Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

Continuing with early Autumn migration, two Pied Flycatchers were in Top Scrub yesterday morning and waders continued to arrive including 18 Sanderling and two Dunlin at Muston Sands. The highlight of the seawatch from the Brigg was the first Minke Whale of the season heading South along with eight species of wader including 23 Redshank. The highlight of the today’s morning seawatch was five Common Sandpipers high West amongst Swifts and six Shovelers North, this evening an Arctic Skua went South into the Bay. Today the Spoonbill at the Dams was joined by a Sanderling and a (presumed feral) Barnacle Goose. East Lea held five Green Sandpipers (switching between East Lea and the Dams), two Common Sandpipers and a Shoveler. Four Little Gulls were observed over the Dams mid-morning but didn’t drop in. Moths at Hunmanby Gap yesterday included three Cydia amplana and 75 Diamond-Backed Moths, and today a Hummingbird Hawkmoth.

Arctic Tern, Brigg (Will Scott)

Monday, July 29th, 2019

The early Autumn feel has continued over the last week with passerine migration slowly kicking in. It began with the first juvenile Willow Warblers in Top Scrub and Yellow Wagtails and Swallows heading South. An early Icterine Warbler was found on Carr Naze yesterday evening and today two were present with one trapped and ringed in Top Scrub and one present on Carr Naze. Other passerine migrants in the Northern coastal area today included Sedge and Garden Warbler, Tree Pipit and a few Willow Warblers and Blackcaps.

Icterine Warbler, Carr Naze (Dan Lombard)

Icterine Warbler, Top Scrub (Will Scott)

Away from passerines, waders continue to dominate sightings. Peak counts for of each species moving South off the Brigg include 39 Redshanks on 23rd, 122 Dunlin on 24th, 39 Knots and 39 Sanderlings on 24th, 288 Oystercatchers, 40 Whimbrel and a Ruff on 28th and a Green Sandpiper today. Other notable sightings off the Brigg have included Little Gull and 253 Sandwich Terns on 24th, juvenile Yellow-Legged Gulls on 25th, 26th and 28th and three juvenile Mediterranean Gulls yesterday. Arctic Skua, Common Scoter, Teal and Manx Shearwater continue to be recorded daily. As always the seawatch counts can be found at

Mediterranean Gull, Dams (Nigel Webster)

The Dams still holds the now long-staying Spoonbill as well as up to six Common Sandpipers, three Mediterranean Gulls (24th and 25th), six Green Sandpipers, Little Ringed Plover, two Black-Tailed Godwit (25th), nine Dunlin, two Snipe, two Wood Sandpipers (26th and 27th) and Greenshank. Odonata interest is provided by the presence of Small Red-Eyed Damselflies and Banded Demoiselle. East Lea has had a similar cast (and likely cross-over in individuals) with a Wood Sandpiper, four Green Sandpipers and two Common Sandpipers today. 

Icterine Warbler, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

190 Common Scoter, 30 Teal and four Tufted Ducks were off Hunmanby Gap on 24th with 11 Sanderling on the beach and 400 Swifts and a Greenshank flew South there on 26th.

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

A busier few days with an early Autumn feel, the highlight being three Spoonbills which arrived on 19th, with one still present today. The Dams also held Wood Sandpiper, three Green Sandpipers, seven Curlews and a Snipe on 19th and two Wood Sandpipers, five Green Sandpipers, Black-Tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper and 36 Lapwing on 20th.Wader activity on the Brigg in recent days has included 11 Knot, 15 Turnstone, five Dunlin, two Sanderling, Whimbrel and Golden Plover.

Spoonbill, Dams (Dan Lombard)

Double-figure counts Common Scoter and Teal have been noted on the seawatch, as well as smaller numbers of Whimbrel (including five South at the Gap on 20th) and two immature Eiders on 19th. Sandwich Terns have also increased with 165 North off the Brigg this morning. Country Park hosted a Mediterranean Gull on 20th and 44 Pied Wagtails the previous evening. 

