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)

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Sandwich Tern at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

A very quiet end to the month, with little in the way of notables, although two Sandwich Terns dropped out of the mist and into the Dams for a few minutes on 29th, where six Mute Swans continue to commute between there and East Lea. Otherwise, Painted Ladies have begun to arrive in small numbers, a singing Yellowhammer at Reighton gives us another breeding presence, and up to 50 Oystercatchers are in the Brigg area (with very small numbers of other waders including Sanderling, Dunlin, Ringed Plover and Turnstones, with the odd Common Sandpiper also dropping in)

Moorhens at the Dams (Pete Dunn)

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

Little of note to report today except for a Hobby hunting Sand Martins at Hunmanby Gap (KC) and c250 Swifts feeding along a storm front over North Cliff, but yesterday (26th) produced two good spring records – a Curlew Sandpiper flushed off the Brigg (JS) and a male Hen Harrier high over the Country Park (JH), while a Hobby and a Little Ringed Plover overflew East Lea (MJP). 

House Martins beginning to build nests in the town (Mike Cole)

House Martins beginning to build nests in the town (Mike Cole)

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Black-tailed Godwits at the Dams (Judith Henley)

A quiet few days as high pressure and settled conditions dominate. Today saw Cuckoos at the Gap and the allotments, while Spotted Flycatchers remained at Parish Wood and the Tip after arriving yesterday, when 10 Barnacle Geese went south at the Gap. A Little Owl was near to last year’s breeding site on 21st, while the daily passage of small numbers of Manx Shearwaters spiked at 23 north on 20th. Three Black-tailed Godwits were at the Dams on the same day, and a White Wagtail was at East Lea on 19th. Trickles of waders, Yellow wagtails, hirundines and finches are still going through in small numbers but visible migration has generally ebbed and the sea remains very quiet. 

Kestrel, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Three Barnacle Geese went south at the Gap on an otherwise very quiet day today, while yesterday’s (19th) highlights were a summer-plumage Black-tailed Godwit at East Lea and the Dark-bellied Brent Goose venturing over to the Gap.

Black-tailed Godwit, East Lea (Mark Pearson)

16th was somewhat busier, the highlight being a Quail in song at Gristhorpe Bay (MJP), plus 14 Barnacle Geese and a Marsh Harrier south at the Gap, the Brent on the Brigg, and a interesting ‘flash-fall’ as a storm front hit mid-pm: small numbers of suddenly grounded passerines on the clifftop to the north of Carr Naze included a very late female Brambling, a Lesser Whitethroat and a Spotted Flycatcher and at least 370 swifts along the line of the storm. A second Spotted Flycatcher was in top Scrub, while another Marsh Harrier was at Newbiggin, the Velvet Scoter was still off the Gap, and interesting breeding records included both Yellowhammer and Yellow Wagtail in the Gristhorpe Bay area.

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Good records from the Gap today included a Hooded Crow and a Little Egret north, a Marsh Harrier, a Goosander and 18 Tufted Ducks south, and male Velvet Scoter offshore (which was previously seen passing the Brigg, BP) (KC, NC, WS, GS). A Brent Goose was on the Brigg. Yesterday (14th) saw modest passage in the shape of a Greenshank, 208 Swallows and 44 House martins south at the Gap, while singles of both  Pied and Spotted Flycatchers were in Top Scrub. up to eight Wheatears are in the Carr Naze / Country Park area.

Wheatear, Country Park (John Harwood)

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

An Osprey flew south over the town this afternoon (J & TGD), while a big movement of hirundines this morning involved 1020 Swallows, 477 House Martins and 112 Sand Martins south at the Gap, with two Little Egrets also south there, and three Common Sandpipers were at East Lea. Yesterday (12th) saw a Greenshank over the Gap but little else of note.  

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Wall, Carr Naze (Mike Cole)

A quieter day with a south-easterly airflow and plenty of sunshine this morning for the ringers who trapped a female Ring Ouzel in Top Scrub and a Hobby overflew there (DL et al.). A Cuckoo was at the Gap, a Fieldfare was at East Lea, at least seven Reed Warblers were in the Dams area, and a small arrival of other common warblers was evident generally. Eight Wheatears were on Carr Naze and a male Pintail and a pair of Gadwall were on the pond there, while waders on the Brigg included a Common Sandpiper, 11 Purple Sandpipers and 41 Oystercatchers, with six Whimbrel north and two down.  131 Sandwich Terns went south over the course of the day.

