Friday, November 30th, 2018
A sunny day with moderate south westerly wind. The morning sea watch was productive with the stand out highlights being four Bewick’s Swan (including two juveniles) flying south, closely followed by a flock of 13 Eurasian White-fronted Geese and a single Tundra Bean Goose. A decent supporting cast included 2 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 15 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Shelduck, 1 Gadwall, 28 Wigeon, 10 Teal, 2 Velvet Scoter, 31 Common Scoter, 155 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 25 Golden Plover, 1 Bonxie and 1 Arctic Skua. 65 Purple Sandpiper was a notable count in the area around the fog station.
Two additional Eurasian White-fronts overflew the outer headland, with another in fields on the north side. Three Whooper swan similarly alighted in fields before flying off south. Thornwick pool hosted a Jack Snipe along with 17 Snipe, whilst fresh water bodies across the headland held a total of 168 Teal and 2 Water Rail. 3 Grey Partridge and a Short-eared Owl were also logged. Passerines on the outer head were represented by 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Mealy Redpolls and 8 Snow Bunting. A single Snow Bunting also flew south east at Bempton.
Eurasian White-fronted Goose by Andrew Allport
Whooper Swan by Andrew Allport