3rd January 2016

Happy New Year from FBOG, and welcome to this year’s sightings updates! As usual, I’ll be updating these pages every few days in quieter periods, and every day / other day during migration seasons. If you’ve taken photographs of local birds and wildlife and would like them considering for the sightings updates, please email them to me (as soon as possible after they were taken) at mpearson(at)fbog.co.uk, replacing the (at) with @.

Little Gull (Mark Pearson)

Little Gull (Mark Pearson)

Brisk, often strong south-easterlies and heavy storms are stirring up the sea and its occupants of late, with notable records including Little Auks today (MJP) and yesterday (three, JS), Blue Fulmars today (MJP) and yesterday (four, JS), Little Gulls (at least six today and two yesterday), two Pintails among various wildfowl on the move today, and odd Bonxies heading south. Our long-staying and new year list-adorning Surf Scoter is still in situ, as is at least one Great Northern Diver, and moderate numbers of auks and Red-throated Divers.

Surf Scoter (Tony Dixon)

Surf Scoter (Tony Dixon)

Surf Scoter (John Harwood)

Surf Scoter (John Harwood)

A male Stonechat was on Carr Naze today, with other records of note likely following later as a result of today’s Bird race activities. A sting in the tail of 2015, meanwhile, was provided by a Richard’s Pipit (TJD et al.) on the Tip on 29th Dec.

Richard's Pipit, 29th Dec (John Harwood)

Richard’s Pipit, 29th Dec (John Harwood)