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.

Chiffchaff, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Chiffchaff, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

A light/moderate south-east wind and misty conditions resulted in a better than average seawatch. A Black-throated Diver flew north, 50 Red-throated Divers blogged north/south, 157 Shags left the North Cliff roost, two dark-bellied Brent Geese flew north and later south, 73 Teal moved south, as did 47 Wigeon, six Goldeneye, four Gadwall and single Tufted Duck, Pochard and Goosander. In addition, 104 Common Scoters flew north, together with 64 Eider, four Velvet Scoters and four Red-breasted Mergansers, with another of the latter species flying south. Seventeen Pomarine Skuas flew north (with a single going south), whilst five Bonxies blogged offshore, eight Little Auks headed north (with another on the sea) and single Puffin and Little Gull headed in the same direction.

A first-winter Caspian Gull rested on fields near Thornwick, where single Redshank, Woodcock and Jack Snipe were present. Single Snow and Lapland Buntings were near South Landing, with other records from that general area including a Merlin, another Woodcock, two Chiffchaffs and two Goldcrests.

Sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliifs included 25 Twite and a Lapland Bunting, whilst four Short-eared Owls were present at Buckton.

Snow Bunting, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Snow Bunting, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Friday, November 28th, 2014

The misty conditions once again prevailed, along with occasional drizzle and a light south-easterly wind. Seawatch highlights included 29 Red-throated Divers flying north, a Great Northern Diver south, six Eider north, a single Pomarine Skua north, with a Bonxie doing the same, and five Little Auks heading north.

A Snow Bunting was on the cliff-top at South Landing, where there were also three Woodcock, whilst a Chiffchaff remained at Oceanview.

Snow Bunting, South Landing, by Martin Garner

Snow Bunting, South Landing, by Martin Garner

Curlew, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Curlew, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Another misty day, with persistent drizzle and a light south-south-west wind. A southerly movement of wildfowl took place during the morning’s seawatch with 246 Teal, ten Wigeon, two Tufted Duck, single Pintail and Goldeneye all recorded. In addition, 46 Red-throated Divers were on the sea, three Bar-tailed Godwits flew south, two Pomarine Skuas headed north, as did a Bonxie, and a Little Auk also flew north.

Thornwick Pool attracted 12 Teal, nine Snipe, a Redshank and at least one Water Rail. Two Mistle Thrush and a Chiffchaff were present at Oceanview.

Mistle Thrush, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Mistle Thrush, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

A light/moderate easterly wind and drizzle resulted in a quiet seawatch, where the highlight was a single Little Auk that flew south, whilst 37 Red-throated Divers were on the sea and 55 Shag were present.

South Landing beach again hosted a selection of waders, with a single Bar-tailed Godwit, 20 Redshank and 20+ Ringed Plover present, whilst 25 Rock Pipits was an above average tally.

Bar-tailed Godwit, South Landing, by John Beaumont

Bar-tailed Godwit, South Landing, by John Beaumont

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

A light south-west wind and sunny intervals, although it was a colder day than of late. The morning’s seawatch produced two Little Egrets flying south, two Pomarine Skuas and two Bonxies doing the same and a Little Auk flying north. Thirteen Purple Sandpipers were in residence on the Outer Head. Wildfowl moving included two Whooper Swans flying south as well as 59 Pink-footed Geese. South Landing beach attracted 37 Ringed Plovers and the Water Pipit was still present, whilst five Bullfinch were in the nearby trees. Additional passerine records included two Stonechats at Thornwick, three Chiffchaff and two Siskin.

Stonechat, Mark Pearson

Stonechat, Mark Pearson

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Attention during the day focused on the land, with the highlight consisting of a juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard that flew west over the Old Fall area and eventually South Landing late morning. A Waxwing in a garden on the Outer Head also provided a touch of the exotic.

Other records included Little Grebes at North Marsh and Thornwick Pool, six Whooper Swans over, 29 Teal, a Water Rail at Thornwick Pool, two Common Buzzards, Short-eared Owl over the Golf Course, a pair of Goosander and a single Red-breasted Merganser overflying Thornwick Pool and a Woodcock. A Bonxie flew north off the Fog Station mid-morning. South Landing beach attracted a Bar-tailed Godwit, 21 Ringed Plovers and 19 Rock Pipits, with a Black Redstart also present. There was an increase in Woodpigeon numbers, with 1230 recorded over the Headland.

