long Lane and later Top Scrub (probably yesterday’s bird relocating a few metres across the Country Park), a female Black Redstart remained on Carr Naze, at least eight Common Buzzards moved south through the area (in addition to six local birds in the skies at the same time), and a cream-crown Marsh Harrier and two swallows went south at the Gap this morning. 

Common Buzzards. Reighton Sands (Mark Pearson)

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

A Firecrest was reported from Arndale, a Willow Warbler was at the Tip, presumably the same two Black Redstarts were in the Carr Naze area, 15 Continental Robins and ten Redwings were in the Top Scrub area, a Fieldfare came in off, three Swallows were at the Dams (with two at East Lea and one south at the Gap later), three Wigeon went north and another 12 were at East Lea, and single Manx Shearwater and Great Northern Diver went north.

Water Rail, Dams (Pete Dunn)

Yesterday (3rd), a Glaucous Gull went high and north over the Gap in the morning, where a male Marsh Harrier went south and two Sandwich Terns went north in the early afternoon. Chiffchaffs were well scattered and the Bar-tailed Godwit remained in the Country Park. 

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

A male Ring Ouzel flew inland from the North Cliff this morning, while 10 Chiffchaffs (a significant increase) and four Redwings were in the Top Scrub area. Yesterday (1st), a pair of Black Redstarts were in the Rocket Pole Field area. 

Saturday, March 31st, 2018

Recent sightings (in chronological order)15th: Woodcocks at Top Scrub and Gristhorpe roundabout. 16th: a Blue fulmar on the seawatch. 17th: female Black Redstart St Oswald’s church, 60 Blackbirds among smaller numbers of other thrushes in the Top Scrub area, male Scaup and still two Velvet Scoters in the bay (with at least one remaining for another week), 24 Lapwings at Newbiggin, Blue Fulmar and Little Gull on the seawatch. 18th: Four Corn Buntings and 25 Yellowhammers among other passerines in the Reighton Gap set-aside. 19th: a Blue Fulmar past the Brigg.

Water Rail, Dams (Mike Cole)

20th: female Black Redstart Bay Corner (presumably the same bird as above), Short-eared Owl at the Tip, Pink-footed Goose and Chiffchaff at East Lea. 21st: Two Goosander in the bay. 22nd: 22 Redwing by Long Lane, a juvenile Glaucous Gull north over Carr Naze, improved vismig at the Gap with 234 Meadow Pipits, a Corn Bunting, two Mute Swans and 30 Redwings north there. 24th: a Scandinavian Rock Pipit in the Rocket Pole Field, 8,000 Kittiwakes south and 69 Red-throated Divers and a Velvet Scoter north at the Gap, and an adult Med Gull on the seawatch. 

25th: Vismig at the Gap included 134 Linnet and 30 Redwings, and 78 Red-throated Divers in the bay. 26th: Two Twite and 35 Pink-footed Geese north at the Gap, with a Long-eared Owl brielfy near Muston roundabout; Water Rails performing well at the Dams. 28th: A White Wagtail on Carr Naze. 29th: 35 Redwings, a Fieldfare, a female Goosander north at the Gap, and a Mealy Redpoll there with 15 Lessers. 30th: A Bar-tailed godwit in the Bay Corner (often relocating to the Country Park over the next few days), a Woodcock in the Rocket Pole Field, a male Pochard at the Dams and 15 Lesser Redpolls still at the Gap. 31st: A male rubicola-type Stonechat in the Rocket Pole Field, and a Little Gull south on the sea. 

Corn Buntings, Reighton Gap (Will Scott)

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

A Scandinavian Rock Pipit was among a total of six of the species in the Carr Naze area today, with 30 Pink-feet north over the town, a Tawny Owl in long Plantation and Yellowhammers in song at the Tip and Filey Fields Farm. Yesterday (13th) two Pintail went north and a Siskin was on Brigg Road, with an intermedius Lesser Black-backed Gull at the Dams on 11th – the same day a Red-necked Grebe went north, Grey Plovers were on the Brigg and flying south, a Short-eared Owl was at the Tip and a Mediterranean Gull went south over the Brigg.

Siskin (Mike Cole)

Stonechats have been reported from the Rocket Pole Field (a pair) and Hunmanby Gap and Carr Naze (singles), while seabird numbers are increasing rapidly (including the first few Puffins).  

