Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

A moderate south-west wind and relatively overcast skies. Seawatching highlights included nine Whooper Swans and five Gadwall flying south, a Blue Fulmar also heading south and a Merlin.

Long-tailed Tit, South Dykes, by Craig Thomas

Long-tailed Tit, South Dykes, by Craig Thomas

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Thick fog precluded any observations and the daily log remained blank.

Monday, December 5th, 2016

During a day of light south-easterly winds and sunny intervals six Eider and a Red-necked Grebe flew north. A Pink-footed Goose and ten Wigeon were in residence, along with a Great Northern Diver off Hartendale, whilst a single Woodcock was logged.

Fulmar, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Fulmar, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

A mainly cloudy day with a slight easterly wind and 7c.

Sea-watching produced five Common Scoter south and 2 north, 20 Red-throated Diver south and 12 north, Pomarine Skua north and present off the headland were 10 Red-throated Diver, 55 Gannet, 25 Oystercatcher, six Turnstone and 1000s of Guillemot on the sea and moving around.

Elsewhere were Long-tailed Duck, two Goldeneye, 10 Great Crested Grebe, four Eider and 50 Common Scoter off Sewerby. 94 Grey-lag Goose, Pink-footed Goose, 19 Teal, two Stonechat and eight Yellowhammer.

Immature Gannet by Geoff Carr

Immature Gannet by Geoff Carr

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

A light north-easterly wind and generally overcast day. Seawatching highlights included six Long-tailed Ducks, three Goldeneye, single Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver and Red-necked Grebe all flying north. Seven Bonxies and 105 Red-throated Divers were also logged.

West of the Dykes, the Bempton/Buckton area attracted a Short-eared Owl, six Stonechats, 30 Blackbirds, 53 Yellowhammers and five Corn Buntings.

Rock Pipit, South Landing, by Craig Thomas

Rock Pipit, South Landing, by Craig Thomas

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

The weather consisted of light/moderate north-north-west winds and showers. During the seawatch, a Long-tailed Duck, a Black-throated Diver, seven Sooty Shearwaters and 39 Kittiwakes flew north, with five Bonxies moving south (and a single also north).

Sanderling, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Sanderling, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

It was a day of light/moderate south-west winds, sunny intervals and temperatures that reached 9 degrees C. Sightings were scant, with seven Great Crested Grebes off Sewerby, eight Wigeon, a Grey Heron and a Common Buzzard in residence.

Grey Wagtail, South Landing, by Andrew Allport

Grey Wagtail, South Landing, by Andrew Allport

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Another cold day, with weak wintry sunshine throughout and a very light south-westerly wind. Single Long-tailed Duck and Velvet Scoter were on the sea off South Landing, where 23 Rock Pipits fed on the beach. Thornwick Pools attracted 43 Teal, a Grey Heron and one Snipe.

Dunlin, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Dunlin, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

A sunny day with very light south-west winds, but temperatures only reached 4 degrees C by late morning. During the morning’s seawatch, 16 Eider and a Black-throated Diver flew north and three Golden Plover moved south.

Three Whooper Swans frequented Thornwick Pools. Twenty-one Snipe, a Water Rail and a Woodcock on the outer head were indicative of local, cold weather displacement. A Waxwing flew south over the headland, with three Snow Buntings at Oceanview.

Snipe, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Snipe, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Monday, November 28th, 2016

The light north-easterly airstream continued with overcast skies developing after a sunny start. Seawatching highlights included 70 Teal north, three Tufted Duck, seven Eider and two Velvet Scoter south, 91 Common Scoter, two Long-tailed Ducks north, three Goldeneye and a Goosander. Solitary Little and Mediterranean Gulls flew south, whilst three Pomarine Skuas headed north.

Six Wigeon and 128 Teal were in residence on the headland’s freshwaters, with a Long-tailed Duck and 81 Common Scoters below the South Cliffs. A total of 41 Snipe was above average and a Merlin frequented North Dykes.

Peregrine, by Andrew Allport

Peregrine, by Andrew Allport

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

The weather consisted of moderate north-easterly winds and sunny intervals. During the seawatch, two Tufted Duck, 128 Common Scoter, a Little Gull and five Bonxies flew south, whilst a Sooty Shearwater and a Pomarine Skua headed north.

Sightings along the southern side of the headland included three Goldeneye and two Long-tailed Ducks. Single Water Rail and Tawny Owl were also recorded.

Teal, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Teal, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Saturday, November 26th, 2016

It was a sunny day, with virtually no wind and temperatures peaking at 7 degrees C. During the seawatch, ten Eiders flew north, a Velvet Scoter headed south and between 20-30,000 Guillemots headed south out to sea.

