Friday, February 17th, 2017

Another reasonably quiet few days locally, although numbers of Red-throated Divers built to an impressive 252 between the Gap and Reighton this morning (KC), with lesser numbers in the northern bay, where a Great Northern Diver has been present daily (with it or another also frequenting the Gap). A Blue Fulmar drifted south at Gristhorpe Bay on 13th (MJP), where there was also a male Stonechat, 30 Curlews and two Common Seals. 

Blue Fulmar, Gristhorpe Bay (Mark Pearson)

The Red-necked Grebe continues in the north of the bay, while expected fare on the sea has included two Velvet Scoters south on 12th (JS) and 125 Pink-footed Geese north on 15th as well as increasing numbers of auks, Gannets and Fulmars and small numbers of common wildfowl. 

Friday, February 10th, 2017

A quiet few days locally, with very little new activity but for a trickle of wildfowl over the sea (including e.g. the odd Goldeneye and Goosander). Long-stayers include the Black Redstart around the Brigg / Carr Naze, the Red-necked Grebe in the bay corner, an intermittern Great Northern Diver there and up to 50 Purple Sandpipers in the Brigg area. Four Chiffchaffs are at the Dams, where  there are also two Shelduck, two Shoveler and seven Tufted Ducks.  

Just published on the articles page is Will Scott’s summary of his 2016 patch-birding year – click here to read.

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Black Redstart, bay corner Mark Pearson)

An interesting start to month, with the pick being a brief Green-winged Teal unfortunately not relocated despite extensive searches on 3rd (TGD). A juvenile Iceland Gull went east over the town on 2nd (MJP), but the sea has been quiet, with a Great Northern Diver north on 5th, and two dark-bellied Brents and single Blue Fulmar and Velvet Scoter north (JS) on 1st the pick.

The wintering female Black Redstart remains in the Bay Corner / Brigg area, up to 18 Rock Pipits are still there and in the Rocket Pole Field, and the Red-necked Grebe is still in the bay along with uo to 190 Wigeon, 60 Red-throated Divers and 13 Great Crested Grebes. Single Gadwall and Velvet Scoter were off the gap this morning (NC). 

Sanderling, 6th (Mark Pearson)

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

The month drew to a close with more of the same quality themes still at play: namely more White-fronted Geese – with one north at the Gap on 28th (WS) and 12 at Primrose Valley in 30th (JD & TGD) – and white-winged gulls, with an adult Iceland past the gap on 28th and a 2cy Glaucous Gull (eating a White-front!) on the sea yesterday (BP et al.). Otherwise, the Snow Bunting is still on Carr Naze and up to 180 Wigeon are in the bay (and up to 210 at East Lea, with at least some interchange involved as is usual).

Rock Pipit, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Friday, January 27th, 2017

White-fronted Goose (Dan Lombard)

Two White-fronted Geese were with the ferals at Primrose Valley today (DL), with a Chiffchaff also in the same area, 25 Sanderlings on the beach, a Blue Fulmar went south (JS) and a male Pochard and four Shovelers were at the Dams. Yesterday saw two Treecreepers in Glen Gardens and a good movement of wildfowl over the sea, which included a White-fronted Goose north, 89 Wigeon, 75 Mallard, five Shoveler, two Pintail, four Pochard, a Tufted Duck and four Gadwall south, as well as a Red-necked Grebe south (JS). Highlights on 24th consisted of a Velvet Scoter south, two Stonechats in the Rocket Pole Field.

Pochard (Dan Lombard)

Long-stayers still kicking around include the Black Redstart in the Brigg area, at least one Great Northern Diver off North Cliff and the Snow Bunting on Carr Naze. Grey Wagtails are particularly noticeable this winter, with up to four roaming the area (and perhaps easiest to find in the town centre and the Bay Corner). Up to 200 Wigeon and 60 Teal are at the Dams / East Lea. 

