A moderate north-easterly wind gradually dropped in strength during a largely sunny day with occasional showers; temperatures reached 11 degrees C. Seawatching highlights consisted of 22 Brent Geese (including 17 pale-bellied north), 74 Wigeon, a Pintail, 16 Velvet Scoter (12 north, four south), 563 Common Scoter, five Long-tailed Ducks (four north, one south), two Red-breasted Mergansers, 22 Eider, two Great Northern Divers north, a Black-throated Diver north, two Sooty Shearwaters north, a Grey Phalarope south, 56 Little Gulls north, five Bonxies, 21 juvenile Pomarine Skuas (19 north, two south), three Arctic Skuas, 102 Little Auks (101 north, one south) and 15 Puffins.
Sightings on the headland included two Whooper Swans, a Pink-footed Goose and 18 Woodcock, whilst two Short-eared Owls came in off the sea. Passerine interest involved 120 Blackbirds, 14 Fieldfare, seven Redwing, three Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, five Blackcap, four Lesser Whitethroats (including at least one Siberian Lesser Whitethroat), a Black Redstart, 12 Brambling, nine Siskin, six Twite and four Snow Buntings, including an individual in off the sea. RSPB Bempton Cliffs hosted both Siberian Lesser Whitethroat and Siberian Chiffchaff.
Siberian Lesser Whitethroat, Gorse Field, by Craig Thomas
Siberian Chiffchaff, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by John Harwood