30th November 2014

Steady as she goes over recent days, with most of the notable activity being at or over the sea and a few familiar species continuing to dominate. Great Northern Divers were off the Brigg on 29th (two north) and the Gap today (two), Little Auks were off the Brigg on 27th (one), 28th (three south) and 29th (two south and one north), two Pomarine Skuas went south on 29th with another north on 27th, and a reasonable range of passing wildfowl on 29th included a Long-tailed Duck and a Goosander. The female Velvet Scoter was joined by a male at the Gap, also on 29th.

Up to four Snow Buntings are frequenting Carr Naze, and a Dark-bellied Brent Goose was at East Lea today. Late news of a Merlin around the Brigg on 25th.

Merlin on the Brigg, 25th (Peter Richman)

Merlin on the Brigg, 25th (Peter Richman)

A colour-ringed Cormorant present on the Brigg on several dates recently was ringed as a nestling on Puffin Island off the coast of Anglesey on 28th June this summer, and this is its first observed port of call since.

Colour-ringed Cormorant with Little Auks, 5th Nov (Mark Pearson)

Colour-ringed Cormorant with Little Auks, 5th Nov (Mark Pearson)