24th February 2017

Mute Swan, Dams (Mark Pearson)

Highlights over the last week have included a Twite and 20 Golden Plover through at the Gap this morning, a 2cy Glaucous Gull north yesterday afternoon (KC) and a Snow Bunting south there on 22nd, while from the Brigg, Velvet Scoters went south on 20th and 19th (two), when a Slavonian Grebe went north (JS). Two Waxwings were brief visitors to the Tescos car park / doctor’s surgery area of the town on 20th (J&TGD et al.).

Waxwing, Tesco’s car park (Mark Pearson)

Two dark-bellied Brent Geese lingered until 21st around the Brigg, where a Bonxie went north on 18th, while Pink-footed Geese have been on the move on several days, by far the biggest count coming on 18th at the Gap, when 525 went through in the morning. Male Stonechats are at Carr Naze and Gristhorpe Bay, the former attracting a female this morning, and the latter site is hosting up to 220 Fulmars (with many also off the Brigg and in the bay). Up to 20 Rock Pipits are present in the Rocket Pole Field / Carr Naze area, and up to 79 Oystercatchers and 13 Redshanks are using the country park to feed.