Monday, April 24th, 2017

More headline news from Hunmanby Gap, where a Red-rumped Swallow went south early on this morning (KC, NC), as did a Corn Bunting; otherwise visible migration in the first couple of hours was reasonable there and at Gristhorpe Bay, where double figures of the three (commoner) hirundines and treble figures of Linnets and Meadow Pipits dominated the notebooks. Two Bottlenose Dolphins and a Raven went north off the Brigg this morning (JS), while at least 20 Wheatears arrived along the coast early on. Two White Wagtails and a Common Sandpiper were at East Lea, and a Short-eared Owl was at the Tip this evening. A Lesser Whitethroat was new for the year at the Gap and a Common Whitethroat was at Reighton.

Otherwise the last few days have been quieter in unhelpful conditions, but a Glaucous Gull went north at the Gap on 22nd and a Ring Ouzel was there yesterday (KC, NC), while East Lea held a Whimbrel and the Dams a Reed Warbler and an Acredula-type Willow Warbler, also on 22nd.   

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Another excellent morning for visible migration, with Hunmanby Gap once again rewarding dedicated efforts and Gristhorpe Bay beginning to yield interesting results and records. Bird of the day was an adult female Montagu’s Harrier which drifted north inland at the Gap shortly before 0700hrs (KC, NC), reappearing a full 45 minutes later pursued by crows and heading inland from Gristhorpe Bay (MJP). The Gap also logged a male Ring Ouzel, another Hooded Crow and two Whimbrels, and both sites recorded continuingly strong totals of Linnets, Meadow Pipits and Goldfinches.

Grasshopper Warbler at the Tip yesterday (Ian Robinson)

Wheatears were incoming and moving through quickly, with four through G. Bay and two the Gap, a smattering of hirundines were northbound at both and two Corn Buntings were southbound at the Gap, while acredula-type Willow Warblers were prevalent with two heading north at G. Bay (pausing briefly on the cliff fence), one at East Lea (where there was also a Common Whitethroat) and they were described as the dominant form during this morning’s ringing session in Top Scrub (per DL). 

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Peregrine, Gristhorpe Bay (Mark Pearson)

Another good morning for the visible migration watchers at either end of our recording area, with an Osprey along the cliffs and south-east early on at Gristhorpe Bay (MJP) and a Marsh Harrier north at the Gap and then Gristhorpe Bay (KC, MJP). A Twite and a White Wagtail also bypassed the Gap (KC), and both sites had similarly good counts of Linnets and Meadow Pipits into triple figures, high double figures of Goldfinches and single figures of both martins (and 22 Swallows through G. Bay) among other species. 

Little Ringed Plover, East Lea (Ian Robinson)

A Grasshopper Warbler sang and showed well from the Tip on 19th and today (J & TGD et al.), while the long-staying White-fronted Goose continued with Greylags on 17th and 18th, this time at East Lea, where it was joined briefly by two Pink-feet on the latter date. The same site hosted waders in the shape of a Ringed Plover on 18th and Green Sandpiper and Little Ringed Plover on 19th (yesterday), while the Dams hosted a dark-bellied Brent Goose and a Yellow Wagtail as well as the usual lingering wildfowl and Barn Owls. White Wagtails have been reported from Carr Naze Pond and East Lea.

Osprey, Gristhorpe Bay (Mark Pearson)

Monday, April 17th, 2017

A quieter week than others of late, with high pressure and winds from the northerly sector equalling lesser returns re: incoming migrants in recent days. Visible migration studies at Hunmanby Gap continue to provide plenty of interest, with highlights of a Little Egret, a Brambling and over 300 Linnets through yesterday (16th), 250 Linnets and 80 Goldfinches through on 15th, 21 Fieldfares and 400 Linnets through on 14th, 435 Linnets and 110 Goldfinches on 13th (when 502 Linnets and 225 Meadow Pipits went north through the Gristhorpe Bay watchpoint early on), and an excellent day on 11th which included two Red Kites north, a Hooded Crow south and our first Whimbrel north (KC, NC). Full totals, as always, are available on the Trektellen website here

A few Swallows, Sand Martins and Sandwich Terns have been a feature of most days, while a White Wagtail was reported again from East Lea (where the first Mallard ducklings, a brood of five, were out and about yesterday), while a few Wheatears and occasional House Martins have moved through.  

