Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Filey Brigg 13-1-13

After visiting the Great-grey Shrike on the 12th near Sancton E.Yorks a good lifer for Jacqui with Mandy and Darren,we all meet back up at the Sloop for a very relaxed meal and a few drinks and decided on a day out on the E.Yorks coast to see what we could find and clock up some year ticks.
Picking Mandy and Darren up at 8am and after a hour drive we arrived at Filey,but decided on having a coffee before making our way out onto the brigg which we were pleased about with having a Fox come close by with prey in it's mouth.
We made our way out to the brigg picking up Turnstone,Common Redshank,Curlew,Oystercatcher & Knot on the beach,a single Red-throated Diver flew across the bay.
We reached the first muscle bed were I picked out 2 Purple Sandpiper at the waters edge which flew off into the rocky out crop.
We continued along to the point where we picked out 2 Great-crested Grebes in the bay and Darren pointed out a Common Scoter on the edge of a kelp bed a lifer for Jacqui and Mandys best views of 1 using Darrens scope,we also found another Purple Sandpiper and a few more Red-throated Divers going through whilst grabbing the chance to scan the sea I picked out a few Gannet,Guillemot,Fulmar & Common Eider,we picked up a couple of Rock Pipit giving Jacqui her second lifer of the day.
Just a pity it wasn't the weather that was forecast,with time getting on we headed back to our car (Fred) for more coffee before heading off down to Bridlington for fish and chips.
A look around the Harbour produced plenty of Turnstone,3 Purple Sandpiper but told of a flock of around 30 birds on the outer wall,1 Barnacle Goose & Common Redshank.
Thinking about going to Hornsea Mere for the Little gull roost but decided on heading home with light fading
but a enjoyable day was had by all

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