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)

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

Black Redstarts, Short Hedge (Mark Pearson)

A busy day with a gentler (but still cool) east-south-easterly airflow and sunny skies by the afternoon. Early on, a Merlin went east off Carr Naze and 256 Common Gulls went south in 45 minutes, with a Great Northern Diver off the Brigg. This afternoon, an Osprey went north, a Hooded Crow went south, a Common redstart was near Short Hedge and two Black Redstarts and two Wheatears were on the manure heap there. 175 Linnets and 18 Yellowhammers were in the same area. 

Black Redstart, Short Hedge (Mark Pearson)

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

The cold north-easterlies finally weakened and a hint of south-easterly crept in by the afternoon, with new arrivals including a Wheatear, a Yellow and two Grey Wagtsils at East Lea, two Wheatears on Carr Naze, 20 Swallows and 10 Sand Martins at the Dams, and a scattering of commoner warblers in the hedges and woodland.

Great Egret, Dams (Mike Cole)

Yesterday (15th), the Great Egret retuened to the Dams, while on the sea, 10 Common Scoters and three Red-throated Divers went south. 

Sunday, April 14th, 2019

A Great Egret is at the Dams today, with four Sand Martins and 392 Common Gulls past the Gap. Yesterday (13th), two Willow Warblers, five Chiffchaffs and four Blackcaps were in the Dams / East Lea area, where there were also 29 Oystercatchers, 37 Wigeon, a male Pochard, single figures of all three hirundines, two Shelduck and two Grey Wagtails. 

Great Egret, Dams (Judith Henley)

Remarkably, a Willow Warbler retrapped on 12th at the Dams had been originally ringed in August last year – in Top Scrub, just a few hundred metres away! 

Friday, April 12th, 2019

An Arctic Tern went north and two Sandwich Terns went south this morning, as did two Red-breasted Mergansers, with another off the Brigg and further wildfowl movement included 13 Common Scoters and three Eiders south. Two Great Northern Divers remain in situ, five Sand Martins and a Chiffchaff were in the Carr Naze area where a Siskin went north, while five Chiffchaffs, two Blackcaps, 12 Sand Martins and 11 Swallows were in the Dams / East lea area. 

Common Snipe, Dams (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday (11th), two Garganey went north, three Bottlenose Dolphins were in the bay, as were a Red-breasted Merganser and two Great Northern Divers, while a Whimbrel was on Carr Naze. 

Razorbill, Carr Naze (Nigel Webster)

10th saw a White Wagtail briefly at East Lea, two Pink-footed Geese with the ferals in the fields there, a Little Ringed Plover, a Water Rail, nine Shoveler, six Gadwall and single figures of all three hirundines at the Dams, as well as three Blackcaps and five Chiffchaffs there. Two Sandwich Terns went south and a Great Northern Diver was by the Brigg. 

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

A quieter few days, with two Sand Martin around Carr Naze and the male Garganey at the Dams being the highlights today. Yesterday (8th), a Great Northern Diver remained in the bay, a Blue Fulmar went north and a Wheatear and four Sand Martins were in the Carr Naze area, while on 7th, two Great Northern Divers and the Long-tailed Duck were in the bay, a Sandwich Tern went north and nine Purple Sandpipers were on the Brigg. 

Purple Sandpiper, Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Saturday, April 6th, 2019

A busier few days in the area with more Spring migrants moving through. The Garganey pair remained at the Dams at least until 4th. Visible migration at the Gap on 3rd had two Hooded Crow, a Little Egret, four Sand Martins, two Swallows and a Fieldfare move through as well as two Common Buzzards, two Blackcaps and six Chiffchaffs present. Three Red-Breasted Mergansers also went south off the Brigg. Swallows continued with two over Country Park on 4th and two at the Dams yesterday. 

Little Egret, Hunmanby Gap (Keith Clarkson)

Yesterday also saw an adult Yellow-Legged Gull go South off the Brigg and two Sand Martins around Carr Naze. Visible migration at the Gap was slow but movement over the sea included 350 Fulmars and 800 Kittiwakes South, and a Great Skua North. Today a Ring Ouzel flew North at the Gap and Top Scrub held both continental Robin and Song Thrush. Small numbers of Chiffchaff were also in the Scrub where a Brambling and four Redpoll moved over and a Magpie was trapped and ringed. 

Chiffchaff (Will Scott)

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

With high pressure continuing to dominate migration is slow. The two Garganey remain at the Dams and the two Great Northern Divers and Long-Tailed Duck continue in the Bay. Yesterday visible migration at the Gap included 50 Siskin and a Sand Martin. A similar situation today saw the two Great Northern Divers joined by three Red-Throated Divers and a Shelduck (the latter flying North). In the afternoon the same site was graced with the areas first Blackcap of the year and a Goosander which flew South. 

Reed Bunting, Dams (Mike Cole)

Saturday, March 30th, 2019

Garganey, Dams (Judith Henley)

A steady trickle of Spring migrants has continued over the last couple of days, the best of which yesterday was a pair of Garganey at the dams and a Swallow through the same site in the evening. At Hunmanby Gap 13 Whooper Swans, 180 Meadow Pipits, four Sand Martins, three Corn Buntings, a Stonechat and six Chiffchaffs were the highlight of the morning visible migration. A Great Northern Diver continues in the bay and two Brent Geese settled off the Brigg (presumably the two Dark-Bellied that flew South past Long Nab in the morning). Today, raptors made use of the thermals; two Red Kites and eight Common Buzzard were over the Northern area. A Spoonbill was reported flying Northwest and the Garganey pair continued at the Dams. 

