17th November 2023

A relatively bright day, with light winds and temperatures that reached nine degrees C. The morning seawatch was busy and included two Scaup, 67 Eiders, 307 Common Scoters, a Long-tailed Duck, a Red-necked Grebe, 33 Little Gulls, two Sandwich Terns, a Common Tern and a Great Northern Diver. In addition, a Merlin overflew the Fog Station, as did two Snow Buntings.

A Long-tailed Duck joined 145 Common Scoters off the South Cliffs, while a Short-eared Owl overflew the Golf Course. There was evidence of passerines arriving from the east, including a flock of six Shore Larks that flew west over stubble fields near South Landing. Waxwings were again evident, with flocks of 11 and 19 touring the village, and a single bird lingering late afternoon. Additional migrants included six Woodcock and 20 Siskin.

A total of 450 Pink-footed Geese frequented fields around RSPB Bempton Cliffs, where three Short-eared Owls remained. Seven Grey Wagtails were also recorded at the reserve, where a lone Snow Bunting flew south-east.

Waxwing, by June & Malcolm Fox