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)

Friday, November 30th, 2018

A Great Northern Diver and 54 Red-throated Divers were the best of the sea this morning, with the Velvet Scoter still in the bay, two Snow Buntings still on Carr Naze and four little Gulls still off the seafront. At the Dams, the black-tailed Godwit remains along with a Shelduck, eight Lapwing, two Curlews, two Redshank and the Kingfisher. Twos of Siskins were over the Dams and the town.

Grey Wagtail, Dams (Mark Pearson)

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

At the Dams, a Goosander and a Black-tailed Godwit joined the long-staying Kingfisher, up to eight Snow Buntings are in the carr Naze area, while on the sea, a Little Gull and a Grey Plover went south and limited wildfowl movements included 52 Teal and four Pochard. The male Velvet Scoter remained in the bay. 

Snow Bunting, Carr Naze (Nigel Webster)

Yesterday (27th), the Black Guillemot remained for at least the morning, the Snow Buntings were present all day, the male Velvet Scoter was in the bay, a Woodcock went south, a Great Northern Diver went north, and four Little Gulls were off the town seafront.  

Monday, November 26th, 2018

The Black Guillemot remained faithful to the south side of Carr Naze all day today, while four Snow Buntings frequented the latter, the Kingfisher was still at the Dams, while an Arctic and two Great Skuas were the best of a quiet sea. 

Black Guillemot in the bay (Nigel Webster)

Sunday, November 25th, 2018

Snow Bunting, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

A day of brisk north-easterlies brought a Black Guiillemot to the south side of the Brigg this afternoon – a just about annual visitor, Black Guillemots do sometimes stick around and the Brigg  / bay corner may hold the bird for a while. Seven little Gulls, three Eiders,  50 Common Scoters and 20 Red-throated Divers were among birds off the Brigg / in the bay, a dark-bellied Brent went north and a Snow Bunting was on Carr Naze.

Black Guillemot off the Brigg (Will Scott)

Saturday, November 24th, 2018

A male Snow Bunting came in and dropped onto Carr Naze briefly before heading south, while off the the Brigg, over a hundred Red-throated and a single Great Northern Diver were present or passing, an adult little Gull fed and then meandered north with Black-headed Gulls, five dark-bellied Brent Geese went south and single Goldeneye and Red-breasted Merganser went north; another Goldeneye was in the bay corner.

Snow Bunting, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Friday, November 23rd, 2018

Kingfisher, Dams (Mike Cole)

A Bittern was seen briefly in the reedbed at the back of the Dams late morning, where there were also two Water Rails, a Jack Snipe and a Chiffchaff. Another Chiffchaff was a East Lea, while off the Brigg, four Little Gulls and a (the) Red-necked Grebe were feeding late on, and four Snow Buntings, 16 Little Gulls and a Med Gull moved through. Yesterday (22nd), the Kingfisher remained at the Dams and the Red-necked Grebe was in the bay. 

Kingfisher, Dams (Mike Cole)

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

A quiet sea produced two Goldeneye among slim pickings today, with the Kingfisher still at the Dams. Also at the Dams yesterday (20th) were two Chiffchaffs, two Mute Swans, eight Curlew, 65 Wigeon, 50 Teal, a Shoveler and two argentatus Herring Gulls, with three Bonxies and a 1cy Glaucous Gull passing the Gap – the latter likely the same bird present on the country park briefly on 19th

Pale-bellied and dark-bellied Brent Geese passing the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Also on the 19th, the Red-necked Grebe remained off the Brigg (also seen 20th), where a pale-bellied Brent Goose sneaked by with 51 dark-bellied congeners; other wildfowl on the move included a Velvet Scoter, 60 Wigeon, four Pintailm 14 Eiders, a make Goosander and two Red-breasted Mergansers, with similar numbers recorded at the Gap. 

Sunday, November 18th, 2018

A quiet day today with a Mediterranean Gull and at least five Little Gulls feeding off Hunmanby Gap and two Barnacle Geese at Filey Fields Farm. Yesterday (17th), a Mealy Redpoll was among birds trapped and ringed in Top Scrub, where there were also 70 Redwings, 60 Blackbirds, a Woodcock, 40 Fieldfare and threes of Brambling and Lesser Redpoll; a Lapland Bunting overflew the same site. Six Little Gulls were in the bay, 16 dark-bellied Brents went north and 35 Red-throated Divers went south. 

Mealy redpoll (Dan Lombard)

Friday, November 16th, 2018

Murky, mild conditions with south-easterly winds encouraged late autumn movements today, with incoming totals at Carr Naze including two Waxwings, 327 Blackbirds, 86 Fieldfares, 273 Redwings and 18 Song Thrushes, while passage over the sea included a Great Northern and 37 Red-throated Divers, 10 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, eight Gadwall, 140 Wigeon, 26 Little Gulls, a Pochard, 77 Dunlins and four Bar-tailed Godwits. 

