Saturday, 9 December 2017

Filey Brigg and bay with Hull Nats

The last Hull Nats trip of the year, we meet in the car park of the Filey Country Park. Very frosty along the way and a very cold breeze atop the cliffs. We go down the gully to the landing and it is much nicer, sheltered with the and the sun warming us nicely while we watch the amazing breakers at the Brigg, the tide high starting to ebb. Someone calls a Stonechat, and a male flies past, settling for a brief moment on some bushes, before moving on. We split into two groups, I join Harry (@polychloros) and Andrew for a walk along the beach to the Brigg. We wait at the top of the beach for the tide to ebb a bit more and we spend it watching three Purple Sandpipers, a Ringed Plover, Redshank Turnstones and Oystercatchers frantically feeding on the freshly exposed shore.
Breakers at the Brigg.
A Stonechat record shot.
Filey Bay and the Brigg.
Harry and Andrew walking towards the Brigg.
Redshank flying past.
Ringed Plover.
Purple Sandpiper and Turnstones.
A group of Cormorants dry their wings on the lee side of the Brigg, while the breakers explode against the rocks on the other. A Wren sits on a rock incongruously, while the waves roar behind it. 
Limpets and barnacles.
Young Cormorant.
A Carrion Crow eats a mussel periwinkle it just dropped onto the rocks.
The Brigg.
Oystercatcher with mussel.
Ringed Y-818, will report.
After a short while at the Brigg we head back to join the rest of the group for a well deserved fish and chips. 
The Christmas tree at Filey.
Rock Pipit in town.

Surfer and Great Crested Grebe.
The very tame Purple Sandpiper that Harry spotted.
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