10th October 2021

A day of sunny intervals, a moderate north-westerly and temperatures that reached 15 degrees C. A Balearic Shearwater that flew north during the seawatch was a highlight, with other sightings including a dark-bellied Brent Goose, 159 Wigeon, five Pintail, 37 Teal, 14 Eider, a Great Northern Diver and two Arctic Skuas all flying north; 49 Red-throated Divers, a Little Gull and two Mediterranean Gulls moved south. A first-winter Caspian Gull and a rather late Whimbrel frequented rocks below the South Cliffs.

Two skeins containing a total of 172 Pink-footed Geese were recorded, as was a lone Black-tailed Godwit at Thornwick Pools and a Woodcock at Old Fall. Passerine interest included six Yellow-browed Warblers: three on the outer head, two at RSPB Bempton Cliffs and another at Buckton. Other records on the outer head included six Jays, ten Goldcrests, one Willow Warbler, a Common Whitethroat, a Pied Flycatcher, seven Brambling, 70 Chaffinch, a Lesser Redpoll, a Hawfinch (South Landing) and a Snow Bunting.

Yellow-browed Warbler, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Dan Howe
Yellow-browed Warbler, South Landing, by Jo Hood