Swallow, Dams (Will Scott)

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

Visible migration at Hunmanby Gap continues to headline the sightings. A steady morning yesterday saw 205 Meadow Pipits, 72 Linnets, nine Siskins and six Crossbill move North, with a Great Northern Diver inshore (and another two still off the Brigg). Two Shelduck rested in Bay Corner and the first Swallow of the year headed South over Carr Naze. Today Hunmanby Gap had its third Hooded Crow of the Spring head North with a supporting cast of a Sand Martin, Brambling and 134 Meadow Pipits North and three Red-Legged Partridge were present. The Bay held 23 Common Scoter (with an additional eight North off the Gap), the two Shelduck remained in Bay Corner, as did two Eider. Additionally an Agonopterix umbellana moth was trapped at the Gap last night, this is the first record for the Filey area and one of only about 20 Yorkshire records.  

Red-Legged Partridge, Hunmanby Gap (Will Scott)

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

The highlight over the last few days refers to a belated report of two Cranes over the area on 24th, before moving North over Gristhorpe. These are presumably the two birds that moved North over Spurn the day before. As high pressure dominates things have quietened down. Yesterday 10 Redwing moved North at Hunmanby Gap and the Long-Tailed Duck and Great Northern Diver remained in the Bay. Today a Hooded Crow moved North through the Gap, as did a Long-Tailed Duck off the Brigg. Three Great Northern Divers were in the Bay late morning, 11 Curlew were on the Brigg and a Red-Legged Partridge was in Rocket Pole Field. 

Mute Swan and Canada Goose, Dams (Judith Henley)

Sunday, March 24th, 2019

22nd March saw four Wheatears and a Black Redstart arrive on Carr Naze, otherwise sighting related to visible migration at the Gap where 63 Chaffinches, 465 Starlings, two Fieldfares and two Lapwings headed South and 73 Meadow Pipits moved North. Six Chiffchaffs were also present. Five Wheatears graced Carr Naze on 22nd and a Lesser Black-Backed Gull was at the Dams. Highlights from Hunmanby Gap included 196 Meadow Pipits, 49 Goldfinch, Six Crossbill and a White Wagtail, seven Common Buzzards and two Peregrines were also in the area. 

Black Redstart, Carr Naze (Mike Cole)

Today Wheatears seemed to have left Carr Naze although two worked there way North at the Gap. A Snow Bunting went North over Country Park, where a Marsh Harrier and Chiffchaff came in off the sea. 260 Starling went East out to sea and a further two Chiffchaffs were singing in the area. Highlights from Hunmanby Gap included a Crossbill, ten Siskin, three Grey Wagtails, 105 Meadow Pipits, 840 Starling and a Red-Legged Partridge (full counts for this site can be found on One Great Northern Diver remains in the Bay and another flew South this morning. 

Marsh Harrier, coming in off the sea (Will Scott)

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

Busier few days with Spring migration starting to kick in. On 19th a Green Sandpiper dropped into the Dams and Top Scrub held a Goldcrest and three continental Song Thrushes. Common Buzzards were also moving through the area with five over the town. Three Chiffchaffs remain at the Dams along with the three  Pink-Footed Geese, two Mute Swans and two Water Rails.

Grey Heron, Dams (Mark Pearson)

20th was headlined by visible migration at the Gap where five Whooper Swans, 145 Meadow Pipits, three White Wagtails and four Siskin went North and 230 Starling went South, the first Sandwich Tern of the year headed North off the Brigg. Today a Hooded Crow headed North through the Gap with a supporting cast of four Whooper Swans, three White Wagtails, four Corn Buntings, 45 Chaffinches, Brambling, Fieldfare and three Curlew. During the afternoon Wheatears arrived, with three on Carr Naze. The three Great Northern Divers and the Long-Tailed Duck remain in the Bay and Grey Wagtails are frequenting East Lea and Rutland Street. Butterfly interest was provided by Small White, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and at least three Brimstone along the seafront.

Monday, March 18th, 2019

A little more activity over the last couple of days has included at least one Scandinavian Rock Pipit and a Stonechat fresh in in the Carr Naze area, 19 Whooper Swans in the bay corner for much of the day today (before heading north mid-afternoon), and up to three Great Northern Divers and the Long-tailed Duck as well as up to 20 Common Scoters and two Shovelers in the bay. 

Whooper Swans, bay (Mike Cole)

Friday, March 15th, 2019

Little to report of late, with the Long-tailed Duck on several recent dates and up to two Great Northern Divers still off the Brigg, three Barnacle Geese on the Tip yesterday, three Little Grebes at the Dams and Chiffchaffs at several sites. 

Little Grebe, Dams (Mike Cole)

Saturday, March 9th, 2019

Slow going of late, with the main interest again coming from the long-stayers in the north of the bay – the Velvet Scoter, two Great Northern Divers and Long-tailed Duck all putting in regular appearances in the last few days. Otherwise, a Yellow-legged Gull was reported off the bay on 5th, up to 14 Yellowhammers and a few Grey Partridge are in the Short Hedge area, and (unfortunately) reports of Red-legged Partridges are becoming more regular across the area. 

Sparrowhawk, Martin’s Ravine (Mike Cole)


Monday, March 4th, 2019

Steady as she goes locally with the Velvet Scoter and at least one Great Northern Diver still off the Brigg, Grey Wagtails in the town ad surrounding area, plenty of auks and Fulmars back on the cliffs, up to 65 Red-throated Divers off the Gap, and very small trickles of passerines heading through in single figures, including Skylarks Meadow Pipits, Chaffinches and Siskins. 

Carrion Crow, town (Mike Cole)