Sanderling (Dan Lombard)

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

Highlights over the last few days have included (from today backwards) 18 Barnacle Geese, an unseasonal Manx Shearwater and a Goosander south plus two Great Northern Divers and five Harbour Porpoise off North Cliff today, two Scaup went south yesterday (JS, MA, BP), 27 White-fronted Geese headed north over the Tip (CW) and four White-beaked Dolphins went south on 20th and Blue Fulmars did likewise on 19th & 18th (JS). A Corn Bunting was at Filey Fields Farm on 18th (J&TGD), The wintering female Black Redstart and Snow Bunting remain in the Carr Naze area, while the Red-necked Grebe and Great Northern Diver remain in the bay.  

Grey Partridges on the Tip (Ian Robinson)

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

A generally dull and nondescript midwinter day produced a nice surprise in the shape of a Water Pipit at East Lea this morning (MJP) – a less than annual species which is almost unheard of here in winter. Two flocks totalling c500 Pink-footed Geese headed north over the town this afternoon, while East Lea and the Dams are holding 204 Wigeon, 66 Teal, a few Snipe, two Shoveler, four Fieldfare and the odd Redshank and Dunlin.

Water Pipit (Mark Pearson)

Two Red-necked Grebes, 35 Red-throated Divers and 10 Great Crested Grebes were off the seafront yesterday (MJP), where a Great Northern Diver is also in temporary residence; a Black-throated Diver headed north yesterday (JS, BP). Late news for the 14th consisted of nine White-fronted Geese north at the Gap after dusk (SB).

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

 

Glaucous Gull (Mark Pearson)

Glaucous Gull (Mark Pearson)

Just as cold (but lacking the gale-force winds, storm surge and varied precipitation), today’s moderate west-north-west wind brought mainly sunshine and even more pleasingly a hatful of Glaucous Gulls to the area. A minimum of five (although likely six or seven) passed through the Brigg and bay corner during the day, with sightings also at North Cliff and the Gap (treated as the same here although possibly additional). Individuals included an adult (very rare here), a 3rd calendar year and three second calendar years (MJP, AJD, WS, NC et al.).

Glaucous Gull (Mark Pearson)

Glaucous Gull (Mark Pearson)

Other notable sightings included a Black-throated Diver (MJP), a Velvet Scoter and three Great Northern Divers, while the Red-necked Grebe was in the bay corner again.

Friday, January 13th, 2017

 

Glaucous Gull (Mark Pearson)

Glaucous Gull (Mark Pearson)

A day of very strong north-westerly winds, wintry showers (and heavy snow around dawn) and a very potent storm surge made for challenging but ultimately productive conditions today. The morning, was quiet bird-wise (in sharp contrast to the weather), but an afternoon bay/sea-watching session from the seafront produced a fantastic haul of at least four Glaucous Gulls and an Iceland Gull, with one of the Glaucs heading over Carr Naze and (presumably) one of them past Hunmanby Gap (MJP, IR, TC, KC et al.).

Coble Landing (Ian Robinson)

Coble Landing (Ian Robinson)

Two Great Northern Divers were in the northern bay, the Snow Bunting was still on Carr Naze, and a Red-necked Grebe was reported (with the long-stayer also reported on several previous days in the bay, as well as the long-staying Velvet Scoter). A Blue Fulmar went north on 12th, while the female Black Redstart reappeared near the sea-watch hide on 11th.

Town seafront (Ian Robinson)

Town seafront (Ian Robinson)

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Notable highlights today included a second-year Glaucous Gull north-west on an otherwise uneventful sea-watch this morning (JS), and two Bean Geese over the town in the afternoon. The Snow Bunting remains on Carr Naze.

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Two teams partook in the annual Michael Clegg bird race today, and as is often the case, turned up a decent bird or two – this year in the shape of 10 Waxwings heading west at the Bay (WS, GS, GD). Three dark-bellied Brents were on the Brigg, and an impressive 170 Red-throated Divers were in the bay along with two Great Northerns. Two Chiffchaffs were in Church Ravine, and the Snow Bunting remains on Carr Naze.

