8th December 2014

A generally quiet few days with a continuing brisk westerly airflow and little in the way of quality or quantity. Despite being below par lately, the Bay and the Brigg are nevertheless predictably providing most recent records, with a Slavonian Grebe north this morning (JS), a Black-throated Diver off North Cliff on 5th (MJP), at least one Great Northern Diver remaining in the bay on several dates, up to 25 Red-throated Divers and eight Great Crested Grebes, four Common Scoters and two Eiders still around the Brigg, up to 25 Sanderlings and 23 Purple Sandpipers, and c70 Pink-footed Geese north over the bay on 7th.

Tree Sparrow at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Tree Sparrow at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

The odd Snow Butning and up to nine Rock Pipits have frequented Carr Naze, while the Dams and East Lea are hosting up to 90 Wigeon, 30 Teal, six Gadwall, a Tufted Duck, and no less than 14 hybrid Greylag x Canada Geese in the feral flock.