13th Jan 2017

 

Glaucous Gull (Mark Pearson)

Glaucous Gull (Mark Pearson)

A day of very strong north-westerly winds, wintry showers (and heavy snow around dawn) and a very potent storm surge made for challenging but ultimately productive conditions today. The morning, was quiet bird-wise (in sharp contrast to the weather), but an afternoon bay/sea-watching session from the seafront produced a fantastic haul of at least four Glaucous Gulls and an Iceland Gull, with one of the Glaucs heading over Carr Naze and (presumably) one of them past Hunmanby Gap (MJP, IR, TC, KC et al.).

Coble Landing (Ian Robinson)

Coble Landing (Ian Robinson)

Two Great Northern Divers were in the northern bay, the Snow Bunting was still on Carr Naze, and a Red-necked Grebe was reported (with the long-stayer also reported on several previous days in the bay, as well as the long-staying Velvet Scoter). A Blue Fulmar went north on 12th, while the female Black Redstart reappeared near the sea-watch hide on 11th.

Town seafront (Ian Robinson)

Town seafront (Ian Robinson)