Pied Wagtails, Country Park (Will Scott)

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

Business as usual over the last few days with the Dams and East Lea holding up to 45 Lapwings, two Redshanks, three Green Sandpipers, Dunlin and Little Egret, with the latter also being recorded on the Bay Pools and the Brigg. An adult Little Gull went South off the Brigg on 15th and single Yellow-Legged and Mediterranean Gulls (both juveniles) headed South off the Brigg on 16th, on which date two Golden Plovers came in off the sea and 17 juvenile Pied Wagtails were present around Carr Naze Pond. A Bar-Tailed Godwit and six Whimbrel yesterday and three Whimbrel today joined the usual cast of waders on the Brigg.

Juvenile Yellow-Legged Gull, Brigg (Will Scott)

Single figure counts of Manx Shearwaters and double figure counts of Common Scoters and Sandwich Terns continue to be recorded off the Brigg with the occasional Great and Arctic Skua. Insect sightings yesterday included a Banded Demoiselle, a Marbled White and two Hummingbird Hawkmoths.

Sunday, July 14th, 2019

Most of the action over recent days has involved waders, with the Dams variously hosting three Green Sandpipers, up to two Dunlins, up to 24 Lapwing, a Common Sandpiper, a Snipe and a smart male Ruff on 10th. Also still frequenting the reserver are up to two Little Egrets and male and female Yellow Wagtails (which are local breeders), and a Marsh Harrier went west there on 10th. 

Sanderling, Brigg (Dan Lombard)

On the sea, another juvenile Yellow-legged Gull went south yesterday, a Med Gull went north today, and double figures of Common Scoters (and 211 north yesterday), single figures of Manx Shearwaters, Common and Arctic Terns and odd Great Skuas and Red-throated Divers have been the norm. Wader passage is picking up including small numbers of Whimbrel, Curlew, and Oystercatcher on most days, while on the Brigg, the first returning Purple Sandpiper (colour-ringed here last spring) was among single figures of Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Redshank, Turnstone and Sanderling yesterday, when 12 Bar-tailed Godwits also went north. 

Monday, July 8th, 2019

Expected migration over the last few days has involved mainly Manx Shearwaters and Common Scoters over the sea, and a sprinkling of waders passing by and dropping in. In addition, notable highlights have included a Quail at Reighton on 1st, two juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls north on 7th, and a Mandarin was at East Lea on 1st. 

Tufted Duck family at the Dams (Judith Henley)

On the sea, Manxies have been in double figures every day, with peaks of 150 north today, 69 north yesterday and 59 north on 5th, while Common Scoters numbered 410 today, with double figures counts otherwise the norm. Great Skuas have passed today (two), 3rd (two) and 2nd (one), adult Mediterranean Gulls have been logged on several dates, and five Mute Swans went north on the 1st. 

European Storm-petrel, Brigg (Mark Pearson)

At the Dams, three Green Sandpipers have been present for almost a week, with up to three Little Egrets, one to three Black-tailed Godwits, two Little Ringed Plovers and the odd Dunlin, Snipe and Yellow Wagtail there. A further three Little Egrets overflew the town on 3rd.

Peregrine, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

European Storm-petrels have been ringed on the Brigg on three nights, totalling eight birds. Curlews and Whimbrels are a daily feature in single figures, a Common Sandpiper was on the Brigg in the early hours of 1st, up to 50 Oystercatchers are at Gristhorpe Bay, and 27 Redshank were on the Brigg on 7th. 

Sunday, June 30th, 2019

Black-tailed Godwits are on the move in numbers today, with a total of 54 through, inc. two flocks of 26, through the Brigg and Dams respectively, where there is also single Green Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover and up to two Little Egrets (as with previous days). Both Little Grebe and Lapwing have chicks there at the moment, and Gadwall, Shoveler, Pochard and Shelduck are also present. An early juvenile Common Redstart was on Long Hedge this morning and two Grasshopper Warblers are reeling at the Tip. 

