Monday, November 25th, 2013

Update: most recent action has continued to come from the sea, where today’s highlights were a Pomarine Skua and a Black-throated Diver (JS, MJP) and 18 Snow Buntings on Carr Naze; the pick of yesterday’s (24th) sightings were a Little Auk on the sea, a Red-necked Grebe, two Great Northern Divers and a Manx Shearwater (MJP, JS, BP, CW), while on the 23rd, a Little Auk and three Long-tailed Ducks were the pick (JS, BP).

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Strong northerlies provided two consecutive days of quality late-autumn sea-watching from the Brigg, where the following highlights were logged:

Today’s 7.5 hours saw a high count of 400 Eiders (in flocks of up to 65), a Balearic Shearwater, five Long-tailed Ducks, a Pomarine Skua, a Velvet Scoter, four Bonxies, two Arctic Skuas, a blue Fulmar and a Great Northern Diver (MJP, JS).

The pick of yesterday’s morning session included a Little Auk, a Scaup, and a Merlin heading out to sea at the Brigg (MJP, JS) and a Sooty Shearwater and a Glaucous Gull past Hunmanby Gap (KC).

some of today's 400 Eiders (Mark Pearson)

some of today’s 400 Eiders (Mark Pearson)

Today's Great Northern Diver (Mark Pearson)

Today’s Great Northern Diver (Mark Pearson)

Two of today's Long-tailed Ducks (Mark Pearson)

Two of today’s Long-tailed Ducks (Mark Pearson)

Full counts are viewable here: –

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

A quiet few days, the best of today being a late pale-morph Arctic Skua south at sea. We’ve receive details back of a colour-ringed Shag photographed from the Brigg on 14th – the bird was ringed on 10th July this year on the tiny island of Craigleith in the Firth of Forth.

Colour-ringed Shag, 14th Nov 2013 (Mark Pearson)

Colour-ringed Shag, 14th Nov 2013 (Mark Pearson)

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

A generally quiet few days, with reports of Merlin from the Brigg and the top fields (16th & 17th respectively) a Snow Bunting in the stubbles (17th), up to 14 Great Crested Grebes in the bay, and Great Northern Divers past the Brigg (one on 16th, three on 17th).

Red-throated Diver off the Glen (Mark Pearson)

Red-throated Diver off the Glen (Mark Pearson)

Merlin, Top Fields (Mark Pearson)

Merlin, Top Fields (Mark Pearson)


Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Today’s highlights came from the Brigg, where a Black-throated Diver went north, a late Sandwich Tern and two Bonxies went south, and three Snow Buntings came in off the sea.

13th: Two Waxwings were at Reighton Gap (SC), and a Hawfinch flew low and north over the town early p.m. (MJP).

Monday, November 11th, 2013

An exceptional arrival of Blackbirds occurred throughout the day, with a minimum of 8,500 counted arriving in off the sea on a broad front. An almost constant stream from early morning onwards was no doubt prompted by high pressure over Scandinavia and low cloud and drizzle over our coastline. Both Fieldfare and Redwing were also arriving in numbers, with up to a thousand of each, while the bay held 150 Common Scoter, two Red-breasted Mergansers, 14 Goldeneye and 20 Wigeon amongst others.

Three Smew were reported flying west over the town (J&TGD), but sadly couldn’t be relocated at The Dams or East Lea, both of which remain quiet but for small numbers of Teal, Wigeon and Curlew and odd Dunlin, Snipe and Redshank.

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

The bay held a Great Northern Diver and a single Whooper Swan, a Bonxie came in off the sea and onto the Country Park, an adult Mediterranean Gull went south and up to 30 Purple Sandpipers are now around the Brigg area.

Bonxie over the Country Park (Mark Pearson)

Bonxie over the Country Park (Mark Pearson)

9th: 14 Whooper Swans and a Great Northern Diver went south.

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Today’s highlight was a Long-tailed Duck feeding off the south side of the Brigg this afternoon.

Long-tailed Duck (Mark Pearson)

Long-tailed Duck (Mark Pearson)

Update for the last few days: 7th – 15 Whooper Swans flew south over the Country Park, two Woodcocks came in off the sea in the afternoon sunshine and a Great Northern Diver went north. 6th – Six late Swallows flew south low over the town during the mid-afternoon.

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Highlights over the last couple of days include two Great Northern Divers (4th), up to ten Snow Buntings around Carr Naze, the long-staying Little Gull in the top fields, and a substantial movement of thrushes during the early afternoon today, with over a hundred Redwings and c50 Blackbirds over the town.

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

A quiet few days, with highlights including a few Whooper swans still heading south, up to 34 Pink-footed Geese intermittently visiting the Dams and East Lea, six Velvet Scoters in the flock off Hunmanby Gap (and a Lapland Bunting there on 31st), several Snow Buntings in the Carr Naze area, and the first-winter Little Gull still dropping into the Dams on most days.

Sanderling, bay corner

Sanderling, bay corner