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. 

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

The month closed with a return to south-westerlies and a strong passage of finches and other species at the Gap, with highlights of 81 Crossbills, 90 Siskins, six Twite, 13 Mistle Thrushes, 1500 Starlings and a Jack Snipe moving through. A Snow Bunting frequented the path to the beach there. On the Brigg, 30 Purple Sandpipers, 21 Dunlins, the Kingfisher and the dark-bellied Brent were recorded.

Snow Bunting, Hunmanby Gap (Keith Clarkson)

Yesterday (30th), a Little Auk passed the Gap and another was grounded in a garden there, with singles of Pomarine Skua, Goldeneye and Velvet Scoter passing the Brigg. 

Monday, October 29th, 2018

Coues’s Arctic Redpoll (Mark Pearson)

Without a doubt, today’s highlight was a Coues’s Arctic Redpoll caught in Top Scrub by the ringing team this morning – a fitting testament to their hard work there this (and every) autumn. 

Coues’s Arctic Redpoll (Mark Pearson)

Additional records from Top Scrub included five Woodcock, two Mealy Redpolls, eight Snipe, three Blackcaps and two Chiffchaffs. A Water Pipit, 12 Twite, 120 Linnets and 90 Tree Sparrows were at Gristhorpe Bay, and a Waxwing was on Cawthorne Crescent. A Red-necked Grebe was off the Brigg, a Kingfisher, a Woodcock and the dark-bellied Brent were on it, while passing it were two Long-tailed Ducks, a Velvet Scoter, three pale-bellied Brents, 160 Eider and 14 Little Auks. A Great Northern Diver and a Med Gull went north at the Gap.

Long-tailed Ducks (Mark Pearson)

Sunday, October 28th, 2018

Another busy day in north to north-easterly winds and squally showers, with another two Long-eared Owls and two Short-eared Owls arriving in off, 21 Little Auks, 37 Eiders, a Long-tailed Duck, two Sooty and 11 Manx Shearwaters and two Pomarine Skuas passing the Brigg, and observations from Carr Naze including 492 Common Scoter, two Woodcocks, six dark-bellied Brents (and one still on the Brigg), two Stonechat and the aforementioned owls. At the Gap, three Velvet Scoters, three Dark-bellied Brents, a Snow Bunting and seven Little Auks were the pick. A probable immature male King Eider unfortunately evaded confirmation before heading north in the afternoon. 

Long-eared Owl (Dan Lombard)

Saturday, October 27th, 2018

Lots of activitiy in brisk northerlies today, with a site record 32 Pomarine Skuas past the Gap as well as a Glaucous Gull (first of the season), a Little Auk, three Velvet Scoters, eight Shovelers, five Goldeneye, 15 Manx Shearwaters and five Pintail there, with counts from the Brigg including 10 Pomarine Skuas, six Goosander, a Velvet Scoter, three Sooty and 10 Manx Shearwaters, three Little Auks, 275 Wigeon and a Great Northern Diver.

Long-eared Owl (Dan Lombard)

A minimum of seven Short-eared Owls arrived in off the sea during the day, with a Long-eared Owl in off and onto Carr Naze before heading inland. Five Woodcock and c450 Starlings also arrived in off, with 200 Wigeon and 100 Common Scoter in the bay. 

Friday, October 26th, 2018

Red-breasted Merganser off the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

A day of strong north-westerly winds which produced some good movements at sea, the highlight being a Leach’s Storm-petrel close inshore and south early afternoon. Pomarine Skuas were passing in good numbers, with four in the morning and 23 in the afternoon, when other records included three Red-breasted Mergansers, a Goosander, 30 Red-throated Divers, 2 Manx Shearwaters, five Woodcocks, a Mediterranean Gull, five Bonxies, two Arctic Skuas and a Kestrel in off (just evading a Poms’s attempts to drown it). 

Dark-bellied Brent (Mark Pearson)

The dark-bellied Brent remains faithful to the Brigg area, where 17 Purple Sandpipers and 65 Oystercatrchers were among waders, while the bay held 65 Teal, 38 Wigeon, 25 Common Scoters, eight Goldeneye (and four in off), five Great Crested Grebes and 15 Red-throated Divers. At the Gap, additional records included four Goosander south, two adult Med Gulls, four Bonxies, 105 Skylarks 230 Fieldfares and 30 Redwings on the move. 

Common Scoter (Mark Pearson)

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

The blustery westerlies continue, with what little movement is occurring involving birds arriving in off despite the wind direction; small numbers of Skylarks, Redwings, Song Thrushes, Fieldfares and finches continue to arrive throughout the day, with totals of 240 Fieldfares and 160 Redwings through the Gap this morning (as well as 10 Rock Pipits and two Arctic Skuas), and two Swallows moved south over the town late on.

