Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Common Buzzard, Reighton (Mark Pearson)

A quiet end to the month, the dubious highlight being a less-than-annual (but less-than-native) record in the form of two Red-legged Partridges by Reighton Wood (MJP); a Common Buzzard was also there and a Crossbill was went north a little further up the coast at Hunmanby Gap. At The Dams, two Water Rails and Chiffchaffs are on the fringes, while on the water there are up to 21 Tufted Ducks, two Shelduck, a Pochard and two drake Gadwall (one of the latter paired up with a female Shoveler). East Lea continues to host up to 200 Wigeon, a few Snipe and Redshank, while small numbers of Redwings and Skylarks are trickling through several sites.

Friday, February 24th, 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. 

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Another reasonably quiet few days locally, although numbers of Red-throated Divers built to an impressive 252 between the Gap and Reighton this morning (KC), with lesser numbers in the northern bay, where a Great Northern Diver has been present daily (with it or another also frequenting the Gap). A Blue Fulmar drifted south at Gristhorpe Bay on 13th (MJP), where there was also a male Stonechat, 30 Curlews and two Common Seals. 

Blue Fulmar, Gristhorpe Bay (Mark Pearson)

The Red-necked Grebe continues in the north of the bay, while expected fare on the sea has included two Velvet Scoters south on 12th (JS) and 125 Pink-footed Geese north on 15th as well as increasing numbers of auks, Gannets and Fulmars and small numbers of common wildfowl. 

Friday, February 10th, 2017

A quiet few days locally, with very little new activity but for a trickle of wildfowl over the sea (including e.g. the odd Goldeneye and Goosander). Long-stayers include the Black Redstart around the Brigg / Carr Naze, the Red-necked Grebe in the bay corner, an intermittern Great Northern Diver there and up to 50 Purple Sandpipers in the Brigg area. Four Chiffchaffs are at the Dams, where  there are also two Shelduck, two Shoveler and seven Tufted Ducks.  

Just published on the articles page is Will Scott’s summary of his 2016 patch-birding year – click here to read.

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Black Redstart, bay corner Mark Pearson)

An interesting start to month, with the pick being a brief Green-winged Teal unfortunately not relocated despite extensive searches on 3rd (TGD). A juvenile Iceland Gull went east over the town on 2nd (MJP), but the sea has been quiet, with a Great Northern Diver north on 5th, and two dark-bellied Brents and single Blue Fulmar and Velvet Scoter north (JS) on 1st the pick.

The wintering female Black Redstart remains in the Bay Corner / Brigg area, up to 18 Rock Pipits are still there and in the Rocket Pole Field, and the Red-necked Grebe is still in the bay along with uo to 190 Wigeon, 60 Red-throated Divers and 13 Great Crested Grebes. Single Gadwall and Velvet Scoter were off the gap this morning (NC). 

Sanderling, 6th (Mark Pearson)