Passerines included a Blackcap, four Chiffchaffs, 25 Goldcrests, Grey Wagtail, four Twite, a Siskin, two Lesser Redpolls, two Snow Buntings and five Lapland Buntings.

Rough-legged Buzzard, South Landing, Jeff Clarke

Rough-legged Buzzard, South Landing, Jeff Clarke

Goosander, Thornwick Pool, Mark Pearson

Goosander, Thornwick Pool, Mark Pearson

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

A light north-westerly wind and rain resulted in a quiet seawatch. However, 98 Red-throated Divers flew south, as did 59 Common Scoters and four Snow Buntings. Wildfowl passage included 27 Whooper Swans and 486 Pink-footed Geese heading south. A Short-eared Owl hunted the Outer Head. Two Woodcock were near Old Fall, with nine Goldcrests scattered across the Headland, together with three Chiffchaffs. Two Lesser Redpolls were present at South Landing, where a single Snow Bunting flew over, with an additional two individuals on the cliff top near Old Fall.

Barn Owl, Outer Head, by John Beaumont

Barn Owl, Outer Head, by John Beaumont

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

A light/moderate southerly wind and overcast conditions throughout. Seawatching produced 21 dark-bellied Brent Geese flying south, six Shelduck south, single Scaup and Tufted Duck heading north, two Goldeneye south and 16 Golden Plover moving in the same direction. A Black-throated Diver flew north, 220 Shag left the roost on the cliffs and headed into Bridlington Bay to feed and 26 Blackbirds flew in off the sea.

There were a scattering of thrushes on the Headland, including 56 Blackbirds, whilst single Goldcrest and Chiffchaff were also seen.

Highlights from Buckton included four Short-eared Owls and two Snow Buntings.

Fieldfare, Outer Head, by Martin Garner

Fieldfare, Outer Head, by Martin Garner

Friday, November 21st, 2014

A moderate south-easterly and overcast conditions once again. The highlight of the seawatch was a Great Northern Diver that flew south. Eighteen Wigeon also headed south, as did 14 Common Scoter. A Little Auk appeared on the sea off South Landing, whilst three Shoveler and a Pintail flew north at South Dykes.

Passerines included the Water Pipit in residence at South Landing and a Chiffchaff and three Goldcrest at South Dykes. Twenty Twite were present at RSPB Bempton Cliffs.

Little Auk, South Landing, Martin Garner

Little Auk, South Landing, Martin Garner

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

A light east-south-easterly wind and overcast conditions. Seawatching was quieter, with 30 Red-throated Divers flying south, and an additional 58 on the sea, eight dark-bellied Brent Geese south (with another on the Headland), three Red-breasted Mergansers and a Bonxie moving in the same direction and single Little Auk heading north and south.

A Short-eared Owl was hunting around North Marsh, whilst a Water Rail showed in the Thornwick ‘roost’ reedbed. There was an increase in late passerine migrants including two Grey Wagtails, 61 Blackbirds, 43 Redwing, 24 Fieldfare, four Stonechat, six Chiffchaff, three Blackcap, 26 Goldcrest, 34 Siskin and two Snow Buntings.

Chiffchaff, Oceanview, Andy Hood

Chiffchaff, Oceanview, Andy Hood

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

A moderate easterly wind and overcast conditions heralded another good seawatch. Single Great Northern Divers flew north and south, 13 Scaup went south, 53 Little Auks moved north (and one south), 13 Little Gulls went south, as did two Pomarine Skuas, whilst a Bonxie lingered offshore. A Grey Phalarope was on the sea off the Headland and a single also flew south, as did 13 Little Gulls. Three Long-tailed Ducks were on the sea near South Landing.

On the land, three Bean Geese landed briefly at North Marsh before heading off north-west, a Brent Goose remained in residence, whilst two single Waxwing were noted: one flew west at North Dykes and the other went east along Lighthouse Road.

