I spent yesterday morning at Long Nab. A seawatch was pretty slow going, with apart from the Gannets streaming south, just a flock of 9 Goldeneye, 2 Pale-bellied Brents, a Shelduck and single Grey Plover and Golden Plover moving offshore. After two hours a walk was in order and heading off along the cliffs it was not long before I located a Red-necked Grebe not too far offshore. A nice find, as this species is pretty scarce hereabaouts and a poor record shot is below.
Continuing along to my ringing site at Hundale the cold weather had produced a decent influx of Woodcock with 9 present, plus a couple of Goldcrests and Redwings. The game crop at Long Nab has been attracting a decent number of Tree Sparrows for a while, but 75 was noteworthy. However, 53 Reed Buntings in the same area smashed the site record. Great evidence of the benefits these species gain from the HLS scheme.
Freelance ornithologist and tour leader based in Scarborough, N Yorkshire.