Monday, June 18th, 2018

A Hobby went south at the Gap yesterday, while the Dams held a single Wigeon, five Teal, a Redshank and two Lapwings among the usuals on 16th. An impressive southbound movement of Swifts took place in classic conditions (a south-westerly storm front at this time of year) with 1,352 between 0600 and 0800hrs over Top Scrub, with a single Whimbrel also over. A European Storm-petrel was trapped and ringed on the team’s first attempt this season on the night of 15th, while on the sea, 34 Manxies and six Eiders were logged on the same day. 

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

Sandwich Tern, Brigg (Mark Pearson)

The best of the last few days was an Osprey which headed north over the town on 9th. A Marsh Harrier went south at Gristhorpe Bay the following day, while at the Dams, Little Ringed Plovers, a few Lapwings and the odd Common Sandpiper have been recorded. On the sea, a Bar-tailed Godwit went north yesterday, and small numbers of Manxies, Common Gulls, Black-headed Gulls and Sandwich Terns are passing daily; on the Brigg, a few Turnstone and Oystercatchers and a single Knot are present.  

Friday, June 8th, 2018

Little to report again over recent days, with a Bonxie past the best of few reports today; other seawatch records have included single figures of Manx Shearwaters past on most days, and a pair of Garganey south on 5th. 

Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

The only report of note today was a Hummingbird Hawkmoth on Sycamore Ave, while yesterday (2nd) a Spotted Flycatcher was in Church Ravine, and a Belgian-ringed Chiffchaff was trapped in Top Scrub. On 1st, a Tree Pipit and a Psainted Lady were on Carr Naze, and a Common Sandpiper was at East Lea.  

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

A male Redstart was on the clifftop in the fog above the Yacht Club and a male wheatear was on Carr Naze, while a Wood Sandpiper (the year’s first) was on Carr Naze Pond in the evening. A Garden Warbler was in Top Scrub, and two Ringed Plovers, a Purple Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, a Dunlin and a Common Gull were on the Brigg.

Wood Sandpiper, Carr Naze Pond (Nigel Webster)

Yesterday (30th), a Pied Flycatcher and a Redstart were fresh in on Carr Naze, a Spotted Flycatcher was in Top Scrub, and single Common Sandpiper and Little Ringed Plover were at the Dams, and three Purple Sandpipers, a Wheatear and a Redstart were on the Brigg.   On 29th, a Garden Warbler was in Top Scrub, a Whimbrel overflew Gristhorpe Bay. On 28th, three Roseate Terns went north, a single Corn Bunting was at Gristhorpe Bay, and a Spotted Flycatcher was in Top Scrub.  

Sunday, May 27th, 2018

Unfortunately still quiet over recent days, with very few migrants of note. Today, a Whinchat was fresh in on Carr Naze, Wheatears were there and at Gristhorpe Bay, a Snipe was by Short Hedge and a Garden Warbler was in Arndale. Otherwise, the few notable reports recieved were as follows:

On 19th, two adult Med Gulls over East Lea; 20th, a Spotted Flycatcher in Parish Wood; on 23rd, 26 Manx Shearwaters and five Whimbrel north on the seawatch (with single figures of Manxies on other dates); on 25th, three Goosander off the Brigg and a Wheatear on Carr Naze; and on 26th, an acredula Willow Warbler among a small arrival of commoner warblers in Top Scrub.

Whinchat, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Otherwise, the Dams has held up to four Ringed Plovers, a semi-resident Little Ringed Plover, up to two Common Sandpipers and regular single Yellow Wagtails.  

Friday, May 18th, 2018

A quiet few days of high pressure and generally settled conditions. Today, two Eiders and a Red-breasted Merganser were in the bay corner, and single Greenshank and Little Ringed Plover were at the Dams. A Cuckoo was at the Tip on 14th and 15th, while on 13th, a Long-eared Owl was trapped in Top Scrub, a Little Tern was in the bay, two Common Sandpipers werea at the Dams and 117 Gannets and 327 Herring Gulls were feeding on a baitball off the Brigg. 

