Friday, 24 October 2014

Filey Field Trip

Birding has been very thin on the ground in recent times, I'm not going to lie. Work, Church and a variety of other things have meant that birding has had to take a back seat. However, on Friday, as part of the course, we went on a field trip to Filey to do some rock-pooling. The idea was to collect data on species in rock pools given the size of the rock pool, but really it just turned into a days rock-pooling fun.
We caught some pretty decent stuff, such as a small Butterfish, and a giant Sea Scorpion as well as seeing some Rocklings and a number of blennys. We also had innumerable Hermit Crabs as well as a jellyfish and a couple of other bits and pieces.
-Sea Scorpion
-Sea Scorpion
Sadly there were a few things that did escape our nets and we were unable to relocate them. 
On the bird front there were good numbers of Rock Pipit around, as well as a few waders along the shore. Of the waders the Turnstones were the highlight, but there were also Redshank, Oystercatcher and a solitary Dunlin. There were decent numbers of gulls too, though nothing unusual, and there were 3 Cormorants at the end of the Brigg.
The only downside was that when I returned home I discovered that a rough-legged buzzard had come in off the sea around lunchtime and given its description must have flown straight over me and I had not seen it, which would have been a lifer. That was a bit of a pain, but never mind.

Species List:
Filey Beach: Rock Pipit, Meadow Pipit, Black-Headed Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-Backed Gull, Greater Black-Backed Gull, Long-Tailed Tit, Turnstone, Redshank, Oystercatcher, Dunlin, Cormorant, 

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