20th November 2014

The best of today was a Jay (present since 9th) and a late Ring Ouzel in Parish Wood. The Dams & East Lea are attracting low densities of waterbirds presently, but four Chiffchaffs, two Lesser Redpolls and eight Siskins were among good numbers of passerines there, while two Water Rails were in the reedbeds.

Great Northern Diver (Mark Pearson)

Great Northern Diver (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday (19th) saw more quality seawatching, with another two Grey Phalaropes (MJP et al) late morning adding further to an already remarkable tally for this species in 2014; both birds came in from the north and continued south, with presumably the same birds subsequently recorded shortly after off Flamborough (and thus both were likely ‘new’).

Other highlights included two Great Northern Divers (one in almost full summer plumage), a Pomarine Skua and 24 Little Gulls south, and a total of 11 Little Auks (MJP, JS). 18th was less eventful, with 12 Little Auks and 26 Little Gulls (JS, MJP) during the morning’s seawatch; four Chiffchaffs and 12 Goldcrests were in the Church Ravine and Country Park area.

Coal Tit, Church Ravine (Mark Pearson)

Coal Tit, Church Ravine (Mark Pearson)

A Velvet Scoter remains offshore at Hunmanby Gap with commoner congeners (NCt) and a single Snow Bunting is still in the Carr Naze area.