Saturday, January 31st, 2015

A very strong northerly wind picked up during the day that also featured heavy rain and temperatures of 2 degrees C. During the seawatch, 433 Fulmars flew north, together with two Blue Fulmars and 101 Shags. Wildfowl included two dark-bellied Brent Geese heading north, two Shelduck, 75 Teal moving north – the latter a January record count – and a Velvet Scoter. Two Bonxies flew south, whilst there were also four Kittiwakes and three Razorbills.

Three Short-eared Owls remained at Buckton, as did one Stonechat and the 80 Twite.

Twite, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Twite, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Friday, January 30th, 2015

A day of light/moderate west-south-westerly winds and sunny conditions, although temperatures struggled to only one degree C by late morning. A total of 160 Fulmars flew north together with one Blue Fulmar, with other sightings including 120 Shags, a lone Kittiwake, several thousand Guillemots, 13 Razorbills and one Puffin. Amazingly, no Red-throated Divers were seen in over two hours.

Two Goldcrests and two Treecreepers were present in South Dykes, where 18 Turnstones were on the beach.

Stonechat, Buckton, by Alan Walkington

Stonechat, Buckton, by Alan Walkington

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

A strong west-south-west wind, sunny intervals and snow showers, with temperatures of 1 degree C. Guillemots increased in number again, with an estimated 10,000 present, along with five Razorbills; two Bonxies also flew south along with two Kittiwakes.

Rock Pipit, South Landing, Alan Walkington

Rock Pipit, South Landing, Alan Walkington

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

A strong west-north-westerly wind brought intermittent heavy rain and hail showers, with temperatures of 5 degrees C. Little moved on the sea and Guillemots were reduced to their hundreds, with other sightings included 90 Shags, six Razorbills and four Kittiwakes. A total of 335 Common Gulls roosted on the sea and 20 Purple Sandpipers were near the Fog Station. Coots continued to return and three were present on Thornwick Pools, whilst the Bar-tailed Godwit remained at South Landing.

Highlights from Buckton included three Short-eared Owls and a Merlin.

Short-eared Owl, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Short-eared Owl, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

A day of moderate westerlies, sunny intervals and temperatures reaching 7 degrees C. During the seawatch, 307 Fulmars flew north, as did 472 Gannets and a Pomarine Skua, whilst one Bonxie flew south. Fourteen Kittiwakes were recorded, with a substantial increase in Razorbills (177 north) and three Puffins; the latter equalling Flamborough’s highest ever daily record for January.

Peregrine and Goldcrest were recorded at South Landing, but following local declines, Little Owls calling at Hartendale during the evening were more noteworthy.

A Black Redstart was located on the cliff top at Bempton RSPB and three Short-eared Owls remained at Buckton; a note of caution, could all visiting birders please remain on the paths and not enter the Main Dell.

Grey Heron, Buckton, Alan Walkington

Grey Heron, Buckton, Alan Walkington

Monday, January 26th, 2015

A day of west-north-westerlies, sunny intervals and temperatures of 7 degrees C. During the seawatch a Great Northern Diver flew north, 470 Fulmars headed in the same direction, as did one Blue Fulmar. A total of 1200 Gannets moved north, with a further 600 birds feeding offshore, whilst a Lesser Black-backed Gull headed south and 35 Razorbills were noted amongst several thousand Guillemots.

Elsewhere, 43 Teal and two female Stonechats frequented North Marsh, with a Red-breasted Merganser, two Woodcock and a Bar-tailed Godwit at South Landing.

Two Short-eared Owls, two Peregrines and eight Corn Buntings remained at Buckton.

Woodcock, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Woodcock, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

A light/moderate south-westerly wind, overcast throughout and temperatures of 5 degrees C. Seawatching produced 30 Red-throated Divers flying south, single Great Northern Diver, Grey Heron and Velvet Scoter heading north, with single Razorbill and Little Auk moving south. However, the most noteworthy record related to the count of 1820 Gannets feeding offshore which represented a January record. Additional sightings included two Pink-footed Geese and six Wigeon at North Marsh, a Red-breasted Merganser off South Landing, where there were also two Woodcock, three Goldcrests and two Treecreepers. Better still, two Waxwings visited an Outer Head garden before flying off north. Tree Sparrow flocks scattered across the area included 35 at Oceanview, 30 on Church Lane and 28 on David Lane. Highlights from Buckton included Water Rail, Peregrine, Merlin, Short-eared Owl, two Long-eared Owls and a single Lapland Bunting.

