15th October 2020

The north-easterly airstream persisted, with occasional light showers, sunny intervals and temperatures reaching 13 degrees C. The Olive-backed Pipit and Little Bunting remained in residence in the Lighthouse Grassland, although both proved very elusive. Two Dusky Warblers made landfall: one trapped at Buckton (the second there this week) and another along Lighthouse Road on the outer head. RSPB Bempton Cliffs attracted a Siberian Chiffchaff, again a new individual following the one there on 13th. Other interesting migrants included five Woodcock, a Long-eared Owl (outer head), a Willow Warbler, five Yellow-browed Warblers, 124 Goldcrest, a Redstart, one Tree Pipit, five Grey Wagtails, two Hawfinch (Old Fall Hedge), 25 Brambling, ten Redpoll, 14 Crossbills and two Lapland Buntings.

Seawatching was rewarded with two dark-bellied Brent Geese, five Barnacle Geese, two Velvet Scoters and a Long-tailed Duck all flying north.

Ringing effort on the outer head was rewarded with 104 birds being rung including Woodcock and Yellow-browed Warbler. In addition 46 birds were rung at RSPB Bempton Cliffs including 23 Goldcrests.

Siberian Chiffchaff, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Trevor Charlton