Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

After a bright start, cloud cover increased during the afternoon, whilst brisk westerly winds established. Sightings from the South Landing area included a Scandinavian Rock Pipit starting to attain summer plumage, one Lapland Bunting and a Corn Bunting, whilst a Goldcrest on Church Lane may have been an early migrant.

Bempton Cliffs RSPB attracted two Short-eared Owls, 48 Yellowhammers and 59 Corn Buntings. There was also an appreciable increase in Kittiwake numbers, with 807 moving north-west.

Short-eared Owl, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, by Alan Walkington

Monday, February 20th, 2017

The weather consisted of generally overcast skies and moderate/strong south-westerly winds. Seawatching was again quiet and included two Eiders heading south and a Purple Sandpiper moving north.

Eight Great Crested Grebes were off South Landing, with at least six Lapland Buntings visible from the cliff-top path immediately east of there. Wildfowl records included 113 Teal, 25 Wigeon and the long-staying Pochard. A juvenile Glaucous Gull rested on fields near North Marsh, whilst the male Black Redstart made one of its sporadic appearances near the Fog Station.

Bempton Cliffs RSPB attracted a single Short-eared Owl.

Glaucous Gull, North Marsh, by Brett Richards

Black Redstart, Fog Station, by Brett Richards

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

It was generally sunny, with moderate westerly winds. Five Pink-footed Geese accompanied the Greylag flock, the drake Pochard and three Snipe remained in residence at Thornwick Pools, whilst 12 Lapland Buntings were again near South Landing.

West of the Dykes, a minimum two Short-eared Owls frequented Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Lapland Buntings, near South Landing, by Jo Hood

Saturday, February 18th, 2017

After a relatively bright start, increasing cloud developed, with winds remaining in the south-west. During the seawatch, 85 Pink-footed Geese flew north during a quiet morning. Sightings from the South Landing area included five Great Crested Grebes, a Woodcock and three Lapland Buntings, whilst Thornwick Pools hosted Tufted Duck and Pochard.

Pochard and Tufted Duck, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Sunshine and light north-westerlies dominated. South-bound seawatching highlights, unless stated, included 27 Wigeon, six Mallard, two Common Scoter (36 north), 19 Red-throated Diver (eight north) and a single Great Northern Diver north.

On land, the Lapland Bunting flock increased to 12 and continued to favour the ploughed field east of South Landing. A Black Redstart was discovered near the fogstation and 13 European White-fronted Geese and five Pink-footed Geese were on the Outer Head.

Two Short-eared Owl were hunting over grassland at Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Lapland Bunting, by Andy Hood

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

*Belated news of eight Lapland Buntings yesterday in a ploughed cliff-top field east of South Landing*

A mostly overcast day with moderate south-westerlies and some light rain mid afternoon onwards. Seawatching highlights saw a single Teal north, two Eider north, nine Red-throated Diver south (one north), six Kittiwake and two Common Gull north and a single Lapland Bunting overflew the fogstation.

Up to ten Lapland Buntings were present between South Landing and Booted Gully.

The three Short-eared Owls were again at Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Short-eared Owl, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, by Alan Walkington

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Visibility fluctuated throughout the day as a sea fret lingered along the coast, accompanied by gentle south-south-westerlies. Seawatching produced a single Shelduck south, single Eider north, two Common Scoter south, 22 Red-throated Diver south and a single Kittiwake south.

The day’s highlight came in the form of an adult male Black Redstart in the centre of Flamborough village. The Woodcock remained in its favoured South Landing roost site.

At Bempton Cliffs RSPB, the three Short-eared Owls continued to show throughout the day; two pairs of Goosander overflew the reserve.

Reed Bunting, Outer Head, by Andy Hood

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

A day of settled weather with light to moderate south-westerlies. The mornings seawatch highlights consisted of a blue phase Fulmar south with 33 pale phase (one north), a juvenile Glaucous Gull south, two Common Scoter and five Red-throated Diver south.