Lapland Buntings with Reed Buntings, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Lapland Bunting with Corn Buntings, Buckton, by Paul Reed

 

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

A sunny day, but still relatively cold, with temperatures of 4 degrees C and a moderate west-north-westerly wind. Thirty-two Red-throated Divers flew north off the Headland, with 12 south and an additional 20 on the sea, a Great Northern Diver was on the sea off South Landing, but better still, a Red-necked Grebe was in the same area; four Great Crested Grebes were present off Sewerby. A total of 548 Fulmars moved north during the seawatch, with 804 Gannets feeding offshore and a Puffin also present. Grey Herons were more prevalent than usual for mid-winter, with a single north on the seawatch, one at Thornwick Pool and two at Oceanview.

Waders between Sewerby and South Landing included 73 Oystercatchers, 35 Ringed Plovers, 21 Turnstone, 10 Sanderling and five Purple Sandpipers; a Woodcock was again in South Landing, where there was also a Goldcrest.

Highlights from Buckton included a Water Rail, five Short-eared Owls, a Little Owl, one Snow Bunting and 150 Yellowhammers.

Water Rail, Buckton, by Alan Walkington

Water Rail, Buckton, by Alan Walkington

 

Short-eared Owl, Buckton, Mark Thomas

Short-eared Owl, Buckton, by Mark Thomas

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

A day of moderate south-south-westerly winds, sunny intervals and morning temperatures no higher than 1 degree C. Seawatching produced 27 Red-throated Divers flying south, 13 Common Scoters and one Knot heading south. Large numbers of seabirds also fed offshore, including 368 Gannets.

A Pink-footed Goose accompanied 105 Greylags, along with 12 Teal. An adult Mediterranean Gull roosted on the sea off North Landing, while five Goldcrests were present in South Dykes and three Fieldfare overflew the Fog Station.

Sightings from Buckton included a Water Rail, a Merlin, three Short-eared and a Long-eared Owl, one Lapland Bunting and 30 Corn Buntings.

Long-eared Owl, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Long-eared Owl, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

A light south-west wind, sunny intervals and temperatures of 5 degrees C resulted in more benign conditions compared to recent days. A dark-bellied Brent Goose flew north, with 15 Wigeon heading south, together with three Shelduck, five Common Scoter and four Kittiwakes. Once again, large numbers of birds were feeding off the Headland, including 246 Gannets, 100s of large gulls and multitudes of Guillemots, with tens of thousands on the sea or heading past.

A Barn Owl was present at Oceanview, Bar-tailed Godwit and Woodcock at South Landing, Water Rail at Thornwick Pool and a Grey Wagtail in the village.

Buckton hosted a Water Rail, Merlin, three Short-eared and two Long-eared Owls, 80 Twite and up to 30 Corn Buntings.

Corn Bunting at Buckton, by Les Day

Corn Bunting at Buckton, by Les Day

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

A moderate south-east wind and an overcast day, with temperatures a little higher at 4 degrees C. Whilst there were few notable birds on the seawatch with the exception of single Blue Fulmar and Goldeneye flying south, tens of thousands of Guillemots provided a spectacle; mainly flying south, although numbers were also scattered on the sea.

Buckton provided the land-based highlights, with five Short-eared and two Long-eared Owls present, a Water Rail, one Peregrine, 80 Twite, 150 Yellowhammers and 30 Corn Buntings.

Long-eared Owl, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Long-eared Owl, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Another cold day, temperatures only rising from freezing point to 1 degree C by late morning, with sunny intervals and occasional fog featuring. Seawatching produced 176 Shags leaving the roost, an Eider moving south (with another four in residence), two Kittiwakes, ten Razorbills and a Little Auk that also flew south. Single Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser and Velvet Scoter were on the sea between South Landing and South Dykes, whilst 24 Ringed Plover and a Bar-tailed Godwit were on the beach at the former site. Thornwick Pool held 11 Teal, a Water Rail, two Snipe and a Grey Wagtail, with two Goldcrests at North Landing.