Pintail, Carr Naze pond (Mike Cole)

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

A day of notable visible migration was headlined by two raptors early on – an Osprey west at Hunmanby Gap (KC, NC) and a late Merlin south-east at Gristhorpe Cliff (MJP). The former also saw a Tree Pipit and 25 Yellow Wagtails north, while the latter logged good northbound Linnet and Goldfinch counts (213 and 96 respectively), and both sites registered impressive hirundine totals – each had in excess of 550 Swallows, while Gristhorpe Bay also saw 225 Hpouse Martins and 71 Sand martins heading north (with smaller numbers of each at the Gap). A Little Egret was still at the Dams, and the sea-watch again registered nothing of note. 

Sedge Warbler, Dams (Judith Henley)

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Waxwing (Ian Robinson)

Surprise bird of the day was a late and frustratingly brief Waxwing on the Wharfedale estate (mo). A female Greenland Wheatear was on Carr Naze late on and Manxies have passed the Gap yesterday (three) and today (one), where four Tundrae-type Ringed Plovers were on the beach. Otherwise, migration over land and sea has been quiet in the northerlies, although hirundines began moving this afternoon as the winds calmed, with 81 Swallows south at the Gap and another 12 south at Carr Naze this evening. The Dams and East Lea are holding up to three Common Sandpipers, a couple of Snipe and up to three Dunlin, as well as a Little Egret. 

Whimbrel (John Price)

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

Spoonbills (Ian Robinson)

Cold northerlies hardly inspire much hope at this time of year, but there have been some notable arrivals nevertheless, particularly in the shape of three Spoonbills (MC et al.) that spent a short while at the Dams this afternoon before heading south (with a male Goosander also there).

Pied Flycatcher (John Harwood)

The male Pied Flycatcher trapped and ringed by our crack team in the Top Scrub yesterday remained in situ today, while yesterday also provided Hobby which overflew the Top Scrub (PJD et al.), when the first significant arrival of Swifts included several there and ten over the town early on. The sea and visible migration have been predictably quiet, although several Yellow Wagtails and small numbers of Linnet and Goldfinches have moved along the coastal strip. 

Spoonbills (Will Scott)

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Firecrest, 2nd (David Aitken)

A generally quieter few days to begin the month, with high pressure and a northerly airflow curtailing much movement. Notable records have however included a Firecrest trapped and ringed in the Top Scrub (DL, DA, GD) on 2nd, when there were also two Goldeneye present and a male Pochard north at the Gap. A Black-throated Diver and a Bonxie were reported off the Brigg on 1st, when a Redstart was in Top Scrub.

Odd Bar-tailed Godwits (with a max of four on 3rd at East Lea) and Grey Plovers continue to drop in and pass by, with a peak of three Common Sandpipers at East Lea and a late Fieldfare there today. A Swift was at the Gap and at least ten Lesser Whitethroats were well scattered across the northern coastal area, while two Garden Warblers were at the Dams. 

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Little Ringed Plover, East Lea (Ian Robinson)

A Turtle Dove west over East Lea this morning (MJP) at least ensures this species makes it into another Filey Bird & Wildlife report next year. A strong day for visible migration – particularly of waders, terns and wildfowl along the coast – was otherwise headlined by a Black Tern south at the Gap, where other day counts included 38 Bar-tailed Godwits, 15 Whimbrel, 14 Knot and 16 Sanderlings south, with a single Pintail the best of a small duck movement and two Corn Buntings south (KC). Smaller numbers of waders, including Grey Plovers and Bar-tailed Godwits, were also noted off the Brigg in the day and at the Gap in the evening. A Grasshopper Warbler sang from Top Scrub (DL) and up to six Greenland Wheatears were along the coastal strip (JP, MC, DL, AH et al).

Otherwise, previous days were reasonably quiet with totals at the Gap of 112 Linnets and 61 Goldfinches on 28th and 240 / 74 respectively on 27th. Two Ring Ouzels went north there on 25th (KC), while other species on the move in small numbers along the coastal strip over the period have included Manx Shearwaters, Whimbrel, Grey Plovers, Red-breasted Mergansers, Goosanders, Sandwich and Arctic Terns, hirundines, and Yellow and Pied Wagtails. Odd waders at the Dams and (particularly) East Lea have included Whimbrel, Greenshank, Little Ringed Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit and Common Sandpipers, and all warbler species (including Reed, Garden, Sedge and Lesser Whitethroat) have trickled in in small numbers. 

