Our final destination - like a bad B movie was Filey where we ran into several proper good birds. As we left the car park a group of waders gave up on aerial roosting and decided they fancied feeding on a flash in the country park. Mostly Oystercatcher and Redshank with a touch of Turnstone, also present were a few Knot, Dunlin and a single Bar-tailed Godwit.
Wandering down Arndale to the sailing club we were notified of a male Black Redstart but we failed completely to see it. Shame as I havent seen an adult male. I did manage to find a Black-throated Diver out in the bay. A lifer for a few of us and a very good east coast bird. I was chuffed to bits. Also kicking about were several Eider, Shag and loads of Common Scoter. Marks eagle eyes pulled out a Great-crested Grebe and an unresolved dark looking large Grebe in choppy water.
We decided to scope the bay from the upper-cliff to get better views and were rewarded by courting Great-crested Grebe on the sea off Primrose Valley. These were surrounded by FIVE Slavonian Grebes. An amazing count and a high for the bay this winter I believe. We headed round to Carr Naze to give the scoters a good viewing. The Black-throated Diver flew north out of the bay... and yet it was still where it was originally. Hang on - in its place was a Great Northern Diver. Another really cracking bird. As we examined the scoters there were no obvious male velvets but prolonged watching revealed a female Velvet Scoter that only revealed its white secondaries as it crested waves. Cheeky cow. It was cold now and time was marching on so we abandoned. You may notice that my only pics were of med gulls. My battery died. What can I say?
p.s. Thanks to my partners in crime Paul, Mark and Keith
p.p.s. Mark and Paul saw the Black-throated Thrush early on making it number 200 on the BF meet list
p.p.p.s. Black-throated Thrush, Great Northern Diver, Slavonian Grebe and Velvet Scoter are all new additions to the meet list and take the total to 203.