Fieldfare (Judith Henley)

Friday, March 9th, 2018

Barn Owl, Rocket Pole Field (Mark Pearson)

A Blackcap was at Hunmanby Gap on 6th, while the bird of the month so far was undoubtedly the Great Egret that flew from the Dams and over the town on the early morning of 7th (DL, GD). Otter activity at the Dams has been regular in recent days, while Red-necked Grebe and eight Velvet Scoters were reported from the Brigg area on 8th

Monday, March 5th, 2018

Velvet and Common Scoters off the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

11 dark-bellied Brents were in the bay on 3rd, when an adult Little Gull was with large numbers of Larids (including 470 Common Gulls) feeding in the bay corner at last light. A Velvet Scoter and two Eider remained in the same area, while a set-aside field just north of Reighton Gap held an extraordinary 24 Corn Buntings (a scarce species annually with usually just a handful of records each year) plus 90 Yellowhammers, eight Reed Buntings, 250 Linnets and 22 Tree Sparrows. 28 Golden Plovers, a Woodcock, 15 Snipe and 20 Lapwing were in the Rocket Pole Field / Carr Naze area. 

Fieldfare, Wharfedale (Mark Pearson)

A drake Pintail was on a still mostly frozen Dams on 4th, while the numbers at the Reighton Gap set-aside area included a big increase in Reed Buntings to 73 (but a lack of any Corn Buntings), as well as 65 Yellowhammers, 310 Linnets, 40 Skylarks and a Snipe. A total of 18 Goldcrests were in scrub and woodland from Reighton Woods to north of Reighton Gap. 

Little Gull, Bay Corner (Mark Pearson)

The Velvet Scoter was with eight Common Scoters, two Eider, a Great Northern Diver, 15 Red-throated Divers, 55 Wigeon and four Teal in the north of the bay on 5th, with four dead guillemots along the tideline after recent extreme weather conditions. 

Golden Plover, Rocket Pole Field (Mark Pearson)


Wednesday, February 28th, 2018


Fieldfare, Wharfedale (Ian Robinson)

The Siberian airflow has brought bone-shaking storm force easterly winds, heavy snow and plummeting temperatures over the last few days, which has encouraged some cold weather movements into the area. Most notably, Fieldfares have arrived and moved through in good numbers, with several hundred per day and many birds in gardens, along roadsides, in reedbeds and basically anywhere feeding may be possible. Lesser numbers of Redwings and Blackbirds, and a few Song Thrushes, have likewise been pushed into the area.

Water Pipit, Dams (Mark Pearson)

Lapwings have been on the move each day with a peak of 470 through (mostly at the Dams on 27th, Golden Plover have numbered up to 45 on several days, and Snipe are particularly numerous; estimates are hard to give but examples include at least 29 at the Dams on 27th (few of which were visible when grounded), and 25 in the Carr Naze Pond area on the same day. 

Wigeon, Dams (Mark Pearson)

A Water Pipit was at East Lea on 24th, with at least one (probably two) at the Dams from 27th, while a Black Redstart was at Hunmanby Gap on 24th. The male Velvet Scoter remains in the north of the bay, where a Great Northern Diver and at least 73 Red-throated Divers (plus 36 at the Gap) braved the conditions on the 26th, when a Blue Fulmar went north. A Little Gull flew south on 26th on an otherwise very quiet (and extremely choppy!) sea. 

Common Snipe, Dams (Mark Pearson)

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Male Sparrowhawk, Dams (Mark Pearson)

The late winter doldrums continue, with few records of note. The pick of a very quiet sea was a Blue Fulmar north on 22nd, plus a Goldeneye north on 21st and a male Velvet Scoter in the bay since 17th. Otherwise, the Dams is hosting up to three Shovelers, a Shelduck, a male Pochard, up to ten Snipe, plus a Jack Snipe on 22nd. Up to 13 Tufted Ducks are also there, with nine at PV south lake (and two Mute Swans also there). A Corn Bunting was reported from the Gristhorpe roundabout area, a female Blackcap is visiting a Wharfedale garden, 190 Pink-feet went north on 17th, and a Grey Wagtail has been in song from rooftops on Rutland Street. 