Great Northern Diver heading north (Mark Pearson)

A Great Northern Diver, an adult Mediterranean Gull and 20 (distant) Little Gulls were the pick of the sea, with a Twite and ten Rock Pipits in the Carr Naze area and Grey Wagtails there and at the Dams. Gristhorpe Bay held congregations of 240 Tree Sparrows, 380 Linnets, six Twite, three Stonechats and 36 Curlews.     

Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Brigg yesterday (Mark Pearson)

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

Singles of both Red-necked and Slavonian Grebes were in the bay off the Brigg this afternoon, where there were also three Great Crested Grebes, 10 Red-throated Divers and 15 Common Scoters; two Goldeneye, a Bonxie and an Arctic Skua passed by in the morning, a dark-bellied Brent Goose was on the Brigg and a Twite was on Carr Naze. 

Small Copper, Filey in today’s sunshine (Judith Henley)

A further four Twite were with the Linnet flock in the Rocket Pole Field, where there was also a Stonechat; four Chiffchaffs and a Willow Warbler were in Top Scrub. 130 Pink-footed Geese, a Little Gull, 33 Fieldfare and 35 Redwings were the best of vismig at the Gap. 

Yesterday (23rd), two Great Northern Divers and a Red-breasted Merganser were off the Gap, with another Merganser, six Arctic Skuas, 11 Bonxies, an Arctic Tern and six Manx Shearwaters passing the Brigg. 

Small Tortoiseshell, Filey in today’s sunshine (Judith Henley)

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

A male Merlin was at East Lea today, with a report of a Rough-legged Buzzard over the Country Park (per bird news services). A Great Northern Diver, a Med Gull and a Velvet Scoter passed the Brigg, 25 Grey Partridges were on the Tip and a Hummingbird Hawkmoth was at the Gap.

Whooper Swan, Dams (Judith Henley)

Yesterday (21st), the Yellow-browed Warbler remained at Donkey Bridge (with five Bramblings there), a Whooper Swan and a Little Egret were at the Dams, another Little Egret cam in off the sea, 52 Teal and 16 Wigeon were at East Lea, and three Short-eared Owls, 14 Crossbills and two Twite concluded a very successful week of public vismigging at the Gap. 

Saturday, October 20th, 2018

An entertaing morning at the Gap (especially for those attending the vismig drop-in session) included a Hen Harrier, 11 Whooper Swans, 115 Skylarks, 62 Golden Plovers, 47 Siskins and two Crossbills, while an Asio owl came in off the sea and a further seven Whoopers went over Muston roundabout, and three went over the golf course. Five Crossbills were in Arndale and three were in the Top Scrub area.

Sparrowhawk, Top Scrub (Pauline Eccles)

Friday, October 19th, 2018

A busy day for birds and birders, with Migweek continuing to produce the goods for locals and visitors alike. Two Short-eared Owls came in off the sea, while an Avocet roamed between the Brigg, the bay and the beach during the day. At the Gap, 11 Whooper Swans, 1200 Starlings, 156 Fieldfares, 151 Redfwings, a Twite, 43 Crossbills and 82 Siskins moved through in the vismig drop-in session, while Yellow-browed Warblers remained at Donkey Bridge and Top Scrub.

Avocet, Brigg (Nigel Webster)

The ringing team at the latter site also recorded the swans, as well as further visible migration in the shape of two Woodcocks, 114 Blackbirds, four Mistle Thrushes, 130 Chaffinches, 52 Bramblings, 131 Greenfinchesand 31 redpolls. On the sea, five Goldeneye, six Dark-bellied Brents and a Great Northern Diver were recorded, with a Snow Bunting in off.

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Another busy day in the area, lacking the big numbers of yesterday but still notable for a range of incoming migrants. Four Jays topped the bill over the Top Scrub, where other notable counts included 82 Bramblings, 90 Chaffinches, 72 Greenfinches, seven Chiffchaffs and two Willow Warblers (including one acredula-type bird).

Yellow-browed Warblers were well scattered, with two on the Country Park, two still at the Dams, one at Donkey Bridge and two in Parish Wood and a Short-eared Owl was at the Tip, while four Little Gulls, two Bar-tailed Godwits, a Swift and a Kingfisher were the best of the Brigg.

The Gap saw a good movement early on which included an impressive 430 Tree Sparrows, two Bar-tailed Godwits, a Ring Ouzel, 38 Siskins, 135 Chaffinches, 160 Goldfinches, a Great Northern Diver and 25 Red-throated Divers.