11th February 2016

The north of the bay and southern flank of the Brigg are particularly busy at the moment, with large numbers of auks (mainly Guillemots) on high tides and up to 100 Gannets joining good numbers of Red-throated Divers (up to 35), Great Northern Divers (at least four, with up to two also at the Gap), 18 Great Crested Grebes, 20 Teal and 5 Common Scoters.

Barn Owl, Country Park (Mark Pearson)

Barn Owl, Country Park (Mark Pearson)

The Surf Scoter remains faithful to the same area, while 45 Purple Sandpipers are among the waders in the Brigg area. Small numbers of Pink-footed Geese have been recorded, with several in the Top Fields and at East Lea, with up to 200 Wigeon at the latter site. A late report concerned a Glaucous Gull north  on 7th.

Purple Sandpiper (Mark Pearson)

Purple Sandpiper (Mark Pearson)

FBOG’s Pete Dunn is giving a free talk on Ringing at Filey next Thurs 18th (see here), while the ringing team have been busy catching a range of species, including Water Rails – read their latest updates here.

This Curled Octopus was found in a rockpool on the Brigg by Mel Wall and photographed by Richard Braithwaite yesterday - a beautiful creature that is recorded less than annually here

This Curled Octopus was found in a rockpool on the Brigg by Mel Wall and photographed by Richard Braithwaite yesterday – a beautiful creature that is recorded less than annually here