A Whooper Swan flew south-east over the village, whilst west of the Dykes sightings from Buckton included a Grey Heron, three Snipe, a Stonechat, 40 Yellowhammers and a Corn Bunting.

Water Rail, Thornwick Pools, by Don Hustings

Water Rail, Thornwick Pools, by Don Hustings

Friday, November 25th, 2016

Another day of light north-easterly winds, but with largely sunny skies. During the seawatch, a Pochard and two Little Gulls flew south, whilst 106 Eider, 30 Common Scoter and a Great Northern Diver moved north.

Amongst the wildfowl present off the southern side of the headland were two Velvet Scoter and a Long-tailed Duck. Sixty Skylarks were on Beacon Hill, whilst 15 Snow Buntings were at Oceanview.

Snow Buntings, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Snow Buntings, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

The winds remained light and from the north-east during a generally overcast day. Seawatching highlights included a Scaup, four Eider, 44 Common Scoters, a Great Northern Diver, four Little Gulls and a single Little Auk north, with a Bonxie heading south.

Three Long-tailed Ducks remained on the sea off South Landing.

Grey Wagtail, Thornwick Pools, by Don Hustings

Grey Wagtail, Thornwick Pools, by Don Hustings

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

The weather consisted of moderate north-easterly winds, sunny intervals and light showers. Seawatching was productive with sightings including six Eiders, a Goosander and a Red-breasted Merganser flying north, with five Velvet Scoters and a Long-tailed Duck heading in the opposite direction. A total of 120 Red-throated Divers were logged passing the headland, whilst a Black-throated Diver flew north and three Great Northern Divers moved south. Six Sooty Shearwaters and two Manx Shearwaters flew north, 16 Little Gulls and 18 Bonxies went south, with two Pomarine Skuas heading north.

Snipe, Thornwick Pools, by Don Hustings

Snipe, Thornwick Pools, by Don Hustings

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Overcast with light rain and mist early on, clearing later; wind from the south-east switching to south-south-west by late morning, highs of 8°C. Seawatching highlights included 15 Red-throated south (26 north), single Black-throated Diver north, single Great Northern Diver south, one Sooty Shearwater north and 11 Great Skua south (one north).

A single Twite associated with the Linnet flock on the Outer Head.

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Bullfinch, by Alan Walkington

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Cold, wet and miserable; the morning started off overcast with light rain and moderate north-north-easterlies, deteriorating into heavy rain and strengthening north-easterlies by the afternoon. A brief seawatch produced three Red-throated Diver south (one north), 52 Fulmar north, 49 Gannet south (34 north), 35 Kittiwake north and a single Common Gull south (two north).

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Grey Heron, by Andy Hood

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

Strong north-easterlies first off switching north-westerly by the afternoon; rain showers and periods of mist early on, highs of 7°C. Seawatching highlights consisted of five Velvet Scoter south and three Long-tailed Duck present off the headland.

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Dunlin, by Alan Walkington

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

The weather today was part cloud cover, a south-west wind force 4 and a cool 3c.

The usual morning sea-watch produced 18 Common Scoter south, five Red-throated Diver south and four north, Black-throated Diver south and two Snow Bunting south. Present off the headland were 33 Shag, 32 Turnstone and one Purple Sandpiper.

Again, Whooper Swan movement today with three over Oceanview and seven over Buckton and shortly after over Hartendale. 79 Teal and a Barn Owl at Thornwick Pools, 16 Common Scoter, 10 Oystercatcher, 20 Curlew, 14 Turnstone and four Sanderling at South Landing. Two Chiffchaff were recorded east of the Dykes.

At least 80 Pink-footed Geese over Buckton towards Flamborough late afternoon.

Barn Owl by Andrew Allport

Barn Owl by Andrew Allport

Friday, November 18th, 2016

A part cloudy day with winds in a south-west direction force 5 and a temperature of only 3c.

A rather steady morning sea-watch with five Velvet Scoter and seven Common Scoter south, 10 Red-throated Diver south and 13 north, Great Northern Diver south and 52 Shag, 23 Oystercatcher and three Turnstone present at the headland.

An interesting day of movement elsewhere with at least 67 Whooper Swan and 310 Pink-footed Goose south in various sized groups. 30 Common Scoter, 37 Turnstone, four Sanderling and 15 Rock Pipit were at South Landing. A single Velvet Scoter off South Dykes. Thornwick Pools had 28 Teal, six Common Snipe, Jack Snipe and two Barn Owl. Two Hooded Crow flew west of Lighthouse Road and five Snow Buntings were also flyovers at various locations. A further two Snow Bunting were near Buckton Dell.

Turnstone at South Landing by Geoff Carr

Turnstone at South Landing by Geoff Carr

Whooper Swans by Andrew Alport

Whooper Swans by Andrew Allport

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Weather today was mainly overcast with a south-westerly wind force 4-6 and 7c.

The morning sea-watch had 32 Pink-footed Goose, three Gadwall, nine Common Scoter, 11 Red-throated Diver and four Great Northern Diver all south. A Sooty Shearwater and Little Gull both north and 40 Oystercatcher, 50 Turnstone and five Purple Sandpiper present off the headland.

At Bempton four Great Northern Diver were on the sea, 140 Pink-footed Goose flew over and two Wheatear spp were reported. Thornwick Pools had 20 Teal, six Snipe and a “sinensis” Cormorant.

"sinensis" Cormorant on Thornwick Pools by Brett Richards

“sinensis” Cormorant on Thornwick Pools by Brett Richards

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

The day saw sunny spells and a light to moderate south westerly wind.

Seawatch counts included 26 Common Scoter, 18 RT Diver, 1 BT Diver, 2 Bonxie, 1 Pom Skua, 10 Purple Sandpiper and 18747 Guillemot. Six Whooper Swan flew south over the headland late morning.

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Curlew, South Landing by Alan Walkington.

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Mild temperatures continued, with overcast skies and a light westerly wind.

Due to the weather conditions the sea watch was relatively quiet, with Velvet Scoter, 46 Common Scoter, 56 RT Diver and 2 DB Brent Geese being the highlights. Other off-shore records related to two GN Diver off Bempton, 36 Common Scoter and a single LT Duck at South Landing.

In what has been an exceptional year for the species on the headland, a male Kingfisher briefly visited Thornwick Pools. A Lapland Bunting flew south over Oceanview, whilst 200 Pinkfeet were also logged flying south during the day. Singles of Blackcap and Chiffchaff were also noted.

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Knot, South Landing by Andrew Allport.

Monday, November 14th, 2016

Weather was overcast, with a moderate south westerly wind.

Six Gadwall flying south on the seawatch was notable, as was a Chiffchaff which flew in off the sea. Otherwise seawatch counts included 28 Common Scoter, 41 RT Diver, 4 Purple Sandpiper and 8028 Guillemot.

Addittional sightings included a Long-tailed Duck and 5 RT Diver at South Landing and 52 Teal across the headland.

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Red-throated Divers, South Landing by Alan Walkington.

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

A day of moderate north-north-westerlies, sunshine and highs of 8°C. Southbound highlights on the morning seawatch, unless stated, saw a single Eider, two Common Scoter and 21 Red-throated Diver (five north). Northbound birds include a single Wigeon and two Snow Bunting.

Three Waxwing graced the Outer Head, a late Swallow was at North Landing, 30 Siskin were present at South Landing and a first winter Mediterranean Gull was immediately west of the Dyke.

At Buckton, a Jack Snipe and two Gadwall were on the pond; a Jack Snipe, four Common Snipe, 15 Redwing and a Stonechat were near the heligoland trap.

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Fieldfare, Thornwick Pools, by Don Hustings

Saturday, November 12th, 2016

Weather was largely wet and miserable for the most part; a strong southerly breeze early on easing in the afternoon. Slim pickings on the morning seawatching; seven Shelduck, five Wigeon and two Shoveler south, 13 Teal south (one north), six Common Scoter south (one north), two Red-throated Diver south, eight Gannet south (one north), single Lapwing south, four Black-headed Gull south, single Common Gull south (two north) and a lone Blackbird in-off.

The adult male Mealy Redpoll remained at Thornwick. Elsewhere, a Siberian Chiffchaff, Mealy Redpoll and two Lesser Redpoll were noted on the Outer Head, as was a female ‘northern’ Bullfinch.

At Buckton, a Chiffchaff caught and ringed on 24/10 has been confirmed as the race abietinus, (DNA sample from small dislodged body feather) only the fourth confirmed record in the UK and probably first definite for Yorkshire.

Chiffchaff confirmed race abietinus, Buckton 24/10 by Mark Thomas

Chiffchaff confirmed race abietinus, Buckton 24/10 by Mark Thomas

Juvenile Sanderling at South Landing by Geoff Carr

Juvenile Sanderling, South Landing, by Geoff Carr

Friday, November 11th, 2016

A predominantly calm, clear day with gentle easterlies and sunshine; highs of 9°C. Seawatching highlights included two Black-throated and a Great Northern Diver north, 13 Red-throated Diver north (11 south), eight Eider north, 50 Common Scoter north (11 south), a single Little Gull north, three Great Skua north and a single Grey Heron and Lapland Bunting south.

