Friday, October 31st, 2014
A south-south-west wind picked up in strength during the day, whilst overcast conditions predominated. Seawatch highlights included 17 Red-throated Divers flying south, a Great Crested Grebe north, a dark-bellied Brent Goose heading south, a Gadwall north, one Goldeneye south and 21 Little Gulls also moving south. Seven Whooper Swans flew south over South Landing and were accompanied by three Greylags, whilst a Little Gull was on the beach there. Two Jack Snipe and two Water Rail were again at Thornwick Pool.
In a local context, the day’s highlight was provided by a Green Woodpecker that visited a garden on the Outer Head; one of only a handful of records over the last 15 years. Forty Twite were at Bempton Cliffs RSPB and the Snow Bunting remained at the Fog Station.
A Jay was noted in Bempton village. Single Yellow-browed Warbler and Ring Ouzel were trapped at Buckton. Other birds here were 65 Blackbirds, Great-Spotted Woodpecker (male), 210 Lapwing and 90 Pink-footed Geese SE.