23rd December 2014

A dark, mild and stormy day today saw a Great Northern Diver and a Little Auk off the Brigg, with a Great Northern Diver present and a Little Auk south yesterday. Highlights of 21st included two Great Northern Divers off the Brigg, plus one north and one present at Hunmanby Gap (likely involving the same birds, although the exact numbers remain unclear).

Little Auk this morning (Mark Pearson)

Little Auk this morning (Mark Pearson)

An impressive movement on 20th was dominated by Fulmars, with 6909 north and 52 south off the Brigg constituting a new day record (while over 1500 were counted from the Gap); six Pomarine Skuas (plus one south on 19th), a Great Northern Diver and an adult Mediterranean Gull also went south off the Brigg, while at the Gap, four Whooper Swans, two Bonxies, a Great Northern Diver, a single Pom and the same Med Gull went south (JS, BP, KC).

Great Northern Diver off the Brigg this morning (Mark Pearson)

Great Northern Diver off the Brigg this morning (Mark Pearson)