Although still from a south-westerly direction, the winds moderated and a large arrival of thrushes took place during relatively bright conditions. During the seawatch, 19 Red-throated Divers, two Great Northern Divers, 30 Common Scoters and 316 Shags flew south; an Arctic Skua and four Bonxies were also recorded.
A total of 148 Whooper Swans were recorded flying south (two on the seawatch, 64 east of the Dykes and 84 west of the Dykes). In addition, 620 Pink-footed Geese flew south (140 over Flamborough and 480 over Bempton/Buckton). The three Eurasian White-fronted Geese remained in residence on the stubble field adjacent to North Dykes, a Velvet Scoter flew past South Landing, whilst Thornwick Pools hosted 11 Teal, single Tufted Duck and Pintail and two Water Rails.
Migrant totals included a Merlin, 37 Woodcock, two Short-eared Owls, a Swallow, 1310 Blackbirds, 220 Fieldfare, 80 Redwing, one Blackcap, four Goldcrests, two Brambling, 60 Chaffinch, 40 Siskins, five Lesser Redpolls and six Snow Buntings.
Further sightings from Buckton/Bempton included a Goosander flying north, a Gadwall on the Pond, three Woodcock, 18 Lapwing in off the sea, one Short-eared Owl, four Stonechats and 300 Linnets.
Short-eared Owl, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas
Blackbirds, Old Fall Hedge, by Craig Thomas