Fulmar, Filey Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Manx Shearwaters have, predictably, been one of the main species on the move over the sea, peaking at 157 past the Gap (and 53 past the Brigg) on 26th, and (much) smaller numbers on several other days; Common Scoters, the other main passage species at this time of year, have reached up to 60 on several recent days. Many hundreds of Painted Ladies have dominated insect reports. 

Monday, June 24th, 2019

A busier few days peaking with a Sooty Tern heading North off the Brigg earlier today. The bird had previously gone through Bempton Cliffs and is a first for FBOG area and Yorkshire. Other seawatching highlights include double-figures of Manx Shearwaters daily, triple figure counts of Common Scoters today and yesterday and a male Black Redstart feeding around the seawatching hide on 21st (as always seawatch counts can be found on The Dams has held up to three Little Egrets and 15 Lapwing, and a Quail was calling to the South of Blue Dolphin early on the morning of 22nd. Odonata activity also picked up with a first for the area in the form of a Vagrant Emperor on 21st and a Red-Veined Darter on 22nd.

The Sooty Tern that passed the Brigg, taken at RSPB Bempton Cliffs  (Will Scott)

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

A quiet few days for the area with most records coming from the Dams. The Little Ringed Plover remained until 16th and the Little Egret until 17th. The latter date also saw a moulting drake Mandarin and female Pintail drop in. Swifts were on the move with 214 Southwest at Hunmanby Gap in an hour on 17th. The seawatch continues to have single figures of Common Scoter, Manx Shearwater and Sandwich Tern each day with a Bar-Tailed Godwit on 17th and 12 Common Terns, two Tufted Ducks and a Dunlin yesterday. Insect interest was provided today with a Hairy Dragonfly at Reighton Ponds and 65 Painted Lady butterflies in the Southern part of the area. 

Juvenile Blue Tit (Will Scott)


Saturday, June 15th, 2019

A very quiet period locally with minimal activitiy reported. A Spotted Redshank failed to settle at the Dams this afternoon, and otherwise, sea passage has consisted of a trickle of Manx Shearwaters (single figures most days, with 22 on 10th), Common Scoters (low double figures most days, with a peak of 36 this morning), the odd Bonxie (10th and 13th), single figures of Eiders most days (with a few in the bay and off the Brigg), and a Barnacle Goose north on 10th.

Green Sandpiper, Dams (Mark Pearson)

The land has been even quieter, with a Hobby at the Gap on 9th, the usual Little Ringed Plover and Little Egret reports from the Dams, the two Grasshoper Warblers at the Tip, and Green Sandpipers reported from the Dams and Carr Naze Pond.  

Saturday, June 8th, 2019

A Willow Tit was an excellent record thanks to the ringers at the back of the Dams today, while a Greenshank, two Ringed Plovers and a Little Ringed Plover were on the pools there. 

Willow Tit, Dams (Ana Cowie)

A Mediterranean Gull, 30 Manxies and 11 Sandwich Terns passed on 7th, with 20 Manxies on 6th and 96 on 5th, with the same Med Gull on the latter date. Up to two little Egrets have frequented the Dams over recent days, with uop to five Sanderlings on the Brigg.

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

Spoonbill, Dams (judith Henley)

Spoonbills have been the highlight recently, with one at the Dams on 1st and five north yesterday. A Mediterranean Gull went north today, while on the Brigg, waders numbers have included seven Sanderling, seven Dunlin, three Turnstones, 126 Sandwich Terns went south yesterday, a Little Ringed Plover and a Little Egret are still Dams regulars, and Little Grebes have three young on the Golf Corse Pond. 

Little Egret, Dams (Mike Cole)



Thursday, May 30th, 2019

Swift, Dams (Mark Pearson)

A quiet end to the month, with 150 Swifts through the Dams area this morning as well as five each of Sandwich Tern and Manx Shearwater the best of a still extremely quiet sea, with two Arctic Skuas past the Gap yesterday (29th) and a Whimbrel south. A greenshank and a Dunlin are still at the Dams. 