Waxwings (Will Scott)

Waxwings (Will Scott)

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

Waxwings were the bird of the day today, with three (a two and a one) through at East Lea (DL) and two on the Pastures estate (SB). Otherwise, East Lea & the Dams continue to hold two Chiffchaffs and three Water Rails, with 200 Wigeon and 30 Teal at the former site and no fewer than 30 Reed Buntings in the evening roost.  A large local movement of 100 Red-throated Divers (including 84 north) occurred at the gap this morning, with a Great Northern Diver, 80 Wigeon and seven Great Crested Grebes off the seafront this afternoon. A Pintail north yesterday and a Goosander north today were the best of a quiet sea, while a Snow Bunting remains on Carr Naze.

The Brigg from the Country Park (Mark Pearson)

The Brigg from the Country Park (Mark Pearson)

 

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Happy new year from all of us here at Filey Bird Observatory & Group! It’s been an uneventful festive period birdwise, with a 2nd calendar year Glaucous Gull past the Gap this morning (KC) being the pick, as well as three Med Gulls and two Velvet Scoters past the Brigg (JS, JB, CW). Long-stayers include both the Red-necked Grebe and the Velvet Scoter in the bay, a Snow Bunting on Carr Naze throughout and the Black Redstart until 30th, while a Merlin went south at the Gap on Christmas Day (GS, WS).

Rock Pipit on the Brigg this afternoon (Mark Pearson)

Rock Pipit on the Brigg this afternoon (Mark Pearson)

Saturday, December 24th, 2016

FBOG WOULD LIKE ATO WISH ALL OUR MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS A VERY HAPPY MIDWINTER FESTIVAL SEASON!

FBOG WOULD LIKE TO WISH ALL OUR MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS A VERY HAPPY MIDWINTER FESTIVAL SEASON AND NEW YEAR!

A quiet few days locally, with the few notable records involving a Black-throated Diver and five White-fronted Geese at the Gap on 22nd (WS, GS) and a single Snow Bunting still intermittently on Carr Naze. I’m taking a short break over the festive period but the latest sightings will be back as usual early in the new year, and I’ll still be posting anything particularly notable if and when it occurs in the meantime.

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Teal, Filey Dams (Mark Pearson)

Teal, Filey Dams (Mark Pearson)

A fairly quiet few days here at the Obs with the exception of (yet more) Eurasian White-fronted Geese records; an already excellent season continued with an adult at East Lea (DL, MJP) and a first year at Hunmanby Gap (NC, WS) on 17th, with 13 north at the latter site on 18th (WS). The Velvet Scoter remains faitful to the seafront area (with another south on 19th), where a Great Northern Diver and up to 100 Wigeon have also been present. At least one Snow Bunting remained on Carr Naze to 18th at least, while Snipe are present in the area in good numbers, with peaks of 13 at the Dams and 11 at East Lea on 16th. Three Chiffchaffs and three Water Rails are also still present at the latter sites, with Barn Owls at two regular local sites.

White-fronted Goose, east Lea (Mark Pearson)

White-fronted Goose, East Lea (Mark Pearson)

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Rock Pipit, Filey Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Rock Pipit, Filey Brigg (Mark Pearson)

In the bay, both the Red-necked Grebe and Velvet Scoter remain off the town seafront over recent days, as do up to 12 Great Crested Grebes and two Goldeneye. Sea-watching has been quiet, but for a Merlin and two Bonxies south this morning, Long-tailed Ducks south yesterday (14th) and 12th, and Great Northern Divers past today and 11th (JS). Up to 13 Rock Pipits are in the Brigg/bay/beach area, while 27 White-fronted Geese flew south on 12th (MJP).

