Trip reports

Field Trip - Filey Dams & Filey Brigg

Pair of kittiwakes on rock

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Our field trip season kicked off with one of the Group's most popular destinations, Filey. Some of us got off the coach to visit Filey Dams first with the rest heading on to Filey Country Park and the Brigg.

Filey Dam's usual array of waterfowl was seen including Shelduck, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal and Tufted Duck, plus a bonus Mandarin Duck. Barn Owl and Sparrowhawk were also seen here.

Within an hour of arriving, a sharp shower combined with the rather cold and breezy weather sent quite a number of the group to the shelter and warmth of Filey's cafes.

Despite the blustery conditions on the Brigg, those with good eyesight and powers of identification managed to pick out a solitary Surf Scoter out at sea along with Black-throated and Great Northern Divers, Fulmar, Gannet, Shag, Cormorant, Guillemot, Razorbill and Puffin. An adult seal and its pup were also seen.

The highlight of the gull species was Mediterranean Gull. Also seen were Common, Black-headed, Lesser Black-backed, Great Black-backed and Herring Gulls plus Kittiwake. Wader species down among the rocks were Oystercatcher, Grey Plover, Sanderling, Dunlin, Redshank, Turnstone, Rock Pipits and some very well camouflaged Purple Sandpiper.

The Country Park area always has a good variety of birds at this time of year. Some winter visitors were still around including Fieldfare, Redwing and Mistle Thrush and there were also plenty of finches including Siskin and Linnet. Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers favoured the wooded habitats whilst, on the grassland areas were Lapwing, Skylark, Meadow Pipit and Pied Wagtails. Birds of prey that put in an appearance were Kestrel and Peregrine.

Despite the blustery, cold and occasionally wet weather, this was still a lovely day at the seaside with loads of good birds. And, of course, a visit to Filey wouldn't be complete without a fish and chip lunch!

49 attended
86 bird species seen