Buckton featured some of the better records, including between four and six Short-eared Owls, a Long-eared Owl, 80 Twite, Water Rail, 200 Yellowhammers and 20 Corn Buntings.

Yellowhammer, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Yellowhammer, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Monday, January 19th, 2015

A light west-north-westerly wind, sunny conditions and temperatures rising from 0 to 2 degrees C. A total of 765 Fulmars moved north, including three Blue Fulmars, a Shelduck also flew north, as did a Peregrine and three Puffins, with 29 Razorbill noted amongst tens of thousands of Guillemots.

Thornwick Pool hosted 13 Teal and four Snipe, with a Barn Owl hunting the same area; other records included two Grey Herons, 79 Lapwings and three Redwing.

The cliff top farmland at Buckton proved productive once again, with four Short-eared Owls and a Peregrine, 20 Fieldfare, two Goldcrest, 40 Linnets, 80 Twites, 90 Yellowhammers, 40 Reed Buntings and 20 Corn Buntings.

Twite, Buckton, Paul Reed

Twite, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

A light west-south-west wind and sunny conditions prevailed, although temperatures were lower; seawatching in minus 2 degrees at the start of the day, with a maximum of two degrees later. A Great Northern Diver flew south, as did 51 Red-throated Divers, a Velvet Scoter and 280 Shags, with a single Shelduck moving north. Ten of thousands of Guillemots were again present, with most heading north back to the cliffs.

Thornwick attracted three Grey Herons, two Water Rails, 12 Teal, 14 Snipe and two Redshank. Elsewhere, the Pink-footed Goose remains with the Greylags, a Woodcock was at Oceanview and there were 11 Sanderlings on South Dykes Beach, where the Velvet Scoter remains offshore. Passerine interest included two Mistle Thrushes, two Fieldfare, a Goldcrest and 68 Linnets.

Grey Herons at Thornwick Pool, by Andy Hood

Grey Herons at Thornwick Pool, by Andy Hood

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

A moderate south-westerly wind, sunny intervals and temperatures creeping up to 2 degrees C by late morning. During the seawatch, three Great Northern Divers flew south, as did 25 Red-throated Divers, 225 Shags and a Little Gull. Waders feeding below the South Cliffs included eight Purple Sandpipers, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 31 Turnstone at South Landing and nine Sanderling at South Dykes, where there was also a Grey Wagtail.

Thornwick hosted seven Teal, five Snipe and a Jack Snipe, whilst a Short-eared Owl was over the sea off North Landing. Barn Owls were noted at both Oceanview and Thornwick, the Chiffchaff remained at Oceanview, with 30 Tree Sparrows on Church Lane representing a higher than usual count for the location.

Records from Buckton included a Short-eared Owl, one Stonechat, 18 Twite and 175 Yellowhammers.

Purple Sandpipers, off South Cliffs, by Martin Garner

Purple Sandpipers, off South Cliffs, by Martin Garner

Friday, January 16th, 2015

A day of light south-west winds, sunny conditions and temperatures of 3 degrees C. Seawatching produced 28 Red-throated Divers flying south, a Blue Fulmar south and 224 Shags leaving the roost.

Elsewhere, the Pink-footed Goose still accompanied the Greylags near North Marsh, where there were four Wigeon and 17 Teal, a Water Rail remained at Thornwick Pool, 100 Lapwing frequented the North Dykes area and a Bar-tailed Godwit was again on South Landing beach. A gull roost off Beacon Hill contained 1100 Common and 350 Black-headed Gulls. Eight Pied Wagtails were located in the North Dykes area, along with 140 Linnets, three Stonechats were along the cliffs west of Thornwick, whilst a Chiffchaff and 18 Reed Buntings were at Oceanview.