Brent Goose, Andy Hood

Brent Goose, Andy Hood

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

A rather cloudy day but with some occasion brightness with the wind easterly 3-4.

Not as good as yesterday, but the morning sea-watch did produce a mixed bag of species with 14 Red-throated Diver south and 7 north, a Black-throated Diver south, Velvet Scoter north, 8 Pomarine Skua north, 2 Great Skua south and one north, 7 Little Gull south and 2 north, 29 Little Auk north, 50 Fulmar north, 120 Gannet south and 70 north and 6 Wigeon south.

At South Landing, seven Common Scoter flew past, along with 12 Eider, eight Little Auks, one Pomarine Skua, 2 Puffin, 5 Redshank, 26 Turnstone and 9 Rock Pipit (but no report of the Water Pipit). In addition, a Short-eared Owl flew in off the sea. South Landing’s tree cover held a Chiffchaff, female Brambling and Coal Tit. Nearby, Whelkie Winds also had another Chiffchaff.

Juvenile Kittiwake, Outer Head, by Martin Garner

Juvenile Kittiwake, Outer Head, by Martin Garner

Monday, November 17th, 2014

A moderate easterly and overcast prevailed, with light rain during the afternoon. Seawatching proved productive with highlights including two Great Northern Divers flying south, a Sooty Shearwater north, two Gadwall south, one Long-tailed Duck north (and two south), 59 Pomarine Skuas north and nine Bonxies south (and four north). A total of 32 Little Gulls went north (14 south), 53 Little Auks moved north (with one south and one on the sea), four Puffins headed north (and four south), whilst two Short-eared Owls flew in off the sea.

Thornwick Pool hosted 14 Snipe and one Jack Snipe. Passerine migrants included a Ring Ouzel at Oceanview, along with a Blackcap and two Chiffchaffs.

Ring Ouzel, Andy Hood

Ring Ouzel, Andy Hood

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

Mild conditions persist, wind switching from east-north-east in the morning to north to north-east in the afternoon, F2-3, mean temperatures of 9°C. A productive seawatch – southbound birds included 69 Red-throated Diver (13 north), Great Crested Grebe, Mute Swan, five Wigeon, three Teal (three north), two Red-breasted Merganser, 17 Pomarine Skua (five north), five Arctic Skua, 25 Great Skua (two north), 80 Little Gull, two Puffin, 15 Little Auk (96 north); northbound only saw six Brent Geese (Dark-bellied), Velvet Scoter, Mediterranean Gull and 27 Snow Bunting.

A Little Auk lingered on the sea below RSPB Bempton Cliffs Jubilee viewpoint; also 15 Snow Bunting flew east over the reserve and 14 Twite were present in two feeding parties.

Twite, by Andrew Allport

Twite, by Andrew Allport

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Mild conditions across the headland, with an easterly F1-2 wind. Seawatching highlights included three Little Auk flying north (with three more on the sea off the Fog Station) and a Brent Goose north. In addition, three Goosander and a Pomarine Skua headed south. Three Slavonian Grebe were reported on the sea at South Landing mid-afternoon, also there were 35 Common Scoter, three Red-throated Diver and the Water Pipit continued its stay. Thornwick Pool attracted five Jack Snipe, 18 Common Snipe and a lone Water Rail. Passerines included four Stonechat, two Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff. Three Short-eared Owls and single Snow and Lapland Buntings were present at Buckton. However the highlight here was a pair of Mute Swans on the village pond for 30 minutes around mid day, constituting the first record for at least 15 years!

Mute Swans at Buckton (Mark Thomas)

Mute Swans at Buckton (Mark Thomas)

Water Pipit, South Landing, by Andrew Allport

Water Pipit, South Landing, by Andrew Allport

Friday, November 14th, 2014

A wet start, south-easterly F7 easing as the day progressed, weather improving midday onwards. A quiet seawatch saw 47 Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, six Teal, two Little Auk and 18 Little Gull all south (one of the latter north).

Belated news of a Great Grey Shrike on Monday 20th October seen near Bartlett Nab viewpoint at RSPB Bempton Cliffs.