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

Quiet today, with 21 Snipe and two water Rails at East Lea and a Little egret south at the Gap the pick. Yesterday (9th) saw a Bittern reported in flight near the Blue Dolphin holiday camp (GD) and a Long-tailed Duck at East Lea (MM), while the black Redstart remains in the bay corner and the Snow Buntings on Carr Naze. Redwings, Fieldfares and Blackbirds have been trickling through daily, and in what has been a particularly good couple of months for the species, another 25 White-fronted Geese went south on 7th (JS), with 32 Pink-footed Geese over the Dams.

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

(With apologies for the recent delay due to now-resolved tech issues): working backwards, yesterday (5th) saw a new Red-necked Grebe in the bay corner (MJP) and then along the town seafront, a Great Northern Diver off the Brigg, and the long-staying female Snow Buntings on Carr Naze and the female-type Black Redstart still in the bay corner. A first-year Iceland Gull drifted over Carr Naze on 4th (GS, AB), with at least one Red-necked Grebe also in the bay / Brigg area (JH, MJP et al.).

Red-necked Grebe (Mark Pearson)

Red-necked Grebe (Mark Pearson)

On 3rd, a Black-necked Grebe toured the bay before settling for a while off Martin’s Ravine (JH et al.) with a Velvet Scoter north and a Great Northern Diver in the bay, while a Sooty Shearwater and three Whooper Swans went north on 2nd. December ended with a female Long-tailed Duck and a Great Northern Diver in the bay and Mealy-type Redpoll on Carr Naze on 29th (MJP, JS et al.).

Snow Bunting (Pete Short)

Snow Bunting (Pete Short)

Additional records from sea-watches have included odd Bonxies, Red-breasted Mergansers and Goosanders, while up to 50 Purple Sandpipers, 18 Knot and 21 Turnstones are among waders in the bay corner and Brigg area, while up to 12 Rock Pipits (a good wintering population) are along the shoreline here. Snipe are present in good numbers, with eight north over Carr Naze yesterday, up to 12 at East Lea, ten at the Tip and six at the Dams, while odd Woodcocks have been seen over the town at dusk.

Monday, November 28th, 2016

A busy day today in the bay and Brigg area, with a fine selection of early winter quality on offer at various points through the day. The morning sea-watch produced the first Grey Phalarope of the year heading south, a Great Northern Diver north (perhaps the same as one seen doing likewise at the Gap) and six Scaup south, and a drake Long-tailed Duck in the bay (JS, CW). High tide in the northern bay this afternoon meanwhile produced a Slavonian Grebe briefly in the bay corner and then in the outer bay, a Red-necked Grebe off the southern side of the Brigg, 11 Great Crested Grebes, and small numbers of ducks (including Goldeneyes, Wigeon, Common Scoter, Eider and a Red-breasted Merganser) (MJP et al.). Two Snow Buntings are still on Carr Naze, where they have been for some days, and a few Snipe and Redshank are at the Dams and East Lea.

Snow Bunting, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Snow Bunting, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday (27th) saw two Sooty and a single Manx Shearwater heading north off the Brigg, a Long-tailed Duck south and single Red-necked Grebe and Great Northern Diver present (CW, JS, JH), while 26th was notable for a high count of 17 Rock Pipits in the Brigg/Carr Naze/Rocket Pole Field area (as well as 12 Snipe in the latter), while a single Woodcock, two Stonechats and 19 Sanderlings were at Hunmanby Gap. Three Snow Buntings flew south over the town on 25th, when 47 Red-throated Divers and 16 Great Crested Grebes were in the bay, and 114 Eiders, 35 Red-throated Divers and two Dark-bellied Brent Geese were the best of the sea movements.

