22nd November 2015

Little Auk (Mark Pearson)

Little Auk (Mark Pearson)

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).

Glaucous Gull (Mark Pearson)

Glaucous Gull (Mark Pearson)

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.

Red-breasted Merganser (Mark Pearson)

Red-breasted Merganser (Mark Pearson)

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).

Stonechat on the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Stonechat on the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

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.

Little Auk (Mark Pearson)

Little Auk (Mark Pearson)