27th January 2017
Two White-fronted Geese were with the ferals at Primrose Valley today (DL), with a Chiffchaff also in the same area, 25 Sanderlings on the beach, a Blue Fulmar went south (JS) and a male Pochard and four Shovelers were at the Dams. Yesterday saw two Treecreepers in Glen Gardens and a good movement of wildfowl over the sea, which included a White-fronted Goose north, 89 Wigeon, 75 Mallard, five Shoveler, two Pintail, four Pochard, a Tufted Duck and four Gadwall south, as well as a Red-necked Grebe south (JS). Highlights on 24th consisted of a Velvet Scoter south, two Stonechats in the Rocket Pole Field.
Long-stayers still kicking around include the Black Redstart in the Brigg area, at least one Great Northern Diver off North Cliff and the Snow Bunting on Carr Naze. Grey Wagtails are particularly noticeable this winter, with up to four roaming the area (and perhaps easiest to find in the town centre and the Bay Corner). Up to 200 Wigeon and 60 Teal are at the Dams / East Lea.