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)

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

Reasonably quiet over recent days, with up to three Pink-footed Geese with the ferals on most days at the Dams, the same site hosting a Mediterranean Gull on 27th, up to four Chiffchaffs, the three Shelducks, two Water Rails, two Little Grebes and odd Siskins.

Whooper Swans, Bay (Mike Cole)

Nine Whooper Swans paused in the bay before heading north on 25th, the Velvet Scoter and at least one Great Northern Diver are still in the same area, odd Blackcaps are being reported from several sites and a Stonechat was on Long Hedge on 26th. 

Chiffchaff, Dams (Mark Pearson)

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

Comma, 21st (Judith Henley)

An unseasonably mild few days (set to continue) has seen more activity generally, with that classic sign of early spring, Pink-footed Goose return migration, figuring recently (and especially today). A total of 770 moved through in multiple skeins today, with lesser numbers on previous days and a single bird at the Dams.

Chiffchaff, Dams (Judith Henley)

A Red Kite was over Primrose Valley yesterday, while at the Dams, seven Gadwall, a male Common Pochard, 13 Tufted Ducks, 14 Coot, a pair of Mute Swans, up to three Chiffchaffs, two Snipe and an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull, 180 Common Gulls and 130 Black-headed Gulls were also present today.

Treecreeper, Martin’s Ravine (Mike Cole)

In the Brigg area, the Velvet Scoter, up to six Common Scoters, two Great Northern Divers, up to 20 Red-throated Divers and up to 45 Purple Sandpipers are still present. Early butterfly sightings have ncluded a Small Tortoiseshell on Carr Naze and a Comma in a provate garden, both yesterday. 

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

Avocet, Reighton Sands, 16th (Mark Pearson)

A quiet few days, the standout highlight being an Avocet on the sea offshore at Reighton Sands at dusk on 16th, where a Shelduck also went south; further Shelducks were off North Cliff (six) and south off the Brigg (four). Otherwise a Green Sandpiper was briefly at the Dams today, Sanderlings have numbered eight at the Gap and 17 at Reighton Sands (both 16th), adult Lesser Black-blacked Gulls were off the Brigg (13th) and on Rutland Street (17th). The Velvet Scoter is still off the Brigg. 


Thursday, February 14th, 2019

As you were locally with long-staying Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Duck and Great Northern Divers off the south side of the Brigg, up to six Great Crested Grebes in the northern bay, up to 50 Purple Sandpipers and up to 30 Ringed Plovers on the Brigg, and up to 50 Red-throated Divers offshore in the same area. Two further Velvet Scoters were briefly in the bay on 11th before returning north, and up to 12 Yellowhammers are visiting the Country Park.

Gadwall, Dams (Judith Henley)

Sunday, February 10th, 2019

It remains quiet locally with little new of note to report in recent days. Up to two Great Northern Divers are still off the southern side of the Brigg / in the north of the bay, the Velvet Scoter is in the same area, and two Snow Buntings were on Carr Naze this morning. On 6th, a Med Gull, 54 Red-throated Divers, six Eiders, three Wigeon and 18 Sanderlings were at Hunmanby Gap. 

Shoverlers at the Dams (Judith Henley)

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

A very quiet start to the month was enlivened a little by the brief appearance of a Great Egret at the Dams this morning (for c15 mins only), with 47 Wigeon, two Shoveler, 32 Teal and a single Coot among other species appreciating the thaw there. 

Great Egret, Dams (Mark Pearson)

The Velvet Scoter and Great Northern Diver are still off the Brigg, with another Great Northern Diver north this morning as well as good numbers of Gannets and Fulmars offshore. On the Brigg, good wader numbers included 41 Ringed Plovers and 46 OPurple Sandpipers. 13 Yellowhammers were at the Country Park feeders, with small numbers of both Fieldfares and Redwings in the area. 

Great Egret, Dams (Mark Pearson)

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

More of the same of late, with the Velvet Scoter, the Long-tailed Duck, at least one Great Northern Diver and three Common Scoters on the Brigg area (as well as large numbers of auks and gulls), whiles waders there have included up to 45 Purple Sandpipers, two Grey Plovers, the Knot and up to 25 Ringed Plovers. Red-throated Divers totalled 136 today (106 off the Gap, 30 in the northern bay), with three Woodcock also at the Gap. 

Dunlin, Purple Sandpiper and Sanderling, Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Scandinavian argentatus Herring Gulls have been particularly evident, with 12 in the pre-roost gathering at the Dams on 27 and eight there on 28th, with up to eight in the Brigg area. 

Sunday, January 27th, 2019

A Chiffchaff was the Gap today, while long-stayers include the Velvet Scoter, the Long-tailed Duck, up to two Great Northern Divers, and good numbers of Red-throated Divers in the Brigg / bay area. On 26th, 110 Pink-footed Geese went north up the coast, while a total of three Grey Wagtails were in the town area on 25th, when 34 Pink-feet were west of the Dams, 22 Teal were in the bay and a Woodcock was on Carr Naze. 

Great Northern Diver, Brigg (Mark Pearson)

A pair of Mute Swans, a pair of Shoveler, the Australasian x Common Shelduck (and both of the latter) and small numbers of Lapwing and Curlew have been at the Dams on most recent days. 

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

Waxwing, Filey town (Mark Pearson)

Two very accommodating Waxwings were on the Wharfedale estate yesterday (23rd); otherwise, most notable records in recent days again refer to long-stayers, with the Velvet Scoter, two Common Scoters and up to two Great Northern Divers off the Brigg, the Mandarin at Primrose Valley, and pairs of Mute Swan and Shoveler (plus similar numbers of ducks, a few Lapwings and odd Redshanks) at the Dams.

