5th November 2014
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).
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.