Canada and Barnacle Goose, Dams (Mark Pearson)

Friday, February 16th, 2018

Typically quiet over recent days. The sea has been extremely poor so far this year, although a belatedly-reported Bottlenose Dolphin north on 13th was notable. A single Pink-footed Goose remains with the ferals at the Dams / East Lea, where up to 85 Wigeon, two Mute Swan and 30 Teal are also present. The pair of Stonechats are still in the Carr Naze area, a Woodcock was near Gristhorpe roundabout, scatterings of thrushes include double figures of Fieldfares and Redwings most days and small numbers of continental Song Thrushes, Skylark numbers are increasing steadily and the pair of Lesser Black-backed Gulls are already at a nesting site near the train station. 

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

Pink-feet at the Dams (Mike Cole)

It remains quiet locally, with most records of note involving long-stayers. On 1st, 61 Pink-feet and a Chiffchaff at East Lea. On 4th, 65 Pink-feet at the Dams and two Blue Fulmars north off the Brigg. On 5th, a Snow Bunting in the Rocket Pole Field, two Shelduck and the hybrid Shelduck at the Dams, 101 Red-throated Divers, 12 Great Crested Grebes and 14 Sanderling at the Gap, and a dark-bellied Brent Goose south off the Brigg.

On 7th, 62 Reed Buntings and 42 Magpies in the Dams/East Lea roost, 34 Moorhens in the fields to the west, 60 Pink-feet in the same area, three Water Rails in the reedbed, 65 Redwings south there and 20 Fieldfare north. On 8th, a Blue Fulmar south. On 9th, a Short-eared Owl in the Rocket Pole Field. 

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

A fairly quiet end the the month, with winter geese once again providing the highlights. White-fronted Geese have again graced the area, with five around the Dams on 27th, while odd Pink-feet there were joined by a flock of 61 on 31st. Otherwise, the Dams continues to host three Shoveler, three Gadwall, up to 60 Wigeon, up to 13 Tufted Ducks, a Shelduck and up to 15 Snipe. A pair of Little Grebes are still on Primrose Valley fishing lake, and a Mealy Redpoll was with a flock of 15 Lessers at Hunmanby Gap on 29th. Two Great Northern Divers remain in the bay, and a Blue Fulmar went north on 26th. 

White-fronted Geese with the feral flock at East Lea (Mark Pearson)

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

A fairly quiet period in the area, although highlights have included: presumably the same flock of Russian White-fronted Geese in the East Lea area (still 19 on 17th, up to 26 on 22nd, 22 on 23rd), with 14 south on 19th; a flock of 25 redpolls, including two Mealies, at Hunmanby Gap (to 18th at least); a Blackcap in a local garden;

Blackcap (Ian Robinson)

two Mute Swans at various local wetlands; at the Dams, a female Pintail, up to two Shoveler, a male Pochard, two Water Rails, up to 85 Mallard and 90 Teal; a Waxwing in flight along the seafront on 21st; displaying little Grebes at Primrose Valley fishing lake, with small groups of Tufted Ducks there and at the Dams; a Short-eared Owl at the Tip on 19th; daily totals of Fieldfare often into three figures, with a peak of 350 on 18th; a Blue Fulmar south on 24; up to two Great Northern Divers still off the Brigg, bayside. 

Mistle Thrush (Ian Robinson)

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

White-fronted Geese at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

11th – A blue Fulmar north; at least two Great Northern Divers present by the Brigg throughout the period. 

12th – 20 Snipe at the Dams.

14th – a single White-fronted Goose with Canadas near the sports club; a single Waxwing west over the town.

15th – 19 White-fronted Geese and three Pink-feet at the Dams. 

16th – 19 White-fronted Geese and three Pink-feet at the Dams; also a Scandinavian Herring Gull and 15 Snipe there. 

White-fronted Geese at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

6th – a male Velvet Scoter went south and then north, a Manx Shearwater and a Blue Fulmar (among 650 Fulmars) did likewise, and the three Great Northern Divers remained in the Bay Corner.

7th – 30 Snow Buntings west along Carr Naze / North Cliff; three Mute Swans still at the Dams; a Woodcock in Parish Wood; Short-eared Owl and 13 Grey Partridges at the Tip; roost of 43 Magpies at the Dams.

