12th August 2015

The main story of the last few days has concerned the number of Gannets taking advantage of developing ‘bait balls’ both out at sea and, most spectacularly, close inshore – particularly on the morning of 11th, when up to 2,700 were counted, often in amazingly tight feeding frenzies. Doubtless attracted by a similar penchant for the increasing marine bounty, Minke Whales have been seen daily, with a peak of three north-east of the Brigg this evening (MJP).

Gannets in the bay, 11th (Mark Pearson)

Gannets in the bay, 11th (Mark Pearson)

Otherwise, highlights have included a Red-necked Grebe south this morning (JS, CW), an adult Pomarine Skua harrying Kittiwakes offshore on 10th (MJP) and one north this evening (KC), and a decent selection of waders both offshore / on the Brigg and at the Dams and East Lea; the latter two sites have held up to three Greenshank, nine Green Sandpipers, five Black-tailed Godwits, eight Dunlin, a Little Ringed Plover, a Ringed Plover and six Snipe between them, while a Water Rail has resumed squealing there.

Gannets in the bay, 11th (Mark Pearson)

Gannets in the bay, 11th (Mark Pearson)

Little Egrets were reported from the Tip (10th) and the Dams on several occasions, while Marsh Harriers were over the sea and south on 10th, in the Top fields on 11th and (possibly the same) at the Dams today. Perhaps just a single Short-eared Owl, meanwhile, accounted for sightings in the Carr Naze / Rocket Pole Field area over the last couple of days.

Grey Heron landing on the Brigg, 10th (Mark Pearson)

Grey Heron landing on the Brigg, 10th (Mark Pearson)