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

Reed Bunting, Dams (Judith Henley)

Two tundra-type Ringed Plovers were at the Dams this morning, where a Greenshank and Common Sandpiper remain. On the Brigg, a single Purple Sandpiper, 11 Turnstones and five Dunlin were in situ and 16 Sandwich Terns and eight Manx Shearwaters passed by. A Black-tailed Godwit was at the Dams on 26th and yesterday, with a Short-eared Owl at the Rocket Pole Field and an Arctic Skua north on the former date.

Saturday, May 25th, 2019

Bluethroat, Carr Naze (Steve Meridith)

A Bluethroat was on Carr Naze this morning, our first this year. Otherwise, seven Mute Swans joined the breeding pair at the Dams, with three Black-tailed Godwits there this morning and a Garden Warbler was at Reighton Sands.

Friday, May 24th, 2019

Spotted Redshank & Greenshank, Dams (Mike Cole)

Plenty of Bottlenose Dolphin activity off our stretch of the coast has included two offshore today and three offshore on 20th (as well as sightings at various other coastal watch-points). a Great Egret at the Dams on 21st and 22nd has been the pick of bird sightings, with up to two Greenshanks, a Little Ringed Plover, a Redshank, a Dunlin, a Snipe and two Common Sandpipers there, as well as a late Redwing yesterday. 

Holly Blue – one of multiple sightings in recent days (Judith Henley)

Two sightings of perhaps the same ring-tail harrier sp., at the Gap on 20th and offshore on 23rd, both went unidentified, while a (fully-winged) Mandarin is still at Primrose Valley lake, a Hobby went south over the town also yesterday, a few Manxies and Common Scoter have been over the sea, and a few Purple Sandpipers, Dunlin and the odd Sanderling are on the Brigg.  

Mandarin, Primrose Valley (Will Scott)

Sunday, May 19th, 2019

Notables over recent days include a Turtle Dove on Long Hedge today (the first, and hopefully not last, of the year) and a brief Temminck’s Stint at the Dams, which attracted a superb summer plumage Spotted Redshank on the 17th and 18th. 

Spotted Redshank, Dams (Nigel Webster)

The Dams is also hosting up to five Common Sandpipers, three Greenshank, a Little Ringed Plover, a Redshank and a Snipe as well as four Little Grebes, two Gadwall and a Little Egret, while the Brigg is hosting five Purple Sandpipers, five Turnstones, a Common Sandpiper, three Ringed Plovers and, on 18th, two Grey Plovers. Passerine migrants have been thin on the ground, with just a small increase in common warblers as well as the Grasshopper Warbler still singing at the Tip.  

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

Garganey heading south off the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Today’s highlight was a male European Honey-buzzard which came in off the sea and headed SW at Reighton Sands at 1145hrs. Yesterday (14th), a Whinchat was in the Rocket Pole Field, and a Fieldfare and two Sanderlings were on the Brigg, while on 13th, four Wheatears were on Carr Naze.

Honey-buzzard, Reighton Sands (Mark Pearson)

A busy 11th saw two Garganey go south off the Brigg, Great Northern and Red-throated Divers in the bay (and five more Red-throats north), a Black-throated Diver go north, 65 Sandwich Terns, six Manx Shearwaters and 75 Swallows go south, while on the land, the Short Hedge area was the place to be, with a Hobby, a Ring Ouzel, a Black Redstart, a Common Redstart and a Pied Flycatcher during the afternoon.

Common Sandpiper, Dam (Alan Walkington)

On the Brigg, up to eight Purple Sandpipers, 6 Ringed Plover, 11 Dunlins and a Common Sandpiper are among waders, while the Dams and East Lea are also still hosting up to two Common Sandpipers each. 