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Another busy few days, although today was somewhat quieter, with seven Wheatears (six Carr Naze, one Gap) the most notable record. Yesterday (9th) saw a Firecrest at the Dams (please contact us if it you’re the observer who photographed the bird so we can credit you), a singing Corn Bunting at the Gap (an unusual record of a locally extinct breeder) and a House Martin past the Brigg, while a Med Gull went north at the Gap on 8th (KC). 

Raven (Dan Lombard)

A Raven which was first seen at Gristhorpe roundabout and then toured the northern area on 7th was one of the rarest records of the year thus far (RAB et al.), with other good records for the day involved both Red Kite and Jack Snipe (plus 218 Meadow Pipits north) at the Gap (KC, NC), and a/the Hooded Crow over the Top Fields (CW).  

Swallows and Sand Martins are now moving through / arriving back in reasonable numbers, while Blackcaps and Willow Warblers have joined Chiffchaffs in suitable habitat and Redwings and Fieldfares are still trickling back north. 

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

The action continues over the last couple of days, with highlights today of a Green Woodpecker (locally very rare) briefly on Carr Naze and a Hooded Crow in the Top Fields (DL), Snow Bunting and Marsh Harrier north at Gristhorpe Bay (MJP) and a Red Kite over the town (J & TGD). 

Yesterday (5th) saw an Avocet on the sea off the Gap before heading north (KC, NC) and the White-fronted Goose still with Greylags, this time at East Lea, where the White Wagtail also remains. 6th, meanwhile, was very productive for visible migration at the Gap, with highlights of a Great White Egret, 493 Meadow Pipits, 1035 Common Gulls, six Corn Buntings and 252 Linnets north (KC), while a Little Egret overflew the Dams.

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

A busy start to the new month, with 2nd calendar-year Glaucous and Mediterranean Gulls off the Brigg on 1st (MA), when visible migration included a very early Yellow Wagtail over long Lane and 222 Linnets, two Bramblings, two Crossbills, two Sand Martins, 11 Whooper Swans and 75 Redwings past the Gap. The same or another 2cy Glaucous Gull went south past the Gap the following day (yesterday) (KC), as well as Sandwich Tern and Wheatear there. 

Sand Martins, Carr Naze (Mike Cole)

A Long-eared Owl and a Hooded Crow were both reported this morning (AN) with a Merlin and a Med Gull this afternoon (WS), while eight Sand Martins and a Water Rail were at the Dams (with other sand Martins at several other sites), a Wheatear was on Carr Naze, and Chiffchaffs and Redwings are well scattered. An early Painted Lady was also at the Gap. 

Friday, March 31st, 2017

(With apologies for the delay due to, and appreciation for donations for, Champions Of The Flyway 2017). A week of welcome spring arrivals, with the first Wheatear on Carr Naze on 28th (with at least a further four there today), Sand Martins on several recent days (with a max of seven through at the Gap yesterday), and Swallows yesterday (Country Park and the Gap) and today (Carr Naze and the Gap). 

Three Wheatears on Carr Naze this evening (Mark Pearson)

On a relatively quiet sea a Bonxie went south on 23rd, a Snow Bunting north on 25th, Sandwich Terns south on 26th, 27th and today and two Velvet Scoters south on 27th (JS), while a Scandinavian Rock Pipit was on Carr Naze this afternoon (MJP). Visible migration has been relatively muted due to high pressure, but highlights at the Gap have included 205 Meadow Pipits north and 123 Chaffinch and 41 Siskin south yesterday, 155 Pink-feet and a Little Ringed Plover north (the year’s first) and 240 Linnets, 65 Goldfinches and two Corn Buntings south today (KC). The Black Redstart continues in the Carr Naze / Bay Corner area, and a White Wagtail was at East Lea (MM). 