Great Grey Shrike, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Jenny Barrand

Great Grey Shrike, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Jenny Barrand

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Continued south-south-easterlies, mean wind speeds of F6, overcast skies. Seawatching produced 20 Red-throated Diver south (eight north), Red-necked Grebe south, single Wigeon and Tufted Duck south, six Teal south, two Gadwall north, 35 Little Gull and a Little Auk south.

Relatively quite on land with a male Ring Ouzel, two Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff noted on the headland. South Landing held 12 Oystercatcher, three Curlew and a Bar-tailed Godwit.

Sparrowhawk, Outer Head, by Andrew Allport

Sparrowhawk, Outer Head, by Andrew Allport

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Strong south-south-easterlies ranging between F5-7, a midday downpour and temperatures of 11°C. Southbound highlights, unless otherwise stated, included 22 Red-throated Diver (seven north), 51 Teal (ten north), 51 Mallard, two Red-breasted Merganser, Arctic Skua, 64 Little Gull, six Little Auk (two north) and a Short-eared Owl flew in off mid-morning.

In addition, east past South Landing were eight Red-throated Divers, three juvenile Pomarine Skua, three Little Auk and nine Little Gull. Nearby, the Water Pipit continued its stay.

Elsewhere, there were 35 Goldcrest, 36 Fieldfare, 75 Blackbird, 14 Redwing and three Song Thrush on the headland, as were four Chiffchaff and a Woodcock.  At Thornwick Pool, 20 Common and five Jack Snipe were present at dusk.

Water Pipit, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Water Pipit, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

A moderate south easterly F5, increasing to F6, sunshine and temperatures around 11°C. Seawatch movement south included 11 Red-throated Diver (seven north), singles of Red-necked Grebe and Velvet Scoter (one north), 21 Little Gull and eight Little Auk; northbound saw a juvenile Pomarine and four Great Skua.

A Grey Phalarope was at South Landing briefly before flying east. Also there the Water Pipit, five Rock Pipit, Grey and Pied Wagtail, two Curlew and single Bar-tailed Godwit remain. In addition, two Pomarine Skua and four Little Gull were recorded flying east there. Seven Whooper Swan were on Northcliff Marsh. A Ring Ouzel was in the village with plenty of Blackbirds.

Ring Ouzel by Jo Collins

Ring Ouzel by Jo Collins

Rock Pipit, South Landing, by Andrew Allport

Rock Pipit, South Landing, by Andrew Allport

Monday, November 10th, 2014

A gentle south-south-westerly for much of the day, temperatures no higher than 7°C. A quiet seawatch saw six Wigeon, four Gadwall, 97 Teal, two Mallard and eight Common Scoter south (one north). In addition,  five Little Gull, three Little Auk and a Snow Bunting were also recorded south.

A wave of thrushes made landfall today, with a couple hundred Blackbird observed across the headland; single figures of Fieldfare, Redwing and Song Thrush were also noted. Elsewhere, a Woodcock was new in at Old Fall and at Thornwick six Twite, three Stonechat and a Snow Bunting were present.

At South Landing, the Water Pipit remained alongside a Grey Wagtail, two Redshank, seven Oystercatcher, Bar-tailed Godwit and a Little Auk which ended up down a Great Black-backed Gull’s throat. A flock of 112 Common Scoter was offshore.

Water Pipit, South Landing, by Andrew Allport

Water Pipit, South Landing, by Andrew Allport

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Weather was sunny throughout the day, with a moderate south-westerly. The 1st-winter Citrine Wagtail showed well at South Dykes throughout the day, whilst the Water Pipit was again at South Landing. A probable Short-toed Lark was seen well, but briefly, in flight late morning before heading towards the village with 20 Skylark. 3 Lapland Bunting and a Snow Bunting were also noted. Other birds on the land included 1 Ring Ouzel, 2 Merlin, 1 Blackcap and 3 Chiffchaff. Woodcock were on the move, with 5 birds recorded, including a particularly showy bird on the beach at South Dykes. A Short-eared Owl also flew in off. The seawatch produced 1 Little Auk north, with 8 Little Gull and 4 Goldeneye south. At Buckton, 40 Twite and 80 Skylark were present in the large stubble field next to Buckton Hall; a single Wigeon remained on Buckton Pond. Sightings at Hoddy Cows Lane included 5 hunting Short-eared Owls just east of the Heligoland trap, Woodcock,  150 Lapwing, 9 Whooper Swans and 150 Pink-footed Geese flying east.