8th –  four Waxwings on a local housing estate.  

9th – 32 Sanderlings on the beach at the Gap. 

10th – 21 Shags at a post-roost gathering by the Brigg.

Bullfinch at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Friday, January 5th, 2018

5th – At Gristhorpe Bay, eight Snow Buntings, 92 Skylarks, three Stonechats, 158 Curlews on the reef. Also 42 Red-throated Divers, which in addition to a count of 178 from Filey Bay, equals 210 in total. A total of 470 Pink-feet north this morning over the area in five flocks, and a single still with ferals at the Dams, where there were two Scandinavian Herring Gulls, two Coot and a singing Goldcrest. Three Great Northern Divers remain on the bay side of the Brigg.

Stonechat Gristhorpe Bay (Mark Pearson)

4th – a Blue Fulmar on the seawatch.

3rd – 12 Scandinavian Herring Gulls at the Dams (plus three Shoveler, two Water Rails, a Chiffchaff and eight Tufted Ducks there), three Mute Swans over the town and at the Dams, 620 Herring Gulls in the bay roost. 

Curlews, Gristhorpe Reef (Mark Pearson)

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

A Very Happy New Year from everyone here at FBOG – it’s been a great 2017 and here’s to an even better 2018!

Gannet heading through a rainbow off the Brigg, Dec 2017 (Mark Pearson)

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Friday, December 29th, 2017

Daily summary for December: 

Glaucous Gull at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

1st – From the Brigg, Long-tailed Duck, two Pomarine Skuas, a Med Gull, a Bonxie, a Black-throated Diver and a Great Northern Diver all north, plus a Velvet Scoter south and a high count of 147 Shags (131 south and 16 north). 

2nd – From the Brigg, nine Whooper Swans, south and single Pintail and Long-tailed Duck north.

3rd – A Long-tailed Duck north past the Brigg.

4th – 75 Pink-footed Geese south, 11 Rock pipits in the Rocket Pole Field / Carr Naze area, and the Siberian Chiffchaff again at the Dams. 

8th – Single Glaucous and Med Gulls into the bay, and 29 Sanderlings on the beach at the Gap.

9th – A male Hen Harrier over the Country Park.

Snow Buntings, Gristhorpe Bay (Mark Pearson)

14th – A Shorelark reported from Top Fields; 22 Snow Buntings, a Lapland Bunting, 16 Grey Partridges, 100 Skylarks, two Stonechats and ten Snipe in the Gristhorpe Bay area. 

15th – From the Brigg, 382 Fulmars (including two Blues) north, a Black-throated Diver and 33 Red-throated Divers offshore, three Great Northern Divers in the bay (which remained to the end of the month).

18th – 34 Golden Plovers south at Reighton Sands;  Great Northern Divers north on 16th and 17th. 

19th – At East Lea, a Pintail, a Rock Pipit and 65 Wigeon.

20th – A Snow Bunting in the Top Fields, 10 Grey Partridge and 12 Goldcrests at the Tip. 

21st – Two Short-eared Owls in the North Cliff area.

24th – 20 Snipe at the Dams.

27th – In the bay, a Glaucous Gull, three Scandinavian herring Gulls and a Great Northern Diver north (and three GNDs in the bay); at the Dams, a Glaucous Gull and 11 Scandinavian Herring Gulls (with ten on 28th), and 23 Snipe. 

29th – 34 Barnacle geese south over the bay. 

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

November daily summary of highlights:

Great Northern Diver, Brigg (Mark Pearson)

1st – From the Brigg, six Whooper Swans north and a Great Northern Diver present. At The Gap, 729 Siskins and two Twite south, and a Hawfinch north. 

2nd – From the Brigg, two Little Gulls and two Bonxies north, a Great Northern Diver present. At the Gap, three Corn Buntings north.

3rd – At the Gap, 1133 Starlings north (and 23 south), 918 Siskins south. 

4th – A Mute Swan and a Red-breasted Merganser in the bay.

Little Auk north over the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

5th – From the Brigg, a Black-throated Diver, a Mediterranean Gull and two Little Gulls north, and two Great Northern Divers and three Whooper Swans south. Four Whooper Swans in the bay and a Great Northern Diver north at the Gap.