Scandinavian Rock Pipit, Carr Naze this afternoon (Mark Pearson)

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Notable records from the last couple of days include five Whooper Swans north at Gristhorpe Bay this morning, where four Crossbills headed south and a further 12 did likewise at the Gap, the venue for an early Bonxie north this afternoon. A Goosander went north over Carr Naze,  where a/the Black Redstart remained, while a Mediterranean Gull hung around the Country Park (mo) and a Firecrest was reported from Primrose Valley (SA) yesterday (21st). Good numbers of finches and pipits continue to be counted passing the Gap (see Trektellen for full counts), and the year’s first Sand Martin passed there on 20th (KC). Another Red-legged Partridge (the third of the year) was seen in a garden adjoining the Dams on Friday. 

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

Visible migration continues to provide most of the interest of late, with a good haul in blustery south-westerlies at the Gap this morning which included a Mediterranean Gull, 540 Meadow Pipits, 107 Siskins, 68 alba Wagtails, 140 chaffinches and 34 Redwings (KC). A Black Redstart was on Carr Naze on 18th (DL, MJP) and at least 30 Goldcrest were in Top Scrub (with a good scattering of Chiffchaffs). Counts at the Gap on the morning of 17th included 390 Meadow Pipits, 17 alba Wags, 13 Fieldfares and 10 Redwings, while 16th at Gristhorpe bay included a Brambling, 59 Meadow Pipits, 23 Siskins and four Whooper Swans (north). A White-fronted Goose went north over the Tip on 17th (CW), While late news for 15th concerned two dark-bellied Brents and a Little Egret at the Dams. 

Weasel, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Most of the interest over the last few days has come from visible migration, with Hunmanby Gap producing a Ring Ouzel (KC), 55 Redwings, 566 Meadow Pipits and an excellent 76 alba Wagtails yesterday (14th) among other good totals (as always, see Trektelleren for full counts). The previous morning there (13th) provided two Corn Buntings, 145 Meadow Pipits, 11 Redwings, foor Fieldfare and a Red-breasted Merganser north and two Mute Swans south, while a Red-legged Partridge has been present there since 12th (KC, WS). 

Siskin heading north at Gristhorpe Bay (Mark Pearson)

This morning, vismig at Gristhorpe Bay produced a Corn Bunting, a Yellowhammer, 81 Meadow Pipits and 11 Siskins north among others (MJP), while 71 Meadow Pipits went north at the Gap as well five each of Redwing and Fieldfare. The seas and the wetland sites remain particularly quiet. 

Saturday, March 11th, 2017

Scandinavian Rock Pipit, Carr Naze Pond (Mark Pearson)

A busier couple of days as spring migration begins to step up a little, although Carr Naze had a distinctly northern flavour with a Blue Fulmar close in and north (MJP) and two Scandinavian Rock Pipits (MJP, DL).  Visible migration at Hunmanby Gap has been strong concerning finches in particular, with 121 Siskins south (and 20 on 10th), and three Crossbills south (and 10 on 10th, when ten Bullfinches also went south). A male Goosander overflew the Dams and a Velvet Scoter was offshore at the Gap (KC).

Black-headed Gull & Smooth Newt, Carr Naze Pond (Mark Pearson)

Slavonian Grebe was reported near the Brigg yesterday (J&TGD), when a Jackdaw showing characteristics of one of the continental races was briefly at Gristhorpe Bay before heading north (MJP).

Blue Fulmar, 11th (Mark Pearson)

Goldcrests are scattered in small numbers, with daily counts just beginning to scrape into double figures, while Pink-footed Geese are likewise regular in double figures over recent days and Common Buzzards are increasingly noticeable.  

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

The year’s first Scandinavian Rock Pipit was by Carr Naze Pond on 7th (MJP), the same location hosting a Jack Snipe (CW); a Woodcock was at the Yacht club on the same day, and several Small Tortoiseshells were on the wing. A (the ?) Red-necked Grebe was off the Gap on 8th (KC), while the 9th saw a 2cy Glaucous Gull heading south (JS) and a good passage of wagtails north at Hunmanby Gap, with nine Grey and 14 Alba north, as well as the first push of Meadow Pipits north there (93). 

Common Buzzard (Mark Pearson)

Generally northbound species include a trickle of Lesser Black-backed Gulls and occasional Scandinavian Herring Gulls, commoner finches and a few winter thrushes, while a similar cast remain in situ at the Dams and East Lea. 

