16th November 2015

The mild, bluster south-westerly airflow continues, with more notable late autumn passage over the sea in the last two days. Whooper Swans again warrant top billing, with a total of 64 through the area today, and an exceptional 108 yesterday; with an already healthy tally for the season before this week, it’ll be interesting to see the totals for the season overall in a few week’s time. likewise, Pink-footed Geese continue to move through in substantial numbers, with a surge today totalling 1337 in all.

Whooper Swans passing Filey lifeboat yesterday (Mark Pearson)

Whooper Swans passing Filey lifeboat yesterday (Mark Pearson)

A Black-throated Diver went south late morning today (MJP), while Great Northern Divers are hard to miss presently; an exceptional total of six went south today, with a single in the bay off the Gap – two also went south yesterday, when at least one was also in the bay. It was a good day for skuas, with nine Bonxies and five Arctics backing up an immature, pale morph Pomarine (MJP), which was perhaps the same bird around the Brigg yesterday afternoon (MJP). Six Twite and a Snow Bunting came in off and headed south late morning.

Common Seal, bay corner (Mark Pearson)

Common Seal, bay corner (Mark Pearson)