9th December 2013

Quality off the Brigg this afternoon included a Black-throated, two Great Northern and 14 Red-throated Divers (as well as 23 of the latter past), plus a female Long-tailed Duck, good numbers of the commoner auks and small numbers of Eiders and Common Scoters (MJP). Two Great Northern Divers and a Merlin were the best of the morning seawatch (JS).

The past week has remained relatively steady, with Great Northern Divers on 8th (two past the Brigg, one past the Gap and one in the bay) and 7th (one past), Long-tailed Ducks on 8th (two past the Brigg and two in the bay), 7th (one) and 4th (one), Velvet Scoters (up to four in the south of the bay on several days) and small numbers of the commoner species in the bay. The Dams remains quiet but for up to 45 Wigeon, four Gadwall and the odd common wader.

The Brunnich’s Guillemot was a first for Yorkshire and indeed a (live) first for mainland England; more on the bird here.

Brunnich's Guillemot, 3rd Dec 2013 (MJP)

Brunnich’s Guillemot, 3rd Dec 2013 (MJP)