Filey & Scarborough – 19/01/2019

An overcast morning with occasional showers, a moderate westerly breeze blowing, temperatures reaching around eight degrees C.

Headed to Scarborough in the hope of photographing Great Northern Diver Gavia immer, two having been present in the harbour for several days. On arrival one was present and showed well just inside the marina half of the harbour. It only remained here for around another ten minutes, before moving out into the bay, so I’d arrived just in time. A Red-throated Diver Gavia stellata was close-in to the east pier giving good views. Good numbers of Turnstone Arenaria interpres were present in the harbour, very use to people being around, one landing only a few feet away offering a great photo opportunity. A few Purple Sandpiper Calidris maritima were roosting on the east pier sea defenses, only just visible from the top of the wall. A Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena was seen on several occasion off the east pier.

At Filey a Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis was new for the year (NFY), off the end of the Brigg. Several Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula were on the Brigg NFY, along with roosting Purple Sandpiper Calidris maritima and Dunlin Calidris alpina. Great Northern Diver G. immer and Red-throated Diver G. stellata were also present off the Brigg. Two Grey Seal Halichoerus grypus were also on the bay side of the Brigg.