1st December 2014

What seemed like unpromising conditions for this morning’s seawatch in fact provided a star fly-by and plenty of quality back-up, with the runaway highlight being a WHITE-BILLED DIVER south at 1025hrs (MJP). An adult in transitional plumage, it was seen passing Flamborough 13 minutes later (at an estimated flight speed of 32mph).

White-billed Diver (Mark Pearson)

White-billed Diver (Mark Pearson)

It was very much a case of quality over quantity, with a Bean Goose low and north-west over Carr Naze at dawn, single Great Northern and Black-throated Divers south (as well as 50+ Red-throated Divers – completing a set of four Gavia species in an hour), single Long-tailed Duck and Little Auk south, and a Pomarine Skua north (MJP).

Little Auk (Mark Pearson)

Little Auk (Mark Pearson)

A Mistle Thrush on the end of Carr Naze, as well as two Blackbirds and a Robin on the Brigg, indicated new passerine arrivals, while three Snow Buntings remained in the same area (with another single south).

More photos of the diver and others are viewable here.

Apologies in advance for a lack of updates over the coming days – anything rare will be reported here as usual and a full summary will follow mid-month.