6th – From the Brigg, a Little Auk, a Great Northern Diver and 23 Pink-feet north, two Lapland Buntings on Carr Naze and a Med Gull south. At the Gap, a Snow Bunting, and 238 Siskins south (and 52 north).

7th – From the Brigg, a Waxwing in off, a Black Redstasrt present, a Med Gull and 28 Knot south. At the Gap, a Merlin south and a Great Northern Diver present; in the town, a Woodcock on West Ave.

Common Scoter (Mark Pearson)

8th – From the Brigg, 42 Shag and three Pintail north. At the Gap, a Twite, a Great Northern Diver and 15 Whooper Swans south. 11 White-fronted Geese over the Tip. 

9th – From the Brigg, a Lapland Bunting, eight Twite, three Snow Buntings and a Woodcock in off, 33 Purple Sandpipers present. At the Gap, six Snow Buntings and two Whooper Swans north, two Corn Buntings south. A Ring Ouzel, three Water Rails and a Green Sandpiper at the Dams. 

10th – From the Brigg, a Snow Bunting present and two Red-breasted Mergansers north. At the Gap,13 Whooper Swans south. 

12th – From the Brigg, a Leachs’s Storm-petrel south and a Grey Phalarope north, three Sooty Shearwaters, a Long-tailed Duck, a Red-breasted Merganser and an intermedius Lesser Black-backed Gull north, nine Little Auks south and four north, and a Great Northern Diver and a Med Gull present. A Woodcock south at the Gap and 600 Stralings roosting at the Dams.

13th – From the Brigg, two Black-throated Divers north, five Great Northern Divers south, a Velvet Scoter south and two north, 14 Goldeneye north and twelve present, a Red-necked Grebe north, a Sparrowhawk in off and south over the bay and 70 Wigeon in the bay corner. A Woodcock by Gristhorpe roundabout, and at the Gap, two Little Auks and a Glaucous Gull north, and four Snow Buntings in off there. 

Siberian Chiffchaff, Dams (Mark Pearson)

14th – From the Brigg, a ring-tail Hen Harrier in off, a Great Northern Diver south and another present, and a Snow Bunting on Carr Naze. A Kingfisher and two Water Rails at the Dams. 

15th – A Richard’s Pipit reported along north cliff.  

17th – A Snow Bunting west at the Brigg.

18th – a Rough-legged Buzzard to the south at Reighton Sands. A Red-necked Grebe, 11 Great Crested Grebes and a Great Northern Diver in the bay. 

20th – A Little Auk at the Brigg (killed by a Great Black-backed Gull). 

21st – A Glaucous Gull on the Brigg.

Glaucous Gull headijg north past the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

22nd – A Mute Swan south.

23rd – At the Brigg, a Glaucous Gull north and three Snow Buntings in off. The Rough-legged Buzzard touring the north of the area before returning south over the town. A Water Pipit (with Rock and Meadow Pipits) at East Lea. 

24th – At the Brigg, Red-necked Grebe and Lapland Bunting south, two Snow Buntings in off, a Black-throated Diver offshore, a Great Northern Diver north and another present, 106 Oystercatchers (5 north, 86 on the Country Park and 15 on the Brigg). Three Water Rails at the Dams (wintering). 

25th – A Snow Bunting in off at the Brigg. A Lapland Bunting north at the Gap. Eight Whooper Swans south over the bay, and Little Owl and Water Pipit both back at East Lea. 

26th – A Snow Bunting on off and a Glaucous Gull north at the Brigg, and three Snow Buntings south at the Gap.

27th – A Siberian Chiffchaff (with two Common Chiffchaff) at the back of the Dams. Great Northern Divers north and present at the Brigg, two Rock Pipits at East Lea, 

28th – A Red-breasted Merganser in the Bay and a Bonxie north. 

29th – Three Bonxies, three Manx Shearwaters, three pale-bellied Brent Geese, a Little Auk and a Red-breasted Merganser north at the Brigg, and a Short-eared Owl in off at the town. 

30th – Three Little Auks north at the Brigg, a Pomarine Skua and two Great Northern Divers in the bay. 

