3rd – 6th September 2015

With apologies for delayed posting (we’ve been representing the Obs at the Spurn Migration Festival this weekend, which was a great success): The first Curlew Sandpiper of the year appeared at East Lea today (SH et al), with seven Sooty Shearwaters past Hunmanby Gap. The previous few days were all about the sea, with a strong north-westerly airflow encouraging good movements including 43 Sooty and four Balearic Shearwaters on 5th past the Brigg (JS et al) and 17 Sootys, 16 Arctic Skuas and both Brent Goose ssp past the Gap.

Common Seal pup on the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Common Seal pup on the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Two Long-tailed Skuas (an adult and a juv), 10 Sooty Shearwaters and three Pintail from the Brigg (MJP, JS, CW, DL, RAB, JH) and two Balearic Shearwaters past the Gap (KC) were the pick of 4th, while 3rd provided three Long-tailed Skuas, a Black-throated Diver, a Red-necked Grebe, a Pomarine Skua, a Little Gull, one Balearic Shearwater, eight Sooty Shearwaters and a Black Tern past the Brigg (MJP, JS, CW, JH) and two Balearic Shearwaters past the Gap (KC).