Monday, November 28th, 2016

A busy day today in the bay and Brigg area, with a fine selection of early winter quality on offer at various points through the day. The morning sea-watch produced the first Grey Phalarope of the year heading south, a Great Northern Diver north (perhaps the same as one seen doing likewise at the Gap) and six Scaup south, and a drake Long-tailed Duck in the bay (JS, CW). High tide in the northern bay this afternoon meanwhile produced a Slavonian Grebe briefly in the bay corner and then in the outer bay, a Red-necked Grebe off the southern side of the Brigg, 11 Great Crested Grebes, and small numbers of ducks (including Goldeneyes, Wigeon, Common Scoter, Eider and a Red-breasted Merganser) (MJP et al.). Two Snow Buntings are still on Carr Naze, where they have been for some days, and a few Snipe and Redshank are at the Dams and East Lea.

Snow Bunting, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Snow Bunting, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday (27th) saw two Sooty and a single Manx Shearwater heading north off the Brigg, a Long-tailed Duck south and single Red-necked Grebe and Great Northern Diver present (CW, JS, JH), while 26th was notable for a high count of 17 Rock Pipits in the Brigg/Carr Naze/Rocket Pole Field area (as well as 12 Snipe in the latter), while a single Woodcock, two Stonechats and 19 Sanderlings were at Hunmanby Gap. Three Snow Buntings flew south over the town on 25th, when 47 Red-throated Divers and 16 Great Crested Grebes were in the bay, and 114 Eiders, 35 Red-throated Divers and two Dark-bellied Brent Geese were the best of the sea movements.

Snow Bunting, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Snow Bunting, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

A single Velvet Scoter was the best of a quiet sea today, with a Woodcock on Carr Naze. A quality seawatch yesterday (23rd) morning in brisk northerlies produced a Little Auk, a Red-necked Grebe, five Sooty Shearwaters, three Scaup, five Great Northern Divers, two Pomarine Skuas, three Little Gulls, 10 Bonxies and a Mediterranean Gull among other counts (MJP, JS, CW), while two Snow Buntings remain on Carr Naze (both days).

Snow Bunting, Carr Naze (Mike Cole)

Snow Bunting, Carr Naze (Mike Cole)

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Black Redstart, bay corner, 20th

Black Redstart, bay corner, 20th

A couple of days dominated by stormy weather and often very windy conditions. The sea provided a Pomarine Skua, two Long-tailed Ducks, a Great Northern Diver, two Velvet Scoters and 19 Little Gulls (JS), while 11 Shoveler overflew the town, where two Grey Wagtails are present (often at one of the ravines or along seafront). Two Great Northern Divers and seven Bonxies went south yesterday (21st), while 20th saw a Black-throated Diver heading south (MJP), three Scaup north (JS) and a Black Redstart in the bay corner (MJP).

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

Overnight frosts and cold winds have dominated the last few days, with highlights today of 1000 Golden Plovers, 26 Whooper Swans, 95 Pink-footed Geese, a Great Northern Diver and two Snow Buntings south, with a further two Great Northern Divers in the bay. Yesterday (18th) saw a Waxwing heading south-west over the town (MJP) and 12 Whooper Swans south, with five Twite south at the Gap on 17th when a dark-bellied Brent Goose was on the Country Park and four Great Northern Divers went south. Two Stonechats remain in the Carr Naze area.

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

A quieter few days in the area, with four Whooper Swans, 120 Pink-footed Geese, a Crossbill, a Brent Goose and two Buzzards all south over the town today, while the usual cast at the Dams and East Lea included a Black-tailed godwit, two Water Rails, three Chiffchaffs, 110 Wigeon and 11 Shoveler.

Pink-footed Geese, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Pink-footed Geese, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday (14th), a ‘Blue’ Fulmar went north and a Great Northern Diver was off the Brigg, where a Lapland Bunting came in off on 13th (JS); the same day saw 170 Pink-footed Geese south over Carr Naze and an impressive movement of Woodpigeons – 4475 south, 588 north – in the morning at the Gap, as well as 46 Siskins and two Snow Buntings south there.

Barn Owl, Rocket Pole Field (Mark Pearson)

Barn Owl, Rocket Pole Field (Mark Pearson)

Saturday, November 12th, 2016

… with apologies for the enforced break in transmissions. Chronologically (from the 2nd onwards), highlights and notable records over recent days are as follows:

On 2nd, a Long-tailed Duck, 10 Bonxies and an Arctic Skua went south off the Brigg and two Goldeneye went north, while two Woodcock were on the Tip. 3rd saw Waxwings in off (JS) and over the town (CW), two Whooper Swans at the Dams and another over Hunmanby Gap, where two ring-tail Hen Harriers went south (KC) as well as 12 Crossbills and 110 Siskins; a Twite went north, and a good arrival of thrushes in off included 194 Blackbirds and 345 Fieldfares. On the sea, a Short-eared Owl, five Scaup, a Little Auk (JS), three Woodcocks and a Great Northern Diver went south and two Pintail went north.

Another Great Northern Diver, 13 Bullfinches and 47 Siskins went south at the Gap on 4th, while a busier 5th saw three Waxwings in a garden there and another three over (NC), four Sooty and a single Manx¬†Shearwater north and 11 Bonxies and 150 Common Scoters south. Passing the Brigg were five Scaup, nine Little Auks (JS) and a Little Gull. An equally busy 6th included two Long-tailed Ducks, a Little Auk, four Sooty Shearwaters, a Woodcock, 17 Bonxies, a Great Northern Diver, three Goldeneye, 129 Common Scoter and four Pintail passing the Brigg (JS), with four Sootys, four Manx, three Pomarine Skuas, five Little Auks, a Velvet Scoter, a Long-tailed Duck, a Goosander and – most notably – a Sabine’s Gull past the Gap (WS, KC, GS).

The 7th continued a similar theme with two Velvet Scoters, 126 Common Scoters, a Little Auk, a Pomarine Skua, and 12 Little Gulls passing the Brigg (JS) and six Little Auks, a Great Northern Diver and a Velvet Scoter in the bay off Coble Landing (J&TGD). Little Gulls were again numerous on 8th with 26 north past the Brigg, as well as single Goosander and Red-breasted Merganser, six Goldeneye and 61 Wigeon; a Woodcock headed south along the seafront, where a Black Redstart was also present (J&TGD).

The last couple of days have been somewhat quieter, although two Corn Buntings, 1500 Wood Pigeons, and 620 Starlings went north and 205 Siskins went south at the Gap yesterday (11th), and a Woodcock went south at the Brigg; today’s highlight was a single Scaup off the Brigg. Up to 18 Snow Buntings (Carr Naze), 26 Purple Sandpipers and 115 Oystercatchers (Brigg) have been present in recent days.

Oystercatchers on the Brigg (George Stoyle)

Oystercatchers on the Brigg (George Stoyle)

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

A day of brisk northerly winds promising seabound activity, which applied during the morning at least. Highlights from the Brigg included four Little Auks, a Sooty Shearwater, 15 White-fronted Geese, five Pomarine Skuas, 15 Bonxies, three Arctic Skuas and an Arctic Tern (JS, MJP), while observations at the Gap included four Little Auks, at least three of which were different to the above based on times/directions (KC, WS, GS, NC). At least four Shorelarks remained in the field west of the Rocket Pole Field, and five Snow Buntings were in the Carr Naze area.

White-fronted Geese (Mark Pearson)

White-fronted Geese (Mark Pearson)

Please note there will be a brief break in transmissions due to unforeseen circumstances, but updates will resume shortly.