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.