Friday, 23 September 2016

Filey Brigg birds and half a lifer

The sea was very flat, with almost no wind today and high tide. I had only been to Filey once before and it was nice to be back, right on migration season. By the campsite, on the Sycomores we heard a call reminiscent of coal tit that happened to be a Yellow Browed warbler. It didn't exposed itself very well, so I ended up having a lifer without seeing it's head. Insects were aplenty by the line of trees, including several Red Admirals and many hoverflies. On the pond a Dunlin fed with some Linnets. We walked atop the north facing clifs and spotted a Wheatear.
 The birds were aplenty by the Brigg. A group of six Common Scoter not too far offshore, Cormorants, Sandwich Terns, Shags, various gulls, a flock of snoozing Knot, Dunlin, Purple Sandpiper, Oystercatcher and while having lunch, a surprise in the form of a Kingfisher. The nicest thing about Filey is that you don't really need a telescope to see the birds!
Pied Wagtail.
Helophilus pendulus.
Eristalis tenax.
Mesembrina meridiana.

Red Admiral.
Greenfinch feeding on rosehips.
Dunlin.
View to the NE from the clifftop.


Common Field Grasshopper.
Common scoters.
Rush Veneer, a migratory moth.
Turnstone.
Cormorant.
Red throated divers.

Knot
Beadlet anemone, Actinia equina.
A view of the Brigg.
Knot
Purple Sandpiper
Sandwich Tern
Lion's mane jellyfish, Cyanea capitata
Purple Sandpiper
Shag (left) and Cormorant
Common Shore Crab, Carcinus maenas.


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