17/02/2015 Filey, North Yorkshire

Purple Sandpiper: Another good bird missed, as Alan and I went up to Filey Brigg to try and see the Surf Scoter that had been knocking about up there for a couple of days.

However, and as it often is, the day I arrive the bird disappears!


We arrived around midday and waited a couple of hours while the tide came in and still there was no sign.

These purps were very entertaining as they skipped around on the rocks.

We left the Brigg around 3ish and headed over to Grindale for the resident Rough Legged buzzard.

Common Seal: It didn't take long to locate the bird as it flew low over a farm field opposite the Skydive centre.  I was about to settle in and wait for some better images when Birdguides buzzed and the Surf Scoter came through.
So we dashed back over to the Brigg and scrambled down the cliff only to be told the guy who posted the report yesterday did the same just now by mistake!

Nevermind, this brilliant Common Seal was a bonus as it bathed in the lemon light of the fading sun.