1st November 2021

A strong south-west wind gradually dropped in strength during a day that featured prolonged sunny intervals after an overcast start, whilst temperatures peaked at 10 degrees C. A first-winter Caspian Gull flew south during the morning’s seawatch together with a Shoveler, one Grey Plover and 21 Little Gulls. As dusk approached 1500 Pink-footed Geese moved south over the Dykes, while a dark-bellied Brent Goose lingered on fields near the Lighthouse. A total of 13 Whooper Swans were recorded on the outer head, with three birds flying south and a party of ten resting on fields at Oceanview. There appeared to be a small arrival of passerine migrants including a Woodcock, a lone Blackcap, a Goldcrest, 24 Redwing, a Fieldfare, three Brambling and two Lapland Buntings.

There was also evidence of newly arrived migrants at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, where a Ring Ouzel showed well in the Dell.

Ring Ouzel, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Trevor Charlton