Water Rail, Thornwick Pool, Andrew Allport

Water Rail, Thornwick Pool, Andrew Allport

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

A day featuring a very strong south-south-west wind, sunny conditions and temperatures of 5 degrees C. Seawatching produced a Great Northern Diver heading south and a second-winter Mediterranean Gull flying north.  The North Marsh area attracted a Pink-footed Goose along with 100 Greylags, 66 Teal, five Wigeon and a Peregrine. Two Mistle Thrushes were located immediately west of South Dykes.

Highlights from Buckton included a Grey Heron, two Peregrines, a Water Rail and two Short-eared Owls.

Stock Dove, by Martin Garner

Stock Dove, by Martin Garner

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

A light south-west wind, with overcast skies clearing to leave bright skies; temperatures were initially zero degrees but rose to 2 degrees C by late morning. The seawatch was relatively quiet, with a Great Northern Diver flying south, thousands of Guillemots again on the cliffs, whilst 28 Razorbills represented an increase.

North Marsh attracted a Grey Heron and 23 Teal, Oceanview hosted a Grey Heron and a Barn Owl, with additional sightings including two Peregrines, a Goldcrest at South landing and a Coal tit again in the village.

Peregrine at Buckton, by Paul Reed

Peregrine at Buckton, by Paul Reed

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

A moderate/strong west-south-westerly, sunny conditions after a cloudier start, with temperatures of 5 degrees C. Four Blue Fulmars flew north, five Wigeon went south, with three Kittiwakes, 1000s of Guillemots and 18 Razorbills. However, the highlight was a juvenile Glaucous Gull that followed fishing boats off the headland from mid-morning.

Two Common Buzzards were present at North Dykes, along with 950 Woodpigeons, a Chiffchaff at Oceanview, single Goldcrest and Treecreeper at South Dykes and a Snow Bunting south of the Lighthouse.

Sightings at Buckton included single Grey Heron and Water Rail, a Common Buzzard, four Sparrowhawks, four Short-eared Owls, a Stonechat, 60 Yellowhammers and 20 Reed Buntings.

Short-eared Owl, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Short-eared Owl, Buckton, by Paul Reed

 

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Strong south-south-westerlies persisted with variable cloud and milder temperatures at 10 degrees C. Seawatching produced a Great Northern Diver flying south, two Blue Fulmars doing the same, two Peregrines went north, as did a single Knot and one Kittiwake.

Elsewhere, North Marsh attracted 31 Teal, a Grey Heron frequented Oceanview, two Woodcocks were present (Oceanview & South Landing), two Sanderling were on South Landing beach, a Stonechat was at North Marsh and 78 House Sparrows represented an above average total. A north-eastern Jackdaw showing a large white ‘collar’ accompanied 80 Jackdaws at North Dykes.

Cormorant, by Martin Garner

Cormorant, by Martin Garner

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Another day featuring a strong westerly wind, with sunny intervals and then overcast conditions and temperatures ranging from 3 to 5 degrees C. A Great Northern Diver flew north on the seawatch, as did a Blue Fulmar, whilst eight Common Scoters flew south, together with 160 Shag leaving the roost and four Peregrines together over the Fog Station.

A female Velvet Scoter was off South Dykes, with a Bar-tailed Godwit and two Sanderling on the nearby beaches. A Woodcock roosted in South Landing again, with a Goldcrest, ten Long-tailed Tits and two Treecreepers also located.

Woodcock, South Landing, by Chrys Mellor

Woodcock, South Landing, by Chrys Mellor

 

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

A strong westerly wind and after a cloudy start, sunny spells prevailed although temperatures then dropped from 11 degrees C to 7 degrees. A Great Northern Diver flew south on the seawatch, whilst 1190 Fulmars headed north including six Blue Fulmars. Two Woodpigeons coming in off from a long way offshore were unexpected.

A Woodcock roosted in South Landing, with single Jack Snipe and Snipe at Thornwick.

Eider, off Fog Station, by Martin Garner

Eider, off Fog Station, by Martin Garner

Friday, January 9th, 2015

A day of strong south-westerlies, generally overcast conditions but mild, with temperatures of 9 degrees C. Highlights from the seawatch included five Blue Fulmars flying north, four Pink-footed Geese south, ten dark-bellied Brent Geese heading south, a Peregrine, three Razorbills and a Little Auk flying south. In addition, 25 Red-throated Divers were off the Headland.