On land, flocks of 54 and 18 Siskin were present on the headland. A Mealy Redpoll was at Thornwick as were two Snipe and a Jack Snipe. Twenty-one Pink-footed Geese overflew North Landing. At South Landing, four Red-throated Diver, two Great Northern Diver and 28 Common Scoter were on the sea. Also there 50 Turnstone, six Sanderling, four Purple Sandpiper, two Curlew and singles of Knot, Dunlin and Woodcock as well as a flock of 35 Siskin.

At Bempton Cliffs RSPB, four Stonechat, two Chiffchaff and singles of Snow Bunting and Short-eared Owl were noted. Also there eight Red-throated Diver flew east, 13 Eider north-west and five Whoopers alighted on the sea. 

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Mealy Redpoll, Thornwick, by Brett Richards

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Knot, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Weather today overcast at first with some mist and drizzle but clearing with half cloud later and winds south-west to west-north-west force 4.

A rather steady sea-watch this morning with fewer species than the last couple of days. Highlights were 25 Eider, two Great Northern Diver, eight Fulmar all north and 42 Gannet south plus 134 north. A male Peregrine was present off the headland.

South Landing had six Common Scoter, seven Oystercatcher, 31 Turnstone, Knot, three Curlew, six Sanderling, two Purple Sandpiper and 12 Rock Pipit. A male, female and juvenile Peregrine was at North Marsh and elsewhere 43 Blackbird and a pair of Bullfinch.

Rock Pipit South Landing by Geoff Carr

Rock Pipit South Landing by Geoff Carr

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Weather poor today with the day being mostly overcast with some light rain, winds south to east force 3 and temperature 5c.

The couple of hours sea-watch in the morning produced four Eider north, five Common Scoter south and eight north, three Red-throated Diver south and 19 north, Black-throated Diver north and three Dunlin south. Present off the headland were 50 Fulmar and thousands of Guillemot.

Due to the poor weather a rather steady day elsewhere with 31 Teal, Water Rail, Snipe and Barn Owl at Thornwick Pools. A Woodcock and Rose-ringed Parakeet were in a garden near Flamborough Church.

Buckton had Common Redpoll, 60 Blackbird, Common Buzzard, five Woodcock and five Snipe.

 

Common Redpoll by Geoff Carr

Common Redpoll by Geoff Carr

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Weather mostly cloud cover with a light NNW wind and 4c.

Another excellent, mixed species sea-watch with the highlights being – 22 Wigeon south and 57 north, 27 Teal north, a Scaup north, 174 Eider north, Velvet Scoter north, 15 Common Scoter south and 34 north, three Long-tailed Duck north, two Goldeneye south and one north, 14 Red-throated Diver south and 10 north, Great Northern Diver south, three south Fulmar and 58 north including two dark phase “D” type, two Little Gull south and 51 north, Mediterranean Gull north, Great Skua south and Little Auk north.

At Oceanview were two Waxwing, Lesser Whitethroat, Barred Warbler, 25 Siskin and two Lesser Redpoll. Around the wider headland, 47 Teal and a Water Rail at Thornwick Pools, five Curlew, Woodcock, two Snipe, Chiffchaff, 186 Blackbird and a female “Northern” Bullfinch near the Golf Course chalets.

Buckton still had the male “Northern” Bullfinch, Short-eared Owl and Common Redpoll.

Barred Warbler by Andy Hood

Barred Warbler by Andy Hood

Woodcock by Andrew Alport

Woodcock by Andrew Allport

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Weather conditions consisted of mostly cloud cover with some rain and sleet towards the end of the morning. The wind was in a northerly direction force 5 dropping to 3 with a temperature of 6c.

The morning sea-watch produced a mix of species with the highlights being – a single Dark-bellied Brent Goose north, 54 Common Scoter south and 78 north, two Long-tailed Duck north, 14 Red-throated Diver south and 45 north, then Great Northern Diver, 79 Fulmar, Sooty Shearwater, Grey Phalarope, 13 Little Gull, eight Great Skua, six Little Auk and three Snow Bunting all north.

Other locations had five Whooper Swan north over Danes Dyke, Short-eared Owl at Oceanview, 30 Common Scoter, 13 Turnstone, seven Sanderling and 13 Rock Pipit at South Landing. A female Blackcap was at Flatmere and a Mealy Redpoll at Greenacres.

At Buckton a male “Northern” Bullfinch was caught, a Woodcock there plus two Gadwall on the pond.