This afternoon, another/the same juvenile Glaucous Gull flew north from Northcliff Marsh. A Bar-tailed Godwit overflew Oceanview Farm, a Grey Wagtail was noted on the Outer Head as were 13 White-fronted Geese, with another at Water Lane, and one wintering Chiffchaff was present.

West of the dyke, Bempton Cliffs RSPB hosted a juvenile Glaucous Gull, three Short-eared Owls, a notable count of six Stonechat and 10 Red-throated Diver.

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Outer Head, by Mike Smith

Monday, February 13th, 2017

A break from rain and sleet today saw sunshine and blue skies for the most part, accopmanied by a fresh easterly force five. Seawatching counts included five Common Scoter north, 37 Red-throated Diver south (13 north), two Great Crested Grebe south, 60 Fulmar south (13 north) and three Kittiwake south (nine north).

At South Landing the Woodcock continued its stay and at Bempton Cliffs RSPB a single Short-eared Owl was present.

Woodcock, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

Persistent rain and sleet continued for much of the day, with a strong north easterly breeze.

It was an exceptional day for Glaucous Gull records with a minimum of three at Bempton and a single at South Landing. South Landing also held a Long-tailed Duck and a Woodcock.

Counts from the sea watch included 47 Red-throated Diver, 11 Fulmar, 6 Gannet, 6 Kittiwake and a single Common Scoter.

Cormorant by Alan Walkington.

Saturday, February 11th, 2017

Wintery showers again persisted throughout the day. Wind was a moderate north easterly.

13 Russian White-fronted Geese toured the headland, along with five Pink-feet and 82 Greylags. Other wildfowl counts included 25 Wigeon, 40 Teal and two Shelduck. Two Gadwall were on Buckton Pond.

On the sea watch 41 Red-throated Diver, 161 Fulmar, 575 Gannet, 7 Razorbills, 75 Shag and a Kittiwake were noted.

Gadwall, Buckton pond by Brett Richards.

Friday, February 10th, 2017

Frequent hail and snow showers continued throughout the day. Wind was a moderate northerly.

Highlights on the sea watch included 11 Red-throated Diver, 60 Fulmar, 343 Gannet and 5 Kittiwake. Additionally, two Long-tailed Duck were on the sea off Booted Gully.

It was no change on the land; the Woodcock remained at South Landing, the Pochard, Tufted Duck and 2 Shelduck were still at Thornwick pool and Oceanview held 63 Reed Bunting, 29 Yellowhammer and 40 Tree Sparrow.

Reed Bunting, Thornwick Pools by Craig Thomas.

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Weather was overcast throughout the day, with wintery showers at times. Wind was a moderate easterly.

It was a relatively quiet day. Sea watching highlights amounted to 9 Red-throated Diver, 52 Fulmar, 294 Gannet, 4 Kittiwake and 18 Shag.

On the land, 12 Red-legged Partridge and a Woodcock remained at South Landing. Thornwick pool held on to its 2 Shelduck, Pochard and Tufted Duck, whilst 23 Wigeon and 21 Teal were present around the head.

Teal, Thornwick pools by Alan Walkington.

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

A cloudy and cold day, with moderate easterly wind.

A second calendar year Glaucous Gull flew south on the mornings sea watch. Other sea watch counts included 12 Red-throated Diver, 157 Gannet and a single Puffin.

On the land, a pair of Shelduck were at Thornwick pool along with the continuing Pochard and Tufted Duck. A particularly noteworthy count of 30 Lapwing flew over Hartendale. Bempton held another juvenile Glaucous Gull and 60 Corn Bunting.

Tree Sparrow, Buckton by Paul Reed.

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Rain for much of the morning, easing off towards the afternoon. Wind was a light to moderate south easterly.