Purple Sandpiper, Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Friday, May 10th, 2019

A scattering of new migrants today included a Pied Flycatcher in the Top Scrub, two Whinchats at the Tip and a small upsurge in Willow Warblers and Sylvias, while on the sea, an Arctic Skua and 45 Sandwich Terns went north; a single Great Northern Diver remained in the bay, and the Greenshank, Redshank, Dunlin and Snipe are still at the Dams.

Linnet, Gristhorpe Bay (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday (9th), cold northerlies and heavy showers saw an Arctic Skua fly east through the Dams (very unusual!), and 22 Sanderlings north. 

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Five Black Terns were at the Dams today, with four heading south off the Brigg. Yesterday (7th) two Wood Sandpipers, a Whimbrel, a Greenshank, five Yellow Wagtails, four Ringed Plovers, four Dunlin and a Swift dropped in at the Dams during a similarly wild and wet day, and the gull flock there contained 11 Common and 15 Black-headed Gulls (all 2cy birds). Two Little Egrets came in off at Carr Naze, and an acredula Willow Warbler was on long Lane. 

Wood Sandpiper, Dams (Mark Pearson)

Monday, May 6th, 2019

At the Dams this eve, totals of 42 Pied, one White and one Yellow Wagtail and 75 Sand Martins, 55 Swallows and five Shelduck were among pre-roost congregations, while at the Gap, light movenents this morning included 23 Swallows, two House Martins and single Red-throated and Great Northern Divers. 

Stock Dove, Short Hedge (Mike Cole)

Yesterday (5th), a Common Tern and a Whimbrel were bonuses on our Seabird Special event on Carr Naze, an acredula Willow Warbler was one of many birds shown to the public at the ringing station, and a Manx Shearwater, two Red-throated Divers and a Bonxie went south at the vismig session at the Gap. 

Saturday, May 4th, 2019

The quiet, northerly wind-dominated period continues, although a male Black Redstart was on Mill Meadows in the evening, with two Common Sandpipers at the Dams, a Manxie and a Whimbrel on the seawatch, and a Great Northern Diver in the bay. Yesterday (3rd), a Whimbrel was at East Lea and four Manxies and two Red-breated Mergansers went north. 

Redshank, East Lea (Judith Henley)

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

Teal, Dams (Mark Pearson)

At East Lea, a Tree Pipit and a Swift went north, with two Common Sandpipers, a Little Ringed Plover, and single White and Yellow Wagtails on the deck there, while a Tufted Duck, three Manxies and 16 Sandwich Terns were the best of a still very quiet sea.

Sand Martins, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

Waders were the main theme of the day today, with three Wood Sandpipers briefly down at East Lea, where four Golden Plovers, a Whimbrel, a Greenshank and a Snipe flew over and Little Ringed Plover and Common Sandpiper were over at the Dams. A Swift also headed south at East Lea, three Yellow Wagtails were on the deck there, while a Hooded Crow went south over Carr Naze and a Marsh Harrier went north over Muston Road.

Wood Sandpipers, East Lea (Tony Feather)

Yesterday (29th), a Ring Ouzel was in Top Scrub, two Wheatears were on Carr Naze, a Great Northern Diver remains in the bay and small numbers of both Manx Shearwater and Sandwich Tern are trickling through over recent days on the sea.

Saturday, April 27th, 2019

A quieter day today, although notables included two Acredula Willow Warblers (Top Scrub and Arndale), 18 Yellowhammers in Short Hedge, a Tree Pipit, a Common Sandpiper and five Yellow Wagtails at East Lea, two Whimbrel and three Yellow Wagtails south at Carr Naze first thing, two fully-winged Mandarins with a sadly wing-clipped drake at Primrose Valley and a male Pintail north-west over the town. 

Yesterday (26th), a Rough-legged Buzzard went north over Top Scrub, an early Hobby and two Grasshopper Warblers were at the Tip, a Tree Pipit and two Wheatears were on Carr Naze, two Common Sandpipers were at East Lea (with one at the Dams), and a Red-breasted Merganser was off the Brigg. 