Snow Bunting, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Snow Bunting, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

A single Velvet Scoter was the best of a quiet sea today, with a Woodcock on Carr Naze. A quality seawatch yesterday (23rd) morning in brisk northerlies produced a Little Auk, a Red-necked Grebe, five Sooty Shearwaters, three Scaup, five Great Northern Divers, two Pomarine Skuas, three Little Gulls, 10 Bonxies and a Mediterranean Gull among other counts (MJP, JS, CW), while two Snow Buntings remain on Carr Naze (both days).

Snow Bunting, Carr Naze (Mike Cole)

Snow Bunting, Carr Naze (Mike Cole)

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Black Redstart, bay corner, 20th

Black Redstart, bay corner, 20th

A couple of days dominated by stormy weather and often very windy conditions. The sea provided a Pomarine Skua, two Long-tailed Ducks, a Great Northern Diver, two Velvet Scoters and 19 Little Gulls (JS), while 11 Shoveler overflew the town, where two Grey Wagtails are present (often at one of the ravines or along seafront). Two Great Northern Divers and seven Bonxies went south yesterday (21st), while 20th saw a Black-throated Diver heading south (MJP), three Scaup north (JS) and a Black Redstart in the bay corner (MJP).

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

Overnight frosts and cold winds have dominated the last few days, with highlights today of 1000 Golden Plovers, 26 Whooper Swans, 95 Pink-footed Geese, a Great Northern Diver and two Snow Buntings south, with a further two Great Northern Divers in the bay. Yesterday (18th) saw a Waxwing heading south-west over the town (MJP) and 12 Whooper Swans south, with five Twite south at the Gap on 17th when a dark-bellied Brent Goose was on the Country Park and four Great Northern Divers went south. Two Stonechats remain in the Carr Naze area.

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

A quieter few days in the area, with four Whooper Swans, 120 Pink-footed Geese, a Crossbill, a Brent Goose and two Buzzards all south over the town today, while the usual cast at the Dams and East Lea included a Black-tailed godwit, two Water Rails, three Chiffchaffs, 110 Wigeon and 11 Shoveler.

Pink-footed Geese, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Pink-footed Geese, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday (14th), a ‘Blue’ Fulmar went north and a Great Northern Diver was off the Brigg, where a Lapland Bunting came in off on 13th (JS); the same day saw 170 Pink-footed Geese south over Carr Naze and an impressive movement of Woodpigeons – 4475 south, 588 north – in the morning at the Gap, as well as 46 Siskins and two Snow Buntings south there.

Barn Owl, Rocket Pole Field (Mark Pearson)

Barn Owl, Rocket Pole Field (Mark Pearson)

Saturday, November 12th, 2016

… with apologies for the enforced break in transmissions. Chronologically (from the 2nd onwards), highlights and notable records over recent days are as follows:

On 2nd, a Long-tailed Duck, 10 Bonxies and an Arctic Skua went south off the Brigg and two Goldeneye went north, while two Woodcock were on the Tip. 3rd saw Waxwings in off (JS) and over the town (CW), two Whooper Swans at the Dams and another over Hunmanby Gap, where two ring-tail Hen Harriers went south (KC) as well as 12 Crossbills and 110 Siskins; a Twite went north, and a good arrival of thrushes in off included 194 Blackbirds and 345 Fieldfares. On the sea, a Short-eared Owl, five Scaup, a Little Auk (JS), three Woodcocks and a Great Northern Diver went south and two Pintail went north.

Another Great Northern Diver, 13 Bullfinches and 47 Siskins went south at the Gap on 4th, while a busier 5th saw three Waxwings in a garden there and another three over (NC), four Sooty and a single Manx Shearwater north and 11 Bonxies and 150 Common Scoters south. Passing the Brigg were five Scaup, nine Little Auks (JS) and a Little Gull. An equally busy 6th included two Long-tailed Ducks, a Little Auk, four Sooty Shearwaters, a Woodcock, 17 Bonxies, a Great Northern Diver, three Goldeneye, 129 Common Scoter and four Pintail passing the Brigg (JS), with four Sootys, four Manx, three Pomarine Skuas, five Little Auks, a Velvet Scoter, a Long-tailed Duck, a Goosander and – most notably – a Sabine’s Gull past the Gap (WS, KC, GS).

