21st January 2015

Wren on the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

A little more activity over recent days, with sub-zero temperatures encouraging several scarce species into the area and a few notable highlights on the sea. This morning a Great Northern Diver and a Puffin went south (among thousands of Guillemots and hundreds of Gannets and Fulmars); a single Pomarine Skua and three Puffins went south and 901 Fulmars went north on 20th (MJP), when five Water Rails – four at the Dams and East Lea, and one in Top Scrub – were in the area. Ten Pink-footed Geese were with the feral flock at the latter site.

Scaup at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Another four Pink-feet went south over the Dams on 19th, the same day a Jack Snipe was Reighton Golf Course (NCt, DL) and an immature Scaup – a rare bird locally, not least on fresh water – lurked in the twilight at the back of the Dams (MJP). Seven White-fronted Geese were unfortunately brief visitors to the Newbiggin farm area on 18th (TGD), while activity over the sea on 17th included a Glaucous Gull off the Brigg (with presumably the same there the previous day), a Great Northern Diver north, and a Black-throated Diver and a Pomarine Skua south (JS, BP, DB).

Fox at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Fox at the Dams (Mark Pearson)