30th July 2015

It’s been all about the sea over the last few days, with five hours from 0540 this morning being particularly productive in what were not the most promising of conditions; however, with the sea-watching season now officially open, surprises are more likely and persistence inevitably pays off.

Velvet Scoter (Mark Pearson)

Velvet Scoter (Mark Pearson)

This morning’s clear highlights consisted of an adult Long-tailed Skua harassing a Kittiwake and then heading south at 0830hrs (and seen passing Flamborough 15 mins later), a Velvet Scoter, and a summer plumage Black-throated Diver out of the bay and north (MJP, CW). A Pomarine Skua, a Little Gull and a Little Tern were the pick of 28th (CW), while the Dams and East Lea have held a Ruff, one Green and two Common Sandpipers.