Short-eared Owl, Buckton, Mark Thomas

Short-eared Owl, Buckton, Mark Thomas

Woodcock 01Woodcock, South Dykes beach, Andy Hood

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

A moderate south-south-west wind and bright conditions soon changed to a stronger southerly and rain. Five Whooper Swans flew south, with a dark-bellied Brent Goose heading south, 204 Shag, five Gadwall again south, 55 Teal flying south, a juvenile Pomarine Skua south and 11 Little Gulls. Twenty-four Purple Sandpipers were on the Outer Head, where two Twite were also present.

Thornwick Pool hosted the Little Grebe, a Wigeon, five Teal, five Snipe, two Dunlin and a Water Rail.

The highlight was the relocation of the first-winter Citrine Wagtail feeding on flies on the mass of seaweed on South Dykes beach. The Water Pipit was still present on South Landing beach, with Grey Wagtails noted at both sites and another present in the village.

At Buckton 3 Short-eared Owls, Little Grebe still on the village pond  and 5 Whooper Swans flew east over the sea.

Citrine Wagtail, Andrew Allport

Citrine Wagtail, Andrew Allport

Friday, November 7th, 2014

A moderate/strong southerly, with showers and later heavy rain. The seawatch produced a Black-throated Diver heading south, one Great Northern Diver south (and one north), 97 Teal flying south, two Velvet Scoter doing the same, five Goldeneye south, a Red-breasted Merganser south and a Bonxie north. In addition, two Little Auks flew east past South Landing.

There was no sign of the Citrine Wagtail at South Landing, but the Water Pipit and Grey Wagtail remained.

Thornwick Pool held a Little Grebe, six Teal, ten Dunlin, two Snipe and a Grey Wagtail.

A Starling roost adjacent to the Flamborough-Bridlington road near Sewerby Hall contained a minimum of 7000 individuals.

Water Pipit, South Landing, Dave Aitken

Water Pipit, South Landing, Dave Aitken

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

A southerly wind with increasing cloud during the day. Seawatching produced a Manx Shearwater south, six Whooper Swans south, two Gadwall south, two Shoveler north, one Tufted Duck and five Goldeneye south, two Red-breasted Merganser and a Goosander south, with two Pomarine Skuas north. A total of 720 Little Auks flew east (in effect as part of their northward passage) past South Landing, a Grey Phalarope appeared off the headland and a 2nd-year Mediterranean Gull flew south. Two Great Northern Divers, two Velvet Scoter and a female-type Long-tailed Duck were also noted off South Landing.

The first-winter Citrine Wagtail remained on South Landing beach, where the Water Pipit was still present.

Thornwick Pool hosted 16 Teal, a Little Grebe, a Water Rail, five Dunlin and a Grey Wagtail. There was an influx of thrushes with 660 Fieldfare, 110 Redwing, two Ring Ouzel, 65 Blackbirds and 14 Snow Buntings were also recorded.

Citrine Wagtail, South Landing, Andy Hood

Citrine Wagtail, South Landing, Andy Hood

Little Auks, South Landing, Andy Hood

Little Auks, South Landing, Andy Hood

Redwing, Andrew Allport

Redwing, Andrew Allport

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

A F5 northerly, and overcast conditions with occasional rain, produced a superb day’s birding. Seawatching produced: 230 Red-throated Divers south, a Black-throated Diver south, three Great Northern Divers north (and one south), a Red-necked Grebe south, two Sooty and two Manx Shearwaters north, 11 dark-bellied Brent Geese south (and one north), two Long-tailed Ducks south, six Velvet Scoter south (and four north), a Red-breasted Merganser north, four Grey Phalaropes south, 38 Pomarine Skuas north, a Mediterranean Gull south, 74 Little Gulls south, 1921 Kittiwakes south, 1024 Little Auks north (13 south) and two Short-eared Owls in off the sea, together with an unidentified Asio owl.

