Sunday, December 31st, 2017

A Very Happy New Year from everyone here at FBOG – it’s been a great 2017 and here’s to an even better 2018!

Gannet heading through a rainbow off the Brigg, Dec 2017 (Mark Pearson)

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Friday, December 29th, 2017

Daily summary for December: 

Glaucous Gull at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

1st – From the Brigg, Long-tailed Duck, two Pomarine Skuas, a Med Gull, a Bonxie, a Black-throated Diver and a Great Northern Diver all north, plus a Velvet Scoter south and a high count of 147 Shags (131 south and 16 north). 

2nd – From the Brigg, nine Whooper Swans, south and single Pintail and Long-tailed Duck north.

3rd – A Long-tailed Duck north past the Brigg.

4th – 75 Pink-footed Geese south, 11 Rock pipits in the Rocket Pole Field / Carr Naze area, and the Siberian Chiffchaff again at the Dams. 

8th – Single Glaucous and Med Gulls into the bay, and 29 Sanderlings on the beach at the Gap.

9th – A male Hen Harrier over the Country Park.

Snow Buntings, Gristhorpe Bay (Mark Pearson)

14th – A Shorelark reported from Top Fields; 22 Snow Buntings, a Lapland Bunting, 16 Grey Partridges, 100 Skylarks, two Stonechats and ten Snipe in the Gristhorpe Bay area. 

15th – From the Brigg, 382 Fulmars (including two Blues) north, a Black-throated Diver and 33 Red-throated Divers offshore, three Great Northern Divers in the bay (which remained to the end of the month).

18th – 34 Golden Plovers south at Reighton Sands;  Great Northern Divers north on 16th and 17th. 

19th – At East Lea, a Pintail, a Rock Pipit and 65 Wigeon.

20th – A Snow Bunting in the Top Fields, 10 Grey Partridge and 12 Goldcrests at the Tip. 

21st – Two Short-eared Owls in the North Cliff area.

24th – 20 Snipe at the Dams.

27th – In the bay, a Glaucous Gull, three Scandinavian herring Gulls and a Great Northern Diver north (and three GNDs in the bay); at the Dams, a Glaucous Gull and 11 Scandinavian Herring Gulls (with ten on 28th), and 23 Snipe. 

29th – 34 Barnacle geese south over the bay.