12th October 2021

Moderate northerly winds gradually dropped in strength during the afternoon, whilst there were overcast skies throughout and temperatures reaching 12 degrees C. Seawatch highlights included a dark-bellied Brent Goose, five Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 43 Red-throated Divers, a Black-throated Diver, one Great Northern Diver and 13 Arctic Skuas flying south; six Barnacle Geese, 97 Teal, a Scaup, one Goldeneye, a Great Northern Diver and eight Sooty Shearwaters moved north. A pod of seven Bottlenose Dolphins swam south close inshore of the Fog Station. A lone Whooper Swan flew south over the outer head.

An appreciable arrival of ‘UK winter passerines’ took place with 3115 Redwings making landfall along with 35 Song Thrush, three Fieldfares, 42 Brambling and a Snow Bunting; other records included three House Martins, eight Stonechats, a Wheatear, a Pied Flycatcher, four Siskin and a Lesser Redpoll.

Sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included 11 Whooper Swans flying south-east, with 201 Redwings, seven Song Thrush and 20 Brambling moving north-west. A single Yellow-browed Warbler remained in residence.

Water Rail, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards