22nd November 2015
A weekend dominated by a cold northerly airflow was thus dominated by sea-watching, with impressive returns. Today saw a moderate NNW swinging N to NNE gusting stronger at times, with frequent wintry showers and low temperatures, but a significantly less extreme swell (allowing more passage to be observed).
Eight hours observations from the Brigg produced plenty of quality, with highlights including 82 Little Auks, a juvenile Glaucous Gull, three Red-necked Grebes, a Black-throated Diver, three Long-tailed Ducks, a Pomarine Skua, a Mediterranean Gull, a Velvet Scoter, and at least 11 Great Northern Divers, plus 30 Goldeneyes, a Snow Bunting and a Short-eared Owl in off the sea and a Woodcock on Carr Naze (MJP, JS, CW et al). Four Stonechats were new, with a male fresh-in on the Brigg this afternoon.
Yesterday (21st) saw storm force (9) northerlies and challenging conditions (with a very heavy swell), but another eight hours observations from first light produced 50 Little Auks, two Scaup, a Pomarine Skua, a Balearic Shearwater, three Velvet Scoters, three Long-tailed Ducks, four Great Northern Divers and a brief Black-necked Grebe (the latter also seen off Reighton today) (MJP, JS, T&JD et al).
Additional news of a Jack Snipe at the Tip and a Short-eared Owl at the Rocket Pole Field on 20th, and a late Swallow on 19th.