Today’s highlights included a Black Redstart in the village, a single adult Russian White-fronted Goose with Greylags on the flashes adjacent to Water Lane and a Short-eared Owl at Northcliffe. Both drake Pochard and female Tufted Duck remained in residence at Thornwick pool, as did the Woodcock at South Landing.

A notable flock of buntings was present at Oceanview, containing 63 Reed Bunting and 28 Yellowhammer.

Russian White-fronted Goose, Water Lane by Brett Richards.

Monday, February 6th, 2017

A sunny start, gradually clouded over during the day. Wind was a light westerly to south westerly.

The days highlight pertained to ten White-beaked Dolphin which headed north off the fog station at 8:30. Other sea watch highlights included a single Manx Shearwater north, 32 RT Diver, 7 Common Scoter, 95 Fulmar, 18 Kittiwake and 260 Gannet.

On the land, 11 Russian White-fronted Geese remained around the Headland, with a male Pochard and female Tufted Duck at Thornwick pool. Two Woodcock were also noted.

Rock Pipit, South Landing by Alan Walkington.

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

A cloudy start with some mist patches, giving way to sunny skies by late morning. Wind was a light southerly, turning westerly by the evening.

Yet another juvenile Glaucous Gull was recorded, this time at Bempton. The bird was seen eating a Guillemot before flying off north west. Up to four Short-eared Owl and a Stonechat were also in the Bempton area. Seabirds were back on the cliffs with 3000 Guillemot, 200 Razorbills, 200 Gannet, 150 Fulmar and 20 Kittiwake counted.

Elsewhere, two overwintering Chiffchaff were at Hartendale. Four Great Spotted Woodpecker were heard drumming at South dykes, whilst 12 Red-legged Partridge at the same location was a notable count. The Woodcock remained in the ravine at South Landing, with 7 Common Scoter and 3 GC Grebe offshore.

Short-eared Owl, Bempton by Alan Walkington.

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

Weather was sunny throughout, with a moderate southerly wind, which eased during the day.

Highlights of the mornings sea watch included a second calendar year Glaucous Gull north, 4 Velvet Scoter north and 3 Goosander south.

Another 1st winter Glaucous Gull was off South Landing. 14 Russian White-fronted Geese toured the headland, whilst a Short-eared Owl was just west of the Golf course. Up to six Short-eared Owl were in the Bempton/Buckton area.

Kestrel at the lighthouse, Alan Walkington.

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

A clear day with little cloud, wind south force 5 and temperature 8c.

Morning sea-watching off the headland recorded four Common Scoter south, three Red-throated Diver south and ten north, nine Fulmar south and 88 north, 203 Gannet south and 60 north, 2cy Glaucous Gull north, 176 Herring Gull south and 40 north, adult Lesser Black-backed Gull (graellsii) north  and five Skylark south.

Highlights inland were five Pink-footed Goose, 13 European White-fronted Goose, 90 Grey-lag goose, Pochard, Tufted Duck, 51 Teal, two Water Rail (Thornwick Pools and Greenacres), two Curlew, Woodcock, Barn Owl, two Kestrel, ten Skylark, seven Long-tailed Tit, 21 Robin, female Stonechat, 13 Tree Sparrow and 30 Linnet.

At nearby Bempton, two Short-eared Owl hunting late afternoon.

Short-eared Owl at Bempton by Alan Walkington

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

A generally overcast day but with some sun later, wind from the south-east force 6 and 8c.

A couple of hours sea-watching in the morning had 204 Gannet south and 109 north, 234 Herring Gull south and 11 north. Present off the headland were ten Red-throated Diver, 65 Shag, nine Turnstone and 1000s of Guillemot moving both south and north.

Elsewhere, 49 Grey-lag Goose, 15 Wigeon, 53 Teal, Pochard, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Peregrine, 35 Stock Dove at South Dykes and 18 Long-tailed Tit in the area.

At Bempton, a juvenile Glaucous Gull flew east past Staple Newk.

