12th January 2016

All notable records continue to come from the Brigg and bay, where the star of the show remains the long-staying immature drake Surf Scoter – usually found in the area of the bay between the Carr Naze steps and the seawatch hide, it was accompanied by an adult male Common Scoter for much of today. Otherwise, Little Gulls have been an almost constant presence, although usually only in ones and twos, with the exception of at least 40 scattered along the bay on 10th. Single Great Northern Divers have been present off the Brigg and the Gap, where two Black-throated Divers were reported on 11th (WS) – the first in the recording area since November last year.

Common Buzzard (John Harwood)

Common Buzzard (John Harwood)

Small numbers of wildfowl on the move have included 12 dark-bellied Brents north on 9th, while two particularly pale Common Buzzards are currently in the area (one near Reighton Gap and one towards Gristhorpe Bay).