Thursday, October 31st, 2019
A day of moderate south-easterly winds, with sunny intervals developing after an overcast morning and temperatures reaching nine degrees C. Seawatch highlights included 45 Eider, three Velvet Scoters, 53 Common Scoters, a Sandwich Tern, one Arctic Skua and a Little Auk moving north; a Great Northern Diver headed south.
Fourteen Eider, four Velvet Scoters, 109 Common Scoters, a Long-tailed Duck, one Goldeneye and three Little Auks sheltered off the South Cliffs between Old Fall and South Landing; six Woodcock were also located on the headland. Passerine interest included a Jay at South Dykes, 110 Skylarks, ten Chiffchaffs, a Siberian Chiffchaff, one Lesser Whitethroat, 41 Goldcrests, 860 Starlings, 54 Fieldfare, six Stonechats and 85 Siskins (all flying east early morning over the outer head). The day’s highlight was the discovery of a male Red-breasted Flycatcher present during the afternoon in the Bay Brambles near the Golf Course Willows.
Buckton attracted a Great White Egret that flew low over the trap and, after landing briefly, it headed east at 0855hrs.