Adult male Northern Bullfinch, Buckton by Mark Thomas

Adult male Northern Bullfinch, Buckton, by Mark Thomas

Female Common Scoter by Andy Hood

Female Common Scoter, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

Strong, brisk north-north-westerlies persisted, increasing to a moderate northerly gale; overcast with frequent showers. Seawatching highlights include 21 Wigeon south (nine north), single Teal, Goldeneye, Long-tailed Duck and Great Northern Diver north, 35 Common Scoter south (23 north), nine Red-throated Diver south (one north), 11 Sooty and a single Manx Shearwater north, seven Great Skua south and two Pomarine Skua one north, one south.

On land a Lapland Bunting overflew Oceanview Farm and a Waxwing was in Flamborough village. The South Landing wader assemblage contained 67 Turnstone, seven Redshank, three each of Purple Sandpiper and Sanderling, two Curlew and a Ringed Plover; a Little Auk, Long-tailed Duck, pair of Velvet Scoter and 63 Common Scoter were on the sea. Thornwick Pools attracted a Kingfisher, Jack Snipe and two Common Snipe.

At Buckton, a pair of Gadwall frequented the village pond and a Snow Bunting was near the heligoland trap; also present were two Stonechat and four Snipe.

Snow Bunting, Buckton by Mark Thomas

Snow Bunting, Buckton, by Mark Thomas

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Sanderling, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

A day of strong north-north-westerlies with intermittent rain showers. Southbound on the morning seawatch saw 53 Common Scoter, two Goldeneye, six Red-throated Diver (three north) and a Great Northern Diver. Present on the sea were 62 Common Scoter, a single Long-tailed Duck and a Little Auk.

The Ring-necked Parakeet relocated to Flamborough village and proved to be mobile throughout the day. At South Landing, four Long-tailed Duck, two Little Auk and 54 Common Scoter lingered on the sea as well as an adult Mediterranean Gull toward Bridlington.

At Bempton Cliffs RSPB singles of Great Skua, Little Auk and Long-tailed Duck all flew east early morning. At Buckton, a Long-tailed Duck overflew the heligoland trap; also present were two Woodcock, two Buzzard and a single Pale-Bellied and Dark-bellied Brent Goose flew east.

Goldfinch, Thornwick Pools, by Don Hustings

Goldfinch, Thornwick Pools, by Don Hustings

Friday, November 4th, 2016

Wind was a moderate south westerly, with broken cloud throughout the day.

The days highlight was a juvenile Pallid Harrier which hunted the cliff top grassland between the Heligoland trap and trig point at Buckton. This represents a long overdue first record for the wider headland. The same area also held a ringtail Hen Harrier, 4 SE Owl and 4 Woodcock, whilst a Long-tailed Duck flew past Bempton.

On the outer headland, a Ring-necked Parakeet was seen flying around the Bay brambles and outer head gardens before flying West along Lighthouse Road. The Long-tailed Duck remained at South Landing, while a quieter sea watch than of late produced 1 Little Auk, 2 Velvet Scoter, 1 GN Diver, 21 RT Diver and 2 Whooper swan.

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Pallid Harrier, Buckton by Paul Reed.

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Pallid Harrier, Buckton by Andy Hood.

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Temperatures were cooler than of late, reaching a peak of 7 degrees Celsius. Wind was a moderate south westerly with mainly overcast skies.

There was a notable fall of migrants, with increased numbers of thrushes coming in off the sea. Notable sightings included ten Waxwing (nine in-off and one over Oceanview), 25 Woodcock, 1 SE Owl and a large pipit species, which flew north over the golf course but could not be relocated.

The sea watch was also productive with 14 Little Auk, 1 GN Diver, 1 BT Diver, 43 RT Diver, 1 RB Merganser, 1 Scaup, 1 V Scoter, 157 C Scoter, 2 LT Duck, 4 Goldeneye, 55 Wigeon, 10 Whooper Swan, 7 DB Brent and 18 PF Geese. The highlight however related to a single White-beaked Dolphin.

Five additional Little Auk and a Grey Phalarope were off South Landing, along with a female LT Duck, 1 GN Diver, 1 RB Merganser, 8 Goldeneye and 470 C Scoter. An additional 2 Whooper Swan flew south, whilst 6 DB Brent were noted feeding on the headland.

Sightings at Buckton included a ringtail Hen Harrier and 5 Woodcock in-off.

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Whooper Swan, South Landing by Alan Walkington.

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Long-tailed Duck, South Landing by Andrew Allport.

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

A moderate north westerly wind persisted during the day, with sunny skies throughout.