Peregrine by Craig Thomas

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Minimal birding in the recording area today with Pochard still on Thornwick Pools, three Oystercatcher, Curlew, Barn Owl Thornwick Pools, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 11 Long-tailed Tit, Grey Wagtail and eight Yellowhammer.

Yellowhammer by Craig Thomas

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Cloudy with the wind SSE force 6 and 5c.

Sea-watching was steady today but produced five Common Scoter south, six Red-throated Diver south and three north, 53 Fulmar south including a “dark morph” and 27 north, 230 Gannet south and 31 north.

On Thornwick Pools were 21 Teal, Pochard, Tufted Duck, at South Landing Curlew and Woodcock in its usual place and at South Dykes 55 Stock Dove, Tawny Owl, two Bullfinch and a Mistle Thrush singing.

Woodcock, South Landing, by Paul Reed

Monday, January 30th, 2017

A cloudy day with a north-east wind force 3 and 6c.

Sea-watching on the headland had 17 Red-throated Diver south and five north, 199 Gannet south and 135 north, a major influx of 25,000 Guillemot north, 99 Razorbill south and 83 north.

Around the observatory area were four White-fronted Geese at North Moor, 12 Wigeon, 73 Teal, 11 Common Scoter, ten Red-throated Diver, four Curlew, 11 Turnstone, Sanderling, Snipe, Barn Owl, two Stonechat at North Landing and 20 Linnet.

Female Stonechat by Geoff Carr

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

A brighter day with little cloud, winds south-westerly force 4 and a bleak 2c. 

The headland sea-watch recorded 21 Red-throated Diver south and two north, 16 Fulmar south including a “dark morph” and 32 north, 138 Gannet south and 254 north and a 2cy Glaucous Gull north.

At various sites were 19 Wigeon, 101 Teal, ten Common Scoter, two Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, two Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Peregrine, adult Iceland Gull below Breil Newk, six Rock Pipit, a male Black Redstart near High Stacks and 50 Linnet at Beacon Hill.

At Bempton Cliffs, a Pintail off the sea, 87 Herring Gull south and 130 north, 25 Red-throated Diver and 300 Gannet on the sea, two Short-eared Owl, two Stonechat and two Siskin at the feeding station.

Nearby Buckton had a Gadwall, Water Rail, Peregrine, two Stonechat and a male Bullfinch ringed. 

Short-eared Owl by Alan Walkington

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

A cloudy day with winds from the south force 4 and a temperature of 6c.

A morning sea-watch had eight Common Scoter north, 25 Red-throated Diver south and four north, 290 Gannet south and 84 north, 39 Great Black-backed Gull south, a 2cy Glaucous Gull south, 100 Herring Gull south and a Puffin. Off the headland on the sea were 15 Red-throated Diver and 25 Shag.

Two Pink-footed Goose were on Stainforth’s Flash, Pochard and Tufted Duck at Thornwick Pools. A Bittern flew west over Greenacres but was not re-located – the 4th Observatory record, also, 31 Lapwing, four Snipe, Barn Owl and two Kestrel.

At Speeton, seven Bean Geese were in fields north of the B1229 mid-afternoon.

Bean Geese at Speeton by John Harwood

Friday, January 27th, 2017

Initial full cloud cover but then clearing a little with the wind south force 4 and 4 c

The sea-watch highlights produced three Gadwall south, nine Common Scoter south, 35 Red-throated Diver south and three north, 184 Gannet south and 43 north, 81 Great Black-backed Gull south, 161 Herring Gull south and Lesser Black-backed Gull south. Present off the headland was a female type Long-tailed Duck, 21 Red-throated Diver, 75 Shag, three “sinensis” Cormorant, 30 Cormorant and a male Peregrine.

220 Grey-lag Goose roosted near Greenacres, ten Wigeon, 37 Teal, Pochard and Tufted Duck were on Thornwick Pools. 17 Red-throated Diver, 15 Turnstone, five Redshank and Woodcock at South Landing. 61 Lapwing in Micklemires Fields and three Golden Plover over. 12 Snipe and a Jack Snipe in the field back of Welkie Winds, 63 Moorhen throughout the area and a Barn Owl at Hartendale.

