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)

Friday, October 6th, 2017

A switch in the wind to the north-west produced a better seawatching haul this morning, including a juvenile Long-tailed Skua, a Black-throated Diver, a Yellow-legged Gull, a Velvet Scoter, 23 Bonxies, 48 Red-throated Divers and a Snow Bunting in off the sea (MJP et al.), while a single Whooper Swan and 105 Skylarks passed the Gap and 20 Goldcrests, a Brambling and two Lesser Redpoll were in Top Scrub.

Stonechat, Reighton Sands (Mark Pearson)

The previous two days were quiet, the pick of being a Whooper Swan and 27 Pink-feet south at the Gap on 5th, and 18 Whoopers south a the Gap and Reighton Sands on 4th. The Kingfisher remains at the Dams, as does the Shelduck and several Snipe. Up to four Stonechats are at Reighton Sands, with others at Carr Naze, the Gap and Gristhorpe Bay.

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Pink-footed Geese, Reighton Sands (Mark Pearson)

A memorable and record-breaking day here in Filey, with a minimum of 5158 Pink-footed Geese counted, in upwards of 60 skeins, between dawn and dusk – more than one percent of the global population! With a weather system assisting passage for the birds hitherto grounded in Iceland, counters positioned at Reighton Sands and Hunmanby Gap tag-teamed through the day and were able to keep up almost constant coverage from dawn to dusk. 

Pink-footed Geese, Reighton Sands (Mark Pearson)

Additional landbound visible migration was reasonably modest (although with a wide variety of species), the best of the rest being the season’s first Whooper Swans south, the season’s first Twite south, three Common Buzzards south (in addition to local birds), and an impressive 73 Red Admirals south. 

Whooper Swans, Reighton Sands (Mark Pearson)

Common Buzzard, Reighton Sands (Mark Pearson)

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

A big day for visible migration at the Gap, in particular for House Martins (582 south, 62 north) and Goldfinch (1103 south), as well as a good supporting cast which included 59 redpolls, 28 Swallows, 107 Meadow Pipits and two Scaup. Two Little Stints were originally at the Dams before relocating to East Lea (IR, MJP), joining seven Ruff and six Dunlin there (and a high count of 23 Moorhens), while the northern bay held the drake Velvet Scoter, five Red-throated Divers and three Great Crested Grebes. ans small flocks of Teal and Wigeon. Pink-footed Geese numbers moving south scraped into three figures for the first time this autumn.

Little Stints, Dunlins and Ruff, East Lea (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday (1st) was generally quiet but for a Yellow-browed Warbler remaining in Long Lane, eight Golden Plovers over and a scattering of Blackbirds, Goldcrests and Song Thrushes (as with recent days).

Saturday, September 30th, 2017

27th: a scattering of migrants in the northern area included a Ring Ouzel in Short Hedge the first of the season), three Yellow-browed Warblers (two in Top Scrub, one Arndale), single Pied Flycatcher and Willow Warbler in Top Scrub and the Red-backed Shrike still at Gristhorpe Bay. The best of quiet vismig at the Gap were 86 Meadow Pipits, 16 Red-throated Divers and a late Tree Pipit. 

Kingfisher, Dams (Judith Henley)

28th: The clear highlight of the day was a flighty Dotterel which frequented the Top Fields for about 20 minutes before leaving to the south-east (MJP), with back-up from a Redstart on Carr Naze first thing, five Whinchats, 20 Robins, 40 Song Thrushes and three Stonechats in the hedgerows, three Wheatears in the Carr Naze area, three Great and five Arctic Skuas south at the Brigg, and five Blackcaps, a Firecrest and a Spotted Flycatcher at the Gap (KC) where 24 Song Thrushes went west. Single figures of Bramblings, Siskins, Redwings and redpolls have been recorded on most recent days. 

29th: An un-ringed Siberian Lesser Whitethroat (which gave the diagnostic call) was in Top Scrub (MJP) with two Spotted Flycatchers, while an Osprey which inland at the Gap and then south over Primrose Valley (NC, MJP) and was later seen over both Flamborough and Spurn. Two Red-breasted Mergansers south and dark-bellied Brent north were the best of still very quiet sea, while a late Little Ringed Plover, five Golden and a single Grey Plover all came in off and west over the Country Park. A Med Gull was in the bay corner late on.