Sea watch highlights included a Little Auk, 1 Whooper Swan, 24 Wigeon, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Scaup, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Manx, 10 Bonxie and 1 Arctic Skua.

A particularly high local count of 18 Goldeneye were noted sat on the sea, whilst a further Little Auk was flew East past South Landing during the late afternoon.

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Linnet, Thornwick Pools, by Don Hustings

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Early mist and drizzle cleared quickly to reveal a sunny day, with a moderate north westerly wind.

The wind direction was conducive to an improved sea watch, with totals including 6 DB Brent, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Great northern Diver, 57 RT Diver, 9 Bonnie, 4 Pom Skua and 7 Arctic Skua.

Thornwick Pools attracted 63 Teal, 3 Wigeon, Dunlin and 4 Snipe, with 2 Jack snipe and 2 Snow Bunting also logged on the outer headland.

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Grey Wagtail, Thornwick pool by Alan Walkington

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Mist lingered throughout the day, with a light south westerly breeze. Temperatures remained mild at 13 degrees.

The sea watch produced 488 Common Scoter, 4 Goldeneye, 1 Gossander, 1 Bonnie, 12 Kittiwake and 150 Shag. Coverage on the land was limited with the misty conditions.

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Reed Bunting, by Craig Thomas

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

Another day of very light winds and heavily overcast skies. Seawatching highlights included three Eiders flying south, two Sooty Shearwaters north, a Woodcock in off the sea and five Bonxies.

Nine Whooper Swans were present on the sea off South Landing. Single Water Rail and Jack Snipe remained, along with two additional Woodcock and 18 Snipe. Two Short-eared Owls again hunted the lighthouse grasslands, whilst lone Swallow and House Martin, two Lesser Redpoll and 40 Siskin frequented South Landing. The Hume’s Warbler remained in the willows by Roadside Pool, where five Snow Buntings flew over.

West of the Dykes, eight Bean Geese spent most of the day on fields near Buckton, where additional sightings included a Jack Snipe and 26 Lapland Buntings.

Bean Geese, Buckton by Mark Thomas

Bean Geese, Buckton by Mark Thomas

Common Seal, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Common Seal, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

A calm day, with bright intervals developing after an overcast start. Seawatching highlights included a dark-bellied Brent Goose and a Manx Shearwater flew north, whilst a Whooper Swan, a Long-tailed Duck, four Great Northern Divers, ten Little Gulls, 24 Bonxies and an Arctic Skua headed south.

A total of 212 Pink-footed Geese headed south over the outer head, while there were 56 Teal, a Little Egret, two Water Rails and five Jack Snipe in residence. Two Short-eared Owls hunted the lighthouse grasslands late afternoon. The Hume’s Warbler was seen again at the Roadside Pool along Lighthouse Road; a reminder to all birders to please park at the lighthouse and walk back to view from the roadside only. Two Lapland Buntings were in fields north of Thornwick.

West of the Dykes, 540 Pink-footed Geese flew south at Bempton, as did a Lapland Bunting and two Snow Buntings. Bempton Cliffs RSPB also hosted a Siberian Chiffchaff, while there were two Lapland Buntings at Buckton.

Brambling, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, by Don Hustings

Brambling, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, by Don Hustings

Friday, October 28th, 2016

The day started overcast, with light winds, although sunny intervals featured during the afternoon. During the seawatch, two Shoveler, six Pintail, nine Tufted Ducks and a Great Northern Diver flew south.

A total of 225 Pink-footed Geese flew south, whilst two Water Rails, two Jack Snipe and 13 Snipe frequented Thornwick Pools. A Swallow fed over the village and a Woodlark was seen on the outer head. The Hume’s Warbler was glimpsed at Roadside Pool in the morning, but there was no sign of the bird later in the day. The Pallas’s Warbler remained at South Landing, a Waxwing overflew Thornwick Pools, with a Snow Bunting and two Lapland Buntings at Cattlemere.

Jack Snipe, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Jack Snipe, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

It was a day of westerly winds and generally overcast, after a bright start. During the seawatch, two Velvet Scoter, a Goldeneye, four Grey Herons and an Arctic Skua flew north.

A total of 270 Pink-footed Geese flew south, 51 Teal were in residence, whilst a Water Rail, 13 Snipe and two Jack Snipe frequented Thornwick Pools. A Rough-legged Buzzard reportedly flew west from the lighthouse mid-morning. The Hume’s Warbler remained in the willows at Roadside Pool, but proved elusive; should the bird still be present tomorrow, could we kindly request birders park in the lighthouse car-park and walk back to view from the roadside only. Single Pallas’s Warbler and Firecrest remained in South Landing, where four Crossbills flew over the car-park. A Richard’s Pipit also flew west from Old Fall during the morning.

