5th November 2014

Short-eared Owl on the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Short-eared Owl on the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

A strong northerly encouraged all attentions to turn seawards today, and seven and a half hour’s observations didn’t disappoint. Highlights included three Grey Phalaropes south, 128 Little Auks north, 32 Pomarine Skuas and 20 Bonxies south, a Red-necked Grebe and a Long-tailed Duck south, six Velvet Scoters and a Goosander north, and 14 Little Gulls, two Great Northern Divers and 194 Red-throated Divers south (MJP, JS). Movements at sea off the Gap involved much the same species as above but for a Lapland Bunting south. A total of four Short-eared Owls came in off the sea, including one which rested on the Brigg (plus a fifth unidentified Asio south), and a Long-eared Owl was in the Top Scrub late afternoon (MJP).

Little Auks off the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Little Auks off the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

An otherwise quiet 4th produced a brief Great Grey Shrike on the Tip in the afternoon (TGD), while 3rd saw highlights of five Velvet Scoters, 13 Whooper Swans and 29 Little Gulls south off the Brigg.

Little Auk (just) passing the hide (Mark Pearson)

Little Auk (just) passing the hide (Mark Pearson)