Little Auk being dispatched by a Great Black-backed Gull on the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Last week of October summary:

23rd – From the Brigg, a Great Northern Diver north. At the Gap, 132 Tree Sparrow, 14 Brambling and 393 Siskin south, and single Twite and Lapland Bunting north.

24th – From the Brigg, a Little Auk south, 201 Starling in off and a flock of seven Grey Plover south. From the Gap, a Pallid Swift (also reported from the Country Park), 24 Whooper Swans, two Little Gulls, a Swallow, three Hawfinch, 546 Starlings and 102 Siskins south.

25th – From the Brigg, a single Mute Swan and Velvet Scoter south. At the Gap, eight Whooper Swans, two Swallows, 51 Pink-footed Geese, 91 Skylarks (and 22 north), 16 Bullfinch, 212 redpolls, 403 Siskins, 14 Yellowhammers (and five north) and a single House Martin south. At The Tip, a Ring Ouzel, 126 Redwings and 143 Blackbirds.

26th – From the Brigg, 89 Little Gulls present and 17 north. At The Gap, two Goosander and 65 Siskins south and 20 Little Gulls north.

27th – From the Brigg, a Pintail north, 12 Little Gulls, 254 Pink-feet and a Great Northern Diver south. At The Gap, a Great Grey Shrike north.

28th – From the Brigg, two each of Whooper and Mute Swan south. At The Gap, Three Great Skua south (and one north), one Arctic Skua south.

29th – From the Brigg, two Pomarine and one Arctic Skua south; three Manx Shearwater and six Goldeneye north, and single Long-tailed Duck and Great Northern Diver present. At The Gap, four Little Auks north.

30th – From the Brigg, an Arctic Skua north, and single Red-necked Grebe and Great Northern Diver present in the bay. At the Gap, 72 Skylarks and a Lapland Bunting north, and a Richard’s Pipit and a Twite south.

31st – From the Brigg, single Little Auks north and south, plus a Woodcock and two Little Gulls south. A Long-tailed Duck and a Red-breasted Merganser in the bay. At the Gap, nine Whooper Swans south.

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Highlights, 14th – 23rd October inclusive:

Brambling, Carr Naze (John Price)

14th – a Crossbill, 14 Twite, 450 Tree Sparrows, 330 Siskins, 240 Goldfinches, 50 Reed Buntings, 17 Yellowhammers, 11 Rock Pipits and four House Martins among a big movement through the Gap (KC, NC), plus a Merlin over the Brigg (RAB et al.) and a Reed Warbler among over 100 birds trapped in Top Scrub on the first day of Ringing and Migration Week. 

15th – a putative coburnii (Icelandic) Redwing among many migrants caught in Top Scrub by the ringing team; 21 Pink-footed Geese in the Top Fields; vismig at the Gap included 166 Tree Sparrows, 160 Siskins, 140 Goldfinches, 21 Reed Buntings, 15 Redwings, and 11 Rock Pipits. A Yellow-browed Warbler also there. 

16th – Conditions conducive to grounded migrants produced a good selection in the northern area, with a vocal Siberian Chiffchaff in Short Hedge for much of the day (MJP et al.), at least three Yellow-browed Warblers, and the first signs of a Scandinavian exodus with 80 Blackbirds, 60 Redwings, 20 Song Thrushes and redpolls, Siskins, and Goldcrests into double figures. The best of vismig of the Gap included a Lapland Bunting, 130 Redwings and 16 Rock Pipits south (KC, NC).

17th – A quiet and very windy day, easily the best of which being a Slavonian Grebe in the bay (AM). 

18th – Arrivals all day in the northern area, including two Lapland Buntings (MJP et al.), a Twite with the Linnets on Carr Naze (MJP), two Jays in off and south (MJP , FBOG ringers), a Short-eared Owl in off late on and two Yellow-browed Warblers among commoner migrants (which included two Willow Warblers). A Great Northern Diver north and a Med Gull south passed the Brigg. A Merlin north and 72 Red-throated Diver and 11 Great Crested Grebes off the Gap (KC) and a Med Gull north there in the evening. 

19th – A huge and prolonged arrival of thrushes and other migrants as the weather worsened and showers, mist and a light tail wind prevailed, especially towards late afternoon: minima of 6,200 Redwings, 750 Blackbirds, 1250 Song Thrushes, three Ring Ouzels and two Mistle Thrushes, plus 110 Bramblings, 120 Chaffinches and three Yellow-browed Warblers. Two Med Gulls, an Arctic Tern and a Ring Ouzel south on the seawatch; 20 Twite at Gristhorpe Bay (MJP).