West of the Dykes, seven Goosander flew south-east over Buckton, where there were also 30 Golden Plover.

Snipe, Thornwick Pools, by Don Hustings

Snipe, Thornwick Pools, by Don Hustings

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

A moderate south-westerly established during a largely overcast day. Seawatching highlights included a dark-bellied Brent Goose south, a male Hen Harrier also flying south and two Bonxies.

A Hume’s Warbler was discovered in willows at the ‘roadside pool’ along Lighthouse Road; viewed from the roadside 100m west of Old Fall Steps. Another new arrival was a Little Bunting in the wild bird cover crop south of Whelkie Wynds. Single Pallas’s Warbler and Firecrest were present in South Landing, where a Short-eared Owl was also recorded. Other sightings included 11 Tundra Bean Geese, three Jack Snipe, a Water Rail, one Swallow, a Twite and six Lapland Buntings.

Water Rail, outer head, by Craig Thomas

Water Rail, outer head, by Craig Thomas

Hume's Warbler, Roadside Pool, by Craig Thomas

Hume’s Warbler, Roadside Pool, by Craig Thomas

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

A sunny day, with very light north-easterly winds. During the seawatch, a dark-bellied Brent Goose flew south, 27 Eiders moved north, a Manx Shearwater, 130 Little Gulls and an Arctic Skua flew south, with two Bonxies heading north.

Away from the sea, 57 Teal were present, along with a Water Rail, two Jack Snipe, two Woodcock and the Kingfisher. However, the main focus of attention related to the presence of two Hume’s Warblers: one bird continued to show well in the willows south of the lower hide at Thornwick, whilst a second individual was located at Bempton Cliffs RSPB. Another Pallas’s Warbler was discovered, on this occasion in South Landing, whilst a Siberian Chiffchaff on St David Lane was also new and a Lesser Whitethroat at Hartendale showed features of blythi. The Dusky Warbler also remained on the outer head for its second day. Locally rarer, a Bearded Tit overflew the Bay Brambles, whilst additional sightings included one Ring Ouzel, two Black Redstart, a Redstart, ten Brambling, a Mealy Redpoll and one Lapland Bunting.

Hume's Warbler, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Hume’s Warbler, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Although the winds remained north-easterly, they moderated in strength, whilst light cloud ensured it was a pleasant day to be in the field. Seawatching produced a dark-bellied Brent Goose, 20 Eider, a Red-breasted Merganser, two Sooty Shearwaters, two Manx Shearwaters and 797 Little Gulls flying north; a Sandwich Tern and 24 Bonxies also headed south.

Seven Bean Geese remained on the headland, along with 51 Teal, two Water Rails, a Jack Snipe and a Kingfisher. The star passerine was the Hume’s Warbler that continued to give ‘willow-framed views’ at close range at Thornwick Pools. Other notable sightings included: eight Waxwings (five in off the sea, two at Thornwick and one at South Landing), a Great Grey Shrike at South Landing, a Dusky Warbler, a Pallas’s Warbler at Thornwick, one Firecrest at South Landing, a Woodlark at Thornwick, the Richard’s Pipit still along the cliff top north of Thornwick, no fewer than five Siberian Chiffchaffs, a Black Redstart, two Twite and a Mealy Redpoll.

Hume's Warbler, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Hume’s Warbler, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Pallas's Warbler, Thornwick, by Andy Malley

Pallas’s Warbler, Thornwick, by Andy Malley

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

Moderate/strong north-easterly winds gradually moderated during a day that featured extensive sunny intervals. Seawatching highlights included eight Eider, six Sooty Shearwaters, five Little Gulls and three Arctic Skuas north, whilst ten Bonxies and two Pomarine Skuas headed south.

The Hume’s Warbler remained in residence at Thornwick Pools, spending most of the day feeding in the line of willows south of the lower hide. Two Waxwings appeared in the same area in the afternoon, with a Richard’s Pipit showing again in the cliff top grasslands north of the camp. Three Siberian Chiffchaffs included an individual in the main ravine in South Landing, where a (presumed blythi) Siberian Lesser Whitethroat was also located; another Lesser Whitethroat visited gardens in the village.

A Water Rail was on the outer head, while Thornwick Pools attracted two Jack Snipe and a Kingfisher. Merlin, Black Redstart and Whinchat were nearby, while single Redstart and Yellow Wagtail were also relatively late migrants.

