Saturday, September 30th, 2017

The day featured strengthening south-westerly winds, overcast skies with rain arriving later afternoon. A lone Pintail, six Eiders and two Bonxies flew south during the seawatch, whilst two Water Rails frequented Thornwick Pools, with a Ruff was also present.

Five Yellow-browed Warblers remained, together with the Turtle Dove, 35 Song Thrush, two Pied Flycatchers, 26 Goldcrests, four Whinchat, two Brambling, 55 Chaffinch and 95 Tree Sparrows.

West of the Dykes, sightings from Bempton Cliffs RSPB included 30 Song Thrush, 30 Blackbirds, two Yellow-browed Warblers, a Pied Flycatcher and two Whinchat. Nearby Buckton attracted a Little Owl, one Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, five Lesser Redpolls and a Brambling.

Willow Warbler, Old Fall, by Alan Walkington

Friday, September 29th, 2017

The day started with light rain, although sunny spells arrived by the afternoon; winds remained from the south. During the seawatch, two Grey Plovers and a Bonxie flew south.

An Osprey flew south-east over Bempton at 1530hrs, Thornwick at 1534hrs and South Landing at 1545hrs. The Water Rail continued its stay at Thornwick Pools, where the two Little Stints made a brief appearance; 28 Golden Plovers and the two Ruff were also recorded. A Turtle Dove roosted on the outer head, whilst a late Swift was seen over South Landing. Five Yellow-browed Warblers remained, together with two Pied Flycatcher, six Redstart, six Whinchat, six Lesser Redpoll, a Siskin and one Lapland Bunting.

West of the Dykes, sightings at Bempton Cliffs RSPB included a Little Owl, a Yellow-browed Warbler, one Pied Flycatcher, a Whinchat and two Lesser Redpolls. Buckton attracted three Grey Herons in-off, 30 Song Thrush, 30 Blackbirds, four Redwing, a Whinchat and one Brambling.

Whinchat, Lighthouse Grassland, by Andy Hood

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

A dull start, with light rain and a moderate south-easterly wind that later dropped in strength, whilst skies also brightened. Seawatching was again quiet, with seven Shelduck, 14 Wigeon, 57 Teal and a Ruff flying south.

Two Little Egrets frequented south Dykes, whilst 42 Golden Plovers flew south and two Ruff and two Little Stints were in residence. A Water Rail was again at Thornwick Pools. The number of reported passerines was lower, although this was likely a result of reduced coverage. However, six Yellow-browed Warblers remained, along with single Reed Warbler, three Spotted Flycatchers, a Pied Flycatcher, one Redstart, six Wheatears and a Brambling.

West of the Dykes, sightings from Bempton Cliffs RSPB included two Yellow-browed Warblers, a Pied Flycatcher, one Redstart and six Whinchat. Buckton hosted a Black Redstart, one Yellow-browed Warbler, the long-staying Willow Tit, a Treecreeper (only fourth Buckton record), four Redpoll and a Brambling.

Little Stint, Thornwick Pools, by Jo Hood

Ruff, Water Lane, by Brett Richa