Thursday, February 28th, 2019

Reasonably quiet over recent days, with up to three Pink-footed Geese with the ferals on most days at the Dams, the same site hosting a Mediterranean Gull on 27th, up to four Chiffchaffs, the three Shelducks, two Water Rails, two Little Grebes and odd Siskins.

Whooper Swans, Bay (Mike Cole)

Nine Whooper Swans paused in the bay before heading north on 25th, the Velvet Scoter and at least one Great Northern Diver are still in the same area, odd Blackcaps are being reported from several sites and a Stonechat was on Long Hedge on 26th. 

Chiffchaff, Dams (Mark Pearson)

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

Comma, 21st (Judith Henley)

An unseasonably mild few days (set to continue) has seen more activity generally, with that classic sign of early spring, Pink-footed Goose return migration, figuring recently (and especially today). A total of 770 moved through in multiple skeins today, with lesser numbers on previous days and a single bird at the Dams.

Chiffchaff, Dams (Judith Henley)

A Red Kite was over Primrose Valley yesterday, while at the Dams, seven Gadwall, a male Common Pochard, 13 Tufted Ducks, 14 Coot, a pair of Mute Swans, up to three Chiffchaffs, two Snipe and an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull, 180 Common Gulls and 130 Black-headed Gulls were also present today.

Treecreeper, Martin’s Ravine (Mike Cole)

In the Brigg area, the Velvet Scoter, up to six Common Scoters, two Great Northern Divers, up to 20 Red-throated Divers and up to 45 Purple Sandpipers are still present. Early butterfly sightings have ncluded a Small Tortoiseshell on Carr Naze and a Comma in a provate garden, both yesterday. 

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

Avocet, Reighton Sands, 16th (Mark Pearson)

A quiet few days, the standout highlight being an Avocet on the sea offshore at Reighton Sands at dusk on 16th, where a Shelduck also went south; further Shelducks were off North Cliff (six) and south off the Brigg (four). Otherwise a Green Sandpiper was briefly at the Dams today, Sanderlings have numbered eight at the Gap and 17 at Reighton Sands (both 16th), adult Lesser Black-blacked Gulls were off the Brigg (13th) and on Rutland Street (17th). The Velvet Scoter is still off the Brigg. 

 

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

As you were locally with long-staying Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Duck and Great Northern Divers off the south side of the Brigg, up to six Great Crested Grebes in the northern bay, up to 50 Purple Sandpipers and up to 30 Ringed Plovers on the Brigg, and up to 50 Red-throated Divers offshore in the same area. Two further Velvet Scoters were briefly in the bay on 11th before returning north, and up to 12 Yellowhammers are visiting the Country Park.

Gadwall, Dams (Judith Henley)

Sunday, February 10th, 2019

It remains quiet locally with little new of note to report in recent days. Up to two Great Northern Divers are still off the southern side of the Brigg / in the north of the bay, the Velvet Scoter is in the same area, and two Snow Buntings were on Carr Naze this morning. On 6th, a Med Gull, 54 Red-throated Divers, six Eiders, three Wigeon and 18 Sanderlings were at Hunmanby Gap. 

Shoverlers at the Dams (Judith Henley)

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

A very quiet start to the month was enlivened a little by the brief appearance of a Great Egret at the Dams this morning (for c15 mins only), with 47 Wigeon, two Shoveler, 32 Teal and a single Coot among other species appreciating the thaw there. 

Great Egret, Dams (Mark Pearson)

The Velvet Scoter and Great Northern Diver are still off the Brigg, with another Great Northern Diver north this morning as well as good numbers of Gannets and Fulmars offshore. On the Brigg, good wader numbers included 41 Ringed Plovers and 46 OPurple Sandpipers. 13 Yellowhammers were at the Country Park feeders, with small numbers of both Fieldfares and Redwings in the area. 

Great Egret, Dams (Mark Pearson)