We stayed in Yorkshire for this coastal trip with the Brigg at Filey being the starting point it was still cold and still icey in the Country Park on our arrival at 9am. We finally parked up and made our way to the Brigg adding the first birds of the day Rock Pipit and Fulmar before we got down to the sea watching hide. The tide was coming in so it would have to be quick, Red Throated Divers were added Common and 2-off Velvet Scoters, 1-off Long Tailed Duck, Eider, Oystercatcher and Turnstones, Guillemot, Razorbills and a couple of Gannets. We had to make our way back to the naze I didn’t fancy being stuck down here back on top to see more Rock Pipits and a couple of Stonechat, it whilst we were walking the footpaths that a small bird flew up in front of us and settled a couple of feet away from us, yep Snow Bunting a first winter ♀ I believe , where’s that camera Doh! back at home another shot missed. There were quite a mixture of waders now in the Country Park car park Oystercatchers, Dunlins, Turnstones, Lapwing and what we were lead to believe by a local birder was a unusual bird at Filey Golden Plover.
On to Filey Dams reserve to add a few ducks and gulls Mallard, Teal, Black Headed Gull, Common Gull, Tree Sparrow, and Blue Tit few birds here due to the reserve being 75% frozen.
Bempton next for the hope of a few raptors Peregrine was about but we didn’t see it more Tree Sparrows, Blackbird, Greenfinch and Chaffinch around the feeders
On then to Bridlington harbour its here we caught up with some waders Redshank, Knot, Purple Sandpiper c15, Bar Tailed Godwit, Sanderling, Dunlin, Turnstone.
The day was getting on so it was to our final destination Barmston Beach hadn’t been here for a long time but it still delivered in the form of a Slavonian Grebe and a Black Throated Diver off shore. On the Beach Ringed Plover with a Grey Plover in the stubble field.
A great day out the first time to the coast this year so 17 year birds were added to this years tally with 57 for the day list, it was good to see Barmston Beach again and to see that it could still deliver in the form of Divers and Grebes, and I’m still kicking myself over leaving the camera.
Day List :-
Red Throated Diver, Black Throated Diver, Slavonian Grebe, Fulmar, Gannet, Shag, Mute Swan, Teal, Mallard, Eider, Long Tailed Duck, Common Scoter, Velvet Scoter, Kestrel, Pheasant, Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Lapwing, Knot, Sanderling, Purple Sandpiper, Dunlin, Bar Tailed Godwit, Redshank, Turnstone, Black headed Gull, Common Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Great Black Backed Gull,Guillemot, Razorbill, Rock Dove, Woodpigeon, Collard Dove, Rock Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Stonechat, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Rook, Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Snow Bunting