The 7th continued a similar theme with two Velvet Scoters, 126 Common Scoters, a Little Auk, a Pomarine Skua, and 12 Little Gulls passing the Brigg (JS) and six Little Auks, a Great Northern Diver and a Velvet Scoter in the bay off Coble Landing (J&TGD). Little Gulls were again numerous on 8th with 26 north past the Brigg, as well as single Goosander and Red-breasted Merganser, six Goldeneye and 61 Wigeon; a Woodcock headed south along the seafront, where a Black Redstart was also present (J&TGD).

The last couple of days have been somewhat quieter, although two Corn Buntings, 1500 Wood Pigeons, and 620 Starlings went north and 205 Siskins went south at the Gap yesterday (11th), and a Woodcock went south at the Brigg; today’s highlight was a single Scaup off the Brigg. Up to 18 Snow Buntings (Carr Naze), 26 Purple Sandpipers and 115 Oystercatchers (Brigg) have been present in recent days.

Oystercatchers on the Brigg (George Stoyle)

Oystercatchers on the Brigg (George Stoyle)

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

A day of brisk northerly winds promising seabound activity, which applied during the morning at least. Highlights from the Brigg included four Little Auks, a Sooty Shearwater, 15 White-fronted Geese, five Pomarine Skuas, 15 Bonxies, three Arctic Skuas and an Arctic Tern (JS, MJP), while observations at the Gap included four Little Auks, at least three of which were different to the above based on times/directions (KC, WS, GS, NC). At least four Shorelarks remained in the field west of the Rocket Pole Field, and five Snow Buntings were in the Carr Naze area.

White-fronted Geese (Mark Pearson)

White-fronted Geese (Mark Pearson)

Please note there will be a brief break in transmissions due to unforeseen circumstances, but updates will resume shortly.

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Today’s highlight was the arrival of five Shorelarks in off the sea and onto the Top Fields, where they remained for at least the morning (MJP); at least two were still present in fields between the Tip and Newbiggin, with four there yesterday. Three Lapland Buntings were also in the Top Fields (MJP), five Snow Buntings were mobile between there and Carr Naze, and 14 Whooper Swans headed south-east (with three more over the Dams in the afternoon). Fieldfares arrived in good numbers, with at 650 into and around the northern coastal area, along with 110 Redwings, 215 Blackbirds, 60 Skylarks and 45 Meadow Pipits, while two Jack Snipe (MM) were at East Lea (with the long-staying Black-tailed Godwit at the Dams).

Snow Buntings, Carr Naze (John Price)

Snow Buntings, Carr Naze (John Price)

A Lapland Bunting, a Ring Ouzel and two Crossbills were in the Gristhorpe Bay area yesterday (JH), when productive vismigging at the Gap involved 273 Siskins south, five Scaup, four Goldeneye, nine Whooper Swans, a mealy-type Redpoll and a late Swallow (KC, NC, WS), with a Woodcock over the Royal Oak crossing at dusk. Two Scaup north were the best of the sea today, while a Long-tailed Duck and the Arctic Tern were the best of yesterday (JS, CW).

Shorelark, near Newbiggin yesterday (John Harwood)

Shorelarks, near Newbiggin yesterday (John Harwood)

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

A mild day today with a light south-westerly wind was notable for wildfowl movements along the coastal strip, with a particularly good count of 14 Scaup (two into the north of the bay, 12 off the Gap), 10 White-fronted Geese west over the town, 34 Whooper Swans (in parties of one, two, 10, 15 and five) and 595 Pink-footed Geese (with double figures on most recent days) (KC, MJP, PJD). Also logged at the Gap this morning were 139 Siskins, five Yellowhammers (unfortunately notable here these days) and a late House Martin. A Long-tailed Duck and Great Northern Diver passed the Brigg (Js, JP), while at least two Snow Buntings are in the Carr Naze area.