Cuckoo, Tip (Ian Robinson)

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

A busier day locally with a Marsh Harrier and two Yellow Wagtails over Top Scrub, a Hobby over Primrose Valley, a pair of Garganey, five Little Terns and 294 Sandwich Terns south at the Brigg, a Bar-tailed Godwit and a Red-breasted Merganser north there, and five acredula-type Willow Warblers and a Reed Warbler among a good cast of arrival trapped and ringed in Top Scrub. 

10th saw single Whimbrel and Wheatear on Carr naze, while on 9th a minimum of three Hobbys were in the area as well as the first double figure count of Swifts (over the town), two Wheatears on Carr Naze, and a Yellow Wagtail and a four-spotted Chaser at the Tip. 

Monday, May 7th, 2018

Kestrel, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

The quiet, blue-skied warm period continues, with a Tree Pipit briefly in Top Scrub this morning the pick of today’s sightings, where there were five Large Red Damselflies. On 5th, a Firecrest in Top Scrub was the fourth or fifth of the spring (an unusually high return), while 320 Herring Gulls were on the Brigg and a Red-breasted Merganser and a Whimbrel went south at the Gap, where there was also a single Wheatear. 

Friday, May 4th, 2018

Hen Harrier, Gristhorpe Bay (Mark Pearson)

Today’s highlight was a female Hen Harrier which moved swiftly north and out across the sea at Gristhorpe Bay. Other notable records included a Tree Pipit which overflew the Tip, a Little Tern north, four Wheatears on Carr Naze and two Purple Sandpipers on the Brigg, while the Dams hosted a Little Ringed Plover, a late Redwing, several Swifts, two singing Reed Warblers and a Common Sandpiper (with another at East Lea). Good numbers of Common Whitethroats arrived across the area, while a Sedge Warbler was at Cawthorne Pond.

Yesterday, a tundrae-type Ringed plover was at East Lea, two White Wagtails and a Wheatear were on Carr Naze (where two Swifts and 35 Swallows went through), and a late peak of 312 Meadow Pipits went north at the Gap, where a Little Egret, two Swifts and two Yellow Wagtails did likewise.  

Hen Harrier, Gristhorpe Bay (Mark Pearson)

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

A Great Northern Diver and a Little Tern went north on this morning’s seawatch, while Common Sandpipers were at the Dams (two) and East Lea (two), with both White and Yellow Wagtails at the latter site and two singng Reed Warblers at the former, and three Wheatears on Carr Naze. 

Mute Swans in this morning’s downpour at East Lea (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday’s (1st) highlight was undoubtedly the Hawfinch which went north-west at East Lea in the late afternoon, while the Grasshopper Warbler continued at the Tip, where there were also two Snipe. At the Gap, a slight improvement on recent mornings included 205 Linnets, four Whimbrels and four Yellow Wagtails all north. 

Monday, April 30th, 2018

Today’s cold and blustery northerly saw four Manx Shearwaters north at the Gap. Yesterday (29th) a Great Skua and nine Sandwich Terns were the best of the seawatch and a Greenshank remained at the Dams, while on 28th the ringing team trapped a potentially interesting Chiffchaff (which we hope to provide more details of soon), a Black-tailed Godwit was at the Dams, a Stonechat was on Carr Naze, a Corn Bunting was near Gristhorpe roundabout and a single Manxie went north. 

Black-tailed Godwit, Dams (Mark Pearson)

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Today saw the year’s first Hobby west through East Lea, where a notable hirundine passage included 101 Swallows and 39 House Martins, as well as two Swifts. Linnets were on the move at the Gap this morning, with 314 north and 113 south, as well as 33 Swallows and five Yellow Wagtails through. 12 Common Scoter were in the bay. Two Wheatears were on Carr Naze. 

Yesterday (25th) a Grasshopper Warbler (another year first) was singing at the Tip, 14 Red-throated Divers were in the south of the bay and two Wheatears were on Carr Naze., while a single Greenshank, two Common Sandpipers and a Little Ringed Plover were at the Dams. Five Bottlenose Dolphins went south on 24th, with firsat-of-the-year Cuckoos in the Rocket Pole Field and at the Gap and Wheatear in off and a Swift north at Reighton Sands.  

Common Sandpiper, Dams (Mike Cole)

Whimbrels and Yellow Wagtails are present passing through daily in single figures and all three hirundines are picking up in numbers at local breeding sitesas well as visibly migrating. 

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)