Monday, March 6th, 2017

A quiet few days generally, with little in the way of new arrivals except for a improvement in visible migration at Hunmnaby Gap on 5th, with three Corn Buntings, five Crossbills, 66 Skylarks and 44 Chaffinches all north and 100 Pink-footed Geese south, while five Buzzards and 57 Red-throated Divers were present there (KC). Four Chiffchaffs at the Dams yesterday included a bird ringed there in early January (establishing the bird’s wintering site fidelity). Great Northern Divers were at Gristhorpe Bay and off the Brigg today.

Snow Bunting, 3rd (Mark Pearson)

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Glaucous Gull this morning (Mark Pearson)

The white-winged gull influx continues with another 2cy Glaucous Gull, this one heading north past the Brigg this morning (MJP). Two Snow Buntings – one low and west, and one (very tame) male on Carr Naze – were new, and the bay is hosting good numbers of commoner species as well as the Red-necked Grebe and Great Northern Diver still. Pink-footed Geese are on the move, with 225 north at the Gap this morning, where a male Red-breasted Merganser also headed north. At the Dams and East Lea, three Chiffchaffs, two pairs of Shelduck, two Water Rails and up to 204 Wigeon are in residence, while Redwings were heard heading over in a clear sky on the night of 1st.

Snow Bunting, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

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)

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

The month drew to a close with more of the same quality themes still at play: namely more White-fronted Geese – with one north at the Gap on 28th (WS) and 12 at Primrose Valley in 30th (JD & TGD) – and white-winged gulls, with an adult Iceland past the gap on 28th and a 2cy Glaucous Gull (eating a White-front!) on the sea yesterday (BP et al.). Otherwise, the Snow Bunting is still on Carr Naze and up to 180 Wigeon are in the bay (and up to 210 at East Lea, with at least some interchange involved as is usual).

Rock Pipit, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Friday, January 27th, 2017

White-fronted Goose (Dan Lombard)

Two White-fronted Geese were with the ferals at Primrose Valley today (DL), with a Chiffchaff also in the same area, 25 Sanderlings on the beach, a Blue Fulmar went south (JS) and a male Pochard and four Shovelers were at the Dams. Yesterday saw two Treecreepers in Glen Gardens and a good movement of wildfowl over the sea, which included a White-fronted Goose north, 89 Wigeon, 75 Mallard, five Shoveler, two Pintail, four Pochard, a Tufted Duck and four Gadwall south, as well as a Red-necked Grebe south (JS). Highlights on 24th consisted of a Velvet Scoter south, two Stonechats in the Rocket Pole Field.

Pochard (Dan Lombard)

Long-stayers still kicking around include the Black Redstart in the Brigg area, at least one Great Northern Diver off North Cliff and the Snow Bunting on Carr Naze. Grey Wagtails are particularly noticeable this winter, with up to four roaming the area (and perhaps easiest to find in the town centre and the Bay Corner). Up to 200 Wigeon and 60 Teal are at the Dams / East Lea. 

Sanderling (Dan Lombard)

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

Highlights over the last few days have included (from today backwards) 18 Barnacle Geese, an unseasonal Manx Shearwater and a Goosander south plus two Great Northern Divers and five Harbour Porpoise off North Cliff today, two Scaup went south yesterday (JS, MA, BP), 27 White-fronted Geese headed north over the Tip (CW) and four White-beaked Dolphins went south on 20th and Blue Fulmars did likewise on 19th & 18th (JS). A Corn Bunting was at Filey Fields Farm on 18th (J&TGD), The wintering female Black Redstart and Snow Bunting remain in the Carr Naze area, while the Red-necked Grebe and Great Northern Diver remain in the bay.  

Grey Partridges on the Tip (Ian Robinson)

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

A generally dull and nondescript midwinter day produced a nice surprise in the shape of a Water Pipit at East Lea this morning (MJP) – a less than annual species which is almost unheard of here in winter. Two flocks totalling c500 Pink-footed Geese headed north over the town this afternoon, while East Lea and the Dams are holding 204 Wigeon, 66 Teal, a few Snipe, two Shoveler, four Fieldfare and the odd Redshank and Dunlin.

