Friday, October 20th, 2017
A day of light, variable winds, overcast skies during the morning, with prolonged sunny spells later. Seawatching highlights included the following birds flying south: nine Pink-footed Geese, eight dark-bellied Brent Geese, 211 Wigeon, 19 Shoveler, two Pintail, 114 Teal, 92 Common Scoter, five Goldeneye, a Sooty Shearwater, 30 Little Gulls and a Sandwich Tern. Heading north were three dark-bellied Brent Geese, two Gadwall, 27 Eider, eight Little Gulls and six Bonxies. In addition, a Long-eared Owl flew in off the sea at 1105hrs. Potentially the best bird was a Swift sp. offshore at 1036hrs which showed several features of a Pallid, but views were insufficient to be conclusive.
Thornwick Pools attracted three Water Rails, with three Woodcock also noted on the headland. Passerine interest included (with a significant section of the headland’s figures still to come) 2835 Redwing, 625 Blackbirds, 330 Song Thrush, 14 Fieldfare, four Ring Ouzels, 760 Starlings in off, 12 Yellow-browed Warblers, eight Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, ten Blackcap, two Lesser Whitethroats, 24 Goldcrests, six Grey Wagtails, 78 Robins, a Black Redstart, two Hawfinch (Lighthouse Road & Old Fall), 108 Bramblings, 16 Reed Buntings and a Lapland Bunting.
West of the Dykes, a Ring Ouzel was in the Bempton Chalet Park and a Yellow-browed Warbler and four Lapland Buntings at Buckton.