Sunday, November 30th, 2014
A very light westerly wind turned into a moderate north-north-westerly later and occasional sunny spells punctuated a generally overcast day. Seawatch highlights included three Great Northern Divers south (two past the Fog Station and another later past RSPB Bempton Cliffs), 191 Shags left the roost on the cliffs, 88 Teal headed south, with 12 Eider north, ten Wigeon south, eight Shelduck north (and two south), three Goldeneye south, two Gadwall south, a Red-breasted Merganser south and a Goosander north. Four Snipe south and one north were relatively unusual seawatch records, whilst six Pomarine Skuas moved south, as did two Bonxies and a Little Gull, with single Little Auks heading north and south.
A Slavonian Grebe was on the sea off South Dykes during the afternoon, where a Grey Wagtail was on the beach. Two skeins of Pink-footed Geese flew south containing a total of 86 birds, with a single on fields east of Bempton village. A Pintail took up residence at Thornwick Pool, where at least one Water Rail remained, a Woodcock was flushed south of the Lighthouse and passerines included five Chiffchaffs, 18 Siskin, a Redpoll and a Lapland Bunting, with three Snow Buntings flying north over the sea and another south of the Lighthouse.
A Short-eared Owl and an impressive 80 Twite were present at Buckton.