Stonepit Lane had 50 Yellowhammer and 18 Lapwing and nearby at Buckton eight White-fronted Geese flew off the sea and south-east, also, a Water Rail, 30 Corn Bunting, 120 Yellowhammer, 30 Tree Sparrow, Short-eared Owl and Peregrine.

White-fronted Geese by Paul Reed

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

A really cold day with winds from the south and complete cloud cover.

Birding was minimal today but there were eight Barnacle Geese with ten Mallard on a small pool near Beacon Hill. At South Dykes two Shelduck and a Peregrine.

Barnacle Geese by Mike Smith

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Light/moderate south-westerly winds, sunny intervals interspersed between spells of cloud and mist. Two Tufted Ducks flew south during a quiet seawatch, whilst single Water Rail and Woodcock were also located.

Sanderling, South Dykes, by Craig Thomas

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Another foggy day, with very limited visibility at times which meant observations were difficult; winds remained light from the south-west and temperatures barely reached 2 degrees C in the fog. A seawatch from North Landing was rewarded with a Scaup flying south and three Pochard. The only additional notworthy record related to a Woodcock near Old Fall.

West of the Dykes, a Short-eared Owl frequented Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Purple Sandpiper, High Stacks, by Andy Hood

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

It was a sunny day, with light winds. A Woodcock frequented Oceanview, whilst a Short-eared Owl overflew the golf course.

West of the Dykes, a Short-eared Owl was again at Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Short-eared Owl, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, by Alan Walkington

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

The weather consisted of largely bright skies in the morning, with increasing cloud later, light south-westerly winds and temperatures of only 2 degrees C. During a quiet seawatch, five Shelducks flying south represented the most notable record. Additional sightings included single Water Rail and Woodcock.

West of the Dykes, Bempton RSPB continued to host two Short-eared Owls.

Stonechat, Lighthouse grasslands, by Craig Thomas

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

The weather consisted of light easterly winds and overcast skies, with temperatures reaching 6 degrees C. During the seawatch, two Eiders flew north. whilst two Glaucous Gulls flew past the headland: an adult flew south, with a juvenile heading north.

Red-throated Divers, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Friday, January 20th, 2017

The weather consisted of light south-westerly winds and overcast skies. Seawatching highlights included 25 Pink-footed Geese, nine Shelduck and a Blue Fulmar flying north.

The Greylag flock in the North Marsh area contained two Tundra Bean Geese, eight White-fronted Geese and eight Pink-feet. Two Woodcock were recorded in South Landing and the male Black Redstart made an appearance near High Stacks.

Black Redstart, outer head, by Brett Richards

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

The weather remained unchanged, with very light south-westerly winds and a heavy overcast. During the seawatch, two Blue Fulmars lingered offshore. Sightings on the headland included the Pink-footed Goose and eight White-fronted Geese, whilst two Golden Plover and four Stonechats were also recorded.

Three Short-eared Owls hunted the grasslands around the Bempton Cliffs RSPB Centre.

Barn Owl, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, by Alan Walkington

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

It was another overcast day, with light drizzle at times and light south-westerly winds. Seawatching highlights included a Great Northern Diver flying north and a juvenile Glaucous Gull moving in the opposite direction.

The eight White-fronted Geese and one Pink-foot remained. A Great Northern Diver was off South Landing, whilst eight Great Crested Grebes were between South Dykes and Sewerby. Thornwick Pools hosted a Water Rail, the Woodcock remained in South Landing, with a Stonechat on the Links Golf Course near South Dykes.

West of the Dykes, a Short-eared Owl was at Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Short-eared Owl, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

The weather consisted of moderate south-westerly winds, overcast skies and occasional light rain. During the seawatch, 90 Pink-footed Geese flew north, seven Shelduck, an Eider and a male Goosander flew south. After a gap of several days, the two Black Redstarts reappeared at the Fog Station.

