31st January 2019

More of the same of late, with the Velvet Scoter, the Long-tailed Duck, at least one Great Northern Diver and three Common Scoters on the Brigg area (as well as large numbers of auks and gulls), whiles waders there have included up to 45 Purple Sandpipers, two Grey Plovers, the Knot and up to 25 Ringed Plovers. Red-throated Divers totalled 136 today (106 off the Gap, 30 in the northern bay), with three Woodcock also at the Gap. 

Dunlin, Purple Sandpiper and Sanderling, Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Scandinavian argentatus Herring Gulls have been particularly evident, with 12 in the pre-roost gathering at the Dams on 27 and eight there on 28th, with up to eight in the Brigg area.