Grey Plovers and Bar-tailed Godwit off the Brigg (John Harwood)


Monday, April 24th, 2017

More headline news from Hunmanby Gap, where a Red-rumped Swallow went south early on this morning (KC, NC), as did a Corn Bunting; otherwise visible migration in the first couple of hours was reasonable there and at Gristhorpe Bay, where double figures of the three (commoner) hirundines and treble figures of Linnets and Meadow Pipits dominated the notebooks. Two Bottlenose Dolphins and a Raven went north off the Brigg this morning (JS), while at least 20 Wheatears arrived along the coast early on. Two White Wagtails and a Common Sandpiper were at East Lea, and a Short-eared Owl was at the Tip this evening. A Lesser Whitethroat was new for the year at the Gap and a Common Whitethroat was at Reighton.

Otherwise the last few days have been quieter in unhelpful conditions, but a Glaucous Gull went north at the Gap on 22nd and a Ring Ouzel was there yesterday (KC, NC), while East Lea held a Whimbrel and the Dams a Reed Warbler and an Acredula-type Willow Warbler, also on 22nd.   

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Another excellent morning for visible migration, with Hunmanby Gap once again rewarding dedicated efforts and Gristhorpe Bay beginning to yield interesting results and records. Bird of the day was an adult female Montagu’s Harrier which drifted north inland at the Gap shortly before 0700hrs (KC, NC), reappearing a full 45 minutes later pursued by crows and heading inland from Gristhorpe Bay (MJP). The Gap also logged a male Ring Ouzel, another Hooded Crow and two Whimbrels, and both sites recorded continuingly strong totals of Linnets, Meadow Pipits and Goldfinches.

Grasshopper Warbler at the Tip yesterday (Ian Robinson)

Wheatears were incoming and moving through quickly, with four through G. Bay and two the Gap, a smattering of hirundines were northbound at both and two Corn Buntings were southbound at the Gap, while acredula-type Willow Warblers were prevalent with two heading north at G. Bay (pausing briefly on the cliff fence), one at East Lea (where there was also a Common Whitethroat) and they were described as the dominant form during this morning’s ringing session in Top Scrub (per DL). 

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Peregrine, Gristhorpe Bay (Mark Pearson)

Another good morning for the visible migration watchers at either end of our recording area, with an Osprey along the cliffs and south-east early on at Gristhorpe Bay (MJP) and a Marsh Harrier north at the Gap and then Gristhorpe Bay (KC, MJP). A Twite and a White Wagtail also bypassed the Gap (KC), and both sites had similarly good counts of Linnets and Meadow Pipits into triple figures, high double figures of Goldfinches and single figures of both martins (and 22 Swallows through G. Bay) among other species. 

Little Ringed Plover, East Lea (Ian Robinson)

A Grasshopper Warbler sang and showed well from the Tip on 19th and today (J & TGD et al.), while the long-staying White-fronted Goose continued with Greylags on 17th and 18th, this time at East Lea, where it was joined briefly by two Pink-feet on the latter date. The same site hosted waders in the shape of a Ringed Plover on 18th and Green Sandpiper and Little Ringed Plover on 19th (yesterday), while the Dams hosted a dark-bellied Brent Goose and a Yellow Wagtail as well as the usual lingering wildfowl and Barn Owls. White Wagtails have been reported from Carr Naze Pond and East Lea.

Osprey, Gristhorpe Bay (Mark Pearson)

Monday, April 17th, 2017

A quieter week than others of late, with high pressure and winds from the northerly sector equalling lesser returns re: incoming migrants in recent days. Visible migration studies at Hunmanby Gap continue to provide plenty of interest, with highlights of a Little Egret, a Brambling and over 300 Linnets through yesterday (16th), 250 Linnets and 80 Goldfinches through on 15th, 21 Fieldfares and 400 Linnets through on 14th, 435 Linnets and 110 Goldfinches on 13th (when 502 Linnets and 225 Meadow Pipits went north through the Gristhorpe Bay watchpoint early on), and an excellent day on 11th which included two Red Kites north, a Hooded Crow south and our first Whimbrel north (KC, NC). Full totals, as always, are available on the Trektellen website here

A few Swallows, Sand Martins and Sandwich Terns have been a feature of most days, while a White Wagtail was reported again from East Lea (where the first Mallard ducklings, a brood of five, were out and about yesterday), while a few Wheatears and occasional House Martins have moved through.  