Eight White-fronted Geese and a Pink-foot toured the headland, whilst a Tufted Duck was a new arrival on Thornwick Pools. A Great Northern Diver was again between South Landing and South Dykes, whilst two Woodcock frequented South Landing.

West of the Dykes there were two Short-eared Owls at Bempton Cliffs RSPB, with another three birds at Buckton; additional sightings at the latter site included 40 Tree Sparrows, 70 Yellowhammers and 14 Corn Buntings. 

Tree Sparrow and Corn Bunting, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Monday, January 16th, 2017

An overcast day, with light drizzle periodically throughout and a light/moderate south-westerly wind. A Great Northern Diver and 12 Great Crested Grebes were on the sea between South Dykes and Sewerby. In the village, a Waxwing appeared along the road to South Landing.

West of the Dykes, two Short-eared Owls frequented Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Great Northern Diver, South Dykes, by Craig Thomas

Great Northern Diver, South Dykes, by Craig Thomas

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

A day of light south-westerly winds and overcast skies with drizzle. Seawatch highlights included a Blue Fulmar flying north and a minimum of one juvenile Glaucous Gull also heading north. The eight White-fronted Geese and Pink-footed Goose again accompanied the goose flock on the headland.

West of the Dykes, two Glaucous Gulls flew north at Bempton Cliffs RSPB, whilst a Short-eared Owl hunted the grasslands around the visitor centre.

Common Seal, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Common Seal, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

After yesterday’s excessive conditions, north-westerly winds moderated and sunny intervals developed after a cloudy start. The seawatch proved to be productive, with the following highlights: two Great Northern Divers heading north, a Black-throated Diver south, a Sooty Shearwater north, three Glaucous Gulls north (two juveniles and an adult), an immature Pomarine Skua south and a Little Auk north. Three Long-tailed Ducks were again off the South Cliffs, two Woodcock were also recorded, including a single at South Landing, and a Snow Bunting frequented Beacon Hill.

Sanderling, South Dykes, by Paul Reed

Sanderling, South Dykes, by Paul Reed

Friday, January 13th, 2017

A day of extreme weather, with storm-force northerly winds, snow first thing, turning to sleet/rain later and huge seas. Seawatching was limited to two Velvet Scoters flying south, whilst a Great Northern Diver and three Long-tailed Ducks were off South Landing.

Purple Sandpiper, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Purple Sandpiper, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

The weather consisted of light westerly winds and sunny intervals. A seawatch from South Landing was rewarded with two Black-throated Divers flying south, with a single off North Landing later. A total of 40 Red-throated Divers and a Great Crested Grebe also flew south.

Away from the sea, a Pink-footed Goose and eight White-fronted Geese toured the headland. A Woodcock showed well in South Landing.

Woodcock, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Woodcock, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

A day of gale force westerly winds and sunny skies. The seawatch was quiet apart from three Blue Fulmars that flew north, whilst a Great Northern Diver was off South Dykes. A single Pink-footed and eight White-fronted Geese toured the headland, whilst a Woodcock roosted at South Landing.

Lapwing, North Dykes, by Andrew Allport

Lapwing, North Dykes, by Andrew Allport

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

The weather consisted of light westerly winds and sunshine for most of the day. Away from a very quiet seawatch, eight White-fronted Geese remained in residence, 74 Teal were located on the wetlands and South Landing hosted a Woodcock.

West of the Dykes, a juvenile Glaucous Gull flew north at Bempton Cliffs RSPB, where a Short-eared Owl continued to hunt grassland near the visitor centre.

Grey Seal, South Landing, by Andrew Allport

Grey Seal, South Landing, by Andrew Allport

Monday, January 9th, 2017

A dull and overcast day, with a moderate south-westerly wind. A juvenile Glaucous Gull that flew south during a relatively quiet morning represented the highlight of the seawatch. Elsewhere, two Shoveler visited Thornwick Pools.