Red-necked Grebe off the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

A Jack Snipe was flushed from the Brigg, where there also 36 Purple Sandpipers and a Kingfisher; just off the Brigg were a Black-throated Diver and a Red-necked Grebe. 

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

The Black-throated Diver remained in the bay off the Brigg, where 26 Red-throated Divers, two Gadwall, a Little Gull and an Arctic Skua passed in the morning. /a /manx Shearwater and a Pomarine Skua did likewise yesterday (14th), when a Snow Bunting was on Carr Naze. 

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

A memorable day at the Obs with our second BB rarity of the year (after the Coues’s Arctic Redpoll a couple of weeks ago) in the shape of a Pallid Swift feeding over the Brigg early afternoon before heading south-east over the bay. Other notable records included a significant southbound movement of Pink-footed Geese; although many slipped through unnoticed this morning (judging by counts at Flamborough), skeins continued throughout the day, numbering at least 1792 by late afternoon, most of which were out over the sea. 

Pallid Swift over the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Also at the Brigg, a Red-necked Grebe and a Black-throated Diver were offshore, a Kingfisher is still in residence, while four Snow Buntings (one Carr Naze, three south) were recorded. The Gap saw record counts of 6570 Woodpigeons and 71 Stock Doves as well as 140 Chaffinches, 115 Goldfinches, 49 Siskins, 10 Bramblings and a Crossbill. Six Whooper Swans went south over the country park, with a further two off the Brigg this morning, and a Short-eared Owl was at Gristhorpe Bay. 

Monday, November 12th, 2018

A Velvet Scoter, a Little Gull and a Great Northern Diver passed the Brigg, 26Purple Sandpipers were on it, 50 Skylarks and 26 Golden Pover went south over Carr Naze, seven Whooper Swans went south at the Gap (with another in the bay), with a late Swallow, three Goosander and a Red-breasted Merganser also south there. 

Roe Deer, Tip (Nigel Webster)

Yesterday (11th), a productive morning at the Gap included a Richard’s Pipit, 146 Chaffinches, 53 Bramblings, three Twite and a late Whimbrel south, plus a Great Northern Diver and a Green Sandpiper present, while two Velvet Scoters and two Stonechats were at Reighton sands, a Little Gull flew past the Brigg and the Snow Bunting was on Carr Naze. On 10th, a Great Northern Diver was in the bay, the Snow Bunting was on Carr Naze, and a Lapland Bunting went south at the Gap.

Friday, November 9th, 2018

A Firecrest was along the western hedge of the Tip today, while totals there and along North Cliff combined included 13 Goldcrests, 105 Tree Sparrows, 193 Linnets, three Stonechats, 63 Skylarks, 10 Grey Partridge and 13 Reed Buntings. 34 Redwing, 35 Blackbirds and a Sparrowhawk came in off, 94 Curlew were at the Gristhorpe Reef roost and three Little Gulls went south. 

Goldcrest (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday (8th), a Snow Bunting was on Carr Naze, a probable Common Swift was reported over the town, 56 Wigeon, 21 Teal, a Shoveler and five Curlews were at East Lea, the Black-tailed Godwit was still at the Dams, while the Gap saw movements of 11 Pink-footed Geese, two Pintail, a Green Sandpiper, 80 Skylarks, 15 Fieldfares, nine Bullfinches, 11 Bramblings, 34 Crossbills,and 48 Siskins. On 7th, a Waxwing and eight White-fronted Geese headed south at the Gap, and a Long-tailed Duck went south off the Brigg.  

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

A quiet couple of days, today’s highlights being a late Whimbrel over and a few Redwings and two Woodcock in Top Scrub this morning, another Woodcock on Carr Naze, and a Curlew and a Black-tailed Godwit still at the Dams.

Black-tailed Godwit, Dams (Judith Henley)

Yesterday (5th), a Waxwing was a brief visitor to a town garden, 20 Little Gulls and a Great Northern Diver went south, a Short-eared Owl was at the Tip and a Crossbill and 21 Siskins were the best of the Gap. 

Sunday, November 4th, 2018

A generally quiet start to the month, although a Rough-legged Buzzard over the west of the town on 2nd maintains our annual strike rate recently of this rare winter immigrant. Otherwise, a Lapland Bunting went through the Gap on 1st, with notable vismig there on 2nd including a Merlin, 42 Pink-feet, 85 Skylarks, 23 Siskins, two Med Gulls and a Woodcock, with two Snow Buntings on the beach path. 

Kingfisher, Brigg (Nigel Webster)

25 Crossbills and a Mediterranean Gull were the best of the Gap on 3rd, when a Snow Bunting was along North Cliff, and a further 28 Crossbills also moved through the Gap today. Otherwise a Black-tailed Godwit is at the Dams and the Kingfisher and dark-bellied Brent remain on the Brigg, with up to 30 Purple Sandpipers there.