Speckled Wood (Judith Henley)

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

Pied Flycatcher, Top Scrub (Will Scott)

An arrival of migrants during thunderstorms this afternoon included a Redstart, four Wheatears, a Black Redstart, a Blackcap and two Chiffchaffs on Carr Naze,  and a Pied Flycatcher, a Firecrest, 15 Willow Warblers and a Garden Warbler in the Top Scrub area. The Short Hedge area hosted a Whinchat, a Wheatear, 18 Yellowhammers, two Yellow Wagtails and four Whimbrels, while the Dams held a Little Ringed Plover, a Snipe, a Greenshank, a Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, two Redshanks, over 60 Sand Martins and 35 Swallows. 

Kestrel, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

A pleasingly busy day, with a male Pied Flycatcher in Arndale this evening, a Tree Pipit and four Wheatears on Carr Naze, a Tree Pipit, a Ring Ouzel, a Fieldfare and a White Wagtail at Short Hedge, two Ring Ouzels, a Greenshank and two Grasshopper Warblers at the Tip, a Greenshank at the Dams, the Whinchat in the Rocket Pole Field, a continental robin in off at Carr Naze and a Garden Warbler in Church Ravine. On the sea, 27 Sandwich Terns and a Manx Shearwater went south, with two Great Northern Divers still in the bay.

Green Sandpiper, East Lea (Judith Henley)

Yesterday (23rd), saw Sedge and Garden Warblers at the Dams, a Whinchat in the Rocket Pole Field, two Grasshopper Warblers still at the Tip, two Green Sandpipers, a Common Snipe, a Common Sandpiper, a White, five Yellow, a Grey and 13 Pied Wagtails at East Lea, and a Greenshank at the Dams. 

Blackcap, Parish Wood (Mike Cole)

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

Incoming migrants continue to arrive over the last two days, with the first Common and Lesser Whitethroats on 21st (yesterday) at Top Scrub and East Lea respectively along with 10 Willow Warblers, eight Blackcaps and redpoll and Siskin at the former on the same day and three Reed Warblers, eight Willow Warblers a Redwing at the Dams. Also on 21st, a Black Redstart remained on Short Hedge, two Grasshopper Warblers sang from the Tip area, with a further two Whitethroats and 15 Yellowhammers in the same area. 

Grasshopper Warbler, Tip (Pete Dunn)

Today, a Short-eared Owl was at Gristhorpe Bay, a Common Sandpiper and two Snipe were at the Dams this morning with 47 alba Wagtails (including a White) and good numbers of hirundines went to roost there this evening; a Grasshopper Warbler still at the Tip, and Yellow Wagtails are trickling through daily. 

Saturday, April 20th, 2019

Grasshopper Warbler, Tip (Mark Pearson)

A busy and productive day today, with highlights including both Firecrest and Mealy Redpoll trapped at Top Scrub, Hooded Crow in the same area, Grasshopper Warbler still on the Tip, Common Redstart on Long Hedge, Little Ringed Plover at the Dams, Avocet over the bay, Green Sandpiper, four Redwings, two Marsh Harriers and three Yellow Wagtails over the Top fields, and 10 continental Song Thrushes spread in the northern area. 

Friday, April 19th, 2019

Bottlenose Dolphin, Bay (Mark Pearson)

At least ten Bottlenose Dolphins spent the early afternoon in the bay, while a (the?) Hooded Crow was over Top Scrub, as was a male Marsh Harrier, while a Grasshopper Warbler reeled from the Tip, a (the?) male Garganey was at the Dams, five Wheatears wew in the Carr Naze area, and a Common Redstart and a Whimbrel were at the Tip. Yesterday (18th), two Little Ringed Plovers and a White Wagtail were at the Dams. 

Willow Warbler, Dams (Mike Cole)