30th: Much improved vismig at the Gap included totals (all south) of 62 Skylarks, 14 Song Thrushes, 390 Tree Sparrows, 520 Meadow Pipits, 239 Chaffinches, 93 redpolls, 1808 Goldfinches (a site record), 80 Siskins and 80 Reed Buntings. Single Med Gull and Marsh Harrier passed the Brigg, while the long-staying Kingfisher remained at the Dams. 

Snipe, Dams (Ian Robinson)

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Red-backed Shrike, Gristhorpe Bay (Mark Pearson)

An excellent day for landbound migration here at Filey, with north-easterly winds and variable fog and cloud (unfortunately) punctuated by warm sunshine. Four local rarities stood out, with the autumn’s first Firecrest in Top Scrub this morning (MJP), a (very) strong candidate Siberian Lesser Whitethroat trapped by the ringing team also in Top Scrub (which dropped feathers for potential mtDNA analysis – hopefully more to follow), a smart male Red-backed Shrike at Gristhorpe Bay (MJP et al.), and a Hoopoe, which was watched overflying the Dams before unfortunately disappearing (PR, MR et al.). 

(Candidate) Siberian Lesser Whitethroat (Mark Pearson)

The supporting cast was rich and varied – all in the Carr Naze / Top Scrub area unless stated otherwise – and included at least four Yellow-browed Warblers (mo), a Mealy Redpoll (MJP) and several Lesser Redpolls, single Spotted and Pied Flycatchers, a Tree Pipit, 10 Siskins, eight Bramblings, 55 Song Thrushes, 20 Dunnocks, 25 Chaffinches, a Reed Warbler, three Whitethroats, five Blackcaps, six Chiffchaffs, five Whinchats and 15 Reed Buntings (both at Gristhorpe Bay), 10 Redwings and a Redstart.

(Recent days summaries to follow soon). 

Monday, September 18th, 2017

With apologies for a recent lack of regular summaries, here’s a brief digest of highlights so far this month to bring us back up to speed…. 

Wheatear, Carr Naze (John Price)

4th – two Curlew Sandpipers south, a Black Tern north, 4179 Gannets south, 250 Teal south and four Pintail north on the seawatch (JS). Three Egyptian Geese semi-resident in the area (mainly at East Lea) til at least 18th. Med Gull and 17 Snipe East Lea. Whinchat and Wheatear fresh in on Carr Naze evening (with ones and twos of the latter on various days in the month). 

5th – pale-bellied Brent and Curlew Sandpiper south and a Med Gull north on the seawatch (JS). 10 Ruff, 18 Snipe, 83 Lapwing East Lea.

6thMerlin, 11 Swifts, 959 Meadow Pipits and 586 House Martins south at the Gap (KC), Marsh Harrier south at Gristhorpe Bay (MJP). 

Sparrowhawk (Mike Cole)

7th – GREAT SHEARWATER north at 1020hrs plus adult Pomarine Skua south (MJP et al.), two Wheatears south at Reighton Sands, 645 Meadow Pipits, a Marsh Harrier and a Tree Pipit south at the Gap (KC).

8th – Three Little Gulls on the seawatch, nine Pink-footed Geese (first of year), a Goosander, a Merlin and 681 Meadow Pipits south at the Gap (KC). 

9th – two Med Gulls and a Black Guillemot south (Js, JP), 764 Meadow Pipits, a Corn Bunting and 52 Tree Sparrows south at the Gap. 

10th – Black-throated Diver south (JP, JS, CW), 1175 House Martins south and 456 north and 1156 Meadow Pipits south at the Gap (KC).

11th – Single Sooty and Balearic Shearwaters and a Med Gull past the Brigg (JS), three Swifts north at the Gap.

12th – Skuas into double figures for the first time this autumn with 12 Bonxies and 17 Arctic south at the Brigg as well as 14 Manx and a Sooty Shearwater. Osprey south and an unusual northbound movement of 21 Swift and 1087 House Martins at the Gap (KC, NCt). 

13th – three Sootys north at the Gap.