West of the Dykes, a Short-eared Owl hunted grasslands at Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Short-eared Owl, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, by Alan Walkington

Short-eared Owl, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, by Alan Walkington

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Winds remained light and generally from the west during a largely sunny day. Seawatching produced eight Tufted Ducks, a Great Northern Diver and a juvenile Glaucous Gull flying north.

Eight White-fronted Geese frequented the North Marsh area, two Great Northern Divers, a Long-tailed Duck and nine Velvet Scoters were on the sea between South Landing and South Dykes. The male Black Redstart was again on the cliffs near the Fog Station.

Fulmar, outer head, by Andrew Allport

Fulmar, outer head, by Andrew Allport

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

The weather consisted of light north-westerly winds, overcast skies and light rain during the afternoon. During the seawatch, 48 Teal flew north, with single Eider and Velvet Scoter moving south.

Sightings from South Landing/South Dykes included two Great Northern Divers, 30 Red-throated Divers, six Great Crested Grebes and three Long-tailed Ducks. Three Jack Snipe and 13 Snipe were located on the headland, with a Black Redstart relocated between the Lighthouse and the Fog Station.

Teal, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Teal, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Friday, January 6th, 2017

An overcast day, with moderate south-westerly winds. Seawatching was rewarded with five Gadwall flying south, a Blue Fulmar north, a juvenile Glaucous Gull that eventually flew south (re-appearing at South Landing later) and a juvenile Iceland Gull that flew north.

A White-fronted Goose visited Thornwick Pools, whilst a Brent Goose and two Great Northern Divers were between South Landing and South Dykes.

On a positive note, last week’s Glaucous Gull (that was hit by a car) recovered sufficiently well enough to be released at Rufforth Tip near York today.

White-fronted Goose, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

White-fronted Goose, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

The weather consisted of light north-westerly winds and sunny skies. During the seawatch, a Velvet Scoter, seven Long-tailed Ducks, six Goldeneye, a Blue Fulmar, two Manx Shearwaters, 384 Razorbills and three Puffins flew north, whilst a juvenile Glaucous Gull went south.

Six Long-tailed Ducks, a Goldeneye and four Great Northern Divers were on the sea off South Dykes/South Landing. Additional records included three Pink-footed Geese, 14 Wigeon, two Gadwall, 83 Teal, a Water Rail and one Woodcock.

Pink-footed Geese, outer head, by Andrew Allport

Pink-footed Geese, outer head, by Andrew Allport

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

It was a day of gale force northerly winds and sunny intervals, with occasional light showers. Seawatching highlights included a Black-throated Diver flying south, a Great Northern Diver north and one Blue Fulmar also north.

The day’s highlight was the discovery of a Black-necked Grebe off South Dykes; one of only a handful of local records. Additional sightings off South Dykes included two Great Northern Divers, six Long-tailed Ducks, a Velvet Scoter and one Goldeneye. A Woodcock showed well in South Landing.

Woodcock, South Landing, by Paul Reed

Woodcock, South Landing, by Paul Reed

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

The weather consisted of moderate/strong west-north-westerly winds and generally overcast skies. During the seawatch, 117 Common Scoters flew south, a Goldeneye headed north, two Great Northern Divers and a juvenile Iceland Gull flew south, whilst a Bonxie was in residence.

Eight White-fronted Geese remained on the head, together with a Pink-footed Goose, 14 Wigeon, 139 Teal, a Velvet Scoter, one Jack Snipe, a Woodcock and a lone Waxwing, the latter west over South Landing.

White-fronted Geese, North Marsh, by Andrew Allport

White-fronted Geese, North Marsh, by Andrew Allport

Iceland Gull, Fog Station, by Andrew Allport

Iceland Gull, Fog Station, by Andrew Allport