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Another busy few days, although today was somewhat quieter, with seven Wheatears (six Carr Naze, one Gap) the most notable record. Yesterday (9th) saw a Firecrest at the Dams (please contact us if it you’re the observer who photographed the bird so we can credit you), a singing Corn Bunting at the Gap (an unusual record of a locally extinct breeder) and a House Martin past the Brigg, while a Med Gull went north at the Gap on 8th (KC). 

Raven (Dan Lombard)

A Raven which was first seen at Gristhorpe roundabout and then toured the northern area on 7th was one of the rarest records of the year thus far (RAB et al.), with other good records for the day involved both Red Kite and Jack Snipe (plus 218 Meadow Pipits north) at the Gap (KC, NC), and a/the Hooded Crow over the Top Fields (CW).  

Swallows and Sand Martins are now moving through / arriving back in reasonable numbers, while Blackcaps and Willow Warblers have joined Chiffchaffs in suitable habitat and Redwings and Fieldfares are still trickling back north. 

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

The action continues over the last couple of days, with highlights today of a Green Woodpecker (locally very rare) briefly on Carr Naze and a Hooded Crow in the Top Fields (DL), Snow Bunting and Marsh Harrier north at Gristhorpe Bay (MJP) and a Red Kite over the town (J & TGD). 

Yesterday (5th) saw an Avocet on the sea off the Gap before heading north (KC, NC) and the White-fronted Goose still with Greylags, this time at East Lea, where the White Wagtail also remains. 6th, meanwhile, was very productive for visible migration at the Gap, with highlights of a Great White Egret, 493 Meadow Pipits, 1035 Common Gulls, six Corn Buntings and 252 Linnets north (KC), while a Little Egret overflew the Dams.

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

A busy start to the new month, with 2nd calendar-year Glaucous and Mediterranean Gulls off the Brigg on 1st (MA), when visible migration included a very early Yellow Wagtail over long Lane and 222 Linnets, two Bramblings, two Crossbills, two Sand Martins, 11 Whooper Swans and 75 Redwings past the Gap. The same or another 2cy Glaucous Gull went south past the Gap the following day (yesterday) (KC), as well as Sandwich Tern and Wheatear there. 

Sand Martins, Carr Naze (Mike Cole)

A Long-eared Owl and a Hooded Crow were both reported this morning (AN) with a Merlin and a Med Gull this afternoon (WS), while eight Sand Martins and a Water Rail were at the Dams (with other sand Martins at several other sites), a Wheatear was on Carr Naze, and Chiffchaffs and Redwings are well scattered. An early Painted Lady was also at the Gap. 

Friday, March 31st, 2017

(With apologies for the delay due to, and appreciation for donations for, Champions Of The Flyway 2017). A week of welcome spring arrivals, with the first Wheatear on Carr Naze on 28th (with at least a further four there today), Sand Martins on several recent days (with a max of seven through at the Gap yesterday), and Swallows yesterday (Country Park and the Gap) and today (Carr Naze and the Gap). 

Three Wheatears on Carr Naze this evening (Mark Pearson)

On a relatively quiet sea a Bonxie went south on 23rd, a Snow Bunting north on 25th, Sandwich Terns south on 26th, 27th and today and two Velvet Scoters south on 27th (JS), while a Scandinavian Rock Pipit was on Carr Naze this afternoon (MJP). Visible migration has been relatively muted due to high pressure, but highlights at the Gap have included 205 Meadow Pipits north and 123 Chaffinch and 41 Siskin south yesterday, 155 Pink-feet and a Little Ringed Plover north (the year’s first) and 240 Linnets, 65 Goldfinches and two Corn Buntings south today (KC). The Black Redstart continues in the Carr Naze / Bay Corner area, and a White Wagtail was at East Lea (MM). 