Waxwing, Filey town (Mark Pearson)

Good numbers of Red-throated Divers have included 62 on 23rd (27 south and 35 present) at the Brigg and 23 off Hunmanby Gap on 21st, while 103 Fulmars were counted on the cliffs (with another 40 on the sea) on 23rd, while a Bar-tailed Godwit was with 38 Curlews on Gristhorpe reef. 

Mandarin, Primrose Valley (Mark Pearson)

Friday, January 18th, 2019

Mainly as you were locally over recent days, with most of the notable activity in the northern bay – up to three Great Northern Divers, the Long-tailed Duck, up to four Great Crested Grebes, up to 25 Red-throated Divers, a Velvet Scoter, three Common Scoters and good numbers of auks are present, with an immature Mute Swan yesterday and today.

Mute Swan, Dams (Mark Pearson)

Three Snow Buntings were on Carr Naze up to 16th at least, up to 25 Purple Sandpipers and 22 Ringed Plovers are on the Brigg, two Shelducks and the hybrid are still at the Dams, where a pair of Mute Swans are commuting to and from East Lea, the Mandarin and Kingfisher are still at Primrose Valley main lake. 

Monday, January 14th, 2019

Mandarin, Primrose Valley (Mark Pearson)

A Kingfisher and the Mandarin are at Primrose Valley, two Shelducks and the Australasian x common hybrid, plus 36 Wigeon, are at the Dams, at least three Snow Buntings are still on Carr Naze, 22 Ringed Plovers are among waders on the Brigg, and the Long-tailed Duck and a scattering of Razorbills and Red-throated Divers are in the bay. 

Saturday, January 12th, 2019

Most of the notable sightings from the last few days concern long-stayers, with three Great Northern Divers and the Long-tailed Duck in the northern bay and up to four Snow Buntings on Carr Naze, with the drake Mandarin still at Primrose Valley.

Yellowhammers, Country Park (Nigel Webster)

On the sea, a White-fronted Goose went south on 7th and a Med Gull on 8th, with three Slavonian Grebes reported off Primorose Valley on 9th (with one also in the bay today). Single figures of winter thrushes are scattered, and up to 25 Yellwhammers and two Corn Buntings in the country park araea.

Sunday, January 6th, 2019

Mostly as you were over recent days, with two Long-tailed Ducks (the long-stayer off the Brigg and a first-year male off Gristhorpe Bay), the Snow Buntings still on Carr Naze (up to five), 40 Pink-feet south and three Great Northern Divers still in the north of the bay today. A Blue Fulmar went south yesterday, while five Grey Partridge, two Golden Plovers and 32 Skylarks were at Gristhorpe Bay on 4th.  

Snow Bunting, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

First of all happy new year from Filey Bird Observatory & Group. Three Great Northern Divers were present off Carr Naze on 30th. 72 Yellowhammers and a Corn Bunting in the stubble west of Long Plantation were the highlight of 31st, in addition five Chiffchaffs were present at Reighton Sewage Works along with a Grey Wagtail and a Chiffchaff was at the dams, where the Goldeneye and Shoveler continue. More Chiffchaffs were once again recorded on 1st with two at the Dams and a single at Primrose Valley. Singles of Barnacle and White-Fronted Geese joined the Canada/Greylag flock at East Lea and a Long-Tailed Duck was off the Brigg. Four Great Northern Divers were in the bay today, additionally the three Snow Buntings continue on Carr Naze and the drake Mandarin continues at Primrose Valley. 

Curlew, Dams (Judith Henley)

Saturday, December 29th, 2018

The Goldeneye returned to the Dams on 26th with a Common buzzard also present, two Great northern divers were in the bay on the same day. Two Waxwings were seen in the town and three Snow bunting were on Carr Naze yesterday (27th). Chiffchaffs were recorded through the area today with one at Reighton Gap and 6 around Primrose Valley (all collybita), the latter site also holding Water rail, Kingfisher and a drake Mandarin. In addition, 12 Sanderling were on the beach at Hunmanby Gap.

Mandarin, Primrose Valley (Will Scott)

Tuesday, December 25th, 2018

Once again a continuation on the last few days, aside from 2 Chiffchaffs at the Dams yesterday and a Goosander and Lesser black-backed gull north through the bay today. The two Snow buntings remain faithful to Carr Naze. 

Snow bunting, Carr Naze (Will Scott)

Sunday, December 23rd, 2018

Wildfowl dominated the sightings over the last few days with a Long-tailed duck off the North side of the Brigg (21st) and Pink-feet moving south, with 145 on 22nd and 210 today (23rd). The two Snow buntings were still present on Carr Naze on 21st. The Goldeneye continues at the Dams along with the Australian x Eurasian shelduck.

Goldeneye, Dams (Judith Henley)

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

The two Snow Buntings remain on Carr Naze and the Goldeneye is still at the Dams.

Great Northern Diver (11th), Brigg (Alan Walkington)

Monday, December 17th, 2018

Male Snow Bunting, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Still mostly as you were locally, with a Great Northern Diver and the Long-tailed Duck off the Brigg, the pair of Snow Buntings on Carr Naze and the Goldeneye and Kingfisher still at the Dams today. Recent days have seen the same, plus two Pintail west over the town and the returning Australasian x Common Shelduck (with a Common Shelduck) at the Dams on 15th.  

Female Snow Bunting, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Friday, December 14th, 2018

Pink-footed and White-fronted Geese, Dams (Pete Dunn)

The assemblage of White-fronted Geese west of the Dams swelled to 50 today (with 11 Pink-feet), while the Kingfisher and two Great Northern Divers remained in the Brigg area and the Goldeneye was still at the Dams. 

White-fronted Geese, Dams (Pete Dunn)

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)