Water Rails were seen at Greenacres and Thornwick Pool, with a Jack Snipe also at the latter location and 13 Purple Sandpipers were in Selwick’s Bay. A Barn Owl hunted the Thornwick area, Greenacres hosted a Chiffchaff, with another of the latter species and a Coal Tit present in the village.

Blue Fulmar by Martin Garner

Blue Fulmar by Martin Garner

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Another day of moderate south-south-westerly winds and overcast conditions, with temperatures of 7 degrees C. Three Great Northern Divers flying south during the morning’s seawatch were noteworthy, as were five Blue Fulmars also flying south, whilst three Kittiwakes and a similar number of Razorbills were recorded. However, after recent days where many tens of thousands of Guillemots were present, there were relatively few. Thirty-two Turnstones were also noted below the Fog Station. Meanwhile, work continues to expand the size of Thornwick Pool, with the increased area of water proving attractive to large gulls for the first time.

Herring Gulls, Thornwick Pool, by John Beaumont

Herring Gulls, Thornwick Pool, by John Beaumont

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

A strong south-west wind, with overcast conditions dominating after a bright start. Seawatch highlights included a Great Northern Diver flying south, three Blue Fulmars following a fishing boat, 136 Shag, six Kittiwakes and tens of thousands of Guillemots leaving the cliffs and flying south.

Six Jack Snipe were present at Thornwick, with one Water Rail in the same area. A Woodcock was located in South Dykes and a Bar-tailed Godwit remained on South Landing beach; nine Long-tailed Tits and a Treecreeper were present in the nearby ravine.

Tree Sparrows by Andy Hood

Tree Sparrows by Andy Hood

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

A moderate south-westerly wind featured throughout, with overcast conditions and temperatures rising to 8 degrees C. A Black-throated Diver flew south, 50 Pink-footed Geese headed north, two Velvet Scoter moved in the same direction, seven Common Scoter flew south, whilst three Kittiwakes and two Razorbills were also present. There were 43 Red-throated Divers off the Headland, 198 Shag leaving the roost, 15 Purple Sandpipers on the Outer Head and, unseasonally, an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull at Sewerby.

A Grey Wagtail overflew Hartendale, with two Chiffchaffs present (Oceanview and South Dykes) and one Goldcrest also remaining at the former location.

Chiffchaff at Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Chiffchaff at Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Monday, January 5th, 2015

An overcast day with a light south-west wind and temperatures barely exceeding 5 degrees C. Seawatching produced tens of thousands of Guillemots mainly heading north, one Blue Fulmar, five Common Scoter heading south, six Razorbills and three Kittiwakes. The Velvet Scoter, a Grey Plover and a second-winter Iceland Gull were in the South Landing area, with the latter later heading off west towards Sewerby. Two Woodcock were in South Landing ravine, three Sanderling on the beach at South Dykes and one Water Rail at Thornwick Pool. Two Short-eared Owls remain in residence at Buckton.

Passerine interest included a Mistle Thrush, Chiffchaff at Oceanview, eight Goldcrests (seven of which were in South Dykes), two Grey Wagtails and five Bullfinch, unusually including a pair overflying Thornwick Pool.

Short-eared Owl at Buckton, by Alan Walkington

Short-eared Owl at Buckton, by Alan Walkington

2nd-winter Iceland Gull at South Landing by Martin Garner

2nd-winter Iceland Gull at South Landing, by Martin Garner

 

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

A light west-north-westerly wind, sunny conditions and cold temperatures (4 degrees C) after an overnight frost. Seawatching was relatively quiet, with 25 Red-throated Divers heading south, 263 Fulmars north, eight Common Scoter south and three Kittiwakes north. There were also 148 Shag noted leaving the roost, 16 Purple Sandpipers and a Grey Plover in residence.

Thornwick Pool hosted five Teal, a Jack Snipe, seven Snipe and a Water Rail, whilst there were eight Great Crested Grebes off Sewerby and four Sanderling on the beach there. Sightings from the South Landing/Oceanview area included a Woodcock, single Goldcrest, Treecreeper and Fieldfare, 14 Long-tailed Tits and two Coal Tits. A farmland bird survey across the Headland located 154 Skylarks, 20 Meadow Pipits, 40 Tree Sparrows, 28 Reed Buntings and 20 Yellowhammers.

