Saturday, 9 November 2013

Filey Brigg 7-11-13

with a nice day forecast we Jacqui and myself decided on a trip to Filey brigg also to give Fred a good run to make sure everything was ok after the MOT.
We set off at 7.30 a bit later than planned making a short detour first at Carnaby for the Juvenile Common Rosefinch which I didn't expect to see being the third day,we arrived about 8.00 with a old Warwickshire birder Lee Johnson already on site before his shift but he said it only shown for about a minute before it flew off to the pine tree with the Chaffinch flock but had not returned,so he had to leave us to it and make his way off to work we searched the other berry trees but to no avail but did hear Waxwings calling but was unable to locate them,after a short while some other birders had arrived and with time getting on and the tide on it's was out we just got back in the car when a birder returned to his car for his camera and shouted over it's showing,so we quickly walked back and viewed it for a minute before it made off again.
We then decided to make our way to Filey and return later in the day,we parked up by the Naze and made our way down the bank and out onto the Brigg quickly picking up 3 Purple Sandpiper,Ringed Plover,Turnstone and the Oystercatchers.
A few Rock pipits knocking around the hut we walked out onto the brigg and sat down just watching what was going past a few Eider and Common Scoter at the very end of the brigg and a few Red-throated Diver flew past,plenty of Kittiwake out on the sea and a few Guillemot and Razorbill past,a few more Purple Sandpiper and Cormorants on the rocks but into the sun,a Shag was fishing very close allowing Jacqui to get her first shots of these bird.
With Mandy and Paul finally catching us up for a general catch and bit of birding a Red-throated Diver came in close allowing for us to view through the scope and a Grey Seal popping up,a couple of Gannets came over the Brigg and a Common Snipe came in off also a few Starling flocks came in off.
With time getting on and wanting to head back for the Rosefinch we started walking back when a Common Kestrel came hunting along the bank giving the opportunity for some photos.
We got back to the car for some coffee and food before making our way back to Carnaby,we arrived and with a few birders present and it was showing in the same tree as it was earlier this time it stayed for a good while.
A great day and some good birding along with good company.

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