9th September 2014

Very much a day of quality over quantity, with a fine selection of notable birds (but not a great deal in the way of numbers). Top billing goes to a juvenile/first winter Black Guillemot (MJP) in the north of the bay in the late morning, the first of the year of this locally less than annual species. Similarly unusual, a summer-plumage Black-throated Diver flew close inshore this evening before veering out towards Flamborough (MJP).

Black Guillemot in the bay (Mark Pearson)

Black Guillemot in the bay (Mark Pearson)

Another Balearic Shearwater went north at Hunmanby Gap (KC, NCt), where a wing-tagged Marsh Harrier came in off the sea sporting a green wing-tag from the Sculthorpe Moor ringing programme in Norfolk. Another came in off at the Brigg this morning, in no rush to find dry land and even finding time to chase gulls in a skua-like fashion! Similarly odd circumstances saw three Great Tits come in off the sea at 0700hrs this morning.

One of this morning's Marsh Harriers (Mark Pearson)

One of this morning’s Marsh Harriers (Mark Pearson)

A minimum of three Sooty Shearwaters, 40 Manxies and 10 Bonxies were counted in the morning, with another five Bonxies this evening – one of which is unfortunately the victim of a pollutant which is clearly hindering its movements in the Brigg area. Arctic Skuas totalled seven for the day, two Common Buzzards were over the town, a Gadwall was on Carr Naze pond first thing, and Wigeon, Red-throated Divers and Great Crested Grebes are firmly back in the notebook.

One of this mornin'g inbound Great Tits (Mark Pearson)

One of this morning’s inbound Great Tits (Mark Pearson)