Grey Heron, Thornwick Pool, by Jo Collins

Grey Heron, Thornwick Pool, by Jo Collins

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

A rather cold day, only 4 c and full cloud cover. with the wind direction SSW force 4.

Early to mid-morning sea-watching recorded 58 Red-throated Diver south, 91 Fulmar south and 26 north, three Wigeon south, 28 Mallard south, one Common Scoter south, and a single Puffin south. Off the headland were 213 Shag.

South Landing had a reasonable record of species with a female-type Velvet Scoter, 25 Common Scoter, seven dark-bellied Brent Geese west, one Bar-tailed Godwit, two Black-throated Diver, five Red-throated Diver, 20 Redshank, 11 Curlew, 25 Turnstone, seven Rock Pipit, 11 Meadow Pipit, 34 Greenfinch and a feeding flock of 10 Long-tailed Tit. Additional sightings off nearby Sewerby included 20 Red-throated Divers and eight Great Crested Grebes.

North Marsh had 20 Teal and one Wigeon, North Landing a male Stonechat on the cliff-top fence, North Dykes two Peregrine, 250 Lapwing and 30 Fieldfare, whilst another nine Long-tailed Tits frequented Whelkie Winds. A Water Rail was still in residence at Thornwick Pool and a Short-eared Owl at Buckton.

Lapwings at North Dykes, by Martin Garner

Lapwings at North Dykes, by Martin Garner

 

Velvet Scoter off South Landing, by Andy Hood

Velvet Scoter off South Landing, by Andy Hood

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

A somewhat windy day with a westerly force 6, some cloud cover and the temperature 7 c.

The usual morning seawatch recorded a big movement of Fulmars with 45 south and 1075 north, along with a Blue Fulmar, 16 Red-throated Diver south and eight north, 52 Gannet south and 309 north, two Wigeon north, 30 Mallard south, a single Common Scoter north and three Great Skua south. Around 100 Shag were around the headland, as were 50 Fulmar.

A juvenile Glaucous Gull was found in fields at Thornwick in the afternoon and may have roosted on the sea off North Landing. A Great Skua flew north past South Landing in the afternoon and on the beach at South Dykes there were four Rock Pipit and a Grey Wagtail.

At Buckton there were two Short-eared Owls,  70 Yellowhammer, a 1st-year male Stonechat, Water Rail, 8 Snipe, 14 Grey Partridge, Peregrine, 2 Redwing, 5 Fieldfare and a Razorbill north on the sea.

Juvenile Glaucous Gull, Martin Garner

Juvenile Glaucous Gull, Martin Garner

Juvenile Glaucous Gull, Martin Garner

Juvenile Glaucous Gull, Martin Garner

Short-eared Owls roosting on ringing poles at Buckton by Mark Thomas

Short-eared Owls roosting on ringing poles at Buckton, by Mark Thomas

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Weather similar to yesterday, with cloud cover, winds SSW force 5 and temperature 7c.

A good mix today on the seawatch with 23 Red-throated Diver south and 16 north, 85 Fulmar south and 25 north plus one Blue Fulmar, 25 Mallard south, four Pintail south, three Common Scoter south, one Pomarine Skua north, a Great Skua south and one Little Auk south.

On the cliffs on the Outer Head, there were 173 Shag leaving the roost and a couple of Rock Pipits. South Landing attracted a Velvet Scoter and seven Common Scoter offshore, with 15 Golden Plover west along Lighthouse Road, 11 Curlew at Head Farm and an adult Peregrine in the area.

The Buckton area produced two Water Rail and 70 Yellowhammer in the Main Dell, 25 Corn Buntings, two Lapland Bunting and 20 Twite in the stubble field to the north-west of Buckton Hall,  one Snipe and a Goldcrest.

Overall an interesting and rewarding start to the New Year.

Water Rail at Buckton by Mark Thomas

Water Rail at Buckton by Mark Thomas