Yellow-browed Warbler, Long Lane (Mark Pearson)

20th – A Pallas’s Warbler was on the south side of Carr Naze (MJP), with a Merlin (MJP), a Med Gull and 30 Bramblings also there early on. Four Ring Ouzels included two in off and one trapped, three Swallows went south, and a Richard’s Pipit was reported at the Tip (TGD); searches proved fruitless but revealed Jack Snipe and Short-eared Owl there soon after. Five Yellow-browed Warblers included two together at the Dams Car Park, Dark-bellied Brents were on the move, five Stonechats were in the northern area, a Black Redstart was on Carr Naze in the evening (MC), four Whooper Swans south and two Jack Snipe in off at the Brigg. Five Little Gulls fed off the Gap, where a Wheatear, a Swallow, 168 Siskins and 240 Redwings went south. Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed godwit and two Ruff were at the Dams. 

21st – Ten Whooper Swans went north at the Gap, where single Merlin and Marsh Harrier went south (KC et al.). A Red-necked Grebe went north past the Brigg (JS, JP). 

22nd – A quiet day, with a surprise juvenile Iceland Gull (KC), a Woodcock, a Barnacle Goose and a House Martin passing the Gap.

23rd – A Lapland Bunting and a Twite went north at the Gap (KC) where 308 siskins and 35 redpolls went south among good vismig there (see for full counts). A Great Northern Diver and a Bonxie passed on the sea-watch, and single Swallow and House Martin went south at Reighton Sands.

Peregrine, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

See you in two weeks!

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Highlights, 7th to 13th October inclusive:

Hawfinch, Reighton Sands, 9th (Mark Pearson)

7th – Grey Phalarope north (CW et al.), also Great Northern Diver, Med Gull, 139 Wigeon all north. The male Velvet Scoter still in the bay. Gap highlights included three Whooper Swans north, a Black Tern (KC), a Little Gull, two dark-bellied Brents, 150 Pink-feet, 181 Tree Sparrow and 65 redpolls south.

8th – Three Yellow-browed Warblers in Top Scrub (DL et al.); 35 Barnacle Geese, three Velvet Scoters (also past the Gap) and two Arctic Skuas south and a Scaup north at the Brigg; 19 Barnacle Geese, and a Little Egret north plus 87 Redwings, five Barnacle Geese and four Bramblings south at the Gap. 40 Red-throated Divers in the south of the bay. A Black-tailed Godwit, single Green and Common Sandpipers and at least one Kingfisher still at the Dams. 

Barnacle and Pink-footed Geese, Reighton Sands (Mark Pearson)

9th – Reighton Sands produced a (locally very rare) Hawfinch (MJP), plus 20 Barnacle Geese, a Whooper Swan, a Red Kite (MJP, TGD), at least 12 Common Buzzards all south and good numbers of passerine migrants on the move; the Gap logged 230 Pink-feet south and a high count of 74 Red-throated Divers in the bay. Note that full counts from both sites, as well as seawatch tallies, can be accessed at .

10th – A Great Northern Diver and a Bonxie passed the Brigg, with single Twite and Merlin (KC) and 21 Rock Pipits (a particularly high count) past the Gap. A Kingfisher at Primrose Valley fishing lake. 

11th – a juvenile Hen Harrier drifted north through the Dams late morning (MJP), with a Med Gull north and two Arctic Skuas south at the Brigg and single Whooper swan, Swallow and House Martin south at the Gap. 

12th – A Lapland Bunting and seven Whooper Swans south plus Great Northern Diver and two Arctic Skuas north on the seawatch; the male Velvet Scoter still in the bay; 141 redpolls, 14 Mistle Thrushes, 268 Tree Sparrows and 93 Siskins all south at the Gap. 

13th – a Great Northern Diver and singles of both common skuas north on the sea-watch, three Black-tailed Godwits, two Ruff and a Shoveler at the Dams, and a House Martin and seven swallows south at the Gap. 

Common Buzzard, Reighton Sands (Mark Pearson)