13th October 2021

The weather consisted of largely overcast skies, with some sunny intervals, light south-west winds and temperatures that peaked at 15 degrees C. The most notable feature of the day was an appreciable arrival of Redwings, with over 13,750 making landfall and heading west; birds arrived throughout, with passage concentrated in the morning before picking up again mid-afternoon. Also arriving in off the sea were three Woodcock, seven Snipe, 45 Blackbirds and 50 Brambling. A party of 11 Whooper Swans toured the outer head, with two Red-breasted Mergansers and 170 Common Scoters off the South Cliffs. Grounded migrants included four Yellow-browed Warblers, with three at South Landing and the other at South Dykes, five Jays and a Snow Bunting.

Seawatching highlights included the following birds moving north: 17 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 117 Wigeon, a Velvet Scoter, a Goldeneye, one Red-breasted Merganser, a Great Northern Diver, four Sooty Shearwaters, seven Manx Shearwaters, an Arctic Tern, two Bonxies, five Arctic Skuas and nine Puffins. In addition, a Mute Swan and two Red-breasted Mergansers headed south. A total of 73 birds were newly ringed including 44 Redwings; this followed a daily total of 91 birds ringed yesterday which included a Belgium-controlled Redwing; the first ever foreign ringed Redwing for the observatory.

Visible migration at RSPB Bempton Cliffs included 195 Pink-footed Geese south-east, a Little Egret, a Woodcock, two Snipe, four Jays, 102 Starlings, 1046 Redwing and six Brambling flying north-west. Ten Whooper Swans, two Yellow-browed Warblers, six Chiffchaffs and three Goldcrests were also on the reserve.

Snow Bunting, South Landing, by Rob Little