Hume's Warbler, Thornwick Pools, by Dave Aitken

Hume’s Warbler, Thornwick Pools, by Dave Aitken

Hume's Warbler, Thornwick Pools, by Lee Johnson

Hume’s Warbler, Thornwick Pools, by Lee Johnson

Hume's Warbler, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Hume’s Warbler, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Siberian Chiffchaff, outer head, by Craig Thomas

Siberian Chiffchaff, outer head, by Craig Thomas

Waxwing, Thornwick, by John Harwood

Waxwing, Thornwick, by John Harwood

Black Redstart, Thornwick, by John Harwood

Black Redstart, Thornwick, by John Harwood

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

The weather consisted of moderate north-easterly winds, sunny intervals and occasional light showers. Seawatching highlights included eight dark-bellied Brent Geese, two Gadwall, five Eider, three Sooty Shearwaters and four Arctic Skuas; in addition, a Short-eared Owl came in off the sea and 70 Little Gulls lingered offshore.

The day’s best sighting related to a Hume’s Warbler discovered late afternoon near Thornwick Pools; it gave sporadic views in the line of willows immediately south of the lower hide. Nearby, a Richard’s Pipit was located in the cliff top grassland north of Thornwick camp. A Dusky Warbler was found along the path between Highcliffe Manor and the cliff top at South Landing, a Siberian Chiffchaff frequented Thornwick, whilst a Waxwing flew west over the outer head.

Other migrants included three Jack Snipe, a Jay, 50 Blackbird, 60 Fieldfare, 760 Redwing, a Ring Ouzel, 52 Robins, one Redstart, a Black Redstart, two Whinchat, four Grey Wagtails, two White Wagtails, 40 Rock Pipits and a Lapland Bunting.

West of the Dykes, a Siberian Chiffchaff was trapped and ringed at Buckton, with three Lapland Buntings at the same site and three Whinchat were at Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Redwing, Bempton, by Don Hustings

Redwing, Bempton, by Don Hustings

Friday, October 21st, 2016

A day of moderate northerly winds and sunny intervals. Seawatching produced four dark-bellied Brent Geese, 29 Wigeon, three Eider, single Long-tailed Duck, Sooty Shearwater, Balearic Shearwater and Great Crested Grebe, eight Little Gulls, a Pomarine Skua and five Arctic Skuas all flying north.

Six Bean Goose and a Barnacle Goose remained, along with three Jack Snipe, a Whimbrel and two Short-eared Owls. A Shore Lark flew north along the edge of the golf course, two Siberian Chiffchaffs were located, including a bird near Highcliffe Manor, along with a Lesser Whitethroat. Four Waxwing flew in off the sea early afternoon, whilst a Red-breasted Flycatcher was discovered on the outer head. Additional sightings included two Crossbills and three Lapland Buntings.

West of the Dykes, the Siberian Lesser Whitethroat remained at Bempton Cliffs RSPB and a Short-eared Owl was in the same vicinity.

Red-breasted Flycatcher, outer head, by Andrew Allport

Red-breasted Flycatcher, outer head, by Andrew Allport

Siberian Chiffchaff, outer head, by Craig Thomas

Siberian Chiffchaff, outer head, by Craig Thomas

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Moderate north-westerly winds lasted throughout a largely sunny day. Seawatching was rewarded with two dark-bellied Brent Geese, 30 Wigeon and two Sooty Shearwaters north, whilst ten Bonxies, a Pomarine Skua and two Arctic Skuas flew south.

A Taiga Bean Goose, 12 Tundra Bean Geese and single Pink-footed and Barnacle Geese toured the headland. Two Jack Snipe were again on Thornwick Pools, with a Short-eared Owl nearby at North Landing.

West of the Dykes, the Lesser Whitethroat showing characteristics of the Siberian blythi race showed well at Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Stonechat, Lighthouse, by June & Malcolm Fox

Stonechat, Lighthouse, by June & Malcolm Fox

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

A day of strong north-north-west winds and overcast skies. Seawatching highlights included five Barnacle Geese and two Eider north, single Velvet Scoter and Goosander south, three Sooty Shearwaters, three Manx Shearwaters, a Red-necked Grebe north and a first-winter Mediterranean Gull.

The headland’s goose flock contained one Taiga Bean Goose, seven Tundra Bean Geese and a single Barnacle Goose. The Great Grey Shrike again frequented the Gorse Field, whilst additional records included a Water Rail and a Ring Ouzel.

Barnacle Geese, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Barnacle Geese, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Mediterranean Gull, with Black-headed and Common Gulls, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Mediterranean Gull, with Black-headed and Common Gulls, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas