17th January 2016

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An interesting few days, again dominated by the sea and shore. Our first notable cetacean sighting of the year sadly involved a deceased White-beaked Dolphin which was washed ashore in the bay corner yesterday (16th), presumably a youngster based on a length of c180 cm (MJP et al); more positively, it attracted a juvenile Glaucous Gull today (TI, MJP, DA et al), which, despite much disturbance, returned to feed on several occasions.

Surf Scoter (Dave Aitken)

Surf Scoter (Dave Aitken)

A Grey Phalarope flew north on 13th (JS), while three Little Auks went south in a northerly gale on 15th (MJP) and a single was off Hunmanby Gap on 16th (WS). After a day off yesterday, our long-staying Surf Scoter returned this morning, while Great Northern Divers are particularly prevalent of late, often close inshore along the southern flank of the Brigg, with up to four both yesterday and today. Little Gulls have been noted in ones and twos on several dates, argentatus Herring Gulls have trickled north (with a peak of 10 on 14th), a Mediterranean Gull went north on 15th, and 50 Pink-footed Geese went south yesterday (with a flock south over the town after dark on the evening of 15th).

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Glaucous Gull feeding on White-beaked Dolphin (Mark Pearson)

Glaucous Gull feeding on White-beaked Dolphin (Mark Pearson)