However, the best bird was located on the beach at South Landing, where a Citrine Wagtail showed well; only the fourth ever to be found in the UK in November. The Water Pipit remained in the same area, whilst two Long-tailed Ducks, seven Velvet Scoter and Little Auks were present offshore. Elsewhere, a Black Redstart remained on the Outer Head and two Snow and one Lapland Bunting were recorded.

Citrine Wagtail South Landing Andrew Allport

Citrine Wagtail, South Landing, Andrew Allport

Little Auk, South Landing, Dave Aitken

Little Auk, South Landing, Dave Aitken

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

A light westerly wind initially, with a northerly later establishing during a day of cold sunshine. A total of 31 Red-throated Divers flew south, together with one Great Northern Diver, a Red-necked Grebe, nine Whooper Swans, 150 Pink-footed Geese, 13 dark-bellied Brent Geese, 62 Common Scoters, two Velvet Scoter, two Goldeneye, 74 Little Gulls, and three Little Auks.

Twenty-seven Golden Plover and a Twite flew over the Outer Head, whilst Thornwick Pool hosted a Mute Swan, 25 Teal, a Little Grebe and three Water Rails, with two Stonechats in the nearby cliff top brambles.

The Water Pipit remained on the beach at South Landing.

Water Pipit, South Landing, Martin Garner

Water Pipit, South Landing, Martin Garner

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

A moderate southerly wind and overcast conditions with light rain during the morning. Seawatching produced 15 Red-throated Divers heading south, a Great Northern Diver, one Manx Shearwater, five Shoveler, a Velvet Scoter flying south and one Pomarine Skua north. A total of 410 Little Gulls flew south (with 55 north), two Common Terns lingered offshore, whilst two Twite flew south and six Snow Buntings flew in off the sea; the two Snow Buntings also remained in residence.

Sixteen Whooper Swans flew south during the morning (a five and a flock of 11) and a Black Redstart remained near the Coastguard building. However, better still, the year’s first Water Pipit was discovered on the beach at South Landing during the afternoon.

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Outer Head, Alan Walkington

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Outer Head, Alan Walkington

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

A moderate south-westerly wind and generally light overcast conditions throughout. The seawatch produced 18 Red-throated Divers heading south, one Tufted Duck, a drake Long-tailed Duck also south and 208 Little Gulls doing the same.

Thornwick Pool hosted two Little Grebes, three Dunlin and two Water Rails.

Lingering summer visitors included single Swallow and House Martin flying south, whilst a late Willow Warbler appeared in Bempton village. A pair of Stonechat was near the Lighthouse, two Mistle Thrush were on the Outer Head, with two Black Redstart lingering around the Coastguard Station. In addition, the two Snow Buntings remained around the Lighthouse/Fog Station all day.

A Little Grebe was on Buckton pond (less than annual here) with 35 Siskin south-east.

Black Redstart, Outer Head, Richard Baines

Black Redstart, Outer Head, Richard Baines

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

The day featured moderate south-westerly winds and sunny intervals. Seawatch highlights included a Great Northern Diver flying south, as did single dark-bellied Brent Goose, Pochard and Velvet Scoter. Two Common Terns and 120 Little Gulls also fed offshore. Two Snow Buntings remained around the Fog Station, with an additional seven moving north there.

Two Whooper Swans and 230 Pink-footed Geese flew south over the headland, four Common Buzzards appeared at Buckton and a first-winter Mediterranean Gull rested on the rocks at Sewerby. A Woodcock was on the Outer Head, with passerine migrants including a Mistle Thrush, six Chiffchaffs, 12 Goldcrests and five Brambling. Visible migration included 70 Skylarks, 60 Chaffinch and five Siskins heading south.

Thornwick Pool hosted the Little Grebe, two Wigeon, 27 Teal, two Dunlin, a Jack Snipe, whilst a Sparrowhawk killed a Water Rail there. In addition, a minimum of 3500 Starlings roosted in the reeds and a Grey Wagtail also appeared at Thornwick.

Buckton held 265 Lapwing, 55 Golden Plover and 22 Corn Bunting.

Peregrine, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, Alan Walkington

Peregrine, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, Alan Walkington