22nd March 2024

A sunny day, with a blustery westerly wind and temperatures reaching 13 degrees C. The outer head attracted three Gadwall, three Shoveler, 96 Teal, two Little Grebes, a Dunlin, 14 Curlew, and best of all, a lone Avocet. An hour spent by the lighthouse before dusk produced four Snipe, 57 Starlings, a Song Thrush, 107 Redwing, 13 Fieldfare and 21 Blackbirds heading east out to sea.

The winds pushed raptors onto the coastal strip, with a minimum three Red Kites re-orientating back west from the outer head along with ten Common Buzzards, while a Marsh Harrier hunted cliff top fields between North Dykes and Bempton. Presumably one of the same Red Kites was also recorded between Speeton and Buckton.

Yellowhammer, South Landing, by June & Malcolm Fox