Monday, December 11th, 2017

The weather consisted of moderate north-north-easterly winds, overcast skies and occasional showers, often of a wintry nature. During the seawatch, a Pink-footed Goose, two Velvet Scoters and 66 Kittiwakes flew north; the latter a relatively good tally for the time of year.

Thornwick Pools attracted 46 Teal, a Water Rail, the first returning Coot after the breeding season, and one Jack Snipe. A ringing session on South Landing beach was rewarded with four Rock Pipits.

Wood Mouse, South Landing beach, by Alan Walkington

Sunday, December 10th, 2017

An overcast day, with temperatures eventually reaching three degrees C, with moderate easterly winds. During the seawatch, 71 Red-throated Divers flew north, a Great Northern Diver headed in the opposite direction, whilst a Blue Fulmar, 276 Fulmars, a Bonxie and a juvenile Pomarine Skua also all headed north.

Eighteen Sanderling represented an above average local tally, whilst two Jack Snipe remained at Thornwick Pools.

Nuthatch, South Dykes, by Alan Walkington

Saturday, December 9th, 2017

A sunny day, with temperatures reaching a maximum of three degrees C in light north-west winds. Seawatch highlights included a Long-tailed Duck flying south, 63 Red-throated Divers moving north, two Bonxies, with single Little Auk and Puffin flying north.

The Thornwick area attracted six Pink-footed Geese, a Water Rail, five Common Snipe and two Jack Snipe. A single Richard’s Pipit remained in residence on the cliff top near North Dykes.

Sightings off Sewerby included one Shelduck, a Great Northern Diver and 12 Great Crested Grebes.

Oystercatcher, South Landing, by Andrew Allport

Friday, December 8th, 2017

A sunny day, with moderate and cold west-north-west winds and temperatures that reached three degrees C. Seawatching highlights included four Common Scoter, 33 Red-throated Divers, 195 Fulmars and a Blue Fulmar flying north, along with an adult Mediterranean Gull.

A second-winter Mediterranean Gull was recorded off South Landing, together with 260 Black-headed Gulls, 960 Common Gulls, 1160 Herring Gulls and 130 Great Black-backed Gulls.

Sightings at nearby Sewerby included a Great Northern Diver, 13 Great Crested Grebes and six Purple Sandpipers.

Purple Sandpiper, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

It was a day of overcast skies and occasional showers. Wind was a moderate south westerly, increasing in strength and turning northwest through the day. 14 RT Diver, 18 Kittiwake and 3 Common Scoter were noted on the morning sea watch. 143 Shag left the roost near the fog station and at least one Nuthatch remained around the feeders at South Dykes.

Nuthatch, South Dykes by Andy Hood

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

It was an overcast day with light to moderate south westerlies. The morning sea watch included 11 Common Scoter, 24 RT Diver, 19 Fulmar and 25 Shag.

Elsewhere on the headland the two Nuthatch remained at South Dykes, 10 Great crested Grebe were off Sewerby and 28 Teal were noted.

Interesting news was received regarding a Goldfinch ringed at Buckton on 26th September 2017, which was re-trapped at Livermere, Suffolk (216km SSE) on 12th November 2017.

Peregrine by Alan Walkington

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

A mild, overcast day with a light westerly wind, gradually increasing in strength during the afternoon. The morning sea watch was relatively quiet with 39 Fulmar, 23 Common Scoter and 8 RT Diver representing the highlights.

A single Chiffchaff was ringed at South Landing. Other notable sightings from the outer headland included a Mealy Redpoll, 7 Siskin, 4 Yellowhammer, 6 Purple Sandpiper, 105 Turnstone, 24 Teal and 4 Wigeon.

Sanderling, South Landing by Andrew Allport.

Monday, December 4th, 2017

Sunny skies featured throughout a day of moderate westerly winds. During the seawatch, a Velvet Scoter flew north and three Eiders moved south.

On the headland, wildfowl interest was provided by 16 Wigeon and 54 Teal, whilst a Red-necked Grebe was off South Landing. Three Water Rails were still present, along with two Woodcock, whilst a search of North Marsh and other wetlands located five Jack Snipe and 41 Snipe. Fields near North Dykes continued to attract a lone Richard’s Pipit, with three Corn Buntings nearby. A hybrid Lanner x Peregrine cross sporting jesses was photographed along the cliff top north of Thornwick.

Richard’s Pipit, North Dykes, by Andrew Allport

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

After a cloudy start and occasional light rain, sunny intervals developed later; winds were moderate from the west-north-west. During the seawatch, five Shelduck, 20 Eider and a Black-throated Diver flew north and 38 Red-throated Divers flew south. A Blue Fulmar fed offshore, whilst hundreds of Guillemots were present, including significant numbers visiting the cliffs.

Additional sightings included eight Great Crested Grebes off South Dykes, where the two Nuthatches remained, a Jack Snipe and three Snipe at Thornwick Pools and 25 Siskin.

Blue Fulmar, Fog Station, by Brett Richards

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

The weather improved, with sunny intervals and lighter winds. Nine Whooper Swans frequented Beacon Hill and, nearby, 16 Great Crested Grebes were off South Dykes and a Puffin at South Landing. A ringing session at the latter site was rewarded with three Mealy Redpoll and a Lesser Redpoll, whilst a Snow Bunting was also recorded.

Whooper Swans, Beacon Hill, by Brett Richards

Friday, December 1st, 2017

Another day of moderate/strong northerly winds, sunny intervals and sleet showers. Seawatching highlights included a Shelduck, 38 Eiders, a Great Northern Diver, a Blue Fulmar, 555 Common Gulls, two Bonxies and an Arctic Skua flying north, with single Velvet Scoter and Long-tailed Duck heading south.

Eight Great Crested Grebes and two Goldeneye sheltered on the sea off Sewerby, Thornwick Pools attracted single Jack Snipe and Water Rail, whilst four Purple Sandpipers and 11 Sanderling frequented South Landing beach. In addition, the two Nuthatch remained in residence at South Dykes.

Purple Sandpiper, South Landing, by Alan Walkington