Water Pipit (Mark Pearson)

Two Red-necked Grebes, 35 Red-throated Divers and 10 Great Crested Grebes were off the seafront yesterday (MJP), where a Great Northern Diver is also in temporary residence; a Black-throated Diver headed north yesterday (JS, BP). Late news for the 14th consisted of nine White-fronted Geese north at the Gap after dusk (SB).

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

 

Glaucous Gull (Mark Pearson)

Glaucous Gull (Mark Pearson)

Just as cold (but lacking the gale-force winds, storm surge and varied precipitation), today’s moderate west-north-west wind brought mainly sunshine and even more pleasingly a hatful of Glaucous Gulls to the area. A minimum of five (although likely six or seven) passed through the Brigg and bay corner during the day, with sightings also at North Cliff and the Gap (treated as the same here although possibly additional). Individuals included an adult (very rare here), a 3rd calendar year and three second calendar years (MJP, AJD, WS, NC et al.).

Glaucous Gull (Mark Pearson)

Glaucous Gull (Mark Pearson)

Other notable sightings included a Black-throated Diver (MJP), a Velvet Scoter and three Great Northern Divers, while the Red-necked Grebe was in the bay corner again.

Friday, January 13th, 2017

 

Glaucous Gull (Mark Pearson)

Glaucous Gull (Mark Pearson)

A day of very strong north-westerly winds, wintry showers (and heavy snow around dawn) and a very potent storm surge made for challenging but ultimately productive conditions today. The morning, was quiet bird-wise (in sharp contrast to the weather), but an afternoon bay/sea-watching session from the seafront produced a fantastic haul of at least four Glaucous Gulls and an Iceland Gull, with one of the Glaucs heading over Carr Naze and (presumably) one of them past Hunmanby Gap (MJP, IR, TC, KC et al.).

Coble Landing (Ian Robinson)

Coble Landing (Ian Robinson)

Two Great Northern Divers were in the northern bay, the Snow Bunting was still on Carr Naze, and a Red-necked Grebe was reported (with the long-stayer also reported on several previous days in the bay, as well as the long-staying Velvet Scoter). A Blue Fulmar went north on 12th, while the female Black Redstart reappeared near the sea-watch hide on 11th.

Town seafront (Ian Robinson)

Town seafront (Ian Robinson)

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Notable highlights today included a second-year Glaucous Gull north-west on an otherwise uneventful sea-watch this morning (JS), and two Bean Geese over the town in the afternoon. The Snow Bunting remains on Carr Naze.

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Two teams partook in the annual Michael Clegg bird race today, and as is often the case, turned up a decent bird or two – this year in the shape of 10 Waxwings heading west at the Bay (WS, GS, GD). Three dark-bellied Brents were on the Brigg, and an impressive 170 Red-throated Divers were in the bay along with two Great Northerns. Two Chiffchaffs were in Church Ravine, and the Snow Bunting remains on Carr Naze.

Waxwings (Will Scott)

Waxwings (Will Scott)

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

Waxwings were the bird of the day today, with three (a two and a one) through at East Lea (DL) and two on the Pastures estate (SB). Otherwise, East Lea & the Dams continue to hold two Chiffchaffs and three Water Rails, with 200 Wigeon and 30 Teal at the former site and no fewer than 30 Reed Buntings in the evening roost.  A large local movement of 100 Red-throated Divers (including 84 north) occurred at the gap this morning, with a Great Northern Diver, 80 Wigeon and seven Great Crested Grebes off the seafront this afternoon. A Pintail north yesterday and a Goosander north today were the best of a quiet sea, while a Snow Bunting remains on Carr Naze.

The Brigg from the Country Park (Mark Pearson)

The Brigg from the Country Park (Mark Pearson)

 

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Happy new year from all of us here at Filey Bird Observatory & Group! It’s been an uneventful festive period birdwise, with a 2nd calendar year Glaucous Gull past the Gap this morning (KC) being the pick, as well as three Med Gulls and two Velvet Scoters past the Brigg (JS, JB, CW). Long-stayers include both the Red-necked Grebe and the Velvet Scoter in the bay, a Snow Bunting on Carr Naze throughout and the Black Redstart until 30th, while a Merlin went south at the Gap on Christmas Day (GS, WS).

Rock Pipit on the Brigg this afternoon (Mark Pearson)

Rock Pipit on the Brigg this afternoon (Mark Pearson)