14th – decent seabound movements of 30 Bonxies south and three north, 20 Arctic Skuas, 11 Manx and a Sooty on the morning seawatch; longer counts in the day at the Gap produced 5 Sooty, 25 Bonxies (and seven north), 30 Arctic Skuas (and two north), 24 Red-throated Divers and a Yellow-legged Gull all south (KC, WS, GS, NcT). 

15th – Decent wildfowl movement included 25 Pintail and a Red-breasted Merganser north, plus 28 Manx and 19 Sooty shearwaters north, a Balearic shearwater north (CW), a Sabine’s Gull south (BP), plus 16 Bonxies and nine Arctic Skuas. At the Gap, 21 Pintail, three Balearic Shearwaters and juvenile Long-tailed Skua went north (GS, WS, Kc, NcT). The autumn’s first Yellow-browed Warbler was in Top Scrub (DL). 

16th – further notable seabound movements included two juvenile Long-tailed Skuas south, a Black Tern north, 24 Sooty and 28 Manx Shearwaters north, 22 Bonxies north (and 12 south), 37 Arctic Skuas south, and 25 pale-bellied Brents north (and 12 south) (JP, JS, JW, CW). Lesser numbers of similar species at the Gap, plus an adult Long-tailed Skua south (WS, GS, KC) and a further seven Bonxies high and inland in the evening. 

17th – the autumn’s first Snow Bunting was on Carr Naze, a female Merlin overflew the town (MJP), a Velvet Scoter (JA) was in the bay off the town (where wigeon and Teal numbers are building), and a late Swift was over Carr Naze. 

18th – a (the?) Yellow-browed Warbler was calling in Top Scrub (DL et al.), three Mistle Thrush in off, Lapwings up to 115 and Ruff up to 24 at East Lea. 

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Curlew, Gristhorpe Bay (Mark Pearson)

A generally quiet final week in the area included a few highlights: Med Gulls past the Brigg and Gap on 26th and 27th, a Sooty Shearwater, 547 Black-headed Gulls and a Marsh Harrier through the Gap on 27th, a good tern passage from the Brigg on 28th with 224 Common Terns north and 89 south, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull off the Brigg on 29th (BP, JS) and another past the Gap the following day (KC), and a decent wader passage past the Gap on 30th which included 32 Ringed Plovers south (and four Blackwits south on 31st). 

Juvenile Peregrine, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Friday, August 25th, 2017

A Spotted Flycatcher was the best of a Top Scrub ringing session this morning, with a Wheatear on Carr Naze, 39 Sandwich and 44 Common Tern on the Brigg (and 56 north), an Arctic Skua south at Gristhorpe Bay (where the returning Curlew flock is already up to 25 and at least 40 Grey Seals were in the water at high tide), and a juvenile Mediterranean Gull passed the Gap, where 10 Whimbrel, a Tree Pipit, 12 Yellow Wagtails and six Grey Wagtails went south and 70 tree Sparrows went north. 

Fulmar, Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Highlights over sea yesterday (24th) were a Sooty Shearwater and three Arctic Skuas south, a Bonxie north and 25 Common Terns, while visible migration at the Gap included a Marsh Harrier and 40 Tree Sparrows south and 370 Swallows and 12 Yellow Wagtails north, with three Spotted Flycatchers present; finch congregations included 150 Goldfinch there and 250 on Carr Naze.   

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Promising conditions for sea passage (a brisk northerly) produced our most notable selection of the autumn so far, the highlight being the year’s first Long-tailed Skua south (MJP), as well as single Balearic Shearwater and Pomarine Skua (JS), 14 Arctic Skuas, three Bonxies, 148 Fulmars, eight Swifts, a Grey Plover an 132 Common Terns south, and a fresh-in Wheatear on the Brigg.  

Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull (Mark Pearson)

An equally productive 22nd was most notable for terns, of which many stopped by on the Brigg for variable periods – these included two Roseate Terns, two Black Terns (and one south), Sandwich Terns (170s, 150n, 220 present), Common Terns (160s, 270n, 60 present) and Arctic Terns 13s, 10n, 15 present) (CW, MJP). Other highlights included a Sooty Shearwater, 259 Common Scoter and two juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls north (MJP), and a Stonechat and four Willow warblers were new on Carr Naze. 

