Another great seawatching day, with strong north-easterly winds, sunny intervals and occasional showers; temperatures peaked at 7 degrees C. During the seawatch, five dark-bellied Brent Geese, eight Shelduck, 134 Wigeon, a Scaup, 244 Wigeon, four Velvet Scoters, 500 Common Scoters, two Long-tailed Ducks, six Goldeneye, a Red-breasted Merganser, five Black-throated Divers, six Great Northern Divers, a Storm Petrel, one Sooty Shearwater, 29 Manx Shearwaters, two Red-necked Grebes, a Grey Phalarope, 3900 Kittiwakes, 365 Little Gulls, 34 Bonxies, 46 Pomarine Skuas, seven Arctic Skuas, 175 Little Auks and a Black Guillemot all flew north.
Two Long-tailed Ducks lingered offshore at South Landing, an adult Glaucous Gull flew north late afternoon, whilst two Short-eared Owls, 550 Starlings and 11 Crossbill flew in off the sea. Other migrant totals included a Water Rail (South Landing), 11 Woodcock, a Long-eared Owl, one Hooded Crow (South Landing), 42 Goldcrest, four Siberian Chiffchaffs, ten Chiffchaffs, two Blackcap, 300 Blackbirds, a Hawfinch (South Landing), two Twite and one Snow Bunting.
West of the Dykes, two Barred Warblers frequented the Dell at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, with one of these caught and ringed; one Short-eared Owl, a Ring Ouzel, 1500 Starlings and a Crossbill were also present. Sightings from Buckton included 17 Eiders, a Velvet Scoter and 410 Common Scoters flying north, 12 Woodcock, two Long-eared Owls, including one caught and ringed, 15 Goldcrest, 50 Blackbirds and 300 Starling.
Little Auks, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas
Long-eared Owl, Buckton, by Mark Thomas