4th February 2015

Northern (argentatus) Herrin Gull - this a particularly dark-mantled bird (Mark Pearson)

Northern (argentatus) Herring Gull – this a particularly dark-mantled bird (Mark Pearson)

It’s been all about the sea over the last few days, and despite slightly disappointing returns from a period of strong northerlies, there’s been notable records on all days. Today, a total of six Little Auks passed the Brigg (with a single on 3rd), as well as a Black-throated Diver and a Blue Fulmar (MJP, JS); a Scaup was in the Bay Corner on 2nd (J&TGD), when 37 Argentatus Herring Gulls moved north (with single figures on all other days of late) (MJP).

High-flying Little Auk off the Brigg, 3rd (Mark Pearson)

High-flying Little Auk off the Brigg, 3rd (Mark Pearson)

A Glaucous Gull went north over Carr Naze on 1st (SC), when Goldeneye numbers peaked at three in the Bay corner. Great Northern Divers have been particularly visible of late, with up to three recorded in the bay, from the Brigg south to the Gap, and one or two past on most sea-watches. Finally, the 31st saw a Velvet Scoter and a Bonxie past Hunmanby Gap (KC).

Knot, Bay corner (Mark Pearson)

Knot, Bay corner (Mark Pearson)