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
Velvet Scoter off South Landing, by Andy Hood