14th February 2016

Male Surf Scoter off the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Male Surf Scoter off the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Pretty much as you were over the last couple of days, although signs of movement on the land have included the first trickles of Skylarks and Meadow Pipits through, small groups of Siskins at the Dams and Top Scrub, and a Fieldfare on the Country Park this morning.

Pink-footed (& Canada) Goose, East Lea (Mark Pearson)

Pink-footed (& Canada) Goose, East Lea (Mark Pearson)

The Brigg and the north of the bay continue to provide most of the interest, which – judging by the steady procession of Surf Scoter admirers each day – is yet to wane; not surprising, with not just our American friend in situ, but also a variety of commoner species including plenty of Red-throated Divers, up to three Great Northern Divers, numerous auks (with an increasing percentage of Razorbills), odd other ducks (including Teal, Common Scoters and Tufted Duck) and at least 40 Purple Sandpipers.

Shag on the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Shag on the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Pink-footed Geese continue to move, with three figures on a couple of days heading north and a few in the East Lea / Dams area with the feral flocks (which include up to 21 hybrid ‘Granadas’).