Whooper Swans over the town this morning (Mark Pearson)

Whooper Swans over the town this morning (Mark Pearson)

A Velvet Scoter and 89 Skylarks past the Gap were the best of yesterday (28th), while 140 Pink-feet over and the Black-tailed Godwit were recorded at the Dams on 27th.

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

A sunny and clear day with light variable winds was headlined by two Pallas’s Warblers loosely associating (and frequently contact-calling) at the landward end of Martin’s Ravine (MJP et al.), our fourth and fifth of the autumn. A total of six Ring Ouzels were among good numbers of incoming thrushes, and overhead passage included 125 Skylarks, 350 Pink-footed Geese, 45 Siskins, 160 Jackdaws, 30 redpolls and five Grey Wagtails. Much reduced numbers of grounded migrants involved five Chiffchaffs, 60 Redwing, 45 Fieldfare, 50 Blackbirds, 18 Robins, 10 Bramblings, a Water Rail (Top Scrub), and three Stonechats (the latter present for several days). Bullfinches at the golf course berry bushes numbered seven, with up to ten there in recent days, while the Snow Bunting remains on Carr Naze and the Arctic Tern around the Brigg.

Pallas's Warbler (Mark Pearson)

Pallas’s Warbler (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday’s (24th) highlights included a Richard’s Pipit in the Carr Naze area (MJP), 25 White-fronted Geese west (J&TGD, MJP) and at least three Shorelarks still in the fields near Newbiggin. Notable sea-watch records included seven Scaup, ten Bonxies and a Long-tailed Duck south and a high count of 512 Little Gulls north (JS, MA, JP).

Pallas's Warbler (Mark Pearson)

Pallas’s Warbler (Mark Pearson)

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

A cold and windy day today was enlivened by a late Red-breasted Flycatcher (MJP et al.) fresh-in at the seaward end of Arndale. Very few new arrivals were noted on the land, although the particularly tame Snow Bunting remains on Carr Naze and a Yellow-browed Warbler was calling in Top Scrub.

Red-breasted Flycatcher, Arndale (Mark Pearson)

Red-breasted Flycatcher, Arndale (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday was also challenging regarding conditions, but highlights included a Yellow-browed Warbler in Long Lane, a Norwegian-ringed Mealy Redpoll trapped by the ringing team, the Arctic Tern still around the Brigg, at least five Lapland Buntings scattered across the northern area and eight Little Gulls north and seven Bonxies south on the sea.

Snow Bunting, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Snow Bunting, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Friday, October 21st, 2016

Pallas's Warbler (Mark Pearson)

Pallas’s Warbler (Mark Pearson)

Another busy couple of days in brisk north-westerly winds and often bright sunshine. Bird of the day yesterday (20th) was a new Pallas’s Warbler (the third of the month), trapped by the ringing team in the morning, while Yellow-browed Warblers were in Arndale and Top Scrub. 23 White-fronted Geese headed north-west over the Top Fields, where a Lapland Bunting was with Skylarks (MJP). A Snow Bunting was on Carr Naze (remaining today), two Short-eared Owls were fresh-in, seven Whooper Swans geaded north-west, and a single Sooty Shearwater and seven dark-bellied Brent Geese were the best of a quiet sea.

Mealy Redpoll (Will Scott)

Mealy Redpoll (Will Scott)

Today’s headline birds were undoubtedly the six Shorelarks found in coastal fields near Newbiggin (JH et al.), an Acredula-type Willow Warbler was in the same area, while a further three Short-eared Owls came in off the sea. Mealy Redpolls were trapped both today and yesterday, while an Arctic Tern has been present around the Brigg on both days, and two each of Sooty Shearwater and Scaup were the pick of the sea.

Brambling (Will Scott)

Brambling (Will Scott)