Scandinavian Rock Pipit, Carr Naze this afternoon (Mark Pearson)

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Notable records from the last couple of days include five Whooper Swans north at Gristhorpe Bay this morning, where four Crossbills headed south and a further 12 did likewise at the Gap, the venue for an early Bonxie north this afternoon. A Goosander went north over Carr Naze,  where a/the Black Redstart remained, while a Mediterranean Gull hung around the Country Park (mo) and a Firecrest was reported from Primrose Valley (SA) yesterday (21st). Good numbers of finches and pipits continue to be counted passing the Gap (see Trektellen for full counts), and the year’s first Sand Martin passed there on 20th (KC). Another Red-legged Partridge (the third of the year) was seen in a garden adjoining the Dams on Friday. 

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

Visible migration continues to provide most of the interest of late, with a good haul in blustery south-westerlies at the Gap this morning which included a Mediterranean Gull, 540 Meadow Pipits, 107 Siskins, 68 alba Wagtails, 140 chaffinches and 34 Redwings (KC). A Black Redstart was on Carr Naze on 18th (DL, MJP) and at least 30 Goldcrest were in Top Scrub (with a good scattering of Chiffchaffs). Counts at the Gap on the morning of 17th included 390 Meadow Pipits, 17 alba Wags, 13 Fieldfares and 10 Redwings, while 16th at Gristhorpe bay included a Brambling, 59 Meadow Pipits, 23 Siskins and four Whooper Swans (north). A White-fronted Goose went north over the Tip on 17th (CW), While late news for 15th concerned two dark-bellied Brents and a Little Egret at the Dams. 

Weasel, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Most of the interest over the last few days has come from visible migration, with Hunmanby Gap producing a Ring Ouzel (KC), 55 Redwings, 566 Meadow Pipits and an excellent 76 alba Wagtails yesterday (14th) among other good totals (as always, see Trektelleren for full counts). The previous morning there (13th) provided two Corn Buntings, 145 Meadow Pipits, 11 Redwings, foor Fieldfare and a Red-breasted Merganser north and two Mute Swans south, while a Red-legged Partridge has been present there since 12th (KC, WS). 

Siskin heading north at Gristhorpe Bay (Mark Pearson)

This morning, vismig at Gristhorpe Bay produced a Corn Bunting, a Yellowhammer, 81 Meadow Pipits and 11 Siskins north among others (MJP), while 71 Meadow Pipits went north at the Gap as well five each of Redwing and Fieldfare. The seas and the wetland sites remain particularly quiet. 

Saturday, March 11th, 2017

Scandinavian Rock Pipit, Carr Naze Pond (Mark Pearson)

A busier couple of days as spring migration begins to step up a little, although Carr Naze had a distinctly northern flavour with a Blue Fulmar close in and north (MJP) and two Scandinavian Rock Pipits (MJP, DL).  Visible migration at Hunmanby Gap has been strong concerning finches in particular, with 121 Siskins south (and 20 on 10th), and three Crossbills south (and 10 on 10th, when ten Bullfinches also went south). A male Goosander overflew the Dams and a Velvet Scoter was offshore at the Gap (KC).

Black-headed Gull & Smooth Newt, Carr Naze Pond (Mark Pearson)

Slavonian Grebe was reported near the Brigg yesterday (J&TGD), when a Jackdaw showing characteristics of one of the continental races was briefly at Gristhorpe Bay before heading north (MJP).

Blue Fulmar, 11th (Mark Pearson)

Goldcrests are scattered in small numbers, with daily counts just beginning to scrape into double figures, while Pink-footed Geese are likewise regular in double figures over recent days and Common Buzzards are increasingly noticeable.  

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

The year’s first Scandinavian Rock Pipit was by Carr Naze Pond on 7th (MJP), the same location hosting a Jack Snipe (CW); a Woodcock was at the Yacht club on the same day, and several Small Tortoiseshells were on the wing. A (the ?) Red-necked Grebe was off the Gap on 8th (KC), while the 9th saw a 2cy Glaucous Gull heading south (JS) and a good passage of wagtails north at Hunmanby Gap, with nine Grey and 14 Alba north, as well as the first push of Meadow Pipits north there (93). 

Common Buzzard (Mark Pearson)

Generally northbound species include a trickle of Lesser Black-backed Gulls and occasional Scandinavian Herring Gulls, commoner finches and a few winter thrushes, while a similar cast remain in situ at the Dams and East Lea.