10th February 2024

Almost spring-like at times, with light winds and weak sunny intervals interspersed with foggy conditions; temperatures reached seven degrees C. Two drake Pochard on the outer head were noteworthy, while three Lapwing were also new arrivals. A Woodcock and four Snipe were located immediately adjacent to Lighthouse Road, where an adult male Merlin chased finches early morning before flying west. The benign conditions encouraged Water Rails to be vocal and three birds were located in isolated ponds/wet ditches east of the village; with birds wintering at Thornwick Pools, Thornwick roost and South Dykes, a population of at least six is above par. The two Shore Larks, at least 40 Snow Buntings and a Short-eared Owl were present along the cliff top north-west of Thornwick.

Thirty Pink-footed Geese flew north-west over RSPB Bempton Cliffs, where a Lesser Black-backed Gull and six Pied Wagtails were new; additionally, the three Short-eared Owls remained in situ there.

Yellowhammer, South Landing, by Rob Little