8th January 2016

Little Gull this afternoon (Mark Pearson)

Little Gull this afternoon (Mark Pearson)

All notable reports have come from the Brigg and bay over recent days, where Little Gulls numbered an impressive 77 late today (35 feeding, 42 south) and single figures have been noted most other days. The immature male Surf Scoter is still in the bay (and is moulting into a more distinctive plumage), at least one Great Northern Diver is in the general area, Blue Fulmars passed by on 6th (two) and 7th, with a single Little Auk also on the former date.

Little Gulls heading south this afternoon (Mark Pearson)

Little Gulls heading south this afternoon (Mark Pearson)

Other records include odd pale- and dark-bellied Brent Geese and Woodcocks, while the high tide roost on the Brigg held 41 Purple Sandpipers, nine Ringed Plovers, 12 Dunlin and two Curlews this afternoon.