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Filey Brigg, Scarborough.

Our last time out before our second lockdown, where do you fancy going Phil asked, anywhere warm said Steve. Well Phil assured me, even guaranteed, it would be dry, perhaps a little blustery he said! Now I trust Phil, but his face said one thing and I could hear his brain saying "you're gonna get wet, very wet you lightweight". When we arrived in the car park it was a little windy, I opened the boot of the car and the wind got hold of some of the contents and before you could blink they were fifty metres away.

As we walked down towards the beach the skys opened up and that rare old thing the sun started to show itself and within ten minutes we had the images below.
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The kestrel was hunting all the time that we were there, the walk down to the brigg and the whole walk back took a couple of hours and this little master of the sky was hunting the whole time.
Don't walk on the rocks, there very very slippy my mind said, I'm fine said my brain.
Steve stupid Farley
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I don't know the history of Filey Brigg but I've always remembered it right from my childhood. As a child it was one of those forbidden places, "don't go down there, the tide will cut you off and you'll have to be rescued". You could see the waves crashing on the rocks, a frightening place, a place you didn't really want to go, even though you all know at the age of 9 "I was actually Superman".

As we got closer we could see the Rock Pipits above our heads, skittish and loud. Different Gulls, Black Backed, Black Headed and those you're not quite sure about. Cormorants sunbathe on the rocks as Purple Sandpipers, Turnstones and even Pigeons forage below their feet.

As you look at the sun, the surf and the beauty of the birds, people's voices linger in the air as your legs start doing a Linford Christie animated run in mid air and you hit the rock, your whole body paralysed with pain as onlookers say "stupid man" Ooo the joys of birding.
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Souter Lighthouse, Whitburn Coastal Path & St Mary's Island


Myself and Phil Smithson travelled up from my home and parked half a mile south of the Souter Lighthouse on the Whitburn Coastal path nature reserve. This is an area I have never been too and I have no idea why, the area really is prime for birding, small copse near the car park and open scrubland down to the cliffs with beautiful views of sea stacks and sea birds perched upon them. The area is well known for the passing pelagic birds and the many gulls that frequent the stacks and cliffs.

We made are way south on the coastal path to a seawtaching hide and after a while we walked to the back of the hide and around a small nature reserve called Whitburn Point Nature Reserve where there is a few feeding stations and a screen looking out over reedbeds. Reed Bunting, Linnet, sparrow and flocks of Goldfinch were all evident.
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Map showing seawtaching hide and car park, the walk around the nature reserve takes about 45 minutes and can be muddy at times. The views are magnificent from here and although the sea watching hide does not produce the birds seen at Flamborough, or Spurn Point you would still enjoy a day sea watching from here.
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Souter Lighthouse, a great place for seawatching with some shelter from the elements.
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Souter Lighthouse and the scrubland around that has been very productive in the past
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The cliff area with some of the sea stacks full of birds, Fulmar, Gulls, Redshank were all there along with Kittiwake. Many pelagic birds are seen from here throughout the year, this really is a top spot.
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Just a nice scene
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Northern Fulmar
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St Mary's Lighthouse
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St Mary's Lighthouse and causeway, this area produced the Snow Bunting, Pipits and many other sea birds seen on the day. The area can get very busy with tourists and day trippers alike there is a large car park adjacent to the site this has burger vans and an ice cream van attracting the crowds.
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Snow Bunting on the small pieces of grass near the car parks at St Mary's
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Northern Fulmar
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Rock Pipit just near the causeway to the Lighthouse.
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