Monday, December 31st, 2018

An overcast day, with temperatures reaching 11 degrees C in light south-west winds. Seawatching highlights included a Blue Fulmar loafing offshore and a Bonxie flying south.

A total of 42 Red-throated Divers were offshore between Sewerby and Booted Gully, along with 16 Common Scoters, ten Great Crested Grebes, five Eiders and a Little Egret; four Goldeneye flew south, whilst 25 Curlew overflew Beacon Hill. Two Chiffchaffs were present, including an individual at Thornwick Pools, whilst four Lapland Buntings and 55 Yellowhammers were along the cliff top east of Booted Gully. The Pied Crow was again present in the north-west corner of the village.

West of the Dykes, Buckton attracted a very impressive bunting flock, with 200 Yellowhammers and 180 Corn Buntings present.

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Buckton, by Mark Thomas

Corn Bunting, Buckton, by Mark Thomas

Sunday, December 30th, 2018

A relatively bright day, with light westerly winds and temperatures attaining 11 degrees C. During the seawatch, a Blue Fulmar and 67 Shags flew south.

A skein of 38 Pink-footed Geese flew south over the headland mid-morning, whilst a minimum of 31 Teal and 65 Teal remained in residence. Better still, two Slavonian Grebes were located on the sea between South Landing and South Dykes. Thornwick Pools hosted both a Coot and Water Rail, whilst a Woodcock was present in South Landing.

West of the Dykes, a Lapland Bunting flew south-east over RSPB Bempton Cliffs; on the opposite side of the head, seven Great Crested Grebes and 13 Curlew were present at Sewerby.

Grey Seals, Fog Station, by Don Hustings

Saturday, December 29th, 2018

After an overcast start, brighter spells established mid-afternoon; moderate/strong south-westerlies gradually dropped in strength, with temperatures peaking at 11 degrees C. An afternoon seawatch was rewarded with a Great Northern Diver and a juvenile Iceland Gull flying south.

Three Whooper Swans rested on the outer head, with 120 Teal at North Marsh. Passerine interest in South Dykes included 17 Long-tailed Tits and the Pied Crow remained in Beech Avenue. A Chiffchaff was the most notable sighting from RSPB Bempton Cliffs.

Whooper Swans, Lighthouse Road, by Craig Thomas

Friday, December 28th, 2018

The weather consisted of light westerly winds, bright skies and temperatur