Trip reports

Field Trip - Filey Dams Nature Reserve & Filey Brigg

Oystercatcher wading in shallow water

Sunday, 25 March 2018

This popular destination for us at the beginning of the year usually comes up with some surprises, but best of all this time was the lovely weather that we were blessed with on the day - especially as it snowed both the weekends before and after our trip!

On arrival, some of the group opted to visit the Filey Dams Nature Reserve first before meeting up with the rest of the group at Filey Brigg Country Park. Those that did saw Little Grebe, Shelduck, Wigeon, Teal, Tufted Duck, Pochard and Common Gull on and around the water. Tree Sparrows and Long-tailed Tits were active in the woodlands and a Sparrowhawk was seen briefly overhead.

The best sightings of the day were around Carr Naze and the Brigg. The usual Kittiwakes, Fulmars, Guillemots, Razorbills and Shags were all on or around the cliffs along with a few Puffins and a couple of Black-necked Grebe on the water. Out at sea beyond the Brigg were Eider and Common Scoter along with several Red-throated Divers plus brief sightings of Harbour Porpoises and the odd Grey Seal. High tide at the end of the Brigg brought in some waders; spotted feeding in the rock pools were Turnstone, Dunlin, Oystercatcher and the well camouflaged Purple Sandpiper.

Skylark were seen on the cliff tops, along with Meadow Pipit in large numbers. Rock Pipit and a Black Redstart were also seen here. Birds of prey in this location included Kestrel and Peregrine. A pair of Barn Owls were seen in residence at the 'Old Tip' and two further Barn Owls were seen from the coach on the return journey as we crossed the Yorkshire Wolds.

Though the number of species seen wasn't as high as it can sometimes be at this site, it was certainly respectable and the weather certainly made up for any shortage of birds especially combined with the fish and chip lunch and farmhouse ice creams at the Coble Landing which some of us just couldn't resist on our day at the seaside!

34 attended
71 bird species seen.