Black Tern (Mark Pearson)

Monday, August 21st, 2017

The highlight of a quiet seawatch this morning was a colour-ringed Little Egret (blue C3) fishing in the rockpools, which is from either Norfolk of Notts – more to follow. Otherwise a build-up of terns included 80 Sandwich Tern at the Brigg / bay corner and another 37 north, and six Arctic Terns and 37 Common Terns (also north); at the Gap, a Black Tern went north (KC) as well as a Bonxie, a Pintail, five Manxies and 111 ‘commic’ terns. Two Ruff and two Dunlin were among waders at East Lea. The Greylag flock has built to an unfortunate high of at least 380 in the north of the area. 

Colour-ringed Little Egret (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday (20th) saw some light movement at the Gap with highlights including 13 Yellow Wagtails and three Corn Buntings north, single Greenshank and Ruff west, and 102 House Martins south. Good numbers of hirundines remain in drifting loose flocks throughout the area but most appear to be present rather than actively migrating, although 139 Swallows and 84 House Martins were recorded doing so at the Gap on 19th.

Two Corn Buntings south and a single north were recorded passing the Gap on 18th (KC), while the season’s first Wood Sandpiper was at East Lea (KP, PP) along with a Green Sandpiper, two Little Egrets and a Black-tailed Godwit.

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Another juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was recorded today, this time north at the Gap (KC), where five Yellow Wagtails and a Little Egret did likewise. A Little Egret was also at the Tip, while it or another has been frequenting the Dams and East Lea for the last few days. East Lea continues to attract a nice selection of waders over recent days, with two Ruff, a Little Ringed Plover, up to three Ringed Plover, single Common and Green Sandpipers, up to seven Dunlins and four Snipe present. Yesterday, the season’s first Tree Pipit, four Bar-tailed Godwits and a Greenshank went south at the Gap. 

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

A female Merlin was at the Gap both today and yesterday (KC), with a Grey Plover, a Bonxie and 101 Teal south the best of a quiet sea. Decent wader passage yesterday (14th) over the sea included 136 Redshank, 162 Dunlins, 49 Knot and 17 Sanderling all south, as well as a Sooty Shearwater (also seen from the Gap), 2 Bonxies and an Arctic Skua in the same direction. 

Water Vole, Dams (Caroline Garrod)

In a what’s been a productive period for this species, 34 Black-tailed Godwits went south at the Gap on 13th and 11 on 12th, while a Brown Argus was reported from the Dams on the former date along with two Greenshank and 49 Lapwings.

Friday, August 11th, 2017

At the Gap, 23 Black-tailed Godwits went south and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull (KC) went north, while the Dams held two Greenshank, a Green Sandpiper, three Gadwall and 20 Lapwing; a similar cast were present there yesterday (10th), along with a Little Egret. 

Black-tailed Godwit, Dams (Ian Robinson)

9th saw some improved activity on the sea, which included a Sooty Shearwater north, 16 Manx Shearwaters south (and nine north), 11 Bonxies, 10 Arctic Skuas, 313 Fulmars and 271 Common Scoters north, and 218 Oystercatchers and a Greenshank south. A Hobby went south at the Gap (WS) along with 20 Black-tailed Godwits, two Arctic Skuas and 42 Redshanks. 


Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Comma (Judith Henley)

A very wet, quiet day today with the only birds of note being a Greenshank and a Green Sandpiper at the Dams, and three Arctic Skuas and 666 Common Scoters north on this morning’s seawatch. Hobbys overflew the tow and the Gap on 6th, when 23 Black-tailed Godwits went south over the Country Park.

Hedgehog emerging from nest (Mike Cole)

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

Red-backed Shrike (Mark Pearson)

A Kingfisher at the dams today (DL) was the first of the season, while a three hour seawatch from mid-morning yesterday (4th) was quiet but for a good passage of gulls, including a day-record three Yellow-legged Gulls (MJP); all were juveniles and all northbound. A female-type Black Redstart was on Carr Naze first thing (CW) and 215 Swifts went south at the Gap. The Red-backed Shrike was last seen on 3rd, completing a stay of nine days.

Yellow-legged Gull (Mark Pearson)

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

The Red-backed Shrike remain in situ on long Hedge, while waders at the Dams today included twos of Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Common Sadnpiper and Redshank, with another two Blackwits, two Curlew and 37 Lapwing at East Lea. Two Garden Warblers were trapped in Top Scrub and 23 Sandwich Terns were on the Brigg.


Monday, July 31st, 2017

Another relatively busy few days, with lots of variety and quality on offer as early autumn migration continues to entertain. The unseasonal female Red-backed Shrike remains faithful to the eastern end of Long Hedge and has been present for a week now, while the season’s first Tree Pipit and 150 Swifts went south at the Gap this morning; an Arctic Skua and 600 Puffins did likewise there yesterday, with a Sooty Shearwater and 650 Puffins south there on 29th. 

Mediterranean Gull, East Lea (Mark Pearson)

A male Merlin flew east over East Lea and hung around the Top Fields on 28th (MJP, YP et al.), with an adult Mediterranean Gull also at East Lea on the same morning, when a Marsh Harrier went south over the Country Park and a Hobby and an Arctic Skua went south at the Gap; five Black-tailed Godwits also went south there, with a further five at the Dams. 

The Dams has held a variety of waders in addition to the godwits, including up to 35 Lapwings, three Green Sandpipers and two Common Sandpipers, as well as a regular Little Egret. Otherwise, warblers are on the move generally (with 12 Reed Warblers ringed at the Dams on 27th), and odd Yellow Wagtails are also beginning to pass through. 

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Red-backed Shrike, Long Hedge (Mark Pearson)

A pleasingly busy week in the recording area, culminating in the finding of an unseasonal and unexpected adult female Red-backed Shrike this morning (MJP et al.) towards the eastern end of Long Hedge. Passage through the Gap included a Little Gull, 132 Knot, 16 Dunlin, 21 Redshank, a Bonxie, two Shovelers and 125 Puffins (all south), with two Green Sandpipers, 40 Lapwings, 12 Golden Plovers and a Little Egret at the Dams, a Whinchat at the Tip and a report of a Quail near Reighton. A male Ruff sheltered on the Country Park yesterday, with an Arctic Skua south on 24th and a Balearic Shearwater south on 23rd (CW et al.).

A summer-plumaged Knot which dropped into the Dams on 22nd was colour-flagged and ringed, and we soon established in had been originally ringed (way up in the Arctic Circle) in Parsanger, Norway in May last year, and was then seen in the Netherlands four months later. This is the first time it’s been seen this year. The same day produced a Pomarine Skua, 29 Little Gulls, 34 Sanderlings, 73 Knot, two Bonxies and three Arctic Terns south on the seawatch. 

Red-backed Shrike, Long Hedge (Mark Pearson)

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Arctic Skua heading north (Mark Pearson)

A busy day of early autumn passage, particularly concerning Whimbrels, with a total of 244 recorded heading south through the area during the day. Other highlights included a Blue Fulmar south over Carr Naze (MJP), totals of 652 Common Scoters north and 96 south, 119 Manx Shearwaters south and two north, 31 Sanderlings south (among smaller numbers of other common waders), 136 Sandwich Terns north, plus five Arctic Skuas, two Bonxies, a Yellow Wagtail and two Little Egrets on the Brigg.

One of many parties of Whimbrel noted through the day (Mark Pearson)

Waders at a busy and productive Dams included no fewer than 15 Common Sandpipers, four Green Sandpipers, 60 Lapwings, five Redshanks, four Dunlin and the Black-tailed Godwit. 

Common Scoters heading north (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday (18th) was notable for nine Little Terns south and a Minke Whale (BP et al.).

Monday, July 17th, 2017

32 juvenile Lapwings were an encouraging sight at the Dams today, with wader passage generally becoming slowly more prevalent of late; other records have included a Black-tailed Godwit at East Lea and the Dams from 14th to today, the first two returning Sanderlings south on 15th, and 22 Dunlins south on the same day – when other reports included a single European Storm-petrel trapped overnight, a Velvet Scoter and a Quail reported from near Reighton.  

Ruddy Darter (Steve Bowden)

A Red-veined Darter and a Little Egret were at East Lea on 12th (DL), when a Hobby was reported over the Top Fields (TGD). 329 Swifts went south over Carr Naze on 11th, when 10 Manxies went north and the continuing strong Puffin passage totalled 270 south and 201 north. 

Monday, July 10th, 2017

The season’s first Minke Whale (BP) was reported off the Brigg today, while Little Egrets were at the Dams yesterday and south at the Gap (two) on 8th. Wader passage was heavy at sea on 6th, when 141 Redshanks and 93 Dunlin were the most numerous of a decent cast; Whimbrels, Curlews and others are southbound most days in small numbers.

Marbled White (Ian Robinson)

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

A quiet few days dominated by strong Puffin passage, with 601 south and 288 north on 1st and 542 south and 245 north on 3rd. Two Bonxies and 15 Manx Shearwaters also went north on 3rd, while two Little Egrets north and seven Black-tailed Godwits south were additional seawatch records on 1st. Today, a Velvet Scoter, a Bar-tailed Godwit and 8 Manxies went north. 

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Leach’s Storm-petrel (Dan Lombard)

The petrel catching season got off to a flying start on 23rd, with a preliminary test session resulting in the trapping of a Leach’s Storm-petrel and three (European) Storm-petrels (FBOG ringing team), the latter including ’67’ – a bird which has toured the east coast for ten years and which spent much of last year’s season at Filey!  The Leach’s is only the fourth to be ringed at Filey in 30 years. 

Other notable sightings over the previous days unfortunately concern mainly belated reports via bird news services, including a Green-winged Teal off the Brigg on 29th and a Nuthatch at Hunmanby Gap on 28th. The Bempton Black-browed Albatross also appears to have been seen in Filey Bay (per MR) (despite apparent time anomalies which we’re trying to straighten out) on its way north on 28th. 

Common Scoters have been on the move and in the bay in good numbers, with 535 south on 29th, 175 south (a.m) and 570 north (p.m.) on 28th and 1998 north on 27th. Manxies are on the move in small numbers every day, with a peak so far of 14 on 24th, while skuas are starting to trickle through, with the first Arctics on 27th (three south) and subsequent ones and twos, as well as odd Bonxies. 

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Med Gull (Mark Pearson)

An unexpectedly productive afternoon session on the Brigg produced a Garganey (around the Brigg and then eventually south), an adult summer Mediterranean Gull south, a summer plumage Red-throated Diver north and 31 Oystercatchers, six Turnstones and a single Knot (MJP).

Garganey (Mark Pearson)

Garganey (Mark Pearson)

Monday, June 19th, 2017

Red-veined Darter, East Lea (Mark Pearson)

A check of our East Lea reserve this afternoon revealed a minimum of four male Red-veined Darters (MJP) – the first of the year, maintaining a recently annual run of ecords for this scarce species in our recording area. 

Red-veined Darter, East Lea (Mark Pearson)

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

Four-spotted Chaser (David Eccles)

A calm, mild and quiet week locally, with few notable sightings beyond local and breeding species. On the sea, 248 Puffins south (and 48 north) and 14 Manxies south on 11th were peak day counts for the month so far, while an unseasonal Corn Bunting at the Tip and a Little Ringed Plover in a field south of the Gap (both on 16th) were a little less predictable. Dragonflies and butterflies are very much out in full force now – expect more attention to be paid to them over the coming weeks! 

Broad-bodied Chaser, Filey Dams (David Eccles)

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

Barn Owl and Roe Deer, The Tip FBOG reserve (Patricia Morris)

A reasonably quiet week in generally settled conditions, although another Osprey – heading south over Carr Naze on 7th (TH) – completes a good spring for this species locally. Otherwise notable sightings have included a Cuckoo at the Tip today and a Hummingbird Hawkmoth near Parish Wood yesterday. Slightly improved seawatching movements have included 108 Puffins south (and 49 north) and 17 Manx Shearwaters north (and two south) yesterday, 50 Manxies south on 6th, while two Red-throated Divers (one north, one south) passed by on 4th. Small numbers of waders on the Brigg were headlined by a good count of 16 Ringed Plovers on 3rd.

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

Reed Warbler, Dams (Mark Pearson)

A Grasshopper Warbler and a Garden Warbler were reported from the Tip today, where a late Tree Pipit as also grounded yesterday. The first Large Red Damselfly of the season was recorded in the Top Scrub, Broad-bodied Chasers have been seen at the Dams for the last five days or so, while a few Manxies